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  1. SHIRABOSHI

    Montblanc149 Trends Table

    Nice to meet you, everybody. It is 【SHIRABOSI】! I upload a change list of Mont Blanc 149 which I made this time for three years. As for having made a change list of all parts from a debut of 1952 to 2012, I am original. I am a Japanese, and make this list in Japanese; better r た. I used Google translation on the occasion of translation. It is unknown, but, please look at the neighborhood in generosity whether it is translated definitely. Thank you very much for your help. If this becomes 149 Bible of everybody, it is very happy. and・・・ I am glad when you can come to my blog to play. http://blog.livedoor.jp/whitestar_ftl/ http://blog.livedoor.jp/whitestar_ftl/149%E6%8E%A8%E7%A7%BB%E8%A1%A8/149%20Trends%20Table201400828.JPG http://blog.livedoor.jp/whitestar_ftl/149%E6%8E%A8%E7%A7%BB%E8%A1%A8/149%20Trends%20Table20140828.pdf This is former data of a Japanese version. http://blog.livedoor.jp/whitestar_ftl/149推移表/20140728%20149site%20transition%20table%20%20original%20data.pdf
  2. The beginning Once in a while one is thinking about the obvious…. Said to be an iconic brand and supported by true believers over naysayers. After some thorough thoughts I had made the decision that a Montblanc would suit my rather modest - I would not call it a collection - bunch of fountain pens. Whether it will be as a total victim of marketing or just out of curiosity to own one of these; it actually doesn’t matter anymore… After browsing the classifieds for a while I managed to get my hands on a late 80’s model that was part of a collection. The owner was selling the pens he was never using. So I was able to buy a model that was only on display and has never been inked before. I, on the other hand, am planning to use it. I don’t have the budget nor the intention to buy pens just to leave them mint in box (with lots of respect to the people that do) so I have been experiencing the Montblanc 149 for a couple of weeks now. Dating Examining my acquisition via the topic on the Montblanc sub-forum my 149 dates between 1985 and 1990: split ebonite feed, bi-color 14K nib, 2 section barrel and the plastic threads. After doing quite a lot of reading I have made the decision to go for the 14 carat nib. Do not ask why. Actually more a general opinion that has formed after browsing through a lot of topics. And to be honest, because a 50’s model is currently out of range regarding the budget… In my humble opinion I could not get wrong with a first 149 which makes the productiondate inferior. Though I must admit to be pleased to have another pen that was produced in the era that I used to be a little boy. Whether call it “vintage” or not. Design Nothing new, it is what it is, for over half a decade. For my standards the pen looks huge. When closed the size draws attention. Open and ready to write you just cannot stop looking at the nib. I tend not to post my cap. Without the cap it obviously becomes accentuated what a big fat pen the 149 is. Though it stays in harmony and is certainly not disturbing. Experience The writing experience of the 149 is great. The size is not an issue although you have to get used to it. It do is quite a heavy pen but the balance is outstanding so the weight isn’t causing any harm to the writing itself. Even for long runs it stays comfortable. Nib The 149 is fitted with a 14K medium nib. Regarding the amount of flex I tend to compare with my Pelikan M400 from the same era. The Montblanc has not that much “flex” (though the Pelikan has some sort of “vintage flex”) but has a good response while writing. The limited flexibility of the nib is not causing any harm for some quick notes on low grade paper. To be honest my knowledge to the different grades of flexibility is very limited. Actually limited to the comparison of my own pens. Other member who can compare the difference in 149 nibs, feel free to join in. My final statement regarding the flexibility, no matter what it really is, I like it. The medium nib is a wet and very smooth writer. A couple of days ago I had it modified to a stub by Fountainbel. It adds character and has even improved on smoothness. This overall combination makes it an outstanding nib. Very enjoyable to write. I would even call it “addictive”… Conclusion I took a while before I have made the step to actually buy a Montblanc. I had my mind set on a 149 or a Le Grand. I don’t know whether I will ever buy a Le Grand after holding my own 149. Time will tell. I am very pleased with my purchase and enjoy the writing with this wonderful Meisterstück.
  3. I recently entered the wonderful world of fountain pens. I'm a newbie and need some advice regarding repairing my first fountain pen, a Montblanc 149 M. I received it as a gift from my dad. He's an architect and I remember him using it 30+ years ago when I was a child. Unfortunately, the pen rolled off my desk and landed like a dart into a crack in my wooden floors. After that, writing with the pen felt scratchy. I sent it in to the Montblanc Service Center. After examination, I received a letter stating a service fee of "Service Flat rate 3" with the following comments: "Nib will be exchanged because it is bent. Body will be exchanged due to a crack. Forepart will be exchanged due to crack." The cost for repairs is $405.53. I'm a pastor of a small church and there's no way I can afford that right now. I love the pen and was using it to write sermons. Right now, the pen is at the service center awaiting my reply. What's your advice? Are there any other options (other service centers)? Can these services be done one at a time to spread out the cost? Thanks for any help you can provide.
  4. jmccarty3

