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Mont Blanc Alexander The Great Patron of the Art


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#1 kaisede

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 17:25

Hi all,


******Appearance****** (5/5)

This pen is stunning in person, most of the photo out there does not do justice on how the pen looks in person.

First off the cap, I really like the detail engraving MB did on the cap.




Next the barrel is black marble lacquer with gold crack running through it. The lacquer work for this pen is very interesting, it is not solid black but has a grey color emerging from the back ground, and that is very different from most lacquer pen on the market.


Last is the Nib design, this is properly one of the main reason why I like the Alexander more than the other Patron of the Art pens. The ram's head is just beautiful.


******* Usability ********

This pen is heavy for its size and most of the weight is about an inch or so away from the nib. It is pretty nicely balance if the cap is not posted. The cap for this pen is very heavy so posting might throw the balance off a bit. Kept in mind that I normally do not post my pens therefore could be bias on how the pen feels with the cap posted.
Nib is smooth, normal medium MB nib with a little drag when gliding across the paper.

******* Cost ********
I do not think anyone would argues that this pen toward the more expansive tip of the scale. However, for the MSRP at that time and the discount most people received the price is equals to the value. The bottom line is " is it worth it for you?" I purchase this pen recently and paid more than MSRP but I still thinks it is a good deal because I just simply love this pen.







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#2 Brian

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 18:56

Was this a pen you bought for art value or a pen to be used for writing? Let us know because we are interested. I recently received a 2006 Henry Tate and like your Alexander the pen is heavy due to the metals content. I am waiting for the right moment to ink it and give it a spin. I plan to do a review sometime soon too.

Congratulations on your pen.

#3 kaisede

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 19:48

When I got this pen I was planning to use it, however after a month or two I decided to keep it as eye candy.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 03:36

QUOTE(kaisede @ Jun 1 2008, 07:48 PM) View Post
When I got this pen I was planning to use it, however after a month or two I decided to keep it as eye candy.

I think you did the right thing.Even though many will argue a pen was design to write no matter its value I think using everyday a pen this beautiful and unique is a big risk that I wouldnt take.
Respect to all

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 00:34

Congratulations on this beautiful pen. Except maybe for the ram, this pen could've been an appropriate Goethe WE and a nice match to the trans-Rhenan Proust. A touch of late neoclassicism, a nod to the minerals he collected and an overall sumptuous package, like the lifestyle he enjoyed (and was criticized for). Too bad the writing characteristics of this pen seem to take second place to esthetics. It reminds me a little of the Charlemagne, although mine has a deliciously smooth and flexible M nib, which somehow redeems it for its heavy weight and posting unpracticability and makes the Charlemagne a constant user. Which leads me to my question: how does the Alexander nib write in comparison to your other MBs?

#6 kaisede

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 00:46

QUOTE(RedRob @ Jun 4 2008, 12:34 AM) View Post
Congratulations on this beautiful pen. Except maybe for the ram, this pen could've been an appropriate Goethe WE and a nice match to the trans-Rhenan Proust. A touch of late neoclassicism, a nod to the minerals he collected and an overall sumptuous package, like the lifestyle he enjoyed (and was criticized for). Too bad the writing characteristics of this pen seem to take second place to esthetics. It reminds me a little of the Charlemagne, although mine has a deliciously smooth and flexible M nib, which somehow redeems it for its heavy weight and posting unpracticability and makes the Charlemagne a constant user. Which leads me to my question: how does the Alexander nib write in comparison to your other MBs?



Better ink flow than my other M nib MB, therefore less drag.

#7 kaisede

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 00:55

QUOTE(goodguy @ Jun 3 2008, 03:36 AM) View Post
QUOTE(kaisede @ Jun 1 2008, 07:48 PM) View Post
When I got this pen I was planning to use it, however after a month or two I decided to keep it as eye candy.

I think you did the right thing.Even though many will argue a pen was design to write no matter its value I think using everyday a pen this beautiful and unique is a big risk that I wouldnt take.



Yes, and if someone said that to me I would reply " I have 29 other pens to write with".

#8 Pravda

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 01:01

Found it smile.gif

Excellent review, nice photos.. AMAZING PEN...!!! roflmho.gif

Congratulations and I hope you enjoy it in good health..






#9 goldenkrishna

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 14:42

Hi all,


******Appearance****** (5/5)

This pen is stunning in person, most of the photo out there does not do justice on how the pen looks in person.

First off the cap, I really like the detail engraving MB did on the cap.
<img src="http://i156.photobuc...s/IMG_1752.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
<img src="http://i156.photobuc...s/IMG_1759.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
<img src="http://i156.photobuc...s/IMG_1758.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

Next the barrel is black marble lacquer with gold crack running through it. The lacquer work for this pen is very interesting, it is not solid black but has a grey color emerging from the back ground, and that is very different from most lacquer pen on the market.
<img src="http://i156.photobuc...s/IMG_1756.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

Last is the Nib design, this is properly one of the main reason why I like the Alexander more than the other Patron of the Art pens. The ram's head is just beautiful.
<img src="http://i156.photobuc...s/IMG_1754.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

******* Usability ********

This pen is heavy for its size and most of the weight is about an inch or so away from the nib. It is pretty nicely balance if the cap is not posted. The cap for this pen is very heavy so posting might throw the balance off a bit. Kept in mind that I normally do not post my pens therefore could be bias on how the pen feels with the cap posted.
Nib is smooth, normal medium MB nib with a little drag when gliding across the paper.

******* Cost ********
I do not think anyone would argues that this pen toward the more expansive tip of the scale. However, for the MSRP at that time and the discount most people received the price is equals to the value. The bottom line is " is it worth it for you?" I purchase this pen recently and paid more than MSRP but I still thinks it is a good deal because I just simply love this pen.

Hello kaysede,

Thanks for posting this review and enjoy your collection.

With love,

goldenkrishna
Ik tik

#10 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:03

nice pen thanks for sharing :thumbup:
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

#11 alejandra

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 01:07

Hi there! 

I would really like to know more information about this, I actually have the same pen, my father bought it before he died, the problem is that the pen doesn't have ink in it, and someone once told me I have to send it to Germany. I think this is an item that should be owned by someone that actually knows what this is worth, and I would like to sell it, plus, I want to get rid of something that keeps me attached to the past, but I don't know any other information bestisde what the montblanc website says... could anyone help me? how much is it worth? where can I sell it?  ... 








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