I hv been hanging around the forum for a while tho. lots of great information here.
So. Full name of the pen: MontBlanc MEISTERSTÜCK SOLITAIRE DOUÉ SIGNUM CLASSIQUE 8574
It is one of the less popular MEISTERSTÜCK models, a member of DOUÉ SIGNUM in the SOLITAIRE series.
the SOLITAIRE series is known for its contrasting colour of white metal and black resin.
Appearance & Design (9) - MEISTERSTÜCK designs simply don't go low.
To me MEISTERSTÜCK pens are design guaranteed. Especially for this pen, the resin barrel is engraved with patterns. This is quite uncommon for non-limited-edition Montblanc pens, which appear more in clean cuts and smooth finishes. The engraving adds some liveliness and complexity to the design, and stands it out from other MEISTERSTÜCKs. The cap and barrel end are platinum plated, though sharp looking, but quite hard to prevent from minor scratches.
Construction & Quality (10) - Crown of the german quality
Everything so perfect. The converter is screwed onto the deliverer. Engravings are so very detailed.
Weight & Dimensions (10) - Slender and genteel.
Light in weight and same size as 146, ideal for me. Too-heavy pens distort my hand-writing. The barrel and cap can interchange with those of 146, and many other models in the same size i believe. Caps and barrels from different models can be combined together. That jus adds tons of fun.
Nib & Performance (9) - M nib. Cannot be smoother, but with large ink flow.
Hand crafted 18k gold nib. Very smooth. Quite soft as a modern nib. I didn't plan to use it as a daily writing pen, so i picked the M nib, which is relatively thicker than that of other brands. Montblanc is well known for its large ink flow, and relatively thicker strokes. I personally like soft nibs, because for some reasons they give me a better font. But the ink flow is perhaps a bit over the top, and the thickness is slightly over the standard measurement. Stereotypically Germany.
Filling System & Maintenance (9) - Best converter filler I have seen
The converter functions smoothly, neither too tight or loose. Sealing is no problem. The golden ring adds a fancy touch on even the inner structure of this pen. Converter fillers are just everywhere today, nothing special. So as a fan of special filling systems, I ll take 1 mark off jus because of such mainstreamness ¬.¬
Cost & Value (7) - The 'Montblanc price'
The whole SOLITAIRE series is more pricey than the classic resin MEISTERSTÜCKs. I bought this during my visit to Stanford, California. Took me $800+, pricy indeed. However this model is already one of the cheapest fountains in the SOLITAIRE series.
Conclusion (54/60, 9/10) I would say the quality of the pen itself and that of the writing it produces are both top notch. Althought pricy, it's worthy.
Edited by lintonwang, 12 March 2013 - 00:22.