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Mb149 - 1965 - 18C - Obb (Terrific)

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#1 Fab75


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 14:42

Hi All,

In addition to the 149 18C B nib i bought last week, i just receive another 149 from 1965 with an 18C OBB nib. This is my first large oblique nib and after only one page of writing i really love it. This is so smooth, this pen with this oBB nib seems to have been designed to my hands. It is smooth and semi flexible and it provides good lines variation. I have also made a quick comparaison between the B and OBB nib and after a short try i think the OBB will be my favourite.

Juste one question, i have the impression that one nib has larger shoulder than the other one, did you already notice that?

I will use it every day and will revert soon with additional impression on this terrific pen.

All the best

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 15:00

thank you for showing your beautiful pens! I just bought a 149 OBB too :bunny01: and judging by your post, i cannot wait to try mine out!

I'm no MB expert but this is what I found: Both your nibs are 3 tone but the 1965 one is a broad shoulders 14C while the more modern one is a 18k

I believe Gabay has a list og nib variants. Here's what i googled anyway

14C, 3 tone, tapered shoulders (1952-1959)
14C, 3 tone, broad shoulders (1960-1972)
18C, 3 tone, broad shoulders (1952-1959 European market)
14C, 2 tone, narrow shoulders (1972-1985)
14C, 2 tone, flexible nib (1960s-1970s)
14K, 2 tone, broad shoulders (1985-1988)
14K, 2 tone, broad shoulders, cut-out tail (1988-1990)
14K, 2 tone, narrow shoulders (1985-1988)
14K, 2 tone, narrow shoulders, cut-out tail (1988-1990)
18K, 2 tone, broad shoulders (1991-1994)
18k, 3 tone, broad shoulders, used on Hemingway and later 149s (1995-1999)
18K, 3 tone, narrow shoulders, cut-out tail (1999-current)

That MB hitchcock ink of yours is very nice too.


#3 7th Wave

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 15:21

Thats one gorgeous pen and seriously sexy nib!

I too have the Alfred Hitchcock ink and it's truly a magnificent ink to use - very striking and almost menacing

Gratz on the pen


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#4 Ghost Plane

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 19:57

My favorite nib size! :cloud9: Now you understand what I rave, er, talk about. :thumbup:

#5 CS388


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 23:16


I can't use obliques, but I do have a 1965 149 18C BB and it's a joy to use.

Congratulations! Enjoy!

#6 cnjackson


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:09

Wow--what a beautiful pen! and what wonderful writing!

May I ask: where does one find pre-1980s MB 149s with BB or OBB nibs?

(Please feel free to answer by PM: I'll be glad for any insights!)


#7 Bernardo



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Posted 13 November 2012 - 18:49

Impressive nib!! :puddle:


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 20:05

Congratulations Fabrice!
Both 149s are exceptional, but the OBB is extraordinary and appears to have the older type, pressed in filling mechanism. Do you have a photo of the feed on the OBB? Round ebonite with grooved face?
Enjoy your beautiful pens.

#9 Fab75


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:18

Here is a small poem written with my OBB nib and Montblanc "Je t'aime" ink.

All best

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#10 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 19:34

awesome thanks for sharing :thumbup:
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time
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