For that kind of money you can easily purchase a magnificent authentic ballpoint from the classifieds here or even a fountain pen.
If it's a ballpoint pen you want to gift. There are also other VERY GOOD ballpoint pen makers: Lamy, Caran d'ache.... the list is long.
Fake Montblanc ballpoint pens and rollerball pens are sometimes very hard to spot. My advice: purchase from a reputable source.
I know that fountain pen would not be the right choice for him so I will stick with ballpoint.
He has been looking at Mont Blanc pens at the airport and marvelling at how beautiful they are - he has no other expensive pens so it will be his first one. I thought I should stick with the brand he seems most keen about.
If I were to buy either of the two pens I posted from eBay, I was thinking I can always bring the pen to the flagship store in London to make sure its authentic and if not, return it.
I have 8 more days to figure it out and all advice is truly appreciated!
Edited by megt, 20 September 2017 - 15:50.