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  1. 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: "N
  2. 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
  3. 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 r
  4. 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 surpri
  5. 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
  6. 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 purpos
  7. 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, smoo
  8. 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!
  9. 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 tightl
  10. 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 to
  11. 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 qu
  12. jamesgibby

    Montblanc Review Index - Updated!

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  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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,
  19. 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 a
  20. 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 undergra
  21. 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 profe
  22. 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.
  23. 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 Mon
  24. vikrmbedi

    How Cool Is This... ?

    a custom 149 demonstrator with rhodium trims and 75 year anniversary nib. look here http://i.imgur.com/R1klz7Z.jpg
  25. so i have been on the fence with picking up an old celluloid 149... i have many from the 70s, 80s... talking to a noted dealer at a recent show, it was made clear to me that many of the examples of this pen out there are basically a synthesized build-up of old 149 parts. in other words, dealers amass old pens, take the best parts and "build" a mint condition example. accordingly, the price of the pen reflects its newfound "mint" condition. i want to believe there is a secret romance inherent in the history of a vintage pen - e.g. all the people that owned it, how it was used, and how i

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