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Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Nib Question


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#1 LeCorb

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 14:19

Hello,

Recently I purchased a Montblanc Meisterstück 149 second hand.

Upon receiving it I noticed there is a slight bend on the top of the nib. Pictures attached.

Just wondering if this is a part of the design? Or it is some kind of damage, bent nib.

Thank you very much.

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#2 Driften

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 19:56

I am really surprised no one answered your question yet. Maybe change the title to include "Bent?" into the subject to tell it apart from other people advice about nib widths or something. It me it looks a little bent but I am not a MB expert and it could be the shape of the tipping or something done for a reason.



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 20:00

Looks normal to me.


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 22:29

Looks like a 146, not a 149. Yes, they do have upturned nibs in some, but not all, examples.

I see nothing to be concerned about as long as you are happy with how the pen writes.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 02:52

That definitely looks bent or dropped to me.

 

The top should be straight with a ball of tipping material on the end.



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 03:19

Looks like a 146, not a 149. Yes, they do have upturned nibs in some, but not all, examples.

I see nothing to be concerned about as long as you are happy with how the pen writes.


That thought crossed my mind, too.
In response to your query, I have a question: how does your pen write?

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 04:05

The 146 I had with a similar nib wrote just fine. I noticed no real difference. The pen is on its way to a new owner so maybe he can share his opinion once it arrives.

I will say the nib in question had recently come back from MB service and they did not adjust or comment on the nib. In the past if the nib was a bitnofd, they made a note of adjusting it. So, more circumstantial evidence the upturn look is in the realm of normal for MB 146 nibs.

#8 LeCorb

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 16:38

Thank you for the replies. I really appreciate it.

The pen writes fine. It is just a bit strange that it has a upturned nib, I haven't seen one before.

I guess if it was bent or got dropped before it would be uneven. It looks quite symmetrical.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 16:43

Your nib is fine.
If you paid for a 149 and received a 146, a partial refund might be in order.

#10 Kalessin

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 20:30

Try a websearch on "Sheaffer upturned nib", a nib shape like this was a feature of their pens for many years.


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#11 Driften

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 00:29

Here is a quote from Richard Binder "But most fountain pens today have open nibs — hence, straight nibs — because, with one exception, no manufacturer today has seen fit to adopt that little bend for smoothness. The one exception is Montblanc, which doesn’t bend its nibs upward as Sheaffer did but does finish its tips to create a writing-pad shape very like that on a Waverley fountain pen nib."

 

That does seem to be what you have. It seems more like its the tipping material that is making it look that way. So maybe you have the MB version of a Waverley which are really smooth writing and handle wider angles to the paper then standard nibs.



#12 Old Salt

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 00:58

I have seen upturned nibs. That one seems a bit extreme, but, If you are happy with the way it writes then don't over analyze it, enjoy it. You have a world class pen there. It should give you many years of writing pleasure. Enjoy

#13 LeCorb

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 08:18

Thank you very much everyone.

It is good to know that the nib is not damaged.

It is a really great pen to write with.

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 17:53

Looks fine to me. My 146 looks the same

#15 Driften

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 23:22

I just got my MB 146 with an '80 vintage B nib and it looks just the same as your picture and from close inspect its just the shape of the tipping material and not bent in any way on mine. On closer look at my 146 M it shows some similar tipping but less pronounced on the smaller width tipping.  I think it helps to be able to write at a wider angle then normal to the paper. I can go way high like a ball point user or my normal shallow angle and it writes just as well.








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