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Montblanc 146 Solitaire Hematite Review


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#1 jamesgibby

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 18:06

Design and Build

At first glance you cannot fully appreciate this pen. The reason for this being that in bright light the hematite and polished stainless steel just seem to blend into one. I find that the hematite gives this pen a subtle elegance that is quite welcome. I also own a gold and black (reviewed here) and when compared to this very obvious and bold pen, the hematites design is based on blending the two materials and not contrasting them as we can see with the gold and black.
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The pen is a standard 146 with a stainless steel barrel with a steel piston mechanism (as opposed to brass. The nib is a standard 146 two tone nib and has a precious resin grip section and 'panelled' ink view window (like 149's). Where this pen stands out is obviously with its hematite cap. At first glance you could be fooled for thinking its all one solid colour but on closer inspection you can see the 'organic' property of the stone. The hematite is covered in small darker dots which in strong light sparkle somewhat. In fact if you rotate the cap slowly under direct light such as a lightbulb it almost looks as if there are small bits of glitter in there!
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The cap is topped with the usual black resin snow cap and the typical meisterstuck clip
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This pen writes VERY well, it has a stubbed medium nib and i find it is the perfect width for me. I normally like standard F nibs as my writing is quite small. I find the my Copernicus with its M nib is a tad bit too thick but this stubbed M nib is just write.

Value

I did not actually purchase this pen. As with my Copernicus this pen was one of several pens i traded for a website. However even at full retail price (if they were still produced) i would be more than satisfied that i was getting great value for money

This pen gets a great 9/10 for value

Summary

I cant find anything bad to say about this pen, perhaps the hematite could be a bit darker in order to add a little bit more contrast under stornger light. Some may find that the pen seems to 'blend' in too much and wont make a statement when compared to other solitaires but for me this makes this pen is just great. Its not a normal Solitaire either and if you are looking for a solitaire that is different and NOT GOLD then this pen is made for you. The only bad news is that they dont make them anymore!

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Montblanc Copernicus 4810, J.P Morgan 4810
Montblanc Writers Edition:  Hemingway,  Proust, Dickens,  Mann,  Twain,  Swift
Montblanc 149 1986, 75th 1924 LE, 90th Anniversary, Platinum
Montblanc 146 Solitaire: Hematite, Gold & Black, Silver Fibre Guilloche

Montblanc 234 1/2L

Montblanc Boheme Medium size non-retractable BB nib
Montblanc Starwalker FP & RB

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 18:33

I wonder how they fashion the cap out of that stuff.. A most beautiful pen! I envy you :thumbup:
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#3 jamesgibby

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 18:40

I wonder how they fashion the cap out of that stuff.. A most beautiful pen! I envy you :thumbup:

On a lathe i suppose? drill it through and then use the lathe to shape it?

I was really lucky Bryant had this pen and that i am creating this new site for him so i snapped this one up as part of the trade we had agreed on. It a shame they dont make them anymore. Im looking for a citrin also as its also a great looking pen

Montblanc Copernicus 4810, J.P Morgan 4810
Montblanc Writers Edition:  Hemingway,  Proust, Dickens,  Mann,  Twain,  Swift
Montblanc 149 1986, 75th 1924 LE, 90th Anniversary, Platinum
Montblanc 146 Solitaire: Hematite, Gold & Black, Silver Fibre Guilloche

Montblanc 234 1/2L

Montblanc Boheme Medium size non-retractable BB nib
Montblanc Starwalker FP & RB

Montblanc Newson (Matt)

 

Want to Buy MB 129, 139 , 138  136  134  132 & 149 Silver Rings


#4 Ed Ronax

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 21:16

Great review, thanks, and a striking pen.
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#5 Blade Runner

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 02:53

I'm always impressed by the heirloom quality of the Solitaires. This is a very nice one. Congrats!

#6 Faulkner

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 17:53

Apart from the cap, is this the same as the carbon -steel Solitaire?
I reckon hematite might be heavier, right?
In other words: did anyone have the chance to compare both?

#7 jamesgibby

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 19:09

yes the cap is heavier. I have compared to my black and gold solitaire.

Montblanc Copernicus 4810, J.P Morgan 4810
Montblanc Writers Edition:  Hemingway,  Proust, Dickens,  Mann,  Twain,  Swift
Montblanc 149 1986, 75th 1924 LE, 90th Anniversary, Platinum
Montblanc 146 Solitaire: Hematite, Gold & Black, Silver Fibre Guilloche

Montblanc 234 1/2L

Montblanc Boheme Medium size non-retractable BB nib
Montblanc Starwalker FP & RB

Montblanc Newson (Matt)

 

Want to Buy MB 129, 139 , 138  136  134  132 & 149 Silver Rings


#8 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:28

a very modern and pleasing design :thumbup: congrats on the pen
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 18:41

it looks very nice but personaly i prefer the black and gold ;) (de coloribus et ...)
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 20:02

Gorgeous pen! One Montblanc I'd be happy to own.

#11 Tom Kellie

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 03:52

Design and Build

At first glance you cannot fully appreciate this pen. The reason for this being that in bright light the hematite and polished stainless steel just seem to blend into one. I find that the hematite gives this pen a subtle elegance that is quite welcome. I also own a gold and black (reviewed here) and when compared to this very obvious and bold pen, the hematites design is based on blending the two materials and not contrasting them as we can see with the gold and black.

The pen is a standard 146 with a stainless steel barrel with a steel piston mechanism (as opposed to brass. The nib is a standard 146 two tone nib and has a precious resin grip section and 'panelled' ink view window (like 149's). Where this pen stands out is obviously with its hematite cap. At first glance you could be fooled for thinking its all one solid colour but on closer inspection you can see the 'organic' property of the stone. The hematite is covered in small darker dots which in strong light sparkle somewhat. In fact if you rotate the cap slowly under direct light such as a lightbulb it almost looks as if there are small bits of glitter in there!

The cap is topped with the usual black resin snow cap and the typical meisterstuck clip

This pen writes VERY well, it has a stubbed medium nib and i find it is the perfect width for me. I normally like standard F nibs as my writing is quite small. I find the my Copernicus with its M nib is a tad bit too thick but this stubbed M nib is just write.

Value

I did not actually purchase this pen. As with my Copernicus this pen was one of several pens i traded for a website. However even at full retail price (if they were still produced) i would be more than satisfied that i was getting great value for money

This pen gets a great 9/10 for value

Summary

I cant find anything bad to say about this pen, perhaps the hematite could be a bit darker in order to add a little bit more contrast under stornger light. Some may find that the pen seems to 'blend' in too much and wont make a statement when compared to other solitaires but for me this makes this pen is just great. Its not a normal Solitaire either and if you are looking for a solitaire that is different and NOT GOLD then this pen is made for you. The only bad news is that they dont make them anymore!

 

~ This review was helpful in clearing up several misconceptions I had about hematite.

 

The images and the systematic explanation were especially appreciated.

 

Another treasure of a review.

 

Tom K.








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