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Montblanc Writers Edition Pens 1992-2009 - Review


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#1 goodguy

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:05

This is a review of the family of my favorite pens made by my favorite pen maker so you could call this a labor of love.

The way I see the WE pens is pens that were design to attract both kind of pen fans both the users and collectors.

They are beautifully crafted but yet never forgetting to keep these pens easy and fun to use.

Each pen has its own identity and uniqueness some are heavier then others, some are wider, some made of metal some flashier then others.....etc

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As I said I love all the pens but obviously I have my favorites and find some are better writers then other to my hand.
I do like the domed style better for writing. It feels more natural and comfortable in the hand.

Its funny how wide the price range of these pens in the second hand market and how it can fluctuate and change.
2 good examples are the Hemingway and Jules Vern.
They had problem selling this pen and you could get it for a significant lower price. Now as we all know the pen is in high demand and is priced accordingly in the second hand market.
The opposite is the Vern. Its prices used to be much higher and it lost about 20%-30% of its value (wouldn't be surprised if it will go up again as its a great pen).

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The biggest problem to me is to decided which of these amazing pens has the best design.
So after a long personal debate and I mean L O N G it came down to these 6 pens:
1.Hemingway
2.Agatha
3.Schiller
4.Dumas
5.Poe
6.Oscar Wilde

You are probably asking yourself. Hey didn't you forgot the Proust or maybe Kafka or Shaw ?
No I didn't forget them, these are all wonderful and very close to the ones on the 6 list but I like these 6 best.

So the Hemingway doesn't need any explanation why its in the list.
Its classic 139 design and red/black colour theme is timeless and the clip is simply oozing with class.

The black Agatha is the most classic modern domes shaped MB and the clip is the heart of the pen.

The Schiller is yet another pen I have been admiring. The clean look of the body with the vibrant read cap and vintage look of the clip leaves me always drooling.

For the longest time the Dumas was my favorite WE. What a beautiful complex design based on the 139. Nothing short of a drool pen.

The Poe is a pen I fell in love only after I saw it in real life. The blue colour and overall design of this pen simply work on me. Its a colplex design that you enjoy more and more as time goes through.

And the Wilde, what a special pen this is.
So different then all other WE's.
Barrel looks like tiger skin, so not a classic MB design.

Ok, in the end I was left with 2 pens the Wilde and Hemingway and yes the Hemingway won.
The Hemingway is the one with the best design. Its the WE king.

The best writer is of course my Vern. Its the one I'd take over any other WE for everyday use.

I need to have one rather negative about the WE collection.
I think MB could have went the extra mile with the book like boxes, they are basically made of paper and its not uncommon to see the falling apart.
The POA boxes on the other hand are much better made.
For the price we all pay for these WE's I would expect MB to make them feel more solid.

I tend to divide the WE's into 4 categories.
1.Pens that are based on the 139 which is the:
Hemingway
Dumas

2.pens based on the domed MB's which include's
Agatha
Schiller
Wilde
Voltaire
Dostoevsky
Poe
Proust
Dickens
Verne
Cervantes
Woolfe
Faulkner
Thomas Man

3.Pens based on the 146
Shaw
Fitzgerald

4.Pen that doesn't fit any of these categories
Kafka

So I am going to divide my review to these 4 categories.

So from pure performance perspective there really is no difference between the Hemingway and Dumas as I found out on the review I wrote comparing these 2 pens a while back.
As I wrote there if you like the shape and want to get one of these two then and don't care which one of them then go for the Dumas as it will cost about 1/3 of the price of the Hemingway.

From the domed shape pens the variety is big and they all are good writers.
I really like them all and choosing one for this review is hard.
Yes my favorite writer is the Verne but its mostly because of the amazing nib.
It is a heavy pen and not everybody would enjoy it as I do.
So after a long time of pondering I was left with these pens.
Poe, Agatha, Woolfe and Dostoevsky.
If a weight is an issue for you and you like light weight pens the Dostoevsky is the pen for you.
So at the end I chose the Agatha.
There is something about it that simply sits so nice in my hand. The second was the Poe and these pens really feels almost identical in the hand but still the Agatha wins by a very small margin.

Between the Shaw and Fitzgerald again it was a very hard choice.
These pens are so different it is nearly impossible to compare them.
The Fitzgerald is smaller, lighter and simply feels nimbler.
The Shaw on the other hand is heavier and I enjoy holding something that is bigger heavier and with a presents.
Forced to choose one I will go with the Fitzgerald but its a very tough choice for me.

