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On first sight the Geometric is quite stunning, its three dimensional finish glistens in the light, an effect intensified by the bright spotlights in the Montblanc boutique. Since this was a ‘new’ model released in October 2010 (being a self confessed technology geek I am more used to ‘new’ meaning released last week, ha ha!) each boutique only stocked one model. Unfortunately this model had a small scratch on the ink window, in my view unacceptable for a pen of this cost (I will discuss further about the cost of this pen in the cost and value section below) and how the way I put it to the saleslady “I’d rather not have a head start in damaging my pen”. Luckily for me the boutique (the Birmingham one in Selfridges for those wondering) was eager for my cash and swiftly offered to next-day me a new one from Hamburg. I agreed and on the Tuesday after the Saturday I first viewed this pen I had a scratch free model; a very fast turnaround from Montblanc.
Appearance and Quality: 9½ out of 10
This pen features a design I haven’t seen on a Montblanc before. When I first saw the pen I was curious whether the pattern could be felt by the hand or if it was lacquered over. The former is true, however the pattern certainly does not make the pen awkward to hold – if anything it helps you to grip the pen, especially with the lack of a step down section. I cannot complain much about the quality of this pen, with the small exception of an annoying feature creeping into recent Montblanc Meistersücks is that the cap does not totally secure onto the barrel. My father’s 146 rollerball’s cap secures well onto the barrel with no forgiveness, however in this Meistertück and the Meisterstück Diamond Classique I have the cap can be almost clicked from side to side unless it is screwed on extremely tightly. But this is only a minor imperfection, thus leading to the half point removed in this section’s score.
Construction and Quality: 9 out of 10
The build quality is almost perfect: the piston telescopes flawlessly and is much looser (in a positive way) than my John Lennon special edition whose piston is rather tight. I am particularly impressed by the granite circles on the base of the cap (pictured below), they add a touch of class and in my opinion reflect Montblanc’s importance on attention to detail. One thing that does annoy me with Montblanc pens is that they do not seem to align the star emblem with the clip (and where I say they don’t seem to, read ‘they never do!’). Perhaps this detracts from their attention to detail. In this instance, the star is aligned almost perfectly. But I didn’t really care about alignment in this pen; for the material the star is made of is much more overpowering than its alignment: Mother of Pearl.
Reserved only for Montblanc’s most exclusive pens, for example limited editions such as the Patron of Arts series, Montblanc have seen this pen as worthy to crown the pearl, in comparison the much more expensive £1600 Meisterstück Porcelain pen is given the standard resin star (to much disdain from the Montblanc community). The Meisterstück Silver Barley is also finished with the Pearl star.
Weight and Dimensions: 10 out of 10
The pen is 146 sized and is nicely weighted. In terms of feel, the cap seems heavier than the pen (this may not be the case, but the cap is smaller and therefore feels heavier because of its density). The barrel is nice and light, and you could easily write many pages with this pen without much stress on the hand and wrist. I find the size just right: It is chunky enough to satisfactorily fill the hand but slim and short enough for it to be used every day and stored comfortably in a pen case. In some of the Meisterstücks, annoyingly, since the cap is heavier than the barrel, the pen tilts on its top-heavy cap meaning it looks, well, for lack of a better word, wrong, when rested upon a table. This particular model does not, however, so it scores full points here.
Nib and Performance: 10 out of 10
The Geometric features a single tone champagne gold nib. It is the first time in quite a while that Montblanc has made a single tone gold nib on an unlimited pen – normally the dual tone gold and silver is used. This is a nice touch, which matches the rest of the pen’s colour well. As with most of Montblanc’s pens, they leave the factory mainly donning medium nibs. But I was bored with the mediums; it was time for a more exotic choice. Oblique medium? Nah, my hand does not play well with the angled nibs. Broad? Come on, I want a change of universe not a flutter to another village. Double broad? Sounds good. I sent the Geometric away for a head transplant to a double broad, and this nib writes like a paintbrush, gliding over even the worst of paper. It certainly took, and will still take, some getting used to this new nib, and the much thicker line it lays. While the mediums can be used at almost any angle, the broads are a much fussier bunch, whose tips must glide exactly parallel to the paper. I love now the across strokes are different in thickness to the vertical strokes, i.e. line variation. In future purchases I think a single broad will be the nib of choice. If only Montblanc made a triple broad in the 149 and not just the oblique triple broad, otherwise it would hold a solid first place on my future purchases list. Overall, there are no complaints here.
Filling System and Maintenance: 10 out of 10
As I mentioned above, the piston moves easily without any stuttering or inconsistency, storing a decent amount of ink. I’m sure the wider nib will guzzle more ink than the thinner medium but the amount should suffice for a good few pages. The ink window is a nice addition allowing you to see when you are about to run out of ink, and also allows you a sneak peak into the piston mechanism.
I cannot comment on the maintenance aspect as I have not needed to maintain this pen, and if I did, would send it to Montblanc rather than attempting to change anything myself.
Cost and Value: 7 out of 10
This pen retails at £950 and the saleslady made it clear she had no intention on budging on that price: apparently discounts would “devalue the brand”. However I did get a free Montblanc watchcase, which are not available to purchase, and are only given to loyal customers. This case is of very nice quality and I was told that if it were to be sold, it would be at the £250-£300 bracket. I accepted this gift even though I don’t have a use for it, and I may post some photos of it in the Montblanc forum in the future.
How would I rate the value of this pen? I gave 7 out of 10 because I think £950 is a steep price to ask for this pen. It is suited more, in my opinion to the £700-£750 area. That said, I have no regrets in purchasing this pen, as it is joy to own and use.
Final score: 55½ out of 60 – Pretty damn good!
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Edited by Brookzy, 17 July 2011 - 10:00.