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  1. 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.
  2. After many years of thinking and trying Montblancs, I have finally decided to get one. I have selected 149 Platinum with medium nib. I normally prefer narrower nibs but occasionally use wider nibs (e.g. in my Sailor KOP). After I got home, I washed the pen following recommendations from Montblanc (using only distilled water, flush 5-6 times), then filled it in with Montblanc black ink and tried it out. I was very surprised that it was very-very wet and "messy". By messy, I mean that the flow seems to be a bit inconsistent letter to letter. It feels just as if there is a tiny hair stuck in the nib (I inspected the tines and there is nothing wrong). I used the pen to write around 10 letter-sized pages with not much improvement. It does not skip. The start seems fine but this MB is the wettest pen I have (even wetter than Pelikan M-1000) and surprisingly introduces feathering even on a good quality paper (tried a few brands of paper). I used it like this for a couple days and then decided to switch to a different montblanc inc (blue this time). I flushed the pen thoroughly with distilled water and inked it up. The blue ink behaves a tiny bit better but not too much. I can still see slight feathering. I am going to use it like this for a few days and then probably switch the nib to extra-fine. Alternatively I am considering sending the pen to Mike and have him grind to italic but with the new pen, I am more inclined to contact Montblanc and try their nib-switching service. Anyway, just wanted to share this. I am also attaching a sample of the writing (Montblanc on the top, then Pelikan M-100 with the same ink, followed by Sailor KOP and Sailor Realo). Other than the writing, MB 149 looks quite beautiful and feels very solid with good-looking nib.
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  6. Hi y'all! I have a Montblanc 310 that has quite a gap between the nib and the feed and am not sure of what to do, as I'm not sure whether the gap is the result of the nib being bent upwards or the feed being bent downwards. There's a video showing this pen's tear-down here: https://youtu.be/H57t0ZLfs1Y?t=42 but no the clear piece that joins the section to the barrel on mine just won't budge. Any ideas? I would like to take it apart, so I can either fix the nib properly or apply hot air or water to the feed to bend it upward to have it touch the nib's underside. The pen writes well, but has issues starting after not using it for a day because the ink that fills that gap evaporates. Thanks!!! alex
  7. Hi, I am a long time lurker on this forum but this is only my second post, so apologies in advance for starting off with this topic. Today, I received a newsletter from Iguanasell stating that they have Monbtlanc Chopin pen in stock. 'Wow, a NOS Hommage a Chopin pen', I thought. However when I opened the link, I saw that Montblanc has actually released a new Donation series pen in honour of Frederick Chopin. There is just one word to describe the pen: understated. It has a blue ink window, a piano hammer as the clip, his verses on the clip ring, signature on the cap and his face on the nib (weird in my opinion). I feel that the Donation series is underrated here and elsewhere on the internet (compare the number of Donation pen reviews as compared to the Writers pen reviews). I honestly adore the Donation series of Montblanc as they feature nice understated pens with some features to distinguish themselves from the common 146. This all used to be available (more on this later) at a relatively affordable price and definitely cheaper than the Writer's series (that series has honestly ventured into too much gaudiness at this point). Then I looked at the price.... 900 USD!! Before someone points out that 'It is a Montblanc, it IS supposed to be overpriced', let me list down the pens from the same brand which can be bought at this price: 1) A new Steel Solitaire 146 2) A used (or lightly used/ mint if you are lucky) Sterling Silver Solitaire 146 3) A new 75th Anniversary SE 146 4) 40 - 50% of the Writers Edition series (this also includes some of the non gaudy pens) 5) MANY special edition pens 6) Heck, most of the Donation series pens can be obtained new/ mint between 550 and 700 USD (if you know where to look) The saddest part about this for me personally is that I had started collecting the Donation series pens (and have bought the Karajan as my first pen at a slightly overpriced 700 USD, some others are cheaper) as I thought I could use the pens without raising too much eyebrows in the office (other than the folks who notice the snow star). But at this price range, I am really not sure. The series used to occupy a niche of being an understated series of beautiful pens with subtle things (the keyboard clip ring of Karajan, the red signature of Solti to name a few) to pay homage to the musician and show that it is something more than a common 146, all at a relatively lower cost. I realize that with the increase in price of the standard pens, the Donation series pens are supposed to be dearer too. But in this economic logic, has the series lost its niche as compared to other Montblanc pens? Other than fans of the musician who is being paid a homage, will anybody else buy this pen?
