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#1 RagunCagun

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Posted 29 September 2016 - 15:53

Hello there, 

 

I'm sorry in advance for the silly question, but if you can't ask pen questions that may seem silly here, where can you?!

 

On to my issue at hand... I've been using a Montblanc Meisterstuck ballpoint (not sure exactly which model) for a while now and I absolutely love it. It was a gift, but I'm not sentimentally attached. I just love the weight and smoothness of the refills (broad; blue), and the effortless glide across the paper. 

 

My issue is, though, that I work in the gov./non-profit sector and walking around with a MB ballpoint (gifted or not) draws too much attention in the wrong way (maybe when I'm a director or team-lead it won't). I try to use it only for personal writing at my desk, etc., but the great feeling of using it has me wanting to just use it all the time no matter what. 

 

Is there any way to make it less conspicuous? Maybe a change out of the white star top? Is there another similarly weighted pen, or one that takes MB refills?

 

I know that it's probably odd to request the transition in this direction (as opposed to asking for a pen that looks more like  an MB), but I'm at a loss. I like pens, and I love this one in particular, but unfortunately it's just too recognizable even to the uninitiated.  

 



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Posted 29 September 2016 - 16:16

I will say that you have a healthy imagination...    Is hard for me to believe anyone is "judging" you by your pen preference.

 

I know Montblancs... and I never noticed them .. unless they are fountain pens (I love the nibs).

 

 

I won't argue with you for what you believe is negative attention... I will say, if you are correct, then take it as a "feature'.. Let your Montblanc show you the kind of person you are dealing with on a daily basis.   ;)   

 

 

 

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Hello there, 

 

I'm sorry in advance for the silly question, but if you can't ask pen questions that may seem silly here, where can you?!

 

On to my issue at hand... I've been using a Montblanc Meisterstuck ballpoint (not sure exactly which model) for a while now and I absolutely love it. It was a gift, but I'm not sentimentally attached. I just love the weight and smoothness of the refills (broad; blue), and the effortless glide across the paper. 

 

My issue is, though, that I work in the gov./non-profit sector and walking around with a MB ballpoint (gifted or not) draws too much attention in the wrong way (maybe when I'm a director or team-lead it won't). I try to use it only for personal writing at my desk, etc., but the great feeling of using it has me wanting to just use it all the time no matter what. 

 

Is there any way to make it less conspicuous? Maybe a change out of the white star top? Is there another similarly weighted pen, or one that takes MB refills?

 

I know that it's probably odd to request the transition in this direction (as opposed to asking for a pen that looks more like  an MB), but I'm at a loss. I like pens, and I love this one in particular, but unfortunately it's just too recognizable even to the uninitiated.  

 


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#3 RagunCagun

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Posted 29 September 2016 - 17:40

I will say that you have a healthy imagination...    Is hard for me to believe anyone is "judging" you by your pen preference.

 

I know Montblancs... and I never noticed them .. unless they are fountain pens (I love the nibs).

 

 

I won't argue with you for what you believe is negative attention... I will say, if you are correct, then take it as a "feature'.. Let your Montblanc show you the kind of person you are dealing with on a daily basis.   ;)   

 

 

 

C.

 

Haha I've thought about this, and that may end up being the route I take, honestly. If there's no other way, then there's no other way  :)

 

I had a former coworker that recognized the emblem once, and called me out on it. She was doing so tongue-in-cheek, though, as she had a ballpoint and pencil set at home and was well versed in pens. Her comment was less an inquiry into why, and more in regards to "why at work?"

 

It could well be paranoia, you're right. But I get the sense that people may not know what MB is within the pen community, but they know it's expensive... sorta like a Rolex...


Edited by RagunCagun, 29 September 2016 - 17:44.


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Posted 29 September 2016 - 17:58

You could always go with the master-of-disguise technique:

 

https://www.etsy.com...ve-colored-yarn


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Posted 29 September 2016 - 19:54

use it proudly. don't be self-conscious about it



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Posted 29 September 2016 - 21:03

Well, you could always say that your pen is a fake 😀

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 00:08

If someone says something you can always point out they have an $800 phone they pay $50 a month to use and it will be polluting ewaste in 3 years. Your pen can last a lifetime and was a gift.

Just don't pull out your new iPhone 7 right after you say that. ;)

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 11:46

No way I would carry a really valuable pen to work - I'd worry to much about it growing legs and walking away, or being damaged in the weirdest ways by some co-worker who just wants to "borrow it for a second".

 

People who habitually carry pocket knives can all tell tales about the amazing resourcefulness of knife-ignorant people at coming up with new ways of ruining a knife.



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Posted 02 October 2016 - 12:29

use it proudly. don't be self-conscious about it

Well said- like female members here would say: 'because you're worth it!'

 

Well, you could always say that your pen is a fake

Alfredo

Two-fold risk: 1. You don't wanna create that image of being a cheap fake user 2. They might want to borrow it on the basis that it is 'only' a fake

 

If someone says something you can always point out they have an $800 phone they pay $50 a month to use and it will be polluting ewaste in 3 years. Your pen can last a lifetime and was a gift.

