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Is The Starwalker I've Had For Years A Fake?


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#1 mitchellb2005

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 23:58

Hello! I'm new to the forum and this is my first post. 

 

I have had my Black Resin Starwalker for about 4 years. I used it every single day for long periods of time. I've had a few small issues with it recently that have caused me to question it's integrity. I purchased it pre-owned for about $180. 

 

The pen has the serial # on the clip, but it also says "Germany" "Metal" "Pix" underneath the clip. The clip is not hollow. The star looks centered as it should, and all engraving looks crisp. 

 

Recently, the clip feels and little loose and there is a little play in the pen when twisting to open/close. 

 

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Thank for everyone's help.


Edited by mitchellb2005, 14 January 2018 - 00:22.


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#2 tamiya

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 06:48

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#3 Chrissy

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 09:37

Hello and welcome to FPN.  :W2FPN:

 

Sadly we can't see any of your pictures because Photobucket no longer lets people use their service for free. You will need to wait a while until you can use the FPN Upload feature (near the top of your screen) or you use an alternative service that lets you post your pictures on a forum.



#4 RocketRyan

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 10:59

The first test would be to check the nib looks like the one on the mont blanc website. Most fakes have a very generic looking nib, not like the unusual starwalker one. Second google the serial number and see what comes up.

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 13:07

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#6 mitchellb2005

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 17:20

Here are the photos. It wont allow me to edit my first post.

 

 

 

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#7 dubhe

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 21:48

After 4 years of heavy use it might just need a service.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 23:07

If I had to vote I would say it's more likely to be a fake than not, because serial numbers are most commonly on the Starwalker clip band, rather than being on the clip itself.  :(

 

Many users will now come on here and say their Starwalker has it's serial number on the clip, and not on the band, but the most knowledgeable person I know at Montblanc told me that it should be on the band, not on the clip. That's the information I have. As a safety precaution, I wouldn't buy a Starwalker if it didn't have it's serial number on the clip band.  -_-

 

It's quite logical if you think about it, as clips can break. Then you no longer have a serial number on your pen.  :unsure:



#9 meiers

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 02:01

Could you open up the pen and show us the inside (the chamber that holds the refill) please? I would also like to see a few photos of the thread that keeps the two halves of the pen together.

Edited by meiers, 16 January 2018 - 02:04.


#10 Mulrich

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 03:14

Is the nib attracted to a magnet? This is a quick way to see if the nib is steel which would indicate a fake.

#11 Driften

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 04:42

Is the nib attracted to a magnet? This is a quick way to see if the nib is steel which would indicate a fake.

 

 

I think one of the original pics showed it was a ballpoint pen, not a fountain pen


Edited by Driften, 16 January 2018 - 18:27.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:43

Also type the serial number into Google search and see if it comes up. If it does, then it's a duplicate.  :(



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 20:27

I just checked my starwalker ballpoint pen. The serial number of my pen is NOT on the clip but on the band...I got mine from the MB boutique...so mine is 100% real :D 

 

However...I have a Starwalker Doue Rollerball. It has no serial number at all :D But I know it's 100% real ;) My cousin used to work at MB HQ and she got it for me at a employee sale...maybe your pen is one of those too? A "faulty" pen...



#14 Mulrich

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 17:22

I have a Starwalker BP and I can't find a serial number anywhere on the pen. The pen was a gift but I'm certain it's authentic since it was serviced by MB a few years ago and the person buying the pen would have bought it from a MB boutique. 

 

The pictures of your pen look identical to mine and seems legit. And if it isn't authentic you have an excellent replica. 



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 07:24

My Starwalker cool blue also has its serial number on the band and not the clip.



#16 Garfield16

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 07:52

Hey mitchellb2005,
we had these serial-number-starwalker-issues a couple of times. The first starwalkers, presented and sold in 2003 & 2004 had the serial numbers just where your pen has it. Therefore thats not a definitive sign for original/Fake. Since yours was bought used, it might be legit.

Please read this thread, where you will find more details:
http://www.fountainp...r-real-or-fake/

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:10

I had a Rubber Starwalker Fineliner with a loose clip some years ago. It started loosening just a few days after I bought it. And I bought that one from a (now closed) Boutique in Illinois! I lived not too far away and stopped in to have them send it in...they were able to tighten it in the store. 100% sure it was authentic because I bought it from Montblanc...the concierge (or whatever the clerks call themselves nowadays) said someone had forgotten to apply the screw sealant (I'm guessing that's like Loctite) when securing the clip into the cap.

 

Just letting you know that a loose clip does not, in and of itself, indicate a counterfeit product.


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#18 mitchellb2005

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 17:12

Thanks for all of the info guys. My friend believed it was authentic enough and purchased it from me for a fair deal after I made this post. I have since upgraded  :D

 

 

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