  8. Abstract:This article discusses the following issue:1. The Montblanc Meisterstück Classique 14X series products in burgundy color since 1980's2. The Montblanc Meisterstück 144 generations3. The origin and successor of Montblanc Meisterstück 144 The Montblanc Meisterstück 14X Burgundy Family:Allow me to start with 2 pictures shown below, from the left:1. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 in burgundy2. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 in burgundy3. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 in burgundy4. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in black5. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy6. Montblanc 146 old style in black (just as a comparison)7. Montblanc 146 in burgundy (146R Bordeaux) Figure 1. The Montblanc Meisterstück 14X Burgundy FamilyFigure 2. The Montblanc Meisterstück 14X Burgundy Family Now, I will discuss the Montblanc Classique 144 generation:Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 characters:1. Monotone color 14k gold nib (figure 6) Please notice that the distance between the imprint and the shoulder of the nib is further compared to the 2nd (figure 14) and 3rd (figure 22) generation2. Ebonite feed (figure 7)3. Plastic section thresd equipped with old style Montblanc converter (figure 8)4. Cap clip reads 'GERMANY' (figure 5)5. Black section for both Black and Burgundy Montblanc Classique 144 Figure 3. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 in burgundy (Cap on)Figure 4. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 5. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 in burgundy (Cap)Figure 6. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 in burgundy (Nib Detail)Figure 7. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 in burgundy (Feed Detail)Figure 8. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 in burgundy (Section Thread&Converter)Figure 9. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 10. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 1 in burgundy (Cap off) Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 characters:1. Monotone color 14k gold nib (figure 14) Please notice that the distance between the imprint and the shoulder of the nib is shorter compared to the 1st generation (figure 6)2. Old Style Plastic feed (figure 15) -> 2nd and 3rd generation use the same old style plastic feed3. Plastic section thresd equipped with old style Montblanc converter (figure 16)4. Cap clip reads 'GERMANY' (figure 13)5. Black section for both Black and Burgundy Montblanc Classique 144 Figure 11. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 in burgundy (Cap on)Figure 12. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 13. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 in burgundy (Cap)Figure 14. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 in burgundy (Nib Detail)Figure 15. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 in burgundy (Feed Detail)Figure 16. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 in burgundy (Section Thread&Converter)Figure 17. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 18. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 2 in burgundy (Cap off) Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 characters:1. Monotone color 14k gold nib (figure 22) Please notice that the distance between the imprint and the shoulder of the nib is shorter compared to the 1st generation (figure 6)2. Old Style Plastic feed (figure 23) -> 2nd and 3rd generation use the same old style plastic feed3. Brass section thresd equipped with old style Montblanc converter (figure 24)4. Cap clip reads 'W-GERMANY' (figure 21)5. Black section for Black Montblanc Classique 144 and Bugundy section for Bugundy Montblanc Classique 144 Figure 19. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 in burgundy (Cap on)Figure 20. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 21. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 in burgundy (Cap)Figure 22. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 in burgundy (Nib Detail)Figure 23. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 in burgundy (Feed Detail)Figure 24. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 in burgundy (Section Thread&Converter)Figure 25. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 26. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 3 in burgundy (Cap off) Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 characters (discontiuned around 2004):1. Bicolor 14k gold nib (figure 31)2. New Style Plastic feed (figure 32) -> Same with Montblanc 1453. Brass section thresd equipped with new style Montblanc converter (figure 33)4. Cap clip engraved with serial number (figure 30)5. Black section for Black Montblanc Classique 144 and Bugundy section for Bugundy Montblanc Classique 144 Figure 27. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in burgundy (Cap on)Figure 28. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 29. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in burgundy (Cap)Figure 30. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in burgundy (Cap)Figure 31. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in burgundy (Nib Detail)Figure 32. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in burgundy (Feed Detail)Figure 33. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in burgundy (Section Thread&Converter)Figure 34. