Is the Hemingway really worth the huge price difference between it and its sibling the Dumas ?
What does it do better then the Dumas?
Well this comparison will try to resolve that.
I will divide this comparison to two, the design of the pens and the way they write.
The Hemi is a clean look pen, but that doesnít mean itís not an eye catcher. Itís a hansom pen and the colour combination of orange body and black cap works very well together and produces a beautiful result. Itís got the standard ring on the cap with the words Meisterstuck Edition Montblanc inscribed on it. Slightly coned/flat top cap with a rather small snow flake on top of it.
The clip is to me one of the best features of this pen. I love it and I think one of the best looking clips I have ever seen. Itís taken directly from the prototype the MB 139. Really gives the pen a vintage look to it.
The Dumas took a very different approach in its design. This pen is not trying to look classic. Itís a bit of a peacock, itís kind of flashy with its mother of pearl like body and the big fat gold ring at the bottom of the cap. Gold stripes are running a long the barrel dividing the mother of pearl and makes the pen even prettier and in a way flashier.
The clip is far from the classic look of the Hemi but itís stunning in its own right. There is a sword on its and a nice ball at its end.
The cap end is identical to the Hemi with its coned/flat top and identical size snow flake.
Unscrew the cap and you see the Hemi has a tasty and functional ink view window. The Dumas donít and that is a big minus but I do think that it will look so good on the Dumas so I understand why MB didnít add one to it.
From the threads of the section up these two pens are again identical. Same fat black section, same length and the nibs are the same shape and size. The only small difference is that the Hamiís nib was taken directly from the 149 while the Dumasís nib has a little symbol on it so it does looks a Weee bit nicer.
So here is how I divide it so far
Ink view window
Everything else is too close to mark.
How do they write?
Once you put the pens in your hand they are to my ability to judge identical. If I close my eyes I canít feel any difference and I tried to pick each in my hands with my eyes closed and guess which pen I have and I simply couldnít feel the difference.
Both pens are medium weight and due to the brass piston are bottom heavy.
Obviously both are piston fillers and it looks like they both take the same amount of ink (a large amount).
As mentioned the nibs other then a small symbol on the Dumas are identical and were taken from the 149. So there is no difference in the writing experience.
The Dumas has a fine nib while the Hemi has a medium nib so they feel different but they are both very good writers. Both smooth and wet. I personally like the Dumasís nib but simply because I can write only with fine nibs. It gives you nice feedback while the Dumasís nib is super (glass) smooth with no feedback.
So here its
Summery and conclusions
So which pen is better?
Sorry cant answer that in a definitive way as these pens are very very close to each other.
As writers they feel exactly the same.
In their design itís really a matter of personal taste. Both pens are very good looking but I personally like the Dumasís design more. I think its one of the nicest pens MB has ever designed and itís a contender to be the best looking WE pen.
To the main question is the Hemi worth 3 or even 4 times the Dumas the answer is definitely NO!!!
Unless you are a nutty collector like me donít bother shelling a stupid amount on the Hemi and go for the Dumas. It will give you an identical writing experience and you will save an offal lot of money.
I am adding this-Dont thik the Hemi isnt a good pen,it is its a fantastic pen but I simply think its not better then the Dumas and for people that dont collect I dont see a reason to buy this very expensive over the Dumas (which aint cheap either).
Edited by goodguy, 03 March 2009 - 22:45.