Well, despite my recent promise to myself not to buy another pen this year after recently getting my lovely 149 and (finally) my grail pen (waterman Serenite).
As the cap is prone to fall off a pen in ones pockets, i decided to use my small (when capped) Pilot M90 in a small material pouch and that worked pretty well until I was in John lewis the other day......
I saw a MB Boheme a short while back in a local high-end pen shop and had a small play. The nib is retractable into the pen and it comes with a small top that screws on and the clip is in the right place!!!
£415 though? Not after the two recent purchases.
Well, in John Lewis is was reduced to just over half price! Yep, there was no hesitation
In summary of what is to come, this pen is perfect for what i want, an extremely high quality pen that won't stain my pockets and is very sort and unobtrusive, yet when posted is a nice size to use with a good, comfortable width.
Nib wound back in by twisting the rear section (easier when the pen is posted).
Nib partially extended - because I can
Rather gorgeous, smooth and silky 14K medium nib.
The pen ready to use, posted and nib fully extended.
This pen will only accept cartridges, no option for a converter due to its short length. The end snaps open on a hinge to reveal the top of the cartridge and then one rotates the end cap a little more to screw the cartridge out ready to be easily removed.
Rather pleasantly, the pen takes standard cartridges and I happen to have quite a few Diamine and Private Reserve cartridges lying in a drawer and the pen is currently filled with Private Reserve Avocado.
So, the size. Here it is lying next to my Pelikan M400 for comparison
Around the same length when Pelikan unposted and MB posted.
Even at the price I paid, it is an expensive pen and I am not about to carry it in my jeans pocket without some protection against accidental knocking against anything else in there (keys, money, phone - I only carry a phone in a leather case in the same pocket 99% of the time).
So, in summary there is really nothing I can fault on this pen (it is a Montblanc after all, so very good quality and a little pricey) for the use I have in mind it is perfect.
Better than vanishing point? In my opinion, they don't even come close (if the VP had a cap and the clip at the right end though.... )