Posted 26 April 2019 - 21:10
Fake or not that was (is) the question.
Firstly the 145 is one of the most faked Montblanc fountain pens, along with the Starwalker range.
The next time you get one Do the following checks
1, Does the converter push or screw in, the genuine ones screw in.
2. At the bottom of the feed is there a notch, like the bottom fin is missing, genuine ones have that notch.
3. Is the nib gold, use a magnet to test, the fake pens have plated steel nibs, gold is not magnetic.
4. A couple of old ones that even the fake pens have these days so not a good sign but obvious if they don't. Shine light through the barrel genuine pens and good fakes will glow red. Pix behind the clip, genuine pens don't always have this so it's no indication.
5. Google the Serial number, MB don't reuse their serial numbers so if you find when googling that more than one person has posted about that serial number it will probably be fake, unless it's the same pen floating around the market.
Modern fakes are quite good, I once compared a genuine 145 with a fake and all the parts were fully interchagable between the two pens, other than what's been mentioned above the only way to tell which was which was on the scales, the MB was heavier than the fake.
You do need to have your witts about you buying MB pens on eBay etc.
The good news with the 146 & 149 is that because off the expense building a piston filler they have generally avoided the counterfeiters.
Just do your due diligence before spending big money