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#1 acj27

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 00:47

Initial Impression / Design

Well Iím sure I donít need to tell you much here. The big classic cigar shape. Classic formal black with gold trim and a suitably large nib to go with the large body.
Fit and finish Ė well nothing I can fault yet. I know MB have had their problems and critics over the years but this seems to be the one pen which has (by and large) stayed above all of that, as befitting a flagship pen.
If you are after a large formal looking pen this one certainly fits the bill.

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Writing

Large medium nib in proportion to the rest of the pen. Nib was a touch stiffer than I was expecting but itís certainly not a nail ( and in fairness I dipped this in the shop alongside a large Delta Dolcevita OS Ė now there is a lovely soft springy nib, but I digress). Smooth, good flow, just to the wet side of medium, maybe 6 out of 10 on the wetness scale. Certainly this is very pleasant to write with. So far itís mainly been drinking MBís Racing Green but itís the same with Diamine Indigo also.
Otherwise, very comfortable to hold, it certainly feels good in my hand. Just the right fit (for comparison a Pelikan M200 feels too small in my hands).
Surprisingly un-heavy also Ė Iíve been writing with it for a good proportion of this evening and thereís certainly no tiredness from the pen weight and the nib is smooth enough to glide over the paper. Enjoyable is an understatement.

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Filling

Piston filler Ė lots of ink in the pen. Indeed, it seems to hold the proverbial gallon and the ink window gives you a good idea about whether it needs a fill or not. Very smooth, feels solid, no complaints.

Overall

Oh boy do I like this pen, a lot, an awful lot. A clean design it may never be at the cutting edge but itíll never be out of fashion either. Understated elegance. While the nib may not have the character of a vintage example it does the job of writing admirably.
OK, I Know MB has itís detractors, but, at the moment I really canít fault this particular pen.

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#2 chad234

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 01:51

A very nice review of a classic design.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 02:36

Nice review of a classic. We're short of MB reviews here - thanks for adding one to a sparse population.
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 04:11

Ah, one of my favorites.
I love its timeless design and reliability. It's an iconic pen.
I loved that pen so much i lost all interest in other pens and didn't
buy another pen for a decade.
Congratulations and good luck with yours.
J

P.S. The Meisterstucks don't post very securely, so if you post, be careful.
I don't post the 149, because it's big enough.

#5 Slush99

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 04:29

:drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

Thanks for the review!
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 12:31

Nice review... almost tempted me to get my 149 from the drawer and ink up.
But then as I held it in my hand I remembered why it stays there, just too big for me!

Still nice to admire the pen once in a while before I return to my Pelikans and Conway Stewarts.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 12:31

Hi,

Well, although it is too large for me. Nice pen!

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 17:48

Smooth, good flow, just to the wet side of medium, maybe 6 out of 10 on the wetness scale. Certainly this is very pleasant to write with.


Great review, thank you! I do not have a MB 149, but I really want to add one to my collection. I do have a question re the writing. I have a MB Voltaire, and a MB Dumas, both medium nibs. Both are decidely ok to write with, but really rather dull. The ink flows well (appear from the Voltaire, MB botched the repair twice - whole other annoying story) but the outline of the letters is so uniform (ie hard nib, uniform contact with the page) that it does feel like I am writing with a nail.

My question - is the MB 149 nib as rigid as the Voltaire and Dumas, if so, I think that I will opt for the Delta.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 19:24

I think the nibs on the 149 and Dumas are the same size, so they ought to have
a similar feel. The 149 is springier than the 146 nib, but not a nib for signficant flex
characteristics.
I personally prefer more rigid than very springy nibs. Easier to control
for my writing.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 23:24

Thanks for your review. Mont Blanc is the brand a lot of people love to hate. But the 149 has remained a quality product. Enjoy your pen for years to come!

The 149 feels too big in my hands, and I have yet to find a 146 with a nib I like.

I would really like to see a comparison with your Delta Dolce Vita OS.
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 23:28

Glad to hear it's a piston filler: otherwise what a waste of pen!
Now if only I could learn to love black & gold...
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 22:44

How does the Meiserstruck 149 compare to the Meiserstruck classique / legrand as far as quality and performance? They are significantly cheaper compared to the 149.

Edited by sonnenblume, 09 April 2006 - 22:56.


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Posted 09 April 2006 - 22:57

The 149 is about the size of a Pelikan 1000 & the LeGrand or 146 is the size of a Pelikan 600.

-Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 23:00

I know they aren't the same size. But if there is nothing more to it than difference in size and has that legendary quality I hear so much about for the 149s. I would definitely check out the other pens for myself. About 200$ cheaper!

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 23:05

Hi acj27,

Great review, of a very classic pen indeed! Thanks for sharing! It is on my list for the future, once I have all of the Etrurias I want :D.

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 17:16

Really great review. In my childhood I never could imagine pens would mean so much.

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Posted 12 April 2006 - 18:14

The 149 is about the size of a Pelikan 1000 & the LeGrand or 146 is the size of a Pelikan 600. 

-Please correct me if I am wrong.

No, you are not wrong :lol:
I donīt have pics of my 146 and my M600 side to side, but here I send some details:

Capped:
146: 14,3 cm
M600: 13,5 cm

Non capped (I never used my pens posted, so this one is the most importante measuremen for me...):
146: 12,5 cm
M600: 12,4 cm

Posted:
146: 15,7 cm
M600: 15,4 cm

Al that said, I love both pens, but I feel that the 146 has an edge here, because:
1) Is quite heavier that the M600 (I prefer heavier pens)
2) Is wider at the section
3) It seems to me it carries more ink
4) The nib is slightly stub (just a touch) and a springy feel
Both my pens have M nibs, but the M600 gives a slightly wider line...

What else? mmmm...

Edited by solaris, 29 April 2006 - 00:57.


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Posted 28 April 2006 - 06:07

Thanks for the review. I've had a 149 and sold it but I've always figured I'd get another one and just did. Still a pretty rigid nib, but jeen is right about ease of control - I'm trying to begin to appreciate variety!

Edited by JRodriguez, 30 April 2006 - 06:55.


#19 JRodriguez

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Posted 30 April 2006 - 06:58

The main difference I've felt b/w the 146 and the 600 is certainly the weight (a big difference in my opinion), but as Solaris pointed out, the nib section is distinctly different - I actually prefer the 600 in this respect, but this is totally about individual hand size and preference.

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 14:58

Having had 2 MB Meisterstuck 149's that developed hair line cracks above the ink window where the cap screw thread is I have to say I was not impressed. My MB Meisterstuck pencil mechanism gave up after a year. I find this very poor for a pen range which is at the flagship end with almost iconic status. I would also mention that my pens were always kept in a MB leather pen case and were never dropped
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