    Dragonfly 149

    Ran across this photo on pinterest. There was no accompanying information about the pen. Surely someone here is familiar with it. In addition to the decoration, it has a beautiful 14C nib. http://i.imgur.com/IogvRNs.jpg
  5. sidthecat

    Over A Barrel

    So I've been helping my boss get his vintage 149 restored: it's got a beautifully flexy 18K nib and we thought it was a 70s pen. Trouble is, the barrel is cracked and can't be repaired; only replaced. We sent it to Mr. Minuskin, who said he had a replacement barrel, but when he actually had a look at the pen, he said, No, it's a 60s pen that uses a different barrel, and that he's not got. He suggested we have a look-round for one, and meanwhile, he'll keep an eye out. So, I'm not terribly familiar with the in's and outs of the precious-resin baseball bat that is this pen, but are they even resin, or was this model still made of celluloid? And am I looking for a one-piece or a two-piece barrel. I hope you can enlighten me.
  6. I tried to buy a 149 at Heathrow duty free (seems like one of the cheaper places around the world to get a new one) for a gift and was told that they (and Harrods of which the MB store there is a part) are out of stock. Then I tried to buy from MB in the USA and was told that they were out of stock of the classic yellow gold as well. That made me wonder whether there was a problem with supply or if an update was going to be made soon? Do the fine forum participants happen to know? I appreciate it is an expensive pen so they might keep stocks low but given its flagship status I was surprised. Also any suggestions of a well priced place to purchase a new one for someone based in the US but a regular visitor to Europe would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance
  7. Deep_Adhikary