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 35. Montblanc 144 Classique generation 4 in burgundy (Cap off) Montblanc 145 Chopin characters (started around 2004):1. Bicolor 14k gold nib (figure 40), nib size is significantly smaller than Montblanc 144 Classique Series2. New Style Plastic feed (figure 41) -> Same with Montblanc 144 4th generation3. Brass section thresd equipped with new style Montblanc converter (figure 42)4. Cap clip engraved with serial number and 'GERMANY' (figure 38&39)5. Black section for Black Montblanc Classique 144 and Bugundy section for Bugundy Montblanc Classique 144 Figure 36. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy (Cap on)Figure 37. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 38. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy (Cap)Figure 39. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy (Cap)Figure 40. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy (Nib Detail)Figure 41. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy (Feed Detail)Figure 42. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy (Section Thread&Converter)Figure 43. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy (Cap off)Figure 44. Montblanc 145 Chopin in burgundy (Cap off) Montblanc 146R Bordeaux characters:The 146R Bordeaux model is bascially the modern Montblanc 146 in Burgundy color.1. Bicolor 14k gold nib (figure 50)2. Plastic feed (figure 51)3. Cap clip engraved with serial number and 'GERMANY' (figure 47&48) Figure 45. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Cap on)Figure 46. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Cap)Figure 47. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Cap)Figure 48. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Cap)Figure 49. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Cap)Figure 50. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Nib Detail)Figure 51. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Feed Detail)Figure 52. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Nib Detail)Figure 53. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Section Detail)Figure 54. Montblanc 146R Bordeaux (Cap off) Montblanc 144G From the 50'sSince the beginning the of Montblanc's 3 digits fountain pen system, XX4 stands for the standard size (nib size). For example, size wise, 149>146>144>142, here 144 is the standard size.In 1948, 144 model was first introduced to the Meisterstück family, the predecessor is the 134 model. The 144 model has the following character:1. The pen is made from celluloid2. Breath Hole on Cap (figure 59)3. Blind Cap Imprint Indicates Pen Model and Nib Size (figure 60&61)4. Bi-color 14C nib (figure62) The imprint distance from the should is closer to the Montblanc Classique 1st Generation's desgin5. Ebonite feed (figure 63)6. Telescopic piston filler Figure 55. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Box)Figure 56. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Box Open)Figure 57. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Cap)Figure 58. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Cap)Figure 59. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Cap Breath Hole)Figure 60. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Blind Cap 'EF')Figure 61. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Blind Cap '144G')Figure 62. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Nib Detail)Figure 63. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Feed Detail)Figure 64. Montblanc 144G From 50's (Section Detail) Montblanc 234 1/2 From the 40'sIn 1934, the company changed its name to Montblanc-Simplo GmbH, the famous Montblanc 3 digits was adopted. For the first digit, 1 stands for Meisterstücks (Masterpiece), 2 stands for Middle Range and 3 stands for economy range.For the second digit, 0 stands for safety filler, 2 stands for button filler and 3 stands for piston filler.For the third digit, it stands for the nib size.Here, 234 1/2 stands for Middle Range, piston filler and 4 1/2 nib size pen. Since it was during wartime, gold was not allow for pen production and alloy was used for nib material.This 234 1/2 model has the following character:1. The pen is made from celluloid2. Breath Hole on Cap (figure 69)3. Cap Imprint 'MONTBLANC' (figure 68)4. Blind Cap Imprint Indicates Pen Model and Nib Size (figure 70&71)5. Alloy nib (figure 74) 6. Ebonite feed (figure 75)7. Telescopic piston filler (figure 72&73)8. Blind Cap can be taken off (figure 77) Figure 65. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Box)Figure 66. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Box Open)Figure 67. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Cap)Figure 68. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Cap Engraving)Figure 69. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Cap Clip)Figure 70. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Blind Cap 'EF')Figure 71. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Blind Cap '234 1/2')Figure 72. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Telescopic Piston Filler 'D.R.R')Figure 73. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Telescopic Piston Filler '652405')Figure 74. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Nib Detail)Figure 75. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Feed Detail)Figure 76. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Section Detail)Figure 77. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Blind Cap Off)Figure 78. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Blind Cap)Figure 79. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Cap On)Figure 80. Montblaanc 234 1/2 (Cap Off) In the end, please enjoy the Montblanc Classique 144 Line with 145 Chopin:
  9. 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
