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Montblanc Platinum Plated Facet 146
Posted 08 January 2011 - 21:57
Platinum 146 - the slender grenade
A new pen just in and so this is really a first impression. The fact is that it is the first pen that has pushed me to review and so it must have something special about it. Maybe I just have a little more time on my hands today…
I have had a few MB 146’s through my hands and had basically decided that they were too ‘slight’ for me. I am trying to find the right word that explains the feel – not too small or too light really but somehow just a little bit ‘slight’. I have a couple of MB149’s and they are more robust to the extent of being turgid. This metal MB is somewhere in the middle of these two and has more of an athletic, muscular physique. Ah, the poverty of words!
Looks and feel:I think of this as a slender platinum grenade – it has an air of deadly opulence and looks like James Bond should be unscrewing the cap and chucking it at Goldfinger. The platinum on this second hand model is lovely – quite heavy in the hand but not too heavy, for me at least. The facets are slightly cut in to the metal, perhaps going in by .3mm or so. These facet lines are sand blasted in appearance.
I think that this pen is well balanced considering the platinum cladding – slightly heavy to the back but that works well for me.
How it works:The nib is a typically smooth M on this 146 based model. It has little feedback and glides effortlessly across the paper. Nice, even flow and no problems to speak of – always nice but not expected on an auction bought pen. I may be tempted to send it, along with another booked in MB, for some cursive work to John Sorowka but I’ll live with it for a month or so first.
The cap comes off in two smooth full rotations and the piston filler is exactly as it should be on any meisterstuck – solid and smooth.
I have photographed this pen next to a few others for some size comparisons. From the left is a Stipula Etruria nuda – this is a real keeper and fits my hand like a glove. I have tried a couple of other etrurias and they just were not a patch on the feel and style of this one. Next is a classical MB 149 – this lovely big pen is so great to write with once you relax and find the right grip. The platinum MB is next followed by a Pilot Custom 823. The 823 is a superb pen with a great filling system and nib. It is very close in feel to the 146 but is slightly longer. After that you can see a VP and a Parker 51 (with cool Kullock cap) – pens that most folks will be able to gauge size by. The obvious comparator with the 146 is the Sailor 1911 - I don’t have one of those right now but have in the past and think they are excellent pens with super nibs.
Conclusion:This pen has already gone down a bomb with me! I think we have created a bond and although I may have to do the oddjob to get another metal 146, it will be worth every moneypenny!
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but I love the pen !!
"Oey !! Gimme back my pen !"
Posted 09 January 2011 - 14:13
That's a nice shade of turquoise. Cheers!
The ink is Iroshizuku Kon-peki. It performs very nicely!