Some pure gold in this thread! Thank you for that.
I still canít believe it, because this pen has some mythological unicorn dust status, but I own oneóa mid-1980s 149 thanks to a gift from a good friend. It was not in great shape originally when my friend got it, and he had it serviced by Montblanc, thus replacing most of the pen in the process. The nib is original but also needed some experienced nibmeisterís help. The end result is now mine, and I was on the fence about it for a while.
Firstly: wow, itís huge! The section is so thick! Thatís both good and bad, and Iím still adjusting to the size in terms of writing comfort. I love the nib thoughólarge and beautiful. It writes well and with a crisp cursive italic flair. I suppose the credit for that should go to the nibmeister, but not sure if it was a stub to begin with.
Secondly: itís a big and bold Montblanc pen. I equally want to carry it everywhere for the huge-pen-thatís-fun-to-use factor, while also being apprehensive and somewhat embarrassed about being seen with something recognizably expensive like that in general public, since Iím not a business executive nor an attorney, nor a doctor,.. you get the idea. It might just stay a home desk pen for my personal writing pleasure. On the plus side, I donít have to worry about it being lost or stolen, or damaged that way. I tend to carry pens that blend in with ballpoint look more, like Parker 51s, or cheap but good Kaweco budget model, and the like.
So Iím clearly not the right person to give advice on the objective value of a Montblanc 149. Subjectivity though, I like having one, and until I got it, curiosity about more modern Montblanc nibs was always on the back of my mind.
P.S.: my only other Montblanc is the opposite of 149 ó a tiny tiny vintage 252 with a flexy and very small OB stub nib. Excellent pen, one of my favorites and discrete enough to not at all worry about it being noticed.
Edited by Intensity, 29 July 2019 - 06:44.