Intro: This is a pen that has been number one on my grail list for as long as I have collected pens. However, I never really imagined myself owning one of these pens due to the cost. After collecting fountain pens for about four years I had amassed a small collection of pretty nice pens. After taking inventory I realized the the value of my collection now exceeded the value of what a 139 would go for. I made the choice to essentialy trade almost all my nice pens for a 139. Four months of searching later, I had all but given up on finding the 139 I was looking for. My criteria for the pen was it needed to have a fine steel nib and be in really nice condition. This combination was not around at all. To make a long story short a pen fitting my criteria came up on penboard de and I jumped at it.
To the review
Appearance and Design- The 139 is a flat top design. It is simple yet elegant. The 139 is the Fred Astaire of pens. Clean, classy, smooth and oh man can it dance. Black and gold with a couple little silver rings is what we have here. Montblanc really conjured up some magic in making this pen. The design is timeless. SCORE: 10
Construction and Quality- From the moment you see and pick up this pen you know you have a very quality item. The cap screws on perfectly and feels very secure with no wiggle. All the gold trimmed parts are clean and well made. Everything looks of the highest quality. The pen feels sturdy, I am not afraid I am going to break this pen with regular use. And the true test of how wonderfully built this beauty is,the test of time. This pen has been around since the 1940's and still functions perfectly. I can't imagine a pen or any item for that matter could be made any better. SCORE: 10
Weight and Dimensions- This is a fairly large pen. The girth is about the same as a modern 149's but it is quite a bit shorter. When discussing a pens comfort level or whether or not someone likes a certain size is purely subjective so I will give my opinion based off my preferences and let the pictures speak more on this. The weight for me is perfect the pen has enough heft to feel solid but at the same time be comfortable enough to write with for (I would imagine) however long needed. In my mind its the perfect combination of weight length and girth. SCORE: 10
Nib and Performance- Montblanc steel nibs are very special in my opinion. However ill get to more on this in a second. Description- Big beautiful steel nib that writes a fine to medium wet line. Lots of springy ness , softness and flex. Very noticeable feedback. Smooth and responsive . There is my description. Now to my long winded theories. As I stated above montblanc steel nibs are very special. I have used quite a few montblanc gold nibs and quite a few steel nibs ( 1 other montblanc steel nib ). And no other nibs whether they be gold or steel feel like the montblanc steel nibs. There is a very specific feedback, it's very hard to describe it or even put my finger on it in my own mind. The feel to me is sublime, no other nib comes close.
Now this is just a theory of mine and probably way off. But here goes anyway. My guess is that this feel comes from the vibrations created when the nib makes contact with the paper. When these vibrations travel throught the nib and up into the structure one get a certain feel. Depending on the nib material the feel one gets might be a little different. Maybe the steel nib produces a different vibration compared to the gold. This is my theory as to why certain pens just feel different in regards to feedback. Anyway the steel on the 139 is perfection. SCORE: 11. Get 1 more point due to its awesomeness
Filing System- I have reviewed a few other pens with this telescoping piston and there really is not much more to say about it. Fantastic, my favorite piston filler SCORE: 9. I like the danitrio eye dropper more
Cost and Value- I am doing two scores average for this mark. Cost Id say is a 3. Incredibly expensive pen. Very hard to justify such a price for a pen. Value- 10. You are getting maybe the most iconic pen made. This is a piece of pen and montblanc history that points us to a time when craftsmanship and skilled labor were truly at their peak in the pen world. I don't feel it gets any better than this. Combined SCORE: 6.5
Conclusion: This pen found me during a very difficult time in my life. I believe my father had a hand in my finding of this pen to show me that even though he is no longer with us in body he is in soul. This 139 was everything I had always hoped it would be. One of the few times where the product surpassed the hype. I gave up a lot of nice pens to get this one and what I have learned after using it for a few days is I would have given up even more.
Total Score: 56.5/60
Edited by watch_art, 24 March 2013 - 03:19.