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Montblanc Dostoevsky - review


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#1 goodguy

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 14:26

My 15Th Montblanc Writers Edition (two more and I'm done yay)
Had few chances to get it in the past but some other WE I wanted more was always in the way.



Well the time has come and I got it.
I did held it in my hand and knew what to expect.
This is a rather sober pen with its all black body and gold filled trim.
The two things that do make this pen stand out from other MB black pens are the etching on the barrel and the blue round stone at the end of the clip.



Sparkly jewels don't always work on pens but this one just like the Woolf really needs it, and it makes it easier on the eye.
The most interesting part of the pen is the etching on the barrel. Its got
OXOXOXOXOX going up and down and gives the barrel a bit of a rough feel to it.



The two gold filled rings on the cap and the clip ring also cheer up the pen a bit and gives it a respectful yet elegant look to it.

On the top of the clip there is a wave like lines and the XOXO motif is also drawn on all 3 rings on the cap.
A smaller ring is at the bottom of the barrel and the XOXO is also drawn there.

I must admit the design of this pen is much more complex and interesting then I though from a quick look to it.
I must admit I start to like it more and more.



How does the pen write ?

Well all the dome cap slender barrel WE's are good writers and this one is not an exception. It is light weight and well balanced which works great in my hand.
Curvy section that let my fingers rest in it and prevent it from sliding, simple and effective-just the way I like it.



The pen comes with MB classic ink view window, I love this feature. For me its more then the practical side of it, for me its a classic part of many MB pens. MB is not the only one to use this but I expect to have it in their pens if the design allows it.

The nib is to my joy a F nib. And even though it is a bit on the fat side it is still a sweet nib. Very smooth and with good feedback.
The nib has a very interesting pattern etched on it which works with the etches on the rings on the pens.



Of course the pen comes with MB standard piston filler and it does its job as always very well. Its smooth, fun to use and take a nice amount of ink into it.

Summery

I got this pen because I need to finish the WE collection and not because I liked it so much. Mind you I do like it and love all the WE's but some I like more then the others but when looking deeper into the pen and its design I must admit I see the pen in a new light.
The Dostoevsky is very very elegant and beautiful but it doesn't do the job for you. You really have to look at all the small details to really appreciate this pen. Only then you can really enjoy it and there really is a lot to enjoy.

As a writer this pen is great !!!
Its light weight, well balanced and has a wonderful nib.

Just like me Tzutzik was a bit cold to the pen but after a second deeper look he fell in love with it too.


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#2 Ghost Plane

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 15:42

Aw doodness. That's one sweet cat and love how he shares his pens with you. sm_cat.gif

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 17:08

QUOTE (goodguy @ Jun 20 2009, 10:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>




The pen comes with MB classic ink view window, I love this feature. For me its more then the practical side of it, for me its a classic part of many MB pens....Of course the pen comes with MB standard piston filler and it does its job as always very well. Its smooth, fun to use and take a nice amount of ink into it......The Dostoevsky is very very elegant and beautiful but it doesn't do the job for you. You really have to look at all the small details to really appreciate this pen. Only then you can really enjoy it and there really is a lot to enjoy.


Goodguy,

The quotes I have selected from your review really sum up this WE for me. It is not flashy like many other WEs, but it has an understated classic elegance that reminds me of MB's vintage pens. The engraved chasing on the barrel is also very appealing.

Mark

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#4 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 17:42

great review thanks for sharing smile.gif
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#5 Trom

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 18:17

Wow, 15 WE's you got? Thanks for sharing your hobby!

It's not strange that many WE's are black, the way the writers describe the dark world.

The gold of the sun suits the black, however.



#6 WendyNC

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 20:44

That is a gorgeous pen. I'm generally neutral toward MBs, but this one catches my interest.

(Sadly, with interests rates in the cellar, it would be a very, very long time before I would be considering such a thing.)

Edited by WendyNC, 20 June 2009 - 20:44.

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#7 PigRatAndGoat

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 22:55

I love the looks of the Dostoevsky! Simple and complex at the same time. Glad you like it, and that you're close to the finish line!

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#8 goodguy

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 13:20

QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Jun 20 2009, 11:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Aw doodness. That's one sweet cat and love how he shares his pens with you. sm_cat.gif


Yes Tzuztik is very generous bunny01.gif

QUOTE (georges zaslavsky @ Jun 20 2009, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
great review thanks for sharing smile.gif

My pleasure buddy thumbup.gif
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 20:59

QUOTE (goodguy @ Jun 20 2009, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As a writer this pen is great !!!


Dostoevsky wasn't bad either!

Thanks for the review, enjoyable as always. One less!

Best,

#10 bugmd

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 01:49

Thanks for the great review and photos. Last year it was a toss up for me between this one and the Dickens, I went with the Dickens. After your wonderful review I need to go back and correct that situation. I see one of these in my future.
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#11 bossy

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 18:12

It smells "inky". vbg.gif
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 12:14

Is it true that you have to read Crime and Punishment and Brothers Karamasov before using this pen?????
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 12:18

QUOTE (welch @ Jul 5 2009, 12:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is it true that you have to read Crime and Punishment and Brothers Karamasov before using this pen?????



And there is an exam that you have to write before they let you walk out of the Boutique with the pen!

#14 RayOski1

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 03:24

Got one as gift a week ago. Fine nib. Fabulous. :thumbup:

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 00:38

Very nice, thanks for the great review.
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