As far as I know there are three types of Boheme fountain pens made by MB.
First Type: Extra Large with 18k gold retractable single tone nib and cartridge filled.
It is similar size compare to MB 149. (Discontinued)
Second Type: Extra Large with 14K single tone gold non-retractable nib with convertor filled. (Discontinued)
Third Type: Small size with 14k gold single tone gold retractable nib and cartridge filled.
The one that I am going to review is the 1st type.
I like the Boheme because of the flat top and the simplistic design. The barrel has an slight curvature that make it easy to hold. The current production, the small size, is just too small for my hand to use and it is often being attributed as a woman’s pen.
Capped: 5.25 Inches
Cap posted: 6.5 Inches
Without post: 5 inches with nib unit fully extended
Barrel: 18/32 vary close to 149
Weight: I don’t have a scale therefore I am just using my hand to weight the difference, it is slightly heavier than the 149.
The nib is the same size as the 146’s nib. It is smooth with slight feedback when it glides across the paper (a common characteristic with MB nibs). So far I have used it on cheap papers (regular college ruled notebooks) and 90g Clairefontaine Notebooks and no skipping had occurred. Just like other modern 18K MB nibs it is fairly stiff with zero flex. Another bonus is the retractable mechanism it is pretty unique compare to other FP out there.
One of my favorite features of this nib is the full rhodium plate rather than the 2-tone. I own too many 146 pens and would like to see so variation. I will properly never send this pen back for a nib swap just in case it comes back with a 2-tone nib.
One of the downside of this pen is the cartridge fill. I don’t like it because of the small ink capacity and the lack of choices on the ink color. Personally I don’t like to use MB ink because I find it too dry. To combat this problem I got the Private Reserve cartridge-filling unit. Right now I am happily using the Aurora black ink in this pen.
Another downside for this pen is the cleaning. If you have used the Boheme before you know it is hard to fully clean out the residual ink in the nib. Regular under the water rinse just wont do it especially if there are some ink clogging. To get around that problem I brought the “MB cartridge cleaning kit”. It is just a plastic pump that forces water in and out of the nib. So far it has work really well and I recommend it to any Boheme FP user.
The Boheme is a well build pen. The resin used on this pen is thicker than the 146’s. It gives this pen extra heft, which I like. My ideal Boheme would be the extra large size with piston but since MB had discontinued the extra large Boheme I doubt my dream will come true anytime soon. If you like the Boheme design and find one of the extra large Boheme out in the wild I recommend you to give it a try. I think you will love it as much as I do.
The value of the pen depends on the person who has it. I had been looking for this pen for a while therefore the money I paid cannot be measure by the joy I get when using this pen.
Edited by kaisede, 25 January 2011 - 01:12.