    Montblac 149 New At Throw Away Price

    How come MB is available such a throw away price(Rs 3400 i.e. $50.74 aprx.). Please refer to following link for details. http://www.ebay.in/itm/New-Mont-Blanc-149-fountain-pen-Imported-/252556997897?hash=item3acd91f509:g:ajoAAOSwIgNXn1Zd
  8. So, after quite some time, I am starting to realize I am not reaching for certain pens as often as before. Many of these pens were as much about discovering what I enjoyed and how they suited my needs, or didn't. Anyway, I am writing and journaling a lot as of late and none of the pens are calling my name. Trust me, this is not a question of an excuse to buy or writer's block, etc. The truth is that a few of these pens, while excellent, were just not for me, and that's FINE. So, I am about to purchase my first MB. This will be a "writer," and will stay at home for a very specific purpose. I am trying to narrow it down to size vs heft and fatigue. Some things to consider: 1) I never post, I mean, NEVER. (aesthetically-speaking, it doesn't work for me, and in the end, I have yet to use a pen that is balanced in a way I enjoy posting) 2) Most of my pens feel light. I hope this makes sense. 3) I tend to write for 1.5 hours a day and on the weekends, that number could jump to 3 or more, usually at two sittings. So, I am interested in some feedback regarding both models and hand fatigue (hopefully un-posted) At the end of the day, I am looking for the smoothest writer that feels good in the end. I know that sounds so simple and what everybody wants, but I guess I mean when I'm home, free of distractions, and it's just me and my thoughts. I thank you all in advance for your time, attention, and willingness to share your experience and expertise. Best ~ Jack
  9. This forum was the first one I turned to, when I decided to buy my first Montblanc 149 - this week - new from a Boutique. Need your advice on what to expect in the Box, shop and can I use the pen for my daily usage, etc. I have always loved Fountain pens, and still the own the Sheaffer Sagaris Gold and Sagaris black barrel. Apart from that have used a variety of fountain pens from Parker, Jinhao and Camlin. I came back again and again to the Sagaris black as I simply loved the Nib and writing. 1) Is the 149 similar to that or is it better and smoother to write (I prefer a broader, smoother nib) 2) Does the 149 come with any other ink other than Black? I prefer Blue-Black, but... 3) What kind of paper is best for it? I use school notebook paper to the high-quality 80 GSM. What should I expect in the Box? and how do validate the pen they have sold me is genuine? Thanks in advance.
  10. Hi, I have a Montblanc 149 ebonite feed, with a broken rib. I was wondering if anybody else has taken their's to Montblanc to be serviced. My question was, if they'll be replacing my one for a plastic feed? Also does anyone have any idea how much this would cost, I tried sending an email to them and simply got a long email stating the procedure on how to send in my Montblanc, not an actual quote. Thanks!
  11. Hi everyone - been a lurker for a while - great site. I've owned a 149 for about 5 years and highly enjoy it. The other day I bought on a whim a 149 desk stand on eBay. The square one with see through base. Its arrived - it looks lovely - the problem... the thread on my 149 doesn't match the thread on the base. :-( so the pen wont screw in. It just doesn't catch and I don't want to force it. Question is: how far do i need it to go in? The pen goes into the base - up to the thread - its clearly in the base - if a bit loose - it wont fall out - however it is doing it any harm by not being tightly shut? I could cap the pen and put it in the other way round but to my mind that doesn't quite looks right? I can return the base - but its lovely. whats really annoying is my friend who also has a 149 but older than mine - his pen fits perfectly - id sell him the stand but he has one of the older rectangular solid ones. I've thought about almost sanding off the threads in the base cap so the pen goes in further but I'm not sure I've the skill to do that without damaging it. I guess in some ways - is a pen harmed by not capping it properly when not in use? thanks for your help/comments. ps I'm convinced my pen is real - i bought it from a major retailer.
  12. Hello guys, after years of writing with my Pelikan M600 I am proud to have become part of the elusive MB-community. Because there is no MB-rep in my region, I have ordered myself a 149 with a medium nib and a 146 F-nib (both in new condition) from a reputable dealer. http://i.imgur.com/rsiUvmy.jpg?1 As you can see both pens write in a very similar manner. I was told and read multiple times that a 149 F-nib may write as wide as a 146 M-nib. Strangely, it now is the other way round. I feel that the 146 writes too wide, not vice versa. Do you think this is due to a too broad nib or a too generous ink flow? Should I change the nib with another F-nib or would you advise me on switching to EF? Kind regards, VanWolff
  13. hit2cho

    New (To Me) 149 And Its Age

    Hi folks! So I recently acquired a Montblanc 149. I've wanted one for quite some time, and I finally got my hands on one. It is commonly known that piston MBs are rarely counterfeited, and upon looking/examining the pen, it seems legit. I went over to the MB boutique earlier today to pick up some ink and the clerk, while nice, had no idea that MB made pens without serial #s. Heck, she didn't know about the "W. Germany" on some, so I just asked her to show me a current 149 for me to compare. So here's the dilemma I'm facing. I'm looking at the chart on dating 149s and some things don't quite add up. Feed: it seems like my pen has a "late plastic" feed. (1996 to present). The underside of the feed (near the nib's tip) has an "A" on it. Nibs: 14C bi-color (1973 to 1985) Barrel Construction: 2-section barrel (1983 to present) Piston Mechanism & Filler Threads: threaded mechanism & plastic threads (1968 to 1985) The cap obviously has no serial number. The ring that holds the clip has "W.-Germany" . This "W.-Germany" is not on the same position where the newer MBs have the serial #, but instead on the back of the cap (opposite of the clip). The cap screws on and off extremely smoothly. At this point, I'm not quite doubting the authenticity of the pen. The nib is buttery, buttery smooth, flow is great, and the nib looks very beautiful. The nib appears to have no imperfections. Might one of the pen's owners have damaged the feed and sent it in for service, and MB replaced with a modern feed? Thoughts? Questions? Thanks all!
  14. jamesgibby