Comparing the Kafka to any other pen is impossible. Its a long, slender and light.
Its a darn good writer but at the end of the day I would go with other WE.

So I have the Dumas vs Agatha vs Fitzgerald.
For me its an easy choice, the Agatha wins hands down between these 3 pens as I always loved the feel of the domed pens best in my hand so there you have it the Agatha is the best WE when it comes to writing.

I want to mention few features on few pens which I love.
They make these WE unique and stand out compared to other pens.

1.Hemingway-I love the clip, its my favorite clip on any pen its simple and classic.
Basic design with simple red/black colouring and timeless design makes this pen an all time classic.

2.Agatha-obviously is the clip.
This snake with rubby eyes is quite a statement. The basic black domed body/cap is also a timeless design.

3.Wilde-the sheer size of the pen and tiger patern resin is simply stunning!!!

4.Dumas-again the basic 139 shape is a classic but more then that the MOP like resin with gold stripes in between is causing me to drool everytime I see the pen.

5.Poe-the beautiful blue resin of this pen is something you you gotta see in real life as pictures don't do it justice.

6.Proust-thats an easy one. The silver body is unique in the WE world and the vintage feel it gives the pen is great.

7.Schiller-the bright red cap and black body simply look mesmerizing and the vintage looking clip seals the deal for me.

8.Verne-the blue body is gorgeous. Looks like the pen has waves going up and down the barrel, oh and don't forget the unique groove at the top of the cap where you can rest the pen.

9.Kafka-the most different of the WE pens.
The dark red body is very unique and beautiful.

10.Shaw-I love the green and silver stripes along the pens and cap.

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Pen statistics

1.Hemingway
Made 1992
FP 20000
BP 30000
Size capped 134mm
Size uncapped 124mm
Posted 160mm
Total weight 33.1gr
Weight uncapped 23.1gr

2.Agatha
Made 1993
FP 23000
BP 18000
Sets 7000
Size capped 142mm
Size uncapped 127mm
Posted 170mm
Total weight 34.4gr
Weight uncapped 20.4gr

3.Wilde
Made 1994
FP 15000
BP 8000
MP 7000
Sets 5000
Size capped 145mm
Size uncapped 134mm
Posted 169mm
Total weight 33.6gr
Weight uncapped 23.9gr

4.Voltaire
Made 1995
FP 15000
BP 8000
MP 7000
Sets 5000
Size capped 149mm
Size uncapped 129mm
Posted 167mm
Total weight 36.6gr
Weight uncapped 19.6gr

5.Dumas
Made 1996
FP 15000
BP 11000
MP 4000
Sets 5000
Size capped 135mm
Size uncapped 125mm
Posted 159mm
Total weight 36.3gr
Weight uncapped 26.3gr

6.Dostoevsky
Made 1997
FP 16300
BP 7300
MP 2300
RB 6300
Sets 700
Size capped 145mm
Size uncapped 130mm
Posted 163mm
Total weight 26.8gr
Weight uncapped 15.7gr

7.Poe
Made 1998
FP 14000
BP 12000
Sets 3000
Size capped 146mm
Size uncapped 125mm
Posted 167mm
Total weight 30.2gr
Weight uncapped 16.5gr

8.Proust
Made 1999
FP 17000
BP 16000
Sets 4000
Size capped 135mm
Size uncapped 121mm
Posted 148mm
Total weight 35.4gr
Weight uncapped 20.7gr

9.Schiller
Made 2000
FP 14000
BP 12000
Sets 4000
Size capped 135mm
Size uncapped 124mm
Posted 160mm
Total weight 26.8gr
Weight unposted 16.7gr

10.Dickens
Made 2001
FP 14000
BP 12000
Sets 4000
Size capped 149mm
Size uncapped 130mm
Posted 163mm
Total weight 43.2gr
Weight uncapped 18.2gr

11.Fitzgerald
Made 2002
FP 14000
BP 12000
Sets 4500
Size capped 139mm
Size uncapped 121mm
Posted 150mm
Total weight 28.5gr
Weight uncapped 17.7gr

12.Verne
Made 2003
FP 14000
BP 12000
Sets 4500
Size capped 141mm
Size uncapped 126mm
Total weight 62.5gr
Weight uncapped 33.7gr


13.Kafka
Made 2004
FP 14000
BP 12000
Sets 4500
Size capped 150mm
Size uncapped 132mm
Posted (you can't cap this pen)
Total weight 39.9gr
Weight uncapped 21.2gr

