I got an unexpected gift today - a supposedly new MB 146.
The person who bought it has no experience with fountain pens (guess she's just fed up of listening me talking about them), and got this MB on ebay without realising the amount of fakes around.
I did take a look at the listing: the seller has over 1000 sales, no recent negative feedback, many different pens sold; price was about 30-35% off list price.
I started going through the "checklist" of obvious signs to detect a fake, but I'm also no expert in MBs. And there are a few things that got me confused and I hope anyone can shed some light on it.
- Came with box an "Service guide" booklet;
- The precious resin (marketing is such a great thing, isn't it?) feels warm to the touch and not like cheap plastic. Strong light shows the expected "red transmittance";
- MB star is perfectly centered on the top of the cap;
- Was (still is) stickered (M);
- Piston filler is very smooth;
- 9 digit serial number on the clip band;
So far so good, but then things got slightly weird:
- Cap ring is engraved with "MONTBLANC-MEISTERSTUCK-Pix®-" (I thought Pix was under the clip);
- Under clip is engraved with "Made in Germany" and centered below it "metal" (never heard of the metal part before);
- Nib is the dual-toned with 4810, the Montblanc star with M inside it, Au585, StOD, and MONTBLANC right at the bottom - writes wonderfully and under a loupe does not show any imperfection, engraving/pressing is smooth, everything is perfectly centered;
- There is a tiny "D" on the tip of the feed;
Do any of these things seem a sign of a fake? I know that MB changes engravings once in a while, but I had never seen this variation before.
I did not have time to get the macro lens out of the bag for some proper images, and I hope the description is enough. If not, I'll try to get some decent images.
Thanks for any help.