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50S Montblanc 264


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#1 jar

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 17:08

The late 40s and early 50s were a time of change and transition throughout Europe and that was certainly true at Montblanc. Montblanc was changing the designs of their pens from the old dome top to a more streamlined version. The last remaining dome top Montblanc was the 234 ˝ and both the prestige 14x series and the quality 24x series pens were now streamlined cigar shaped pens.

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In the mid 50s the quality 24x pens were replaced by a new design, the 250 series, that featured a slip on cap instead of a screw cap and a new nib design that resembled a wing or feather.

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Not everyone liked the new slip cap or the new nib even though the new wing nib was one of the most flexible nibs yet and so to hedge their bets Montblanc also released one traditional nib screw cap model, the 264.

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The 264 looked very much like the discontinued 244, featured two cap bands an a very simple monotone nib, a straight section instead of the concave section on the 14x series and a plain blue ink view window unlike the striped one on the 146.

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The 264 was also slightly shorter than the 146 or 256 as expected.

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The 264 has withstood the test of time better than the 250 series which tend to develop cracks in the cap lip over time and the nib on my 264 is smooth and soft but without the flex found in the 146 of that period. This particular nib was changed out at sometime during its life, the imprint on the blind cap shows EF but this nib is on the fine side of medium.

In all, if you are looking for a lower cost alternative to the celluloid 14X Montblanc pens of the 50s, the 264 is an often under priced and underappreciated option.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 17:27

Very informative. Thanks!
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 17:53

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 18:35

lots of great info, thanks.
But, in looking, I didn't see 264's being too underpriced.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 18:39

lots of great info, thanks.
But, in looking, I didn't see 264's being too underpriced.


I see them come up fairly regularly and often for under $200.00 US.

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 13:41

I see them come up fairly regularly and often for under $200.00 US.

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 21:23

great quality pen :thumbup:


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 08:30

Thread necromancy  :ninja:

 

I see them come up fairly regularly and often for under $200.00 US.

 

Still purchased for US$215 six years later, in 2018, and still an excellent pen with a slightly soft nib. On that history, it may not be your choice for monetary appreciation but it is a pen well worth appreciating as an excellent writer with attractive design. They are not making any more of these ones.


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 08:35

I got mine this year as a replacement after lost my vintage MB144 at the airport. Personally prefer MB264's smooth but stiff nib. The size of the pen is a little bit small to today's standard. I wish there also be a size 6 pen just like MB256.








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