14.Cervantes
Made 2005
FP 13000
BP 13000
Sets 4000
Size capped 137mm
Size uncapped 127mm
Posted 163mm
Total weight 51.3gr
Weight uncapped 27.6

15.Woolf
Made 2006
FP 16000
BP 18000
Sets 4000
Size capped 137mm
Size uncapped 126mm
Posted 160mm
Total weight 30.7gr
Weight uncapped 21.5gr

16.Faulkner
Made 2007
FP 16000
BP 18000
Sets 4000
Size capped 138mm
Size uncapped 126mm
Posted 162mm
Total weight 43.2gr
Weight uncapped 24.3gr

17.Shaw
Made 2008
FP 16000
BP 18000
Sets 4000
Size capped 142mm
Size uncapped 133mm
Posted 165mm
Total weight 61.4gr
Weight uncapped 31.4gr

18.Mann
Made 2009
FP 12000
BP 15000
RB 6000
Sets 3000
Size capped 140mm
Size uncapped 126mm
Posted 161mm
Total weight 57.5gr
Weight uncapped 33.2gr
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:22

So many amazing pens in one review! *dies happy*

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:32

What an astounding collection of beautiful pens. I don't know how you pick-out the pen to use each time.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:36

Pin this! This review is a fantastic reference tool. Thanks, Goodguy!

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 15:51

Wow fantastic review. We could all use your review as a benchmark!
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 16:23

Great review Goodguy. Obviously it has been a labor of love for you to complete this.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 17:20

Pin this! This review is a fantastic reference tool. Thanks, Goodguy!

Its my pleasure GP.
May I ask what's up with this 4 pictures a post rule ?
I had so many more pictures I wanted to add but couldn't :(
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 17:40

[quote name='goodguy' date='16 September 2009 - 01:20 PM' timestamp='1253121656'
May I ask what's up with this 4 pictures a post rule ?
I had so many more pictures I wanted to add but couldn't :(
[/quote]

Goodguy,

Many FPN members get around this limit by posting additional photos in more than one post. Not elegant, but it works.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 20:21

Strike up the band and set out some drinks, the full WE review is come at last! Congratulations Goodguy! Thank you for posting all the measurements, that's very helpful. I wouldn't mind seeing more pics. And where's your cat and which has he deemed the prize pick?!

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 20:21

Very informative review goodguy! :drool:
Best regards, Kai
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 22:10

Statistic: Poe 17,000, not 14,000. It's written on the pen itself. (or maybe I bought a fake off a member of FPN)
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 23:13

Statistic: Poe 17,000, not 14,000. It's written on the pen itself. (or maybe I bought a fake off a member of FPN)
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I am quoting the offical MB site.
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Posted 17 September 2009 - 00:06

Mazel Tov AMir- this is one milestone and a great review to show for it. I agree with GP that this review should be pinned- in the MB forum.

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 00:08

Thanks very much for this post, Good Guy! Excellent.

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 00:15

WOOHOO, A complete collection (the Dragon doesn't count) and in record time! Congrats and enjoy them all.

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Awesome Goodguy!
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Posted 17 September 2009 - 03:50

Can I be in your will?

For us MB-WE noobs, would you mind making a list in your first post of which is which? I know I could go and look them up somewhere, but it would be a handy reference if you have time.

Edited by SamCapote, 17 September 2009 - 04:12.

With the new FPN rules, now I REALLY don't know what to put in my signature.

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 11:18

Congratulations on a good and helpful review of the WE's!

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 15:34

Excellent review, timed just right as I am considering getting a WE but was torn between the different editions, your review will help me greatly. Thank you.
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Posted 17 September 2009 - 19:39

Statistic: Poe 17,000, not 14,000. It's written on the pen itself. (or maybe I bought a fake off a member of FPN)
Thanks


14,000 fountain pens were sold individually, a further 3,000 were sold as part of a set. Therefore there are 17,000 fountain pens in total which is why the pen has 17,000 on it.
My Collection: Montblanc Writers Edition: Hemingway, Christie, Wilde, Voltaire, Dumas, Dostoevsky, Poe, Proust, Schiller, Dickens, Fitzgerald (set), Verne, Kafka, Cervantes, Woolf, Faulkner, Shaw, Mann, Twain, Collodi, Swift, Balzac, Defoe, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Saint-Exupery, Homer & Kipling. Montblanc Einstein (3,000) FP. Montblanc Heritage 1912 Resin FP. Montblanc Starwalker Resin: FP/BP/MP. Montblanc Traveller FP.






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