Just don't pull out your new iPhone 7 right after you say that. ;)

Well said, well said.



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Posted 07 October 2016 - 03:06

I use a Parker Jotter (for shorthand) with a fine Parker Quink Flow refill. The Schimdt EasyFlow refill is highly regarded but I've never tried one. 

 

Get a couple of Jotters in different colours and rotate them - you'll find people won't know the difference between the Parker and the MB, they will be equally surprised you aren't writing with a throwaway Bic. 


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Posted 07 October 2016 - 15:13

I agree with mhpr262. Pens in the workplace are considered communal property. I wouldn't bring an expensive pen to work.

The Duke of Buckingham had a great suggestion - the Parker Jotter. The Quinkflow refill writes smoothly.

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 19:02

RC, FWIW, if anything, I worked for a government mental health agency for almost 20 years. At one time I was using an MB Hemingway BP. I surely didn't care what anyone thought.

 

Occasionally someone would comment about my nice looking pen.

 

Used lots of different pens over the years. My job required "tons" of writing. Also, used fountain pens from time-to-time.

 

And, yes, I was just a grunt, if you will, at the bottom of the heap.

 

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 11:48

As an ExPat contractor to the U.S. Military, I know exactly what, and why you are asking the question...

At my home office I exclusively use Montblancs: 149, 146, and a StarWalker.

Through the years I have carried them to the actual job sites and invariably someone would notice or comment. The worse was when you ran into someone who knew what you had, and the cost. "I would never pay that kind of money for just a pen. Damn we pay you contractors too much!"

But then I found the solution: An Acme ballpoint pen. Actually an Acme Frank Lloyd Wright Special Edition. I throw out the acme refill and replace it with a Montblanc rollerball refill. In order to get it to fit you simply cut the back end off the plastic plug at the first step. Fits like a charm, works like a champ. I have even had people borrow it and comment on how well it writes.

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 13:15

People do judge you buy your pen if/when they notice. When I first got my current job several people kept commenting about my pens and their prices which was actually very disturbing. I simply ignored them and they eventually stopped. You could just ignore them but if they really get on your nerves, you could simply use some electrician's tape to cover the star. I doubt such people will notice it's a MB after and if they do they probably will be someone who cares about the pen itself, rather than its price. 


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 00:42

You could look on eBay for a Montblanc Quickpen.  I bought one in the early 80's, I believe they retailed for $23.00 which included three different refills back then.  It's a very discrete stainless steel pen with a nice heft to it and the rollerball refills still fit.

With any luck you might find one for under $100.00.



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Posted 25 October 2016 - 01:35

Well, you could always say that your pen is a fake
Alfredo

I understand your problem. Unless you work in a corporate suite, law office or are secretary of some lame department, carrying any Montblanc around sets you apart from the everyday working man, and can make you a target.
If you are getting unwanted attention and it's making you uncomfortable then you need to trust your gut and make some changes. Montblanc fakes are very common. Tell everyone it's a good Chinese fake, Bragg about it so everyone hears. Next thing you know they will be asking where they can get one like it. I wouldn't take it out to sign you're tab at the local pool hall, that Could be a problem...
Once you make it in the big times, it won't matter.
Good luck.

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 19:09

I worked in IT for a city in Florida for about 29 years.  For twenty-one of those years I always had a MB 144R and 164 R in my pocket, bordeaux fountain pen and ballpoint, or I had a 146 fountain pen and 164 ballpoint in black in my pocket.  I used them all the time.  All this thought about what someone else thinks is unfortunate.  I think to heck with them, let them buy their own Montblanc.  If they like Parker better, so be it.  To each his own.  Occasionally I would use my Parker 51 and Parker 51 ballpoint.  Whatever.  It's a free country.


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Posted 31 October 2016 - 15:53

I apologize in advance, but as previously mentioned, why spend exorbitant amounts on worse vices and yet frown on someone using an mb? No one should be judging you.

Personally, I'm new to fountain pens and nicer writing instruments, but i have nothing but greater respect for someone who appreciates finer writing pieces. If inconspicuous is what youre after, there are many great pens not mb that won't bring you unwanted attention.

I say just use it, youre over thinking this :)
A great pen is still a pen and created for the purpose to actually use and enjoy.

Edited by jgwak2, 31 October 2016 - 15:54.


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Posted 09 November 2016 - 15:22

I have only judged one person for a Mont Blanc pen, and that was because it was clipped on the outside of his lanyard, as he was walking at a brisk pace outside on the sidewalk on a crowded street next to the bus lane!

If he doesn't have the respect for that pen, maybe it should be given to a more appreciative audience ;)

There is a hack to get the refill in a Pilot G2 https://www.wired.co...ap-amazing-pen/

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 15:35

I would just use it and enjoy it and don't feel at all self-conscious about it. Some may think it's not authentic.  :D

 

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