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  1. Goodmorning! I would like to share recent YouTube videos of an artwork using a Montblanc 149 with a nib grind by Michael Masuyama. The needle-like tip is just perfect for the type of detail work that I enjoy. The ink used for this artwork was Cafe Des Iles by J. Herbin. The paper is an 11 inches by 17 inches Strathmore 2-ply Smooth Bristol board. The pencil used for the initial sketch was a Blackwing pencil by Palomino Brands. At the last stage of the process--from mid to end portion of Video Part 4--the MB 149 pen was turned into a quick airbrush/atomizer tool using a simple soda straw to create fine mist sprays for soft shading and blending, as well as coarse spatter ink sprays for texture work. Video Part 1 of 4 - [Note: When I began this recording, I didn't think I would upload it publicly on YouTube. As such, this first part was recorded at a local restaurant and my friends at the table convinced me to share the entire process. The other three videos were recorded privately in my art studio]: Video Part 2 of 4: Video Part 3 of 4: Video Part 4 of 4: Below are links to the video. Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Thank you letting me share this post with you... and best regards, Ced
  2. thinkingclown

    Which Ink Is Safe For My Meisterstuck

    Hi, I'm a relative newbie to Fountain Pens and was given a Meisterstuck a few years ago, along with some black Mont Blanc ink. I've finished the bottle and are looking for a replacement ink. I was advised by a clerk in a pen specialty store not to use anything other than Mont Blanc ink due to the Meisterstuck being a resin based pen and other inks being corrisive or there could build up in the pen. Was this advice correct? Is the any particular ink (or component of ink) I should seek out...or avoid? I'm left handed, so quick drying would by nice. P.S. Other than repeated rinses with filtered water is the something I could/should use to clean my pen? Thanks for any friendly advice WayneG
  3. I've just recieved my first MB - a Meisterstuck 'pix' ballpen £50 of Ebay. I'm fairly certain it's genuine - has the unique serial number (CZ1092359), and 'pix' under the pocket clip which I believe is another anti-counterfeiting measure. From what I've read you can't date an MB from the serial number - is that true, or could I determine where this was initially sold from any part of the number? What I'm not sure about is exactly what model it is - 144, 146, 149 etc? Seller stated it's not the LeGrand version. Pics below: Taking it to work this afternoon to give it a proper run out, using this and my Parker 51 actually makes me look forward to paperwork!
  4. AncientScribe

    Vintage Montblanc Refills

    I recently received a vintage Mont-Blanc Meisterstuck ball point as a gift and was wondering if the new Meisterstuck refills are compatible. The pen is from the late 80s.
  5. This got a bit long winded sorry... Introduction: I wanted find a better pen, a pen I could love as much as my P51s. I have been collecting fountain pens on and off since I was 16 and I have had a few modern Montblancs: couple 144s including a solitaire with the Barley pattern, as well as a 146 from the 90s. They are nice pens and while they had some character none of them became “must-haves” in my collection. I wanted something better and with the help of this forum I purchased a Montblanc 146 from the early 50s. Appearance and Design: As an owner of a modern 146 the first thing I noticed was that this pen is a bit shorter than a modern 146. I would not consider it to be oversized in any way; it is very comfortable, slightly shorter and thicker than a Parker 51. The proportions of this pen are nicer to my eye than that of the longer skinnier modern 146. The rings are a closer together and the branding is crisper and deeper than what you find on the modern version. The design is a clean and quiet classic. I can’t really fault it for anything. 10/10 Construction & Quality: The pen is very well made. The trim, even though 60 years old, looks nicer and more substantial than the trim on a modern 146. It is still a plastic pen but it has a great shine to it. This pen has a celluloid body that is supposedly stronger than the injection molded resin pens. It also has a two stage filing system that is a beautiful piece of engineering, likely discontinued to save costs. 8/10 Weight & Dimensions: This pen is not particularly heavy which is great for long writing sessions. As I mentioned above it is shorter than a new 146. The grip is slightly thicker than a standard P51. The one thing I don’t like about this pen is that posting the cap is a bit difficult. It will post straight if you give it a bit of pressure otherwise it will sit crooked which I find to be a bit annoying as I don’t like posting a cap with any force (this is not an issue I have with modern 144s and 146s). I have smaller hands and writing with the cap not posted is perfectly comfortable for me. 9/10 Nib & Performance: I bought this pen because it was supposed to have a superb nib. It has a fine two-tone 14C nib, which is larger and shapelier than its modern counterpart. The pen also features the flat ebonite “ski-slope” style feed. The nib is smooth with some flex and offers more feedback than the modern MBs I have used. The line is relatively wet with some noticeable line variation. I have left this pen with the cap off for over 30 minutes a couple times now and it has always started without skipping. This nib functions nearly as well as my P51 with the added benefit of some flex. 10/10 Filing System & Maintenance: This pen uses a two-stage piston filling system. I found it a bit strange to use at first, not understanding its design as the transition from the first to the second stage felt a bit jarring. Member fountainbel has provided a drawing here: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php?/topic/211729-vintage-mb-telescopic-pistons/page__p__2207740&do=findComment&comment=2207740 The piston uses cork, which still works without issue in my pen but I would imagine this is not as durable as a synthetic. This pen also features a pinstriped ink view window like the modern version. 7/10 Cost & Value: I have seen prices for early 50’s 146s in black celluloid range from $500-$900. I purchased mine for about $600. I was too impatient to wait around for a cheaper one to come up for sale. For a second hand 146 this pen is not cheap; a modern 146 can be had for around $200. Can you find a pen as good as this for less money? Yes, I think you can. I have Parker 51s and Conway Stewarts that cost under $100 that are just as nice to write with, the fit and finish doesn’t compare but the performance is near equal. 6/10 Conclusion: I have tried to be as objective as possible but let’s face it, this isn’t some white good like a toaster, it’s a vintage fountain pen, it has character and I love it. This pen was made when a Montblanc was a Montblanc. I use it as a daily writer and I will likely buy another when the right deal comes along. Final score

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