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ST Dupont Large size Montparnasse


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#1 jar

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 19:56

The Montparnasse came in two sizes, the standard as reviewed here and the large.

Both versions have screw on cap pens with the section and filler almost totally hidden in the body. Since you hold the body of the pen to write even the standard size feels large.

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They both use the same system to hold the section in place, a lock at the base of the body that can be opened and used to unscrew the section. This allows the section to be removed cleanly and easily.

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The large sized Montparnasse is really a handful. It is a commanding pen that will stand out in any gathering, yet one that also is clean, simple and without any ostentation.

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As with all ST Duponts, the nibs are moderately wet and very smooth, very controllable.

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The Montparnasse was the last of the ST Dupont pens to use a cartridge and converter other than the International size. The ST Dupont converter though is the same size as the Parker and Aurora twist converter and they are a perfect fit. Since it is nearly impossible to get the old style ST Dupont ones it's good to know that the Parker will fit the Montparnasse, Classique, Gatsby and Lady models.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 20:12

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 21:39

Nice review, thanks.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 21:42

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:41

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The Montparnasse was the last of the ST Dupont pens to use a cartridge and converter other than the International size. The ST Dupont converter though is the same size as the Parker and Aurora twist converter and they are a perfect fit. Since it is nearly impossible to get the old style ST Dupont ones it's good to know that the Parker will fit the Montparnasse, Classique, Gatsby and Lady models.


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Thanks for your recocomendation of Parker and Aurora converters. So I tried to put an Aurora cartidge (which is Parker compatible) in my regular sized blue chinese laquer Montparnasse. It fits very well, except punching the hole into the neck is not optimal with the Montparnasse, so one might use a Parker, Aurora or Lamy to do that before inserting a Parker or Aurora cartridge inti the Dupont. Great ink catridge reserve solution.
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IMO, the Montparnasse series is sub-optimal regarding its lengtht. The barrel lengtht is rather short (for me) when held properly, and posting is unconfortable because of the sharp cap lip, which is cutting into ones web between the fingers.

Edited by saintsimon, 30 January 2010 - 03:45.


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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:29

Very nice review (and pics!) jar!

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 15:16

IMO, the Montparnasse series is sub-optimal regarding its length. The barrel length is rather short (for me) when held properly, and posting is uncomfortable because of the sharp cap lip, which is cutting into ones web between the fingers.


Interesting. I don't have that problem with either the standard or large sized Montparnasse but certainly do with the Classiques. Also the cap lips on the ones I have are not as sharp and severe as on the Classiques. I do find that I usually post the caps on the metal finished Montparnasse and on the large size regardless of material, but less often when using the Chinese Lacquer finish standard size. this is not so much because they are uncomfortable as because I find the cap tends to work loose on the Chinese Lacquer standard size but not on the large ones.


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Posted 01 February 2010 - 12:35

Jar, thank you for your review and clarification about Montparnasse sizes. This black and gold larger size pen is absolutely stunning...

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 19:49

Jar, thank you for your review and clarification about Montparnasse sizes. This black and gold larger size pen is absolutely stunning...


Here is a picture of some of the ST Dupont models so you can see relative sizes.

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From left to right: Classique, Gastby, standard Montparnasee, large Montparnasse, Ellipsis, Fidelio, standard (large) Olympio and the X-Large Olympio.

Remember that with the Gatsby and Montparnasse you hold the barrel to write and so that is the effective girth of the pen.


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Posted 01 February 2010 - 19:58

I love that X-large Olympio but it always makes me think of Bob Hope!
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 19:58

I love that X-large Olympio but it always makes me think of Bob Hope!


Okay, gotta ask.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 20:54

I love that X-large Olympio but it always makes me think of Bob Hope!


Okay, gotta ask.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 19:10

A Montparnasse family portrait.

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From left to right: Large Gold lined, Black Chinese Lacquer, Marbled, Standard Amber Guilloche Chairman, Large Silver lined, another Black Chinese Lacquer, Standard Gold lined.


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