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Do You Think This Mb144 Cartridge Only Is Real Or Fake?

fake 144 montblanc real cartridge only 144 cartridge only

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#1 09debel


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:15

sorry about the poor photo quality, it is an ebay listing from cambridge uk









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#2 CS388


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:08

We'd normally say 'innocent until proved guilty'


However, with Montblanc pens and their fake counterparts, it tends to be the other way round - especially with these cartridge models, which are the most faked of the series.


I can't see anything amiss in your photographs, though.

It looks good - but we'd really need more information/photographs to say for definite.


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:29

That is a lovely nib.  :)

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#4 Sasha Royale

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:44

It looks pretty good.  I have one, but am no expert.

Examine the cap band.  The name "Meisterstuck" should be in block letters.

The "U-umlaut" character should be the same height as the others.  Actually, the letter "U"

will be shorter than the other letters, with the two small "dots" above the "U" points making

up the rest of the height.  Look carefully.  There is a distinct separation between each arm

of the letter "U" and the dots of the umlaut.


The Montblanc is first tier in quality.  It is expensive.  Every mark, feature, and cut should

be clean and precise.  I see some damage in the second photograph.


I take it that you do not have the pen.  If the listing specifies that it is a Montblanc, Ebay

buyer protection will support you in a genuine sale.  By the way, obtain from the Montblanc

Forum member the correct spelling of the name.  "MONT  BLANC"  is one of the "knock-off"


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#5 09debel


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:48

thanks for the replies, if i were to shine a strong light on this model should it glow red, if it didn't would i know for sure it was a fake

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 13:12

Yes, it should glow red.

But this is not a definitive test of authenticity.

Many black pens seem to glow red under strong light.


Ask the seller for the serial number, then google that number.

There are some well known numbers which fakers seem to use again and again.

(It may not have a serial number, if it is pre 1990)


All in all, it's very difficult to be 100% certain from photographs alone.

I realise that this is a catch 22 situation, but hands-on experience is the usual clincher.


Communication with the seller is the first step.

Pictures of the feed (underside of the nib) and internals will help to authenicate, or otherwise

If you go for it and it proves to be counterfeit, the Ebay system will help you to get a refund.


Good luck.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 13:43

The only thing weird about it is that it is a regular 144 with an 18k gold nib. I think that they made 144's with 18k nibs for the French market, but I'm not sure.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 22:16

It has the correct bands for the 144, and the one nearest the nib is corroded as is common.

The cap is push fit not screw fit which is also correct.

The nib should be monotone gold and it is.

It looks authentic from the pictures that you have shown us.

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