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Montblanc Meisterstück 146 Ramsès Ii
Posted 23 March 2013 - 21:59
I have been searching for one of these Montblanc 146 Ramsès II for quite a long time. The prices were very high or the pen wasn't in decent condition. Until I found a pen that was both in very good condition and fairly priced. I can only say I didn't regret my purchase at all.
Appearance & Design (10)
The design of this pen is brilliant. The lapis lazuli and its intense blue and its gold particles is a perfect match to the vermeil body.
The cap is made of lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone prized since antiquity. It was the pharaohs' favorite stone and was often used for amulets and ornaments. The rest of the pen is in Vermeil (which means gold plated sterling silver).
The pen is named after one of the greatest and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire (Nineteenth dynasty). Ramses reigned during the 13th Century BC. The whole design easily identifies with the ancient Egyptian culture. The only downside of this design is that the pen isn't discrete at all. It's nearly impossible to use it in public without getting some remarks from the people around you.
Construction & Quality (10)
The pen feels quite heavy in the hand and although the materials aren't hard as granite, the pen feels more solid that one would think. The construction is perfect, it's a true special edition Montblanc. I would say that the quality is more one of the PoA Series than one of the Writers Edition Series (maybe because of the weight).
Weight & Dimensions
The 146 Ramsès II is based on the Meisterstück 146 and retains its proportions, although being a bit bulkier (especially the cap).
The Ramsès II feels noticeably heavier than any resign & gold Meisterstücks. It's comparable with the Solitaires Meisterstück. The pen feels very nice in the hand, it's quite big after all and mostly suited to those who have relatively large hands.
Nib & Performance (10)
The Nib is made of 18kt gold and is partially rhodium plated. It's a regular 146 Nib with no particular decoration.
The pen came with a fine (F) nib which I didn't like. I had the nib exchanged by Montblanc for a BB Nib. The pen came back with what I would call a BBB nib. This nib is really one of the bests I've ever written with (on par with my Gaius Maecenas). It's very smooth and wet while not being slippery. It lays down a very nice amount of ink.
Because of the nib size, this pen is used to write letters or documents in which my writing is quite big. Writing with it is a pleasure, and I can write for hours without any complaint.
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 decent amount of ink (especially considering the nib size).
Regarding maintenance, the nib disassembly requires some special tools. Therefore I give it a 8 out of 10.
Cost & Value (10)
The pen is quite expensive. I had to wait for very long to find one that was both in good condition and reasonably priced. I paid 1500$ for it. Although the pen is still very expensive (for me at least), it's such a joy to use and to look at that I think it's worth what it costs.
I love this pen nearly as much as my Gaius Maecenas. I am passionate about Greek / Roman and Egyptian culture so this pen is a really nice adding to my growing collection.
I hope you'll enjoy this review and forgive my approximate English.
Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:24
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Posted 24 March 2013 - 18:00
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Posted 24 March 2013 - 18:11
Posted 24 March 2013 - 18:19
Fool me twice; damn
There goes that fox again.
Posted 24 March 2013 - 18:42
Great pen, congrats!
Posted 24 March 2013 - 21:08
Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:58
Will von Dauster
Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:18
Glenn (love those pen posses)
Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:13
Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:10
the pen is very nice,congratulations.Just can you tell me how old is this pen??And you've said it's the standard 146 nib but i see here is a 18K nib where the 146 is filled with a 14k since a while!You're lucky they've changed your 18k ef with a 18k BB they could have fit a 14k one wich would have be dammageable i think...
You are absolutely right. The nib is 18kt not 14kt as the normal 146. My Montblanc Boutique has been very helpful and told me they would put the same nib with a BB tip. I'm glad they didn't put a 14kt nib instead. I think the 18kt nib is smoother and flexier than the 146 14kt nib.
Very nice. From the writing sample I woul have guessed a "B", not a "BB".
That's surely because I write with the tip of the nib not being parallel to the line I'm writing. The writing sample is also quite big, if I write smaller characters the width becomes more obvious.
I love BB nibs and I can assure you that this one is noticeably wider than my other BBs, which was a very nice surprise as the pen came back.