Construction & Quality (8) – The pen is robust and its parts are well fitted however the piston was extremely tight and I had to remove the nib to grease the piston. This is unacceptable for a pen that costs USD 900. I experienced exactly the same problem with a new MB 146 last year.
Weight & Dimensions (7) – The pen is not unduly heavy and is similar in length and girth to a MB 149.
Nib & Performance (4) – The nib is medium and made from 18kt gold (plated to appear silver). The ink flow from the nib was low and also prone to skipping. I flossed the nib and washed it several times with soapy water and this improved its performance somewhat. I tried a number of different inks in it: MB Burgundy, MB Blue, MB BRG and Sailor Blue. None gave any perceptible improvement in performance. I have now filled it with Tanzanite and its performance has improved. All in all a very disappointing nib; far inferior to my Sheaffer Legacy Heritage, MB 149, Sailor 1911, Pelikan 800 and Parker Duofold.
Filling System & Maintenance (9) – The pen uses a piston filling system – this now works well after I lubricated it (see construction and quality above). It holds a large amount of ink.
Cost & Value (5) – I purchased the pen new from an online retailer in Malaysia for about USD900 (much cheaper than the MSRP offered by MB in Australia which was about USD1200).
Final score (40/60) – I have mixed feelings about the pen and must admit that the main reason I purchased it was because of its connection with my hero John Lennon. This pen really has little in common with Lennon except its name. Also I wonder if the man who wrote “Working Class Hero" would approve of his name being associated with a luxury product. I don't buy pens for display but to use them for what they were designed to do, ie: write. I don’t think this pen will feature prominently in my rotation.
Edited by Gary1952, 12 February 2011 - 11:52.