MontBlanc 146 Sterling Silver in Barley Corn Pattern in gold trims.
Two tone nib in Fine
Weight: I don't have a scale but due to the silver, the pen has a good amount of weight. Most of the weight is on the cap so posting it is out of the question. The pen body itself has an equal distribution of weight.
Length: Capped-140mm, Body-123mm, Posted-157mm, Nib-23mm.
Paper: G. Lalo Verge De France
Ink: Sailor Jentle Grenade.
I was not impressed at first sight due to the pens uncleaned state, it just didn't have that glimmer that makes you go wow. After cleaning the body with a solution specifically made to clean silver, the pen now had that sparkling wow factor. The pen has an alluring translucent glow when its at a certain angle with the correct lighting.
The look of the nib is just good compared to a Sailor full size 1911. To my eyes the etching on Sailor nibs has more contrast and definition, especially the art decor pattern the goes around the nib.
Construction & Quality:
The construction is at it best. The all sterling silver feels very solid. In addition, the weight makes the pen that much more attractive. The barley corn pattern is highly detailed. The clip is solid. The cap goes on securely with just a twist compare to Sailors which takes about 3 twists.
Here is really my deciding factor to keep a pen or not. And it is a winner. The nib writes a nice wet line and has just the right amount of springiness to it for that subtle line variations I am looking for. More spring to it then my Sailor Hard Fine nib. The nib is smooth and so when I apply pressure the nib does not scratch the paper.
The wet line is particular great on Sailor Jentle Grenade ink as the ink has a greenish sheen that is only visible when the line is laid on wet. Unfortunately not all paper get this effect but it does on G. Lalos Verge De France.
I have medium size hands and the dimension of the pen is just right. The barley pattern provides grib for those who has sweaty hands.
It is a piston filler and is particularly happy with this system because ink can be drawn without having to dip the whole feed section into the inkwell. Less messy!
Close up view of the green sheen effect on G Lalo Verge De France Paper
There is an area on the cap where the barley pattern is substiuted with a smooth sterling silver surface. This area is where "925" is stamped.
This area is positioned right next to the clip and I believe the designers did so because the "925" can be seen when the pen sets on a table. It also provides an area for custom initials.
This area makes it easier for it to be scratched as it is a smooth surface. After holding the cap, the sweat from my hands makes this area look unattractive. I found myself cleaning that area constantly and so if I an option, I would personally have the cap all in the barley pattern instead. If not, then that area should be directly opposite of the clip instead.
Also, I feel that the black area with the star doesn't seamlessly integrates to the silver part of the pen. Maybe if there is a thin gold band running around that separates the black from the silver would be more pleasing. Similar to the look of the 75th anniversary editions but a thinner band.
I was not happy with it at first but I am growing to it more each day. The way the nib performs is a big part of that.
The springiness, flow, wetness, and stroke of the nib just goes well with my style of writing. I am not a collector and use all my pens for different purposes. I have my Sailor Matte Black (stay tune for my next review!) as my daily writer and my 146 for journaling and thank you notes. I am set, therefore this will be my last purchase as I am truly done searching for my flagship pen, paper, and ink.
On a side note, anyone here name there favorite pen? =) I am going to name her CrazyHeart. haha.
More pictures and writing samples with captions at my blog here: Photojournal
Edited by kahhoewan, 20 November 2011 - 15:09.