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Classique Vs Legrande?


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#1 Pelikanlover123

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 12:49

Hello, I've decided that I need a montblanc in my life, and I cannot for the life on me decide on what model to get. I would like to hear the general consensus on these pens and which of these are your favorite and why.
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 13:26

Well I believe that the 146 is the most popular of the two in the community. I've never used the 146 so I can't say if I'd enjoy it or not, but I own the 145 and it's by far my absolute favourite of any pen in my collection. I love it for its smaller profile, great nib and excellent converter.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 13:32

Hello, I've decided that I need a montblanc in my life, and I cannot for the life on me decide on what model to get. I would like to hear the general consensus on these pens and which of these are your favorite and why.
Thanks
G. Thompson


Montblanc offers pens in different sizes so that their customers can buy a pen that fits their hand the best. If you have a boutique nearby, do go and try out the pens in your hand. Quality wise both are top class.
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 15:41

Pelikanlover123, you need to tell us what you like and how you use your pens? Giant pens, heavy pens, fat pens, thin pens, doodle or serious page after page of writing?

 

For me, I prefer the 144. It feels really nice in my hands, and is a GREAT writer. I also choose pens not just on performance but also on how it looks. I actually like the way the 144 takes the dimensions and design of the Meisterstuck line and changes it to fit a smaller nib and narrower proportion. It looks a little more discrete too unless you're using one of this blingy gold and jeweled ones. The last point is that the converter makes it SUPER easy to clean. No need to stand at the sink and fiddle with the piston knob in what feels like forever to get the 146 clean.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 15:58

The 144 is too slim for comfortable use for me the 146 is perfect for me.


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 16:08

They are all amazing. Pick the one that calls to you and fits your hand.

Edited to add

Over the years my preferences have changed and shifted. I started out with a 144 and now use 149s most of the time.

Edited by meiers, 06 December 2017 - 16:10.


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 16:23

No contest. It has to be 146/Le Grand.  :)


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 16:31

Montblanc offers pens in different sizes so that their customers can buy a pen that fits their hand the best. If you have a boutique nearby, do go and try out the pens in your hand. Quality wise both are top class.

the closest pen shop near me is the 'penshop' in Glasgow so I'll probably have to make a day out of it if I wanted to visit.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 16:34

It's all about what feels right to you. I don't have a 144, but I have pens of similar size. I have a 146. I have found that two main factors play into my comfort with the pens. Weight and size. At this point I feel the 146 may even be small for my hand.

It's a little surprising, at least when I was growing up, always used narrow writing instruments. I never thought much about the size effecting the use. Then I started to get into FP's and initially had the weight= quality feeling.

Now I enjoy the lightest pens I can find, within reason, and simply haven't gotten a 149 because well like not a fan of the polished finish resin.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 16:37

Pelikanlover123, you need to tell us what you like and how you use your pens? Giant pens, heavy pens, fat pens, thin pens, doodle or serious page after page of writing?
 
For me, I prefer the 144. It feels really nice in my hands, and is a GREAT writer. I also choose pens not just on performance but also on how it looks. I actually like the way the 144 takes the dimensions and design of the Meisterstuck line and changes it to fit a smaller nib and narrower proportion. It looks a little more discrete too unless you're using one of this blingy gold and jeweled ones. The last point is that the converter makes it SUPER easy to clean. No need to stand at the sink and fiddle with the piston knob in what feels like forever to get the 146 clean.

Well I only own two pens, a pelikan m405 and a platinum 3776 (which I've lost last week , which is the reasoning behind me wanting a montblanc) and I found the sizes to be near perfect for my hand. I'll be using the montblanc mainly for letter writing. Also what Mb nib size would be comparable to a platinum fine?

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 16:43

Quick question. Is this a real montblanc quiver? https://m.ebay.co.uk...kYAAOSwgv5ZST3c I can't find it on the montblanc website.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 17:01

the closest pen shop near me is the 'penshop' in Glasgow so I'll probably have to make a day out of it if I wanted to visit.


Ok. I am not sure if all the penshop branches stock MB.

The current version classique is the 145. Aka Chopin. It has a threaded cap as compared to the push cap of the 144. The 145 also weighs more.

I have all the meisterstucks. The 145 is no slouch. The 146 (le grand) is closest to the 3776. Go for the EF to match the F on the 3776. The nib feel will be v different in any case.
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 17:12

Quick question. Is this a real montblanc quiver? https://m.ebay.co.uk...kYAAOSwgv5ZST3c I can't find it on the montblanc website.

 

Yes its a correct Florence 2 pen case. Originally made in Italy and no longer produced. That one is far too expensive though. You will find one cheaper than that.

 

They come in 1 and 2 pen size, in black, bordeaux and maybe brown I think. Type it into Google, select Images, and you will see a few different ones.  :)


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 17:59

Well if you want to stay with the smaller form factors similar to the M405 and the Platinum 3776 and like the way these pens perform, then the 144 is probably going to fit you better, contrary to what people say. IF you feel these pens are a little on the smaller side and want to explore a more substantial pen, then try the 146. Although I say try because at the 900 USD they want for the pen, it's a commitment. I really don't understand why people can offer advice not even knowing what pens you have and how you choose to use it.

 

If you like a 3776 fine, then you'd have to go for an MB EF. Unfortunately the EF nibs are not readily available unless you get it from special pen shops. Even MB boutiques only stock F and Ms. They will advise you to buy the pen and then send the pen away for a free nib exchange.

 

Well I only own two pens, a pelikan m405 and a platinum 3776 (which I've lost last week , which is the reasoning behind me wanting a montblanc) and I found the sizes to be near perfect for my hand. I'll be using the montblanc mainly for letter writing. Also what Mb nib size would be comparable to a platinum fine?



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 18:52

145 (Classique) with a fine nib for everyday-carry use. 

146 (LeGrande) with extra fine or OB for stationary or formal clothing. 



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 19:03

No contest. It has to be 146/Le Grand.  :)


That was my attitude until about two years ago.

#17 pugsmanias2

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 19:17

I think, regardless, one eventually ends up with two, three, or more MB's anyway! I have!






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