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Montblanc Voltaire - review
Posted 02 June 2009 - 00:18
I got the Voltaire only a week and a half after I got the Poe and both pens have something in common.
The Voltaire is all about the cap which is pretty stunning in its design. Sticking from the shirts pocket this pen is quit a statement. The Poeís caps top end is also very beautiful and is the first thing that attracts you attention.
But once you take the cap off you get a pen with a very simple design. Without the impressive top you could think this is another replica of the Agatha as this pen is made of Montblancís standard precious resin with very little more to it. The cap has a nice Vermeil ring above the caps lips and it has another ring right above the piston know.
So holding the pen without the cap feels just like the Agatha does.
I think I will have to make a comparison between the 2 pens as they are so alike.
The pen is very light weight and very neutral in its balance, reminds me again of the simple and classic design of the Agatha.
Both the bottom ring and the caps top are beautifully engraved and the black cap makes the details come out even more. On the top there are leaves engraved and what looks like an H.H in one of them and I wonder if itís a part of the design or the artistís signature.
In any case the upper ornamentation is also made of Vermeil.
The pen has Montblancís famous ink view window which is always great to have and you can easily see the ink moving in it.
Iíll be honest with you I am not floored by this pen, I guess simply because I have seen this design already with the Agatha. Never the less the simple and classic design has its own charm. This pen is not considered to be one of the more desirable Writers Edition but here is the interesting part itís not very common to find this pen for sale and since this pen was made in 20000 units you would imagine you will see this pen more.
My guess is that the people that got this pen simply love it and donít want to sell it.
The nib is another interesting design feature on the Writers Edition pens and this one has a rather different 2 things that look like Gold clubs on both sides of it. Not sure why. Is it just a design feature or is it somehow connected to Voltaire.
Well I got this pen with a bold nib and boy do I really donít like bold nibs and let me tell you this is the MOBN!!! (Mother Of Bold Nibs). This bold nib is very wide very wet and SMOOTH!!!!!!!
Very little feedback from it as it is glassy, very glassy smooth.
I think people that like bold nibs (did anyone said GP ?) will go gaga over this one.
Not for me though, I simply canít write with such a thing. But as you know probably already this is not a big problem as this is a collectorís pen and thus will not see much use anyways.
Sadly I didnít have time to take a picture with Tzutzik so if you guys want I can add it later but he actually liked the bold nib more then me.
The pen uses the regular piston and I have very little to add to it except it works wonderful very smooth and takes a nice a mount of ink.
Posted 02 June 2009 - 01:03
Incidentally, that isn't an iPhone you have the pen resting on in some of your photos, is it?
Posted 02 June 2009 - 07:57
Have fun with your new pen.
Posted 02 June 2009 - 19:04
Have fun with your new pen.
Looks like a B
Nice review, the cap engraving looks really good.
Posted 03 June 2009 - 00:33
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Posted 03 June 2009 - 00:55
Posted 03 June 2009 - 01:30
Posted 03 June 2009 - 22:27
but I think this feature is reflected by the entire pen, making it a very beautiful model!
thanks for the review!
Posted 05 June 2009 - 22:37
Posted 06 June 2009 - 01:53
Tzuzik's many fans need reassurance!
Posted 06 June 2009 - 20:16
Posted 06 June 2009 - 21:49
Anyways, gorgeous pen. Thanks for the review!
Edited by alvarez57, 06 June 2009 - 21:50.
Posted 09 June 2009 - 13:23
Pfffff what does he know he is just a silly cat right guys ?
You support me not him right ?