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Montblanc Writer's Edition F. Scott Fitzgerald
Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:01
this is my first review on FPN so please don't expect too much. It's about the MB Fitzgerald pen which recently moved in with me.
INTRODUCTION: I can't decline that I was drawn to the pen because I like Fitzgerald. I do like Kafka too though and the pen does nothing for me. "Fitz" comes in the usual Writer's Edition "I'm a book! Oh, wait..."-packaging which I don't like because it looks like the cheapish editions of Pearl S. Buck you find at every garage sale.
Appearance & Design (9/10) – The design is meant to talk about the roaring twenties and to me it does. I find it easy to imagine a pen like this one in "The Great Gatsby". The barrel is made of "mother of pearl resin", though it reminds me more of folds in a satin sheet because the material seems to have a considerable depth dimension. Piston knob and cap are black and set with sterling silver rings and clip. The shape reminds of a zeppelin. It doesn't get the full 10 points because it's not a design I've been overwhelmed by but I do like it a lot.
Construction & Quality (8/10) – I haven't owned the pen for a terribly long time yet, but don't have any reasons for complaints. The piston filling mechanism works smoothly and efficiently, the clip slides into place without having to be lifted manually. One point off because I sometimes don't manage to "hit" the threads of the cap at the first attempt when screwing it on - which might be my fault of course. Another point off because it doesn't have an ink window which could be inconvenient at times.
Weight & Dimensions (9/10) – "Fitz" is a lightweight pen, though it doesn't look like it on the pictures. The overall length of barely 14 cms doesn't make it particularly large either. I find it nicely balanced though it could be a tad heavier for my taste.
Nib & Performance (10/10) – It came with the standard M nib which I had exchanged for an OB, a choice I am quite happy with. The picture shows a writing sample (please don't mind the hand, I'm working on that) with Caran d'Ache Saffron ink on Clairefontaine 90g paper. Although the edition is quite old - it came out in 2002 - there wasn't a problem to get the desired nib. The nib is 18k bicolor which adds even more to the "roaring twenties" feel and has an "urban skyline" carved into it. It writes very smooth but with an edge to it which gives nice feedback to the hand. Unlike some other Montblancs I own this one doesn't have the slightest starting problems even on very smooth paper. Nothing to improve here.
Filling System & Maintenance (8/10) - "Fitz" is a classic piston filler which holds a considerable amount of ink. As stated above, there is no ink window. As a Montblanc it wishes to be sent to a service center for maintenance or nib swap.
Cost & Value (10/10) – I bought this pen at half the price at a shop's closing-down sale since so cost/value relation for me is nothing but excellent. :-D Shortly after I've heard that MB put the retail price for these up to € 980,- (approx. $ 1300,-).
Conclusion (9) - A pen which I like equally for its looks and its nib and which is frequently used.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:04
Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:46
Money may not make you happy but I would rather cry in a Rolls-Royce
The true definition of madness - Doing the same thing everyday and expecting different results......
Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:35
i dont know how you managed to get such clear snaps, i am sure that i will fail miserably if i try myself.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 14:31
Posted 13 February 2011 - 15:51
Congrats on your buy again, great review and I just love the pics!
Life is like Chinatown signage, its cluttering, confusing but everything that you need is there, just have to look harder....
Posted 13 February 2011 - 16:12
Posted 13 February 2011 - 17:19
Edited by Adrian Collins, 13 February 2011 - 17:20.
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 23:47
I find my Fitz to be an excellent companion for everyday writing.
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Shotokan Karate: Respect, Etiquette, Discipline, Perseverance
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