USE & MAINTENANCE

To ensure Montegrappa writing instruments remain looking and working at their very best, owners should undertake regular care and maintenance.

SURFACE CLEANING

To remove stains or fingerprints from resin or celluloid body sections, wipe clean with a soft damp cloth.

Do not use solvents or chemical products that may damage surfaces. Under no circumstances should alcohol be used on celluloid finishes.

Pens made of sterling silver should be cleaned with the supplied cleaning cloth, or other lint-free cloth. Use silver polish where necessary.

Dirt and tarnishing found in fretwork and intricate engravings can be removed using a silver brush or a soft toothbrush.

FOUNTAIN PEN REFILLING

PISTON-FILL FOUNTAIN PENS

Piston-fill fountain pens have an ink reservoir within the barrel. Refilling requires no disassembly:

  1. Twist the blindcap anticlockwise until it stops
  2. Dip the entire nib into the ink bottle
  3. To draw ink into the pen, twist the blindcap clockwise until it stops
  4. Remove the nib from the ink
  5. Twist the blindcap half a turn anticlockwise, letting a little ink drip out to release air
  6. Clean the nib with a damp, lint-free cloth

 

CONVERTER FOUNTAIN PENS

  1. Unscrew the grip section from the barrel
  2. If no converter is installed, insert one into the section entrance, screwing it down firmly if threaded
  3. Turn the end of the converter anticlockwise until it stops
  4. Dip the entire nib into the ink bottle
  5. To draw ink into the pen, turn the end of the converter clockwise until the chamber is full
  6. Remove the nib from the ink
  7. Twist the end of the converter half a turn anticlockwise, letting a little ink drip out to release air
  8. Screw the grip section back into the barrel
  9. Wipe the nib clean with a damp, lint-free cloth

 

CARTRIDGE FOUNTAIN PENS

  1. Unscrew the grip section from the barrel. Remove any spent cartridge
  2. Insert the new ink cartridge. Press down to puncture its protection seal
  3. Wait for ink to come out of the nib (allow approx. 1 minute)
  4. Screw the grip section back into the barrel 

 

FOUNTAIN PEN MAINTENANCE


Clean nibs regularly under lukewarm running water. (Note: do not use any other liquids or cleaning agents). Rinsing is required whenever ink flow is intermittent or has stopped, when the feed system is blocked, if ink has dried, or if you wish to change ink colour.

To clean piston-fill pens, submerge the nib in water and twist the blindcap to fill and empty the reservoir several times until the water runs clear.

To prevent your pen from leaking, keep it filled and carry your pen with the nib facing upwards.

For nib units fitted with ebonite feeds, fill and empty the reservoir with ink twice before first use, and after cleaning.

For optimal performance, we recommend the use of Montegrappa inks.

NIB REPLACEMENT

Should your nib grade not perfectly match your preference, Montegrappa Service Agents will replace the original nib free of charge if it is returned in new condition within six weeks of purchase from an authorized Montegrappa dealer.
 

MAINTENANCE: OTHER PENS

ROLLERBALLS

  1. Remove the grip section from the barrel by turning it anticlockwise
  2. Remove the spent refill and insert the new one
  3. Screw the grip section back into the barrel


BALLPOINT PENS

To project or retract the tip, twist the pen cap. To replace a refill:

  1. Remove the cap by turning it anticlockwise
  2. Remove the spent refill and insert the new one
  3. Screw the cap back on the barrel by turning it clockwise


MECHANICAL PENCILS

To project the lead, twist the cap clockwise in short turns. To retract, twist the cap slightly clockwise and hold it in this position. Then press down lightly on the lead until it retracts. To insert new leads:

  1. Remove the cap by turning it anticlockwise
  2. Remove the black cap from the lead chamber
  3. Insert correctly sized leads into the chamber
  4. Replace the black cap
  5. Screw the cap back onto the barrel by turning it clockwise