    Montblanc Review Index - Updated!

    Patron of the Arts Lorenzo De Medici Octavian Louis XIV RedRob The Prince Regent Semiramis Catherine & Peter The Great Mainecoon Alexander the Great Fredrich II The Great Karl De Grosse, Charlemagne kaisede Marquise De Pompadour Andrew Carnegie Nicolaus Copernicus AndyW jamesgibby J.P. Morgan Pope Julius II Sir Henry Tate Bryant goodguy Joehek Yachtsilverswan (888) rinellatony (888) Alexander Von Humboldt Francois I Max Von Oppenheim Andy OngL Lamb South Mainecoon Elizabeth I Gaius Macenas Joseph II Maine Vintner sny Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan Henry Steinway Writers Edition Ernest Hemingway Agatha Christie Oscar Wilde goodguy goodguy jamesgibby goodguy Bryant goodguy Michael R. Volataire Alexandre Dumas Dostoevsky goodguy goodguy The Noble Savage Bryant Richard Bryant goodguy QM2 Sidestreaker Edgar Allan Poe Marcel Proust Fredrick Schiller Allan goodguy Bryant goodguy goodguy Charles Dickens F. Scott Fitzgerald Jules Verne QM2 goodguy sny goodguy elderberry Sidestreaker kaisede Bryant goodguy Sidestreaker Franz Kafka Miguel Cervantes Virginia Woolf davyr Sidestreaker Rubicon goodguy goodguy goodguy William Faulkner George Bernard Shaw Thomas Mann goodguy QM2 Sidestreaker goodguy Sidestreaker goodguy Shinchan Sidestreaker Mark Twain Carlo Collodi Jonathan Swift goodguy Sidestreaker kaisede troglokev Rubicon Sidestreaker jamesgibby Honore De Balzac Daniel Defoe Pen2009 KJY Pen2009 Great Characters Mahatma Ghandi Alfred Hitchcock Leonardo Ianmedium Albert Einstein John F. Kennedy Donation Pens Leonard Bernstein Yehudi Menuhin Johann Bach kaisede Herbert Von Karajan Sir Georg Solti Arturo Toscanini wil Brian Sidestreaker John Lennon Johannes Brahms Gary1952 de_pen_dent GRJP Montblanc 149 Tri-Colour Nibs 1950-1970's Sblakers signum1 goodguy Bi-Colour Nibs 1970-1990's georges zaslavsky perth Segel Malcy sirach ondine Modern Tri-Colour Nibs tanalasta acj27 inked declanh enlasombra ganzonomy asimplemaestro FP Writing Anniversary Editions 75th Anniversary 90th Anniversary jamesgibby (LE 1924) Bryan (SE) E0157H7 (SE)
  15. Hello, My grandfather was a fountain pen person, so there are many fountain pens rolling around in random places in our house (One day, I found a Parker behind a toilet...). Anyway, I found this Montblanc 149 in my grandfather's old room. Is this pen real or fake? When was this pen made? Is that rust in the nib, or is the color supposed to be red? Thank you. William S. Park
  16. Hello, I have a quick question. This is a mint Montblanc 149 from my grandfather's time. The nib is obviously discolored. Is it okay to write with a rusted nib, or will this damage the pen or the nib? Thank you. William
  17. Just over a year ago I purchased a brand new Montblanc 149 and almost to the day I bought another one. Why? Well, they are somewhat different. I will get my bias out of the way first. While the 149 is not my favourite pen of all time (I appreciate a bit of bling) I do recognise that it is possibly the most perfect pen ever made. It is quality without being overly blingy. The size and balance (to me anyway) is perfect, the nib; a thing of beauty. The filling system, great. The first Montblanc I bought was a medium nib but I had a little fight to get it adjusted so that it was wetter as a writer (it skipped and dried a bit). The second one is a fine nib. So, one being new and the other being from the late 60's, I thought I'd have a bit of a face off to see which is best. Below is a list of the differences and similarities with a conclusion at the end that hopefully some may find helpful. I'm no expert, so if there are inaccuracies in this, please do correct them. Number 1 is the first one I bought (the modern one) and number 2 is the recent purchase (the late 60's model). Nib. 1. Medium nib. Writes very wide for a medium, but I did have it adjusted for maximum wetness. It has a plastic feed with fins cut right across it. 18K gold with gold inner portion, then silver and then gold to the flanges. It is very firm but has a distinctive tooth that is very pleasing. 