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Montblanc Carrera Worth Buying?

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#41 meiers

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 14:52

I feel extremely scared of getting fake good, So i normally buy all my pens from the authorized retailer so it helps me that if one buys from there , There is just no tension !! 


There are other trusted and reputable sources.

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 09:33

Can you please elaborate the other reputed sources !!



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 15:00

I didn't know that.

 

 

Only the 149 and 146 hold the same amount of ink.

The 149 and 146 definitely do NOT hold the same amount of ink.


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#44 meiers

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 16:20

Can you please elaborate the other reputed sources !!

In my book:

Montblanc boutiques
Fountain Pen Hospital and other authorized dealers
FPN marketplace
Bryant Greer (Chatterly Luxuries)
Max pens etc

Edited by meiers, 31 August 2014 - 16:52.


#45 meiers

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 16:22

 
The 149 and 146 definitely do NOT hold the same amount of ink.


Are you sure?

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 17:37

 

The 149 and 146 definitely do NOT hold the same amount of ink.

 

I'm old and so may well be wrong, but what support do you have for that assertion?


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 20:30

In my book:

Montblanc boutiques
Fountain Pen Hospital and other authorized dealers
FPN marketplace
Bryant Greer (Chatterly Luxuries)
Max pens etc

 

Could you provide links?

 

In my recent experience, the local market seems flooded with pirated copies selling for the real thing. It seems eBay is also a place in which extreme care must be exercised before committing to buy.



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 21:05

 
Could you provide links?
 
In my recent experience, the local market seems flooded with pirated copies selling for the real thing. It seems eBay is also a place in which extreme care must be exercised before committing to buy.


The market place right here on fountain pennetwork is my favorite place.
And then there is http://www.fountainpenhospital.com

You can find the other links using google.

Edited by meiers, 31 August 2014 - 22:01.


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:33

Thanks for the information which will protect  us from the exploitation and also from some of  the unscrupulous businessman  !! 



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 12:26

It turned out to be a fake. A 145-like body with a marking on the ring stating model no.149. Cheap etching on the tip. From now on -and considering the myriad fakes- I'll buy here and on Amazon exclusively.

Thanks for the pointers!

I would be very careful on Amazon. They offer no buyer protection as e-bay does and there tend to be numerous fakes on there as reported in their feed back comments.

If you buy new go for an authorized dealer so you will get the warranty coverage. 



#51 meiers

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 17:58

I would be very careful on Amazon. They offer no buyer protection as e-bay does and there tend to be numerous fakes on there as reported in their feed back comments.

If you buy new go for an authorized dealer so you will get the warranty coverage. 


YES!!!

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 07:47

That's pretty bad to hear , My friend has just ordered a Fountain pen and he is to kind ,polite to know all this. Have to tell him !! Good to know , next time ebay !!



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 22:27

I would be very careful on Amazon. They offer no buyer protection as e-bay does and there tend to be numerous fakes on there as reported in their feed back comments.

If you buy new go for an authorized dealer so you will get the warranty coverage. 

 

 

YES!!!

 

Well, I guess you need to read this: Just yesterday I received a Lamy Safari fountain pen that I bought from Amazon. It came in an envelope along with the Z24 converter. When I proceeded to open said envelope, I found to my dismay that none of the items were packaged in their respective retail boxes or blisters, they came inside plastic bags with no sign of the warranties or documentation. It was a bit of a letdown, but considering the price, I decided to forgot about this, until I flushed the pen and discovered blue ink flowing out of the nib!!

 

It was a shock to discover myself buying second hand from Amazon, so obviously I reported this to Customer service around noon today. A couple of hours later, I received a mail from them saying that another Safari pen and another converter were sent to me to replace the items I got first. No need to return anything, no need to pay for anything. They even added upgraded shipping!!

 

Don't know about you guys, but that sounds like extraordinary customer service to me!



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:57

That does not sound that bad as they have rebmiursed the whole thing and that's a pretty humble thing to do , Amazon you got my respect !!



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 05:33

Are you sure?

 

 

 

I'm old and so may well be wrong, but what support do you have for that assertion?

I own both and I can write for days on end with my 149 but the ink finishes a LOT faster with the 146. I suppose I could go measure it and all but it seems like a lot of effort to prove a point. :/ The size of the pen itself is massively different btw..and the piston also moves up all the way equally for both pens. Doesn't need a lot of rationalizing to figure out that the 149 carries more ink IMHO..


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 13:19

 

 

I own both and I can write for days on end with my 149 but the ink finishes a LOT faster with the 146. I suppose I could go measure it and all but it seems like a lot of effort to prove a point. :/ The size of the pen itself is massively different btw..and the piston also moves up all the way equally for both pens. Doesn't need a lot of rationalizing to figure out that the 149 carries more ink IMHO..

 

Sizes can be misleading.  I own a few of both models.  The question is not what the exterior measurements are but rather the inside measurements and mechanism are.  As I say, I may well be wrong yet again but TTBOMK the piston is exactly the same part for both pens.


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Posted 06 September 2014 - 23:45

I decided to forgot about this, until I flushed the pen and discovered blue ink flowing out of the nib!!

 

It was a shock to discover myself buying second hand from Amazon, so obviously I reported this to Customer service around noon today. 

Little did you know that LAMY tests every pen with blue ink, and you had probably gotten a brand new pen with zero issues. The lack of packaging is a concern from my point of view, but all of the Safaris and AL-Stars that I have bought have had traces of that annoying blue.

 

That said, the prior listed sources, here, authorized dealers, MB itself, and Chatterly, along with Nibs and GoPens, won't steer anyone wrong.



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Posted 07 September 2014 - 00:23

Little did you know that LAMY tests every pen with blue ink, and you had probably gotten a brand new pen with zero issues. The lack of packaging is a concern from my point of view, but all of the Safaris and AL-Stars that I have bought have had traces of that annoying blue.


Indeed. I went shopping yesterday for more Safaris and all of them got blue ink on the nib (one even had a stained feeder). Doing a search, turns out Lamy tests each pen with blue ink.

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 06:10

Personally I love the look of the Carrera :)







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