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Review: Montblanc John F. Kennedy Special Edition Fountain Pen

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#21 como

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 10:07

I will go to the local shop to see it in person, once they are allowed to open again. 5Cavaliers, I hope that you don’t mind me pointing this out: This version should be around 42 grams in weight. In your review it says 56 grams. I would definitely prefer the 42 grams for writing comfort :-)

I would agree.  The JFK is very comfortable and nib is outstanding.  It is slightly heavier than my Unicef LeGrand, though.



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#22 5Cavaliers

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 19:48

I will go to the local shop to see it in person, once they are allowed to open again. 5Cavaliers, I hope that you don’t mind me pointing this out: This version should be around 42 grams in weight. In your review it says 56 grams. I would definitely prefer the 42 grams for writing comfort :-)

 

You are very correct.  Thank you for pointing this out.

 

I just checked on my digital scale.  My JFK weighs at 43 grams with a full reservoir of ink.  When I was putting this review together, I used the Montblanc website.  What I realize now, is that the weight that I copied from the website is the ballpoint not the fountain pen.  Oops.   :headsmack:


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Posted 18 April 2020 - 19:53

Update to my Review:

 

Taken from the Montblanc website:  https://www.montblan...untain-pen.html

 

Weight:  42.29 grams

Dimensions: 147.9 x 16.5 x 16.5


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Posted 18 April 2020 - 21:17

Amazing pen! Especially the BB nib! Congrats!!



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Posted 18 April 2020 - 21:46

Amazing pen! Especially the BB nib! Congrats!!

 

Thank you so much!  It is a wonderful pen! The more I write with it, the more I love it.   When I take it out of my pen case, all of my other pens look at the JFK with envy.  


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Posted 19 April 2020 - 02:36

Thanks for showing us your beautiful pen.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come close to buying one of those.  First the blue, then the burgundy which i think is really sweet.  So Seeing yours has me drooling again....The last time i got close there was a Shiller facing me at a great price.  Then an Oscar Wild.   I love the looks of the JFK pen.  But, i think it‘s too heavy for me.  However, the JFK Navy Blue ink is my favorite MB ink.  I stocked up before it got scarce.

After seeing Tom Kelly’s Pictorial of his new Petit Prince,  I just ordered the new MB Burgundy Petit Prince Le Grand.   But, i still have a special place in my heart for the JFK.  I Expect I’ll give in sooner or later...

Enjoy your beautiful Pen.  I hope it gives you years of happy writing.  



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Posted 19 April 2020 - 12:00

👍You are welcome. 43 grams sounds great!
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You are very correct.  Thank you for pointing this out.

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 12:04

Same here. The danger of FPN enablers! 😀

Thanks for showing us your beautiful pen.  I cant tell you how many times Ive come close to buying one of those.  First the blue, then the burgundy which i think is really sweet.  So Seeing yours has me drooling again....



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Posted 19 April 2020 - 17:23

Thanks for showing us your beautiful pen.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come close to buying one of those.  First the blue, then the burgundy which i think is really sweet.  So Seeing yours has me drooling again....The last time i got close there was a Shiller facing me at a great price.  Then an Oscar Wild.   I love the looks of the JFK pen.  But, i think it‘s too heavy for me.  However, the JFK Navy Blue ink is my favorite MB ink.  I stocked up before it got scarce.

After seeing Tom Kelly’s Pictorial of his new Petit Prince,  I just ordered the new MB Burgundy Petit Prince Le Grand.   But, i still have a special place in my heart for the JFK.  I Expect I’ll give in sooner or later...

Enjoy your beautiful Pen.  I hope it gives you years of happy writing.  

 

Thank you so much for your kind comments.  Yes, I too have considered the MB Petit Prince and the Planet pen.  But, like many of us, I need to wait and see how things settle out in the current Covid-19 crisis.  My consulting business has really slowed down.  I may reconsider when things pick up again.  

 

But I am thoroughly enjoying the JFK!  


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Posted 20 April 2020 - 09:38

To what extent is the nib stubbish? I think I see some quite thin sidestrokes in your writing sample suggestive of a stub, which I would not expect from a BB.



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Posted 20 April 2020 - 16:15

To what extent is the nib stubbish? I think I see some quite thin sidestrokes in your writing sample suggestive of a stub, which I would not expect from a BB.

 

Great question!  Yes the nib is stubbish and you do get line variation.  The edges are rounded as you would expect on a stub as opposed to the sharper edges on an italic nib. The softly rounded edges make the writing experience very pleasant.  Part of the reason that I purchased the BB is because of the stubbish quality.  


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Posted 20 April 2020 - 19:10

Interesting, thank you.



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Posted 20 April 2020 - 22:14

The broad nib is slightly stubby too.

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 16:17

The broad nib is slightly stubby too.

 

Thank you for mentioning this.  I also have an OB nib and it is slightly stubbish as well.  


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 18:51

Love it apart from the stupid "JFK" on the clip. That drags the whole thing down a couple notches for looking cheap and tacky.

 

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 19:18

It seems that the MB B nibs are not as consistent as the the BB ones in terms of stubbiness. My 146 Petit Prince Fox B nib is stubby, but my 146 Doué Barley is not. Since these nibs are finished by hand, perhaps that explains the inconsistency. Same with nib width: some of my size 6 MB nibs write wider than others, quite noticeable, even though they were all marked M on the barrel when new.



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Posted 25 April 2020 - 18:24

Very interesting review, I am sure it is a very ncie pen but what blocks me for purchasing a modern is the lack of flex in the modern nibs. Quality Wise a MB is a MB, reliable and durable.


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