In certain aspect these 2 pens are very much a like and from other they are very very different.
Design and quality
The Paragon is a pen that looks like its was made in different times,its attaintion to details is limited and the overall quality of material and tolerances is avarage.
The MB VW is in any standard excellent both material and overall feeling.I dont know or care how really unique is MB's special resin but I can tell you it works.Comparing the quality of these 2 pens is like comparing a new Mercedes and a 3 years old Ford.
The HT trim on the Paragon is nice and with the 12 faces this pen has its own unique character,the clip is the one thing I never liked it doesnt work as good as just a regular clip and I always have to help it when I put the pen in the shirts pocket,in general this pen is very quite in its design its not flashy and anyone that doesnt know Omas pen might mistake this pen to just another pen.
The MB with its curvy body,waved and star at the top is more recognisable and interesting,this pen isnt flashy in any way but I enjoy looking at it,its esteticly designed right and I must apllaud the engineers that designed this pen.It feels good and looks good.
In this category MB wins hands down.
In the hand
In size these 2 pens are almost the same size the MB is 14cm long and the Paragon is 3 mm larger at 14.3cm this pen size is full size like the M800 and not oversize like the MB 149 or the M1000.They are both suted perfectly in my hands but the MB curvy design has a small advantage,it feels as if it was tailor made in my hand adapting its curves to my hands curves simply perfect.
Small advantage ot the MB
Size and weight
The montblanc is heavier and even though it is not a heavy pen it is defenetly heavier then the Paragon.I personaly like light weight pen so the Paragon is the pen I would take for heavy duty writing but for everyday use the difference isnt that big.
A small win to the Paragon
Both pens have a piston filler,thats a factor that is important for me,I love piston filler,I find it to be very reliable and just plain fun to fill.Both pistons are working well but the MB is smoother then the Omas Paragon and thats another way the Paragon showes the difference in quality between the 2 pens.Never the less I must point the piston in the MB isnt as smooth as it is in the Pelikan M800.
Both pens hold a lot og ink and it will be enough for everybody.
Yet another small victory to the MB
The heart of the subject.
Lets start with the MB.From the moment the 18k yellow gold MB's M nib gets even close to the paper is starts writing,it floats and is very very smooth,I call it an eager nib and that is a must in my book.Those nibs that do you a favour and write drive me nuts.It has a beautiful 2 trees engraved on it,very lovely to the eye.
It tells you everything that hapeneds on the paper.Even the log paper at work it smoothents amazingly and this paper is thick and very rough,this is defenetly one of the best nibs I every owned or tried.This nib has one problem and the problem is called Omas nib.
The moment I put the Paragons nib on the paper again I got amazed,how easy it is to get spoiled and used to such an amazing nib,such a masterpiece this nib is so good that nothing so far is better,where the MB nib is good the Omas is amazing,where MB nib is amazing Omas nib is heavenly.This is not about how bd the MB nib is,MB as I said has simply a wonderful nib in ANY standard but the Omas nibs is king.The Omas nib is an 18K white with an arrow engraved on it,its simple and elegant.
MB stiff nib cant compete with the slight flexible smoothness of the Paragon.It is hard to explain but once you put the nib on the paper you can feel it.
Omas Paragon wins here.
So which pens wins this competition,I never had so different two pens that confused me so much.Out of my pens these two are the best writers I have or ever tried and to come the conclusion which pen is the best is very hard.
But I must choose one so here goes,to me the most important thing is how the nib feels on the paper and even though on paper the MB wins in points when it comes down to everyday writing the Paragon feels better.True it doesnt look as good and doesnt feels as good but the moment the nib touches the paper I forget everything else.So just because of this nib masterpiece the Paragon wins again.
Edited by goodguy, 25 December 2007 - 13:07.