2. Fine nib. Writes nicely wet, but not overly so. It has a rounded ebonite feed that actually looks quite nice in comparison to the other, with fins either side. 14K gold with gold flanges only (maybe 'wings' is a better term than flange? Hopefully you know what I mean). The imprint on the nib seems more distinct and deeper to the eye on this one. It is soft and somewhat flexible. It's not quite a semi-flex but it is very pleasant to write with and provides nice line variation. It is very smooth and the distinctive 'toothless' is considerably less, although this may be more to do with age and use. The nib appears to be slightly wider (at the widest point), but sadly I lack the precision instrument to measure this, so it may be a trick of the eye. Cap & Barrel. 1. The gold furniture is bright, the imprint on the cap band is crisp with the 'Pix'. The cap has the snow peak. There is a gold ring at the piston nob. There are six rings for the screw on cap. The ink window is slightly smoked in appearance and not always easy to see the ink inside. The point where the nib meets the barrel has a flat section of one piece with two rectangular holes opposite each other and a matt collar up onto the barrel. 2. The gold furniture is somewhat dulled, which is to be expected of an older pen and the imprint on the cap band seems a little less crisp (although this may be age and wear) and there is no 'Pix'. The snow peak, to the eye at least, seems to be a fraction larger. The gold ring at the piston nob, again to the eye only, seems a tiny hair thinner. There are six rings for the screw on cap but they are placed much closer together, therefore less noticeable under the fingers when writing and there is a fine line directly underneath them. There is a tiny touch of play to the cap and barrel, but again this could be age and wear, but it's not significant enough to worry about. The ink window is very bright and clear, seems a little fraction longer and the faceting is much easier to see. The ink inside is clearly visible. The point where the nib and feed meet the barrel appears to have a cut section parallel to the nib and feed (possibly made of two parts?) and there is no collar, but there is a ridge on the barrel at the end of the grip. Filling System. 1. The piston mechanism is brass and feels sturdy and a small bit stiff. You can't really see the piston moving in the barrel through the ink window even when doing a flush to change inks. It adds a good bit of weight to the back of the pen, but not so much as to annoy me in any way. 2. The piston mechanism is black plastic and very smooth and easy to use. There is no stiffness and while it seems perfectly fine it does not feel as 'sturdy'. You can clearly see the piston coming down the barrel through the ink window. The weight is notably less due to the plastic piston and when posted, the balance of the pen is about as close to perfection as you could get in my book. Conclusion. I love my modern 149, but the late 60's model (at least I think it is late 60's!) just tips it to the post. Aspects of it feel a little better. I much prefer the softer nib and find the appearance of the nib a bit more satisfying, especially with the nice looking ebonite feed. The line variation and spring make it more interesting to use. The weight of the older model is perfection to me. Both of these pens are great and I would have no problem recommending it, but if you were looking to get a 149, I think I would strongly advise looking for a good older model. It is possible to get one at a quarter of the price of a new one with a bit of patience and a thorough search through various channels and you would end up with a pen that is probably as close to perfect as one can get. Certainly if price is a concern - and it should be, for a new 149 is not an insignificant purchase - then the older model is the way to go. I prefer the fine nib and find that it is a true European fine. I hope that makes sense, but if not and by way of explanation; I find American 'fines' tend to be 'medium' and Asian 'fines' to be 'EF's'. The older 149 wins in my book.
  18. Hey does anyone know of a pen case that will hold both a Pelikan M1000 and a MB 149? Ideally it would be a leather case and not a pen roll or kimono. I have a few cases (Pelikan, Pilot X SOMES, and a couple generic) and none of them will even come close to fitting these two oversize pens. Thanks for your help.
  19. mejdrich

