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Thinking Of Buying Mb 146

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#1 dcohenafp

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 01:24

I am thinking about a MB 146 in Platinum Trim in Medium Nib. Is this a great pen? Will the Platinum Trim detract from the value in the future vs. the gold standard trim?
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 01:35

Regardless of the trim colour, the 146 is a great pen. Mine is almost always inked.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 01:36

It is a great pen. If you buy from the secondary market then you can relax about the value. Regardless of trim, modern 146s will take a long time to ever re-sell at boutique prices, if ever.

I prefer platinum trims since most of my watches are white metals. They are also less attention-grabbing for the uninitiated.

That said, all of my current 146s are gold-trimmed, as they had nibs I could not leave behind.
MB JFK BB; 100th Anniversary M; Dumas M FP/BP/MP set; Fitzgerald M FP/BP/MP set; Jules Verne BB; Bernstein F; Shaw B; Schiller M; yellow gold/pearl Bohème Pirouette Lilas (custom MB-fitted EF); gold 744-N flexy OBB; 136 flexy OB; 236 flexy OBB; silver pinstripe Le Grand B; 149 F x2; 149 M; 147 F; 146 OB; 146 M; 146 F; 145P M; 162 RB

#4 Azura

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 02:16

I have the same impulse at last year, when I finally went to a local boutique store, the sale lady told me, why pay for the brand, and recommended me sailor for a much cheaper price, When I finally bought an Aurora 88, she said, aurora is an overpriced but it has a very good nib.

 

I bought a vintage mb 144 on ebay, the first generation of plastic feeder one, I deemed it is authentic. I have to say, mb's nib is surely beauty from aesthetic point of view, but it feels weird when writing with it, I am not sure why.

 

My suggestion, why not try some wonderful pieces under brands which are not too "overpriced"? Say, nakaya? Personally I never own one, but I do have it a try at boutique stores. It may be a more worthy choice considering what u paid.

 

Again, why pay for the brand.

 

PS, It's absolutely based on the personal experience of a college student who love writing with fountain pen, and I have never try to deny that mb 146 is an wonderful pen. If I get a decent paid job, it will surely be in my wishing list.

 

Good Luck

 

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 14:39

It is a great pen. If you buy from the secondary market then you can relax about the value. Regardless of trim, modern 146s will take a long time to ever re-sell at boutique prices, if ever.

 

Stop thinking and start buying what you like


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#6 orfew

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 15:51

 

Stop thinking and start buying what you like

Agreed, buy what you like.


Edited by orfew, 12 March 2014 - 15:51.

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#7 GTOZack

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 16:38

out of all my pens i carry my 146, everywhere,  to heck and back. It is a true german work horse  and Mines in extrafine, it do have a subtle variation,  


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 17:07

I'll add to this, too: a 146 (M) was was my first fancy pen. I bought it used at a pen show--and it really is just a wonderful pen. I use it all the time, for work, for journaling, for whatever--always some kind of blue ink in it. I'm sure you'll like it if you end up getting it. I also imagine that it will only whet your appetite for more pens, as it did for me. 

 

Oh--and the platinum trim will look lovely (though mine is the gold)!

 

Good luck!

 

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 21:46

I have a 146 with an OM nib. I replaced the original M nib with this new OM through MB's nib exchange service. As this 146 is the real first fountain pen I purchased several years ago, there is a sentimental value to it in addition to all the other attributes to this model.  

 

But, when I compare the 146 with the 149 side by side, I tend to be gravitated toward the 149. The reason I put the OM nib on the 146 is to differentiate it from my 149s (EF, F, B, OBB).  


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 22:19

'Tis a great pen! Don't hesitate if you can pick one up for the right price. ;)



#11 DBQMary

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 22:44

I have a MB 146 F with gold trim that was purchased new, and a 146 B with platinum trim that was purchased used from FPN classifieds.   Both are a joy to use.   Normally I wear gold jewelry and am drawn to gold.  But since my watch is two toned, I decided to try the platinum.   The platinum is very attractive and I am happy that I got one of each.  It makes it easy to know which size nib I am grabbing.   



#12 dcohenafp

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 00:07

Which nibs on the MB 146 do you prefer. I am gravitating between a F and M. I have a Lamy Vista F, which I like and a TWISBI 580 M, which I also like a lot.
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#13 meiers

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 03:27

The 146 is amazing. I own four and they are all fabulous writers.

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 03:30

Which nibs on the MB 146 do you prefer. I am gravitating between a F and M. I have a Lamy Vista F, which I like and a TWISBI 580 M, which I also like a lot.

I used to write exclusively with medium nibs. Last year I acquired an EF nib and this year an OBB nib. They are all excellent in their own way.

You can buy cheaper fountain pens. Been there done that. I have given my cheaper pens to friends and "pen pals" and moved on.

Edited by meiers, 15 March 2014 - 03:33.


#15 dcohenafp

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 13:23

What is your experience with the MB being inferior quality and the pistons and barrels breaking?
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#16 dcohenafp

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 13:40

Also please compare M to OM nibs.
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#17 meiers

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 17:52

What is your experience with the MB being inferior quality and the pistons and barrels breaking?


MB pens are top-notch in my experience.

#18 orfew

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 18:05

What is your experience with the MB being inferior quality and the pistons and barrels breaking?

I have more than 30 MBs and have not noticed that they are any more fragile than comparable pens.


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#19 dcohenafp

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 19:51

I use my pen for work, signing checks, making notes and signing off reports.  Should i get F, M, or OM?


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 19:56

I use my pen for work, signing checks, making notes and signing off reports.  Should i get F, M, or OM?

 

If that is the case it doesn't matter which nib you buy.


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