Montblanc Meisterstück 146G Silbergrau (Silver Striated) -- Silbergrau is the only other [non-black] color besides the Grün (Green Striated) in the earlier Meisterstück series, and 146s are the largest as they come. Sorry! 149 fans.
These colorful 146s aren’t easy to find, so when they show up on the market they are always snatched up very quickly, particularly the Silbergrau. Ironically, for me, it's the Green Striated I don't have. But, I am not complaining, I am very happy with the Silver Striated.
Appearance & Design
I don't think there's much to say on the Meisterstück design, they're iconic as they come; the cigar shape made famous by MB has stood decades without much drastic change in its lines. The earlier Meisterstücks are tad smaller than their modern day counterparts (which I prefer), before everything became super-sized.
- “146G” and “BB” imprinted on filler knob.
- Ink level can be viewed through the striated lines.
Construction & Quality
This 146G is well built, and the quality is high. The silver striation is beautiful, and no shrinkage is felt.
Weight & Dimensions
This pen has some heft to it, it’s not heavy but it’s not light. I don’t have a right word for it, maybe “substance” will do?
Nib & Performance
This 146G is fitted with a BB nib that is wet and smooth, but not overly wet. It does write way too smooth though [yes, this is a complaint], words tend to glide on paper like a luxury car with a soft suspension riding on smooth pavement. The super smooth writing experience is not my preferred type of category, but hey, who am I to choose?! It's a Silver Striated 146G!
Filling System & Maintenance
Ink intake with the telescopic mech. is on the high side, comparable to the modern 149s. Piston mechanism can be taken apart for maintenance/replace the cork without much problems. However, DIY not recommended.
Beautiful “color” Montblanc; telescopic piston mechanism; vintage nib; celluloid construction...what else more to say? Find one first!