    Favorite Inks For A Wet 149?

    All, Just curious which inks you prefer for your wetter writing 149? Have a medium nibbed modern that has extremely generous flow and was curious if anyone had found an ink solution... BTW, using J. Herbin Perle Noir now... Thanks!
  20. UphillGil

    Montblanc Nib Feed Diameter Size?

    I am talking about the diameter size of the nib portion that goes into the feed (the opposite end of the nib tip). The nib feed diameter, not tipping size (fine, broad, italic). What is the diameter in mm of a Montblanc 149 and a Montblanc Writer's Edition? I am interested in both of those nib units but I don't know what the writer's edition sizing is. I know 149s are size 9 and I know the writer's edition is smaller, but how much smaller. I want to know what size the writer's edition sized nib feed can fit into and preferably exact diameter of it and also the exact diameter of the 149. (9.1, 9.3, etc.) I have found places that measured the diameter of them from shoulder to shoulder but didn't even post the feed portion size. That is a huge factor in a nib. Thank you all very much.
  21. Hello My Dear Fellows, Im going to get my first Montblanc Meisterstück coming friday, I've been safing my money for about 3 months now, and now finally the time has come. I heard many people saying "oh no you have to get it pre-owned" I don't think so. I want to be the first owner of the pen, even if this means I have to pay a lot more. Doing the first stroke, the first filling, that's what it is all about to me, when Im getting a new pen. Also I got an old pre-owned Montblanc 121, which is an big dissapointment, because its just damaged. So yeah, I will test out the two pens 149 and 146 and then decide which one will be the best fit for me. I'll keep you guys updated, how I got served at the boutique and how the writing and overall the pen feels within the days of usage. I also know there are many posts about this pen out there, but I wanted to do an in depth one, without any opinion untill I got the pen stay tuned! Vossi
  22. Remedial penmanship

