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Montblanc 32 Oblique Double Broad Review


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#1 Angeldust

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 15:13

Hiya everyone,

I was skulking around the review section and noticed that there were no reviews for this particular pen, so I thought that having the afternoon free I may as well produce one.

This pen was an eBay job, £55 shipped if memory serves.

Anyway, on to the review...

WOW. Just wow.

Looks-

9/10- The contrasting black body and gold highlights are a favourite motif of mine and as such, I find this pens looks just tops. However the size of the pen and hence its light weight are just not quite satisfactory for my larger than normal hands.



Nib-

10/10- for such a strongly shaped nib I would have expected some feedback, instead I get NONE. The nib just glides over the paper leaving a consistant, strong line. Absolutly NO complaints here, just be sure not to use too wet of an ink otherwise feathering becomes an issue.



Filling System-

8/10- It's a piston filler which is just fine by me, except for the fear that if something breaks its likely an expensive trip back to Montblanc- NOT something that I particularly enjoy the idea of! However, it seems to be holding up nicely (I've only filled it twice in all fairness)...



Overall-

27/30- Pretty damn good! No issues so far, a buttery nib, great stroke width and it's pretty to boot- I highly recommend these for whatever price you can them for!


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Apologies for the pic quality, taken by a mobile phone...
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#2 PigRatAndGoat

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 15:59

Great review! I always find the older Montblanc's interesting.

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#3 Blade Runner

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:46

Nice deal, and a double broad! puddle.gif
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 17:52

Nice pen. So you determined that it is the 32 and not the 34?

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#5 Angeldust

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 18:02

Thanks all!

I just used the number that was embossed onto the gold band around the lid!


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Posted 28 May 2009 - 18:29

QUOTE (Angeldust @ May 28 2009, 01:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks all!

I just used the number that was embossed onto the gold band around the lid!


Neat. That works too.

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#7 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 21:01

congrats on your purchase. smile.gif
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#8 Angeldust

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 21:27

Thanks very very much indeed smile.gif It's one I'll cherish for a long time to come!


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Posted 28 May 2009 - 23:27

Very nice pen. Can you tell us what ink you used in your review?

#10 Angeldust

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 23:30

Hiya,

It was Caran d'Ache Caribbean Sea- one of my absolute favourites, funnily enough I did intend to post that information on the review- I guess it just slipped my mind smile.gif


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Posted 28 May 2009 - 23:43

Thank you. I do believe I'll have to add that color to my collection, too.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 01:07

Nice shade - looks like it has more blue than PR Blue Suede. Love that nib!

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 13:34

QUOTE (jar @ May 28 2009, 07:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice pen. So you determined that it is the 32 and not the 34?


The pen/nib looks like a 22.
Maybe it came with a 32 cap?

#14 Angeldust

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 13:40

Actually you know, thats a very fair point... I'll look into it actually...

Thanks for bringing it up!


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#15 MiniMaupassant

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 14:01

Love the double oblique broad nib and Caribbean Sea is one of my favourite inks!
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 00:29

Hi Mint,

So happy to see that you did this review. I bought this pen last week with the same nib as you have. It's my first MB. I'm very curious about this pen and I'm looking forward to write with it. I'm gonna use it with the "Van Gogh Starry Night" ink from FPN.

Thx again,
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#17 Mr.MontblancBMWChopin

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 03:55

It is a 32 because the 2x and 1x pen's don't have the threads actually on the ink window, as seen here. The 3x does.
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 03:57

Oh, and considering that you have an OBB nib, you could probably get some very italic line variation if yo get a high quality paper(plus you wouldn't get feathering). You just need to hold it at just the right angle to get very italic line variation!
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 21:22

Those older broad nibs are superb - congratulations on a good deal.
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#20 Tom Kellie

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 15:29

~ This review of a Montblanc 32 OBB is helpful.

 

Had I read it in past years, I'd likely have discovered the writing pleasure of Montblanc 32s.

 

As the author here notes, they are superb writers.

 

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