Since I love ancient Romain culture and always enjoyed Latin at school I immediately called my boutique to order my Gaius Maecenas 4810; I bought this pen without ever have seen it before purchase but I have to tell I didn't regret it.
Appearance & Design (10)
The design of the pen is obviously inspired by the ancient Roman culture.
The cap is made of sterling silver (925) and is the most interesting part of the pen. The first lines of a poem dedicated to Maecenas by Horace are engraved onto the cap in the typical Romain style. It says: "Maecenas atavis edite regibus, O et praesidium et dulce decus meum, Sunt quos curriculo pulverem olympicum, Coleggisse iuvat metaque fervidis, Evitata rotis palmaque nobilis."
The model that was waiting for me at my boutique was affected by an error in the Latin text, instead of "curriculo" it was written "curricOlo". I noticed the error when seeing the pen for the first time an reading the Latin text. While this is an interesting detail, it was important for me to have the correct text, since I understand it and knew these verse before buying this pen so I asked for the corrected version. At the top-end of the cap there are some laurels (symbol of the emperors) and at the bottom-end of the cap it says "Gaius Cilnius Maecenas".
The clip resembles a Roman sword. It's a nice touch, and one of the first details you notice when seeing the pen.
The body of the pen is made of white marbled lacquer and ressembles a Roman temple's column. I find this lacquer of very good quality, it's pleasing to the touch, a bit shiny, lightly marbled and the edges aren't that sharp. All in all, even if this part of the pen isn't the most interesting, I find it very well designed.
At the end of the pen you'll find the piston-nob (blind-cap). It's also made of sterling silver and decorated with a Roman pattern. At the bottom of it you'll find a portrait of Gaius Maecenas engraved into the silver blind-cap. It's also written: Gaius Maecenas - MMXI.
Construction & Quality (10)
This pen feels very solid and is very well built. You would definitely expect this type of quality for a pen that costs this much.
Weight & Dimensions (9)
The sterling silver cap and blind-cap make the pen quite heavy. It's still very comfortable to write with; those who appreciate heavier pens will like this feature. The Gaius Maecenas feels noticeably heavier than any resign & gold Meisterstücks. It's more comparable with Solitaires Meisterstücks.
The pen is based on a MB 146 but the cap it larger and has greater girth. While not being as large as A MB 149, this pen is definitely on the large side and thus more suitably to the who have larger hands.
All in all I find it very pleasing to write with this pen. I like the added weight, you feel that you have something that's very well built in your hand. I can write with it for several hours without any complaint.
Nib & Performance (10)
The Nib is made of 18kt gold and is rhodium plated to match the body’s sterling silver fittings. On the nib you can see some laurels, the legendary 4810 (height oft he Montblanc), MMXI (for 2011), the Montblanc M, 18kt and 750. I chose a BB-Nib.
The nib performs amazingly good; it’s very smooth, wet and it lays down a fat line of ink. All in all I would say without any hesitation that this is by far my best writer.
As with all Montblanc pens, the nib can’t be removed.
Filling System & Maintenance (8)
Since the pen is based on a MB 146 it’s a piston filler. The piston moves smoothly and the pen holds a very decent amount of ink (even with a BB nib you can write quite some pages before having to fill it again).
I give this pen an 8 because there is no ink-window (I know it would ruin the design, but it’s still useful to know if one is running out of ink), and because you have to send the pen back to Montblanc for any Maintenance. Montblanc does the job very well, but you’ll have to give your pen away for quite some time… Also to clean the pen, you’ll have to repeatedly suck up ink and expel it until the water comes out clear (which can take some time…).
Cost & Value (10)
The pen isn’t a bargain at all, it’s actually my most expensive fountain pen. However the pen is such a joy to use and look at that it’s worth every penny I spent on it.
You surely already notice that I love this pen : the design is stunning and it writes like a dream. The only drawback being that you’ll have to send it back to Montblanc for any maintenance, I highly recommand the purchase of this pen and think I’m gonna keep mine a very long time…
I hope you'll enjoy this review and forgive my poor English...
Edited by sny, 17 July 2012 - 20:25.