    149 With A New Nib

    To report a bit on an experience: I'm a noob, less than 9 months since my first fountain pen. Like many noobs, I was intimidated by the broad nib and what the oblique broad meant. An oblique triple broad would be a preposterously fat tool. My handwriting in college was for equations, in medical school for furious notes. The electronic health record has largely obliterated any need for a written communication, but not quite. To my patients I hand write medication instructions from a pre-printed sheet. I have every excuse for sloppy handwriting: a C in 4th grade. An engineering undergraduate curriculum. A doctor. Yet it was my Grandma, recently deceased, who inspired in me improved handwriting. An article in last fall's Wall Street Journal advocated a simple Lamy before one splurged on an inconceivably expensive Sailor with gold nib for ~$400. Her correspondence in her last months exhibited more practiced, more beautiful handwriting despite the uneven strokes of geriatric motor control than my young nimble limbs could muster. I would like to say it was her handwriting that inspired me, her communication through the post more intimate than these electrons by beaten keyboard. Perhaps equally important was the need for change in so personal a technique as handwriting and signature in the resolution of divorce. The Lamy's nib: fine. Many fine nibs purchased before getting curious. A Montblanc Jules Verne, fine, ok, but what's this I hear about line variation? An Izumo with fine nib: too small! Better with a medium nib. A Nakaya music nib - a big, fat highlighter of a pen. I hated the music nib. In a fit of spending violating the Boy Scout's pledge to be "thrifty," I simultaneously bought a Montblanc Moon Pearl with XF nib (one foot still firmly in the fine camp) and a 90th 149 with B nib (one more toe in the land of the fat nib). The B nib I found similarly a big fat writer with none of the stubbish quality I'd heard of. So in a moment of inspiration I visited my Montblanc boutique on perhaps the last day of my 6 week exchange window and asked for the OBBB nib. OBB? No, O Triple B. Oh. We don't get many of those requests. On Penboard I found a 144 celluloid 1950s ski slope OBBB, and it is butter. It is divine. Line variation galore, sleek and slinky with the superb detail of a convex piston ring (too lazy now to find out if that's the right term). From a FPN'er I found a 75th Anniv 146 with BB nib. I'm finding I much prefer the oblique hold, still, I make do with the BB nib and far prefer it to its F and XF brethren. Four months after submission the boutique received the pen back. Reportedly, the first request for nib replacement to OBBB, it had to be special made, sent back to Hamburg. Free: no service charge, no nib charge, sent in in the waning twilight of the six-week window. Complimentary an ink fill and a test run on Montblanc paper. Sorry for the ink blobs all over your counter: I neglected to open the piston after filling to release a few drops. I'm not a surgeon. The 146 75th is a revelation of a MOP star. The yellowed 50s 144 has character. In comparison, what I perceive to be a painted white star on the 149 seems rather cheap. I'll post here and in another post (perhaps a part 2 to this post??) pictures, paper. I'm definitely an OBBB kind of guy. Pity, it's not a usual 146 grind, and it's fairly hard to find those OBBs. Still, one must have the fine nibs: bureaucratic forms allow for little expressive handwriting.
  23. ikondave

    Question About Servicing

    I have a mid 80's 149 Meisterstuck that I purchased new for my father on his 60th birthday. He passed away several years ago and my step mother recently found the pen and very kindly sent it to me. My father was not at all familiar with fountain pens, and I think it's possible that he put too much pressure on the nib, although I cannot see any obvious damage. It is in overall excellent condition. I slowly and carefully cleaned it but the nib is still a problem, experiencing a great deal of skipping after a few minutes of writing quite well. I am at a point where I believe that it needs professional attention. Checking the Montblanc site only confused me. Might someone be able to suggest an option or two for restoring this beautiful pen's nib to good health? Thank you.
  24. So here is my story of what I did with both my 146 and 149 75th anniversary fountain pens both with rose gold trim and MOP and limited to 1924 pieces. When I first bought them, they arrived with Med nibs and I used them for only short time before I opted for an EF nib size exchange. The service was excellent and both pens arrived back in less than 8 weeks. I started to use both of them and just could not get used to the way the tiny nib end would drag on the writing surface. I was completely bummed because I new at that point that I had made a terrible mistake in sending for an exchange. So I had no choice but to send them back for another fitting of a M nib. Luckily, one of the nibs was ok so they just charged me a small service fee, but the other had been nicked so I had to pay the full fee again for that one. I am very happy to have them back and now fully understand why most people prefer the med nib as opposed to something narrower. It just writes ever so smoothly on the surface. Lesson learned and pricey one if I may add. Enjoy the week!!
  25. DevrimJan

    Are 149 Sections Interchangeable?

    So, I have seen images of disassembled 149s which show the section unscrewed from the barrel at the point between the threads and the ink window. I have also seen many people wondering whether or not they will lose the ebonite feeds on their 149s if they send their pens to Montblanc for service. The reply to this is usually that they will indeed lose the ebonite feed, as the current feeder cases are incompatible with the old feeds. This has led me to wonder whether or not an old section can be placed onto a modern barrel, thus being able to retain the old feed. As an aside, how do modern Montblanc plastic feeds compare to the old ebonite feeds?





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