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  15. I’m not really Montblanc fan. I’ve never dreamed about owning MB 149 / 146 one day and most of their pens simply have no appeal to me. Not enough to consider spending crazy amount of money on them anyway. While some people may regard MB as grail pen, for me white star doesn’t hold a promise of special writing experience. Sure, I’m not deaf and when I hear and read about other people’s experiences with Montblanc I can’t help but become curious and eager to try them myself. Happily I try to participate in fountain pen aficionados meetings and I had a chance to see and try quite a few MB pens. Almost always after few minutes of toying with them I put them back and focus my attention on Viscontis and other pens. When we speak about pens from this price segment my design and materials preferences resonate better with St. Dupont or Caran d’Ache. As most of you know Montblanc 146 and 149 are classics well known and cherished by most fountain pen enthusiasts. Also they’re the pens often bought by successful managers and business mans and womans. Not all of them look for great writing instrument, some of them look for a status symbol. I work a recruiter and, sadly, I rarely meet fountain pen users. On the other hand some time ago I had a chance to meet marketing professional who, in the beginning of our interview, put a pen case on the desk, opened it and directed two white stars to me. I thought that she would use them to write at some moment of our conversation but that wasn’t the case. When she started to make notes, she used cheap, wooden pencil (still better than BIC rollerball in my opinion. I have a problem with people ready to pay 1000 $ for a suit, 500 $ for shoes, 3000 - 5000$ for a watch and then, they write with cheapest BIC pen. I feel some discrepancy here). The pens were supposed, I guess, to build professional image. And sadly this illustrates a problem I have with Montblanc. May people here enjoy and use their MB pens, but some just need a white star logo to prove something. I guess it’s not fair that I look at the brand through part of the target group but I just can’t help it. To make long story short – for long time I wasn’t interested in Montblanc. But then, suddenly, few months ago I felt some strange impulse. Imperative one at that. It made my neurons fire and move hand toward computer mouse and treacherous ebay. As we all know ebay is full of temptations, and when the impulse comes from the stars you have no choice but to click it. And so I have There’s not a lot of information about Montblanc Genertion. I don’t know when it was introduced on the market nor what was it’s target group nor the year when it was discontinued. It seems it was kind of entry level Montblanc but I’m not sure. I would appreciate any insight from more knowledgeable users. The pen is medium – sized and made of plastic. It definitely feels different and less precious compared to Meisterstuck pens. The Generation has clean lines and looks sleek. It can appear smaller than other fountain pens by the same maker. Cap and barrel are smooth and uncluttered, with nothing except simple gold cap bands. The pocket clip is slim and functional. The top of the cap has the black disc and trademark white star inside a gold band. The very top of the barrel has a thin gold ring, adding the final touch of trim. All in all it’s elegant design. The pen was made from plastic, threads from metal. The closing mechanism of the cap is quite well thought - three springy "tabs" seal the cap securely. In case of my pen only two of three tabs were really springy while the third one didn’t work. As a result the cap seated securely but not as tightly as I would like it to be. Happily it was corrected by Pen Doctor and now everything works fine. The pen is light and comfortable in the hand, and it shouldn’t tire the hand of those of us who write a lot. While I consider Pelikan M200/205/400/405 too small for me, Montblanc Generation that has similar dimensions feels much better in hand. Most often it comes in black or burgundy, but I saw also this model in green (you see it now too), yellow, orange, blue and gold. The pen was made from plastic, threads from metal. The closing mechanism of the cap is quite well thought - three springy "tabs" seal the cap securely. In case of my pen only two of three tabs were really springy while the third one didn’t work. As a result the cap seated securely but not as tightly as I would like it to be. Happily it was corrected by Pen Doctor and now everything works fine. Nib I won’t lie to you – this nib was the main reason I wanted to get this pen. I have a soft spot for inset / inlaid nibs. Every time I see one I check my account balance to see if I can allow myself some folly. Inset nibs look valiant and the ones I’ve tried so far were great writers. 14ct medium nib on this one is a great performer. The line it gives is wet and smooth, it doesn’t give a lot of feedback and is more on “buttery feeling” side of things. Additionally the line is rather broader than most European medium nibs and for me it’s an asset. Filling system Yawn. Cartridge / converter. There’s nothing wrong with it, actualli it’s quite comfortable, easy to clean and cheap in case you need to change converter. In the same time though it’s simply boring. Dimensions Closed: 139 mm Open: 128 mm Summary After some time of using the pen I have to admit that Montblanc Generation is a nice pen, definitely not cheap one but I don’t feel the money I’ve paid for it were wasted. It can be still found for around 90-200 $ depending on the color and condition. I’ve paid 135 euros for mine and that makes this pen one of more expensive ones in my possession. I wouldn’t say it’s worth this kind of money but if you can afford it or you collect Montblancs this one doesn’t disappoint. Also, it’s green and green is cool.
