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How Does James Dean Le Looks After Days / Weeks / Months?

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#1 Mick1


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Posted 10 July 2020 - 20:14

Hello everyone,


I am thinking about getting a James Dean LE because its whole look is very appealing to me.

The pen is made with quiet a lot of silver parts. Now I wonder if the beautiful look will disappear after some days when tarnishing begins.

Does anyone have any experience with how badly this pen tarnishes over days, weeks or months? How would you handle it? I found It very annoying that Agatha Christies snake clip went black after some time. I know, that polishing helps but I would prefer the pencil to stay as beautiful on its own as it was on the first day. 

And is this pen more prone to scratches or finger prints than other pens because of its silver body?


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Posted 10 July 2020 - 22:23

I can't speak for Montblanc, so what I'm about to say is pretty worthless, but some pen makers use a plating over their silver parts to prevent tarnishing.  Some just dip it and let it dry, and then you have shiny silver until the plating wears off.  It's just a clear plating as far as I know.  I've never used it on my pens - I like tarnish.  :)

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 22:47

Yes there is nothing quite like the dazzling effect of brilliant Sterling Silver


I happen to be attracted to the richness of SS  when it's aged Patina develops that is short of the deep black luster.. To help keep its mellowed tone in range I give it a few light swipes with a Rouge cloth.


But when it comes to things M/B for me I do not thinks there is a wrong answer

maybe just one slightly better than the other.


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#4 Mick1


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Posted 11 July 2020 - 07:58

Many thanks for your answers! Does anybody here own it and could show pictures of how it looks like after the protective foils are off for a while?

Does MB use the plating over the silver parts on the Dean LE?

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