Today was a day that I never thought would happen. As I've only been in the Fountain pen scene for about 3 years now, owning various Visconti, Pilot, Parker, and Waterman Pens. Simply put, I never thought I'd own a Mont Blanc. The "precious resin" Mont Blanc uses just seems like plastic, the same as my Visconti or Parker pens. They just seemed completely overrated.
Fast forward to this week. I love my Waterman Exception and the nib is just glorious. it wrote so well it was what I used on the daily. I was very distraught when I discovered that I had lost the pen. It must have fallen out of my pants pocket somehow. I had that pen for a little over a year. I loved it so much I bought a new one.
However, as I knew I wanted to buy a new pen I did some research and I went to a local Mont Blanc Boutique to look at the Boheme. The idea of a retractable nib appealed to me and the reviews looked great. As I was testing it.... the nibs they had for testing were awful. However, I attributed it to them being testing pens and people writing with them who didn't know how to. The Medium Nib wrote terribly but it looked like someone bent the tines a bit.
Though I liked the mechanics of the Boheme, it was just too light for my liking, and I didn't like the fact it was cartridge only. I almost pulled the trigger but I decided I'd have buyers remorse in the long run. The sales rep asked me why I was not going to buy I let her know it was because the pen was too light and I was off-put by the idea of only being able to use cartridge. She showed me another pen, a piston filler. It had a much better weight and it was a retractable nib. It was much better, but the gold trim just was not my thing and I let her know I disliked the gold trim, and the idea it was still precious resin" just did not make me sit well with the price tag. So she asked me once again what I'd want and I stated to her I really like the color blue and I'd be ok with a blue resin pen. She let me know she had something new and that she'd be right back.
She left me alone in the store and came back with a big smile on her face and said "I think you're going to love this pen"
As she was un boxing it I was anticipating something lack luster and then she opened the box, pulled out the pen and put it in my hand. I was immediately over-joyed. The weight was perfect for me, and the color was just STUNNING. I immediately loved the feel of this pen and I slid the dry nib across paper as though it was filled with ink. It was amazing, and I thought I must have this pen.
The only downside is it cost double what I originally was planning to spend. They did "throw in" a free engraving as well at least....
Below are the pictures:
The pen has a nice texture that reminds me a little bit of carbon fiber but the texture is just awesome I am also a big fan of the rhodium trim.
I had the pen clip engraved with my initials
and in case you were wondering, this metal was made in Germany
I really like how this pen does post as I was afraid it might not. It also feels really good posted.
The nib detail is really fun to look at and it is 18k solid gold and has a nice amount of flex on it
The detail on this nib is truly amazing. I personally use Pilot ink because being left handed I have issues with ink being left on my hand. This pen loves the Pilot ink I use so no issues there.
Overall the build quality is outstanding, the one thing I wish this pen had was an ink window but I think that might detract from the overall beauty. I am now proud to say I own a Mont Blanc that is a true master piece.