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  18. rhodialover

    Montblanc Irish Green- A Review

    A Note About My Ink Reviews: All of the images in my reviews are scanned at 1200dpi on a Brother MFC-J6720DW in TIFF format, converted to A4 at 300DPI in Photoshop CC, and saved as a compressed JPEG. All scans were edited on a color calibrated ASUS PA248Q with aΔE<3 to ensure maximum color accuracy. TL;DR: The colors should be as accurate as is possible. Not having a suitable green (well, any green at all) in my ink collection, and not having any Montblanc ink to speak of, I decided to pull the trigger on a full bottle of Irish Green from Amazon. Rarely do I ever feel like buying a full bottle sight unseen (aside from such reviews as I can find on the internet), but in this case I liked the color enough and the price wasn't awful, so I bought it, along with Lavender Purple (also Montblanc) at the same time. I usually prefer blues to anything else, with my go-to being Diamine ASA blue, with the backup of Noodler's Midway Blue for the times I need something more water resistant. I have a single black, Noodler's X-Feather, and then Noodler's Apache Sunset, J.Herbin Stormy Grey, and Diamine Oxblood, and those have been my only inks for ~18 months, and I felt like I needed something new and more exciting. Enter Irish Green. So let me delve into the properties of this ink for a moment. Scores, where applicable, are represented on a 10-point scale, with 10 being better/larger than 1. Flow: When I tested this in my Edison 1.1 Stub, which is quite the wet pen, I found the flow to be wet, as expected, but not so wet that I found it difficult to use on lesser papers. What I did find, however, on lesser paper, is that the ink loses some of this flow and becomes a bit dryer when writing, and this is a noticeable difference, but should not be troublesome to most potential users. 7.5/10 Saturation: This ink is what I'd describe as a very saturated shader, but this could be due to the properties of the test pen. Stubs (at the very least the ones which I have had the pleasure of using) seem to have both a darker, more saturated output, but also seem to encourage shading. Lubrication: Better than most of the ink I own, but I have tried a sample of the Noodler's eel series and can say that it is similar. Very smooth, very much like glass, but not uncontrollable like some I've tried in a stub. Show-through: Virtually none on any of the Clairefontaine paper's I've tried, but quite a lot (as expected in a wet stub) on cheaper paper. Rhodia 90gsm as well as 80gsm Rhodia and CF Triomphe etc. handle it very well. Copy paper (which is what I did the review on) shows significant show-through, and the back of cheaper papers is simply not usable. Shading: It varies with the nibs used (also tried this ink in a Visconti Rembrandt M, and got almost no shading), but is usually enough to be noticed, but not enough to qualify it as one of those inks that is nothing but shading. Also varies with the paper used, CF and Rhodia papers which are less absorbent exhibit more shading. Bleed-through: None, even on cheap papers. Spread: None noticed on any of the tested papers. (Rhodia, CF, and #22 copy paper) Smear (dry): None on any of the tested papers. (Rhodia, CF, and #22 copy paper) Feathering: Extremely slight (not noticeable unless you look for it) on less-than-FP friendly paper, but none on higher quality papers. Water resistance: While it wasn't sold to me as water proof or resistant, and I fully expected it to wash off the page, I could not get it to rinse off. *Dry time for the water test was roughly 12 hours after it was applied to the paper, if immediate water resistance is your primary concern. (In which case I recommend X-Feather, from personal experience.) Other: The color is nice, but not so vibrant to be in your face and scream at you, but rather it is more of a muted plant green. It reminds me of foliage, to be honest, which isn't a bad thing, but it isn't light like Gruene Cactus Eel or dark like Diamine Sherwood green. It has quickly become one of my favorite inks for annotations and some general notes, but I don't think it fits for general writing, simply due to the fact that it is green. I have experienced no startup issues or nib creep. On another note, I really like the bottles, as they are both a significant design departure from Noodler's, Diamine, and J.Herbin bottles that I've owned. Overall, I am highly impressed by my first Montblanc ink, Irish Green.
  19. Here are 10 blue-black(ish) inks and two “true” blue inks as a comparison. Just for the fun of it. I scanned the sheet and with that most of the inks don’t show their sheen (or it’s not that obvious in the scan) so here are some photos of the inks to showoff some sheen: And for those of you who care about water resistance of inks, here are the inks after 15 seconds water bath:
  20. Hey everyone! I inked up a pen with one of my last cartridges of MB Toffee Brown to see if I wanted to purchase a full bottle of it before the price hike / packaging switch / potential reformulation or discontinuation. The answer turned out to be no, but then I had a pen full of ink to get rid of. What better way to do that than a review amirite? This one is not as entertaining as my previous review. Blame the ink. It's not an entertaining ink! I also stopped halfway through the review because I had the bright idea to search for a solution to the Wateman Kultur nib dryout problem, and lo and behold, FPN answered (with "glue"). So I dropped everything, glued up my pen, and came back to this review two days later, hence the page break, and perhaps the slightly darker ink after the page break. n.B.: Lamy Safari caps fit on Waterman Kultur pens, in case you need to seal an inked pen in a pinch. This is the water test:
  21. 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!
  22. Ognjen_Ognjanovic

    NOS Montblanc

    I found this new old stock fountainpen at home with the original box. As far as I can tell, it was never used and it's in completely mint condition except for the box. Can anyone tell me is it worth anything?
  23. 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

  24. I am freaking out a bit because my pen nib is stuck in the lid, and basically, what screws off is the hollow back of the pen, i.e. the plastic part you would screw off to replace a cartridge. Because I've never used a pen like this, and this was gifted to me by my father, I did something stupid. I went to the store and got new ink cartridges as I wanted to use the pen. The pen's nib was unscrewed from the cap, and the back part was unscrewed from the nib as you would normally do when changing a cartridge. After taking the old cartridge out, I put the new one in. I was trying not to make a mess, so I didn't press the new cartridge all the way in. I then went on screw the pen back tog, ether and the cartage pushed the nib into the lid, now wedged there. Does anyone have any idea of how I could fix this? What is the best way to go about this if I need it professionally repaired? Anything would help! Thank you in advanced for all your suggestions and help!
  25. Hello everyone! It has been a while since my last post but I wanted to share some quick photos of the Montblanc James Purdey & Sons Meisterstück Great Masters Rollerball Pen that I receive today. The photos are not great but I hope would still be of interest. In the past I have bought several Montblanc LE fountain pens but I have now realized that the Rollerball is a great option for me for everyday use. This special edition (not limited but I don't think they made many of these pieces) was released in 2019 yet I was able to found, as it is often the case for limited or special editions, the rollerball but not the fountain pen. So here is my question: are fountain pens LE more popular than the rollerball because of wider choice of ink, more fun in using them or .... Since the price difference between the roller (which obviously has no gold nib 😁) and the rollerball is not that substantial I was just intrigued to hear from other enthusiast why the fountain pen is often the first choice for these limited or special editions ? Are collectors/enthusiast only interested in the fountain pens and not the rollerball versions ? Sorry if it sounds too obvious but I just enjoy the writing experience of the rollerball (in this case mistery black LeGrand, I think there are only 2 colors for the LeGrand roller refills, right?) has been outstanding and very pleasant. Dare I say even better than many fountain pens I own Thanks for letting me know! Christian





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