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MontBlancWorld posted a topic in Fountain Pen ReviewsHello, I wanted to buy this Meisterstück Le Petit Prince & Fox Classique Ballpoint Pen for a while. It's my first ever Mont Blanc pen. I am new to the high end pen world and have limited budget... I found it on Amazon sold by RD Brands, came shipped from Israel and was about 150$ below MSRP. I decided to buy it there... After some readings, I now doubt I have a fake / replica product... I have the box that looks authentic, a serial number starting with "MBL...", Made in Germany / METAL inscription, I also weighted it and appears spot on. I emailed the vendor, they say it's authentic as well, they procure in bulk from an authorized seller, not being an authorized seller of their own. What do you all think? Real or Fake? Thank you so much!
Ceelo posted a topic in Fountain Pen ReviewsHey FPN'ers. Below is my review on my newly received Montblanc Le Petit Prince LeGrand. A more detailed review and photo's are available on my blog - I hope you find it useful. Product Specifications Full Name: Montblanc Meisterstuck Le Petit Prince & Fox LeGrand (Phew!) Colour: Night blue Materials: Resin barrel and cap, platinum trim, the clip has a yellow lacquered star Nib Size & Material: Factory Extra Fine 14 karat 585 gold rhodium coated nib. Filling Mechanism: Piston filler with ink window (yay!) Measurements: 146mm capped, 126mm uncapped. Posts securely. Weighs 32 grams capped with a fill of ink. Price: RRP $900USD – street price can be had for less Available: Just released (April 2018), special edition so not being made forever. What Makes It Classic proportions and writing experience. There is no denying that the regular Montblanc LeGrand is going to suit the majority of fountain pen users for writing comfort. It is large but not oversized. Solidly constructed but not heavy. It uses a piston filler but is well balanced. In short, there is a lot worse you could do than a LeGrand for extended writing periods or short note taking. The Le Petit Prince alters this formula ever so slightly with the metal piston turning knob that adds a few grams to the weight but it retains all of the features you have come to know and love like a large ink capacity, sturdy clip and useable ink window. The cap and barrel of the Le Petit Prince are also ever so slightly longer than the regular LeGrand which may be a bonus or not depending on your hand size. I feel the details added to the Le Petit Prince do not detract from the regular LeGrand writing experience and unlike many other special editions, do not add aesthetically pleasing elements at the expense of comfort. Details, they work. The pen boasts a range of different details to commemorate the theme. Does the pen try too hard? In my opinion, when viewed in the flesh, no. All of the design elements largely walk that fine line of too much versus too little, but all in all, I think Montblanc chose the right elements to showcase on the pen without going overboard. It is also immediately clear when viewing this pen that the quality and execution of these details are first class. No bad manufacturing tolerances or quality issues to speak of. Beauty. I fell in love with the pen at first sight, which may not surprise you to see this as a positive, however I think it is important to point out how well the overall aesthetic comes together. The choice of night-blue resin paired with crisp platinum trimmings and nib provides a soothing visual experience. When capped, the metal band in the cap top matched with the metal turning knob is balanced and gives the pen a more elegant style. It has passion in spades. The Le Petit Prince LeGrand will have different meaning for you if you grew up with or have read the book. With the elements featured by this pen, you will likely feel a connection every time you reach for the Le Petit Prince. Whether it’s the colour of the night sky, a reminder that you are unique, the laughter in the stars or the playful fox engraving on the cap, I certainly felt the passion in this Montblanc and one could not say it is boring. If you’ve not done so, I do suggest you read the book before considering this pen. What’s Not So Great Metal piston turning knob. I mentioned earlier that the metal piston turning knob adds a little bit of weight the regular LeGrand and adjusts the balance a little bit. Whilst this adds arguably a beautiful aesthetic, some people may not like the impact to the writing experience. I personally have not struggled with this when the pen is inked, but there is no way around the fact that this feature has adds a little ‘top heaviness’ to the pen. Just as there are some who hate metal sections on fountain pens, I’m sure there are those who will find this to be a turn off. Could use more restraint.There are a number of design elements that have been added to the Le Petit Prince to carry the theme with conviction. Some may find this a little too busy and desire a little more design restraint. I myself was dubious about the cap engravings after I purchased the pen as from some angles in the photo’s they appeared to be prominent. Upon receiving it I was pleasantly surprised that they blend in nicely to the resin colour. It’s personal preference of course, and with a special edition I suppose there is pressure to differentiate the pen from the regular LeGrand without going overboard, but at the same time including enough elements to encourage purchase. For example, who hasn’t been disappointed with a ‘new release’ or ‘limited edition’ fountain pen being just a new colour with a jacked up price (*cough* LAMY Black Amber)? I get that Montblanc can’t win either way in this space, so I sympathize with the fact they have put their best foot forward here. There are more to come – $$$!!! OK, I might be being a little facetious with this one. The Le Petit Prince collection kicks off with this release, which as mentioned above is part of a broader range, however Montblanc has stated their will be two more releases centered around the Little Prince book. This ‘trilogy’ as Montblanc describes it will include The Aviator and The Planet. I am hoping these new releases include new resin colours and not just new cap engravings. An orange or dark red resin release would be my pen nirvana, and I will likely be picking up the other two resin LeGrands if this is the case. So why is this a negative? Well, because my wallet feels a little aggrieved in advance Overall Verdict If you’ve read (and liked) the book, love the way the pen looks, and can live with a little extra weight from the piston turning knob I would say the pen is worth picking up. If you aren’t convinced about the aesthetics, a trip to the Montblanc boutique is in order to suss things out. