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  1. I came across this post about the launch of the new Jimi Hendrix Great Characters Ink by Montblanc. It interested me because I have been looking to buy some purple ink. I have tried inks from Pelikan, Diamine, and Pilot Iroshizuku. When I started searching for other inks in the range, I came across the Enzo Ferrari Great characters ink, which is also purple. I was wondering if anyone here has a sample of both inks side by side on paper? It's hard to find ink swabs on paper for these two online!
  2. I bought this package of Mb Permanent Blue probably in 2014. Sticker says best before Nov15. I'm finally using them, just emptied one cartridge, and noticed...a message? The number 45 written inside the cartridge. I examined the other cartridges (see photo). The three on the left are unopened. All different numbers. Can anyone explain why these numbers were written inside the cartridges? And what they mean?
  3. Preface: This article is to discuss the Montblanc 12/14/22/24/32/34 series, giving the reader detailed information on this series history background and structure. Also will discuss the pen's variations. I always enjoy this serie because these pens are very well made and the nibs are divine. There is not too much information for them available, I would like to make my contributions. And also if you are interested, I always have a couple of them available. Enjoy! Historical Background: First, I would like to quote from http://montblanc.parkerpens.org/montblanc.html. In 1959, the Montblanc line was redisigned, 142, 144 and 146 are retired, instead Montblanc was offering: Meisterstück: 12 (plastic, looked a bit like the Parker 45 and had a triangular capband) 14 (plastic, see above) 72 (with rolled gold cap) 74 (with rolled gold cap) 82 (with rolled gold cap and barrel) 84 (with rolled gold cap and barrel) 92 (in 14 carat solid gold cap and barrel) 94 (in 14 carat solid gold cap and barrel) Medium range: 22 (with 14 ct gold nib and two cap rings) 24 (with 14 ct gold nib and two cap rings) Economy: 32 (with 14 ct gold nib and one cap ring) 34 (with 14 ct gold nib and one cap ring) 31 (with steel nib) 32S (with steel nib, silver clip and cap ring) 34S (with steel nib, silver clip and cap ring) 31D (with "manifold" nib) 32P (cartridge filling system) 34P (cartridge filling system) As you can see, the 12/14/72/74/82/84 is Meisterstück range already, they are very well made, the plastic is very robust for Meisterstück range. The medium range (22/24) and economy range (31/32/34) is very well made, too. However, I did receive some reports saying that the 32's plastic developed cracks. I do have more than 10 economy range pens (32/34), they are all in NOS or near mint condition, no crack at all. I guess this really depends on the condition of the pen. The size: First I would like to show a picture of Montblanc 14/12/24/22/34/32 (from left to the right in Figure 1). The pens follow a 2 digit coding system, the second digit is most likely to be 2 or 4 --> 2 stands for regular size, 4 stands for large size. And for economy range, there are pens coded as 31, they are still regular size, the 1 just stands for regular size with steel nib (most of the economy range are equipped with 14k gold nibs). Figure 1. Montblanc 14/12/24/22/34/32 The 12/14 Series: It is very well summarized by "soapytwist" in a previous post (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/132995-montblanc-12-22-and-32/), but there are some mistakes, I will just quote and make the correction. Please give the credit to him. The 12/14 series are equipped with: 1. 18k "butterfly" nib 2. Push on cap 3. Bishop's mitre cap band 4. Amber/brown, faceted ink window 5. Gold accent band on piston knob end Please check: Figure 2 to see the Montblanc 14/12 with cap off. Figure 3&4 to see the 18k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94 Figure 5&6 to see the feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94 Figure 7&8 to see the assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94 Figure 9 to see the assembled section of a Montblanc 14/74/84/94 Figure 10 to see the Gold accent band on piston knob end of a Montblanc 12/14/72/74 Figure 11 to see the cap top of a Montblanc 12/14 Figure 12 to see the Bishop's mitre cap band of a Montblanc 12/14 Figure 13&14 see the cap of a Montblanc 72/74 Figure 2. Montblanc 14/12 with cap off Figure 3. 18k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 17/74/84/94 Figure 4. 18k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 17/74/84/94 Figure 5. Feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94 Figure 6. Feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94 Figure 7. Assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94 Figure 8. Assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94 Figure 9. Assembled section of a Montblanc 14/74/84/94 Figure 10. Gold accent band on piston knob end of a Montblanc 12/14/72/74 Figure 11. Cap top of a Montblanc 12/14 Figure 12. Bishop's mitre cap band of a Montblanc 12/14 Figure 13. Cap of a Montblanc 72/74 Figure 14. Cap of a Montblanc 72/74
  4. In the recent times of King's Charles III ascension to the throne I have noticed the fountain pen nib he uses is very dominating - it looks really great on paper. However, I am not sure if this is just Montblanc conforming slightly differently to the other more 'standard' brands of Fountain Pen. For example, a M nib or OM feels more like a Broad etc. Are we able to tell from this image of the pen the nib? I think I can see a slightly different nib end here suggesting perhaps Oblique but wanted to see what you guys think? To me, the sidestrokes seem thinner than the downstrokes, no? I can confirm an OB is far too thick so I'm not sure if it's just a Medium or Oblique Medium?
  5. OldTravelingShoe

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  6. From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of European Fountain Pens

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  7. OldTravelingShoe

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    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of European Fountain Pens

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  8. OldTravelingShoe

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  9. Hello, I’d like to learn is there a solvent which works for welding cracks in Montblanc Meisterstück plastic, commercially known as “precious resin” (cracks in section, cap lip etc.). I’m familiar with techniques and tooling, only would like to know if someone could share which is the right solvent. Thanks in advance!
  10. Hello, Everybody, To me it is a bit of sad and sentimental story, yet life goes on. Perhaps it’s worth sharing, please pardon me if not so… My one and only “friction fit mechanism” 149, with 18C architect grind nib started failing after 45+ years of continuos use. It started developing hairline cracks in the section. I have treated the pen neither badly, nor like a piece of jewelry. Being a valuable part of my every day reality it has traveled with me all around the world for 40+ years. Material fatigue, perhaps… As I know nothing about “precious resin” solvent welding (any shared experience would be more than appreciated), my only option was getting a replacement 1963 type barrel. Those who had it tried to charge for it almost as much as for a new pen, without mint condition warranty, so it was not a secure and afforfable option. Luckily, a friend had an entire 1967 type (screw-in “threaded” mechanism) spare body, which cost me just a fraction of what I’d have paid for a 1963 barrel only. I knew my 149 would become a sturdier, heavier pen, with less ink storage capacity than the one I got used to. It made me feel a little reluctant, but I eventually decided to go for it. So, I just “transplanted” the nib unit and cap to the newer body. It is still a great pen, almost as much a marvel of engineering as the old one, just feeling somewhat more robust, with weight distribution slightly reminding of the 50s celluloid ones. Yet, my trusty “friction-fit” is gone for good, or at least until I arrange a barrel I can afford, or hopefully learn solvent-welding MB “precious resin”. 🙂
  11. Hi All! I am a student who wrote with the same FP for many years. However, I wanted something new, so I decided to trade pens so that I could afford it and switch pens more often. I recently bought two Montblancs 144s. The price was good, but I have a few questions regarding the age, nib size and serial number. 1. How can I determen how old my pen is, even if there is no serial number. 2. I want to clean the pen a bit better, but I am not sure how to remove the nib. There is also not a good Youtube video that shows me that. Any ideas? 3. My pen has no serial number. I don't directly suspect the pen to be fake, but I am also not sure what the reason could be and if it's normal. Attached some pics for reference and age determination. Thank you all very much for your help in advance!
  12. We are very happy to be able to announce that on July 9th, 2022, we will be launching our third cooperation pen with Montblanc. One week before, on July 2nd, the new pen will be available for pre-order in our online shop: https://www.fritz-schimpf.de/Marken/Montblanc/Montblanc-x-Fritz-Schimpf/. We will start shipping on July 11th. This project started many months ago when we received the first four prototype nibs of our third Montblanc x Fritz Schimpf Special Edition. After many long tests and discussions a very special nib has been created. On May 10th, the day of the grand inauguration of the Montblanc Haus, we spent the day behind this fascinating building test writing the 100 nibs of our upcoming edition. Now all of these nibs are waiting to be written... Kind regards, Fritz Schimpf PS. More information regarding the name and all the details will follow.
  13. Fritz Schimpf

    Fritz Schimpf`s Vault is open...

    FRITZ SCHIMPF'S VAULT As an end of 2022 Special Event, Fritz Schimpf is offering a selection of fountain pens, inks and other writing instruments from such highly respected brands as Montblanc, Pelikan, Lamy, and Aurora. https://www.fritz-schimpf.de/en/Smart-buys/Fritz-Schimpf-s-Vault/ Fritz Schimpf`s Vault will be open from 13 November to 12 December 2022, offering very special items which have been unavailable, out of stock, or difficult to obtain for quite a long time. Fritz Schimpf´s Vault is making these special items available with a minimum baseline price, which is indicated in the listing for each item. If interested, an offer which is equal to or above the minimum price for one or more items may be submitted by e-mail to service@fritz-schimpf.de. The offer must include the German VAT. Multiple offers for any particular item are welcome, with the highest offer in each case being accepted as the final purchase price. On 12 December, 2022 at 23:59:59 local Tübingen time Fritz Schimpf`s Vault will be closed. Any offers received after that date will not be accepted. At that time whoever has made the highest offer for each item will be contacted to arrange for payment of all goods ordered as well as applicable shipping fees. Offers are only possible by sending an email to service@fritz-schimpf.de, providing the name of each item with an offer expressed in Euros. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information. As these are rare items, please understand that quantities may be severely limited. We wish you a joyful discovery of Fritz Schimpf`s Vault.... https://www.fritz-schimpf.de/en/Smart-buys/Fritz-Schimpf-s-Vault/
  14. Probably, Baoer had a good look at the Montblanc Greta Garbo pen when they designed the 3035.
  15. These are my newest purchases this is a beautiful Mozart with OB nib, this is a 80’s split ebonite feed 149 w/ fine nib, can get ef nib also but was afraid be too scratchy and too fine?? Any thoughts on the ef I have a fine in a new “ATW 80 days” , medium in a newer 146 platinum, and Broad in a 80’s split feed 149, I like the fine in the 80 days pen but was afraid of older extra fine? please let me know on the extra fine older nibs please??
  16. Appelboompen

    Montblanc Donation Pen George Gershwin

    Montblanc launched the new Donation pen recently, honouring George Gershwin. We made a small video about this new edition of Montblanc on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMkDeMGr6LU Enjoy watching!
  17. Hi all, It's my first visit to the forum. I hope someone can help me. I have a Montblanc Noir et Noir retractable fountain that has become rather intractably jammed! I've included some pics to try to illustrate. The nib can still be extended and retracted smoothly by twisting the cap at the barrel. The problem is that when I unscrew the cap from the end to replace it at the nib, the end piece (that clever little flip top that releases the cartridge) remains threaded in the cap. And having the end piece embedded in there makes the cap too narrow to screw onto the barrel and protect the nib. Does anyone have experience with this kind of issue? I would appreciate any kind advice. I love this pen, high-maintenance or no. Thanks kindly. Teresa
  18. Hi, sorry if this is the wrong place - new to this forum. I have inherited 5 pens (see photo attached). I can identify all except the small Montblanc cartridge pen at the bottom. It has all the right markings (ag925, Pix, France Metal) and an EP identification number. Can anyone help me identify the model. Many thanks.
  19. Hello, I am hoping to get some direction. I purchased a used 75th anniversary Montblanc 149. About a 2 weeks ago I noticed that a small piece of the rose gold flaked off of the nib near the breather hole. Does anyone know of someone that I can reach out to that can completely re-plate the nib. I understand MB did a really bad job on plating these nibs so I would like to get it re-done so that I don't have to worry about it in the future.
  20. truphae_inc

    New Member Introduction

    Hi, everyone! I wanted to introduce myself to this network. I have been a long-time pen enthusiast, and am the owner of luxury pen retailer Truphae, Inc. We specialize in high-end luxury pens from companies like Aurora, Montegrappa, ST Dupont, Visconti, etc...and have great relationships with them as well. We also carry brands such as Pelikan, Cartier, and many others. Our goal is to find the coolest pens around, particularly rare ones that many other people would have a hard time sourcing. We not only sell, but buy and consign as well. Looking forward to getting to know you all better! ~Chris
  21. I am trying to identify what Montblanc pen I have here. I picked it up at an estate sale earlier this year and am just now getting around to inking it up. Any information would be appreciated.
  22. From the album: Odds and ends

    150 opened bottles of inks now have no place in my (wife's work-from-home) desk's main storage space, which is absolutely chockers, so most of these now live inside clear, stackable Daiso plastic storage boxes under the spare bed in the same room. Then there are also the 25 Diamine Inkvent Red Edition inks, although technically I can squeeze this into one of the desk's shallow drawers:

    © A Smug Dill

  23. We, Fritz Schimpf, have shared our passion for the art of writing since 1880. One of our main distinctive points is that we are always trying to offer our clients the best fitting writing instrument for their type of handwriting and hand size. Especially fountain pens and their ability to have a positive influence on the handwriting as well as the writing comfort they offer are our favorite writing instruments. While the existing variety of different forms and sizes of pens nearly always makes it possible to find a fitting pen for each client, the variety in nibs has decreased over the last years. Due to our experience with clients we have wanted to bring back part of the variety in nibs thus enabling us to offer the perfect nib for every client. Thanks to the cooperation with Montblanc we have managed to widen the offer with an exclusive collaboration. The Montblanc x Fritz Schimpf Sonderedition Italic 100 is based on the Montblanc Meisterstück LeGrand Platinum Line fountain pen (146P). The nib, the heart of the fountain pen, is a 14-K gold nib with a special cut we defined together with the excellent nib masters at Montblanc. This special cut enables the nib to offer different stroke widths. Nibs like that are called Italic nibs. Over 50 years have passed since the last time Montblanc had an Italic nib in its assortment. Due to the different widths, Italic nibs enhance the individual characteristics of each handwriting and create a unique and distinctive typeface. Thanks to the chosen width, the vertical stroke is around 0,7 mm, the horizontal stroke is around 0,3 mm the Montblanc x Fritz Schimpf Sonderedition Italic 100 fountain pens are ideal for small and medium handwriting. In order to get the maximum stroke difference effect it might be necessary to adapt the way one holds the fountain pen. Please have a look at the different writing samples which have been written with Fritzrot (our special ink) on our DIN A5 correspondence paper. The Montblanc x Fritz Schimpf Sonderedition Italic 100 fountain pen is recognizable by the engravings on both sides of the nib (Italic 100 and Fritz Schimpf). Once one gets accustomed to the nib the writing properties are fascinating. The Italic 100 fountain pen seduces the writer to playfully form letters, perceive their form, change it and rediscover the own handwriting anew. We are expecting the arrival of the Montblanc x Fritz Schimpf Sonderedition Italic 100 fountain pens by mid October 2017. They will be available exclusively at our shop and are limited to 100 pieces. Should you wish any further information or to pre-order please send us an email to service@fritz-schimpf.de.
  24. OldTravelingShoe

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    From the album: OldTravelingShoe's Random Pics of European Fountain Pens

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