Well, I have now gotten the fountain pen mania fever! And FPN appears to be the online place to be! :-)
Earlier this year, I purchased my first Rouge et Noir black fountain pen. The serpent and retro design really caught my eye. I found that the nib wrote somewhat 'scratchy', and the Montblanc boutique sent the nib off for servicing. However, even after servicing, it still writes scratchy.
I then purchased the Rouge et Noir coral fountain pen. I like this one even better since it has beautiful green inlaid eyes on the serpent (whereas no inlaid eyes on the black pen), and the two tone (yellow and white gold nib, in contrast to the one tone white gold nib for the black pen). Also, I think the coral colour adds more to the retro feel. Surprisingly, the nib in the coral pen writes considerably smoother.
Welcome to the Fountain Pen Network Montblanc Forum!
It's very nice to have you join us.
Thank you so much for the clear images of your lovely pens.
The detail that you've provided is especially appealing.
Your photography brings out the unique features of the pen design.
What nib size is on the pens, if you don't mind my asking?
I'm puzzled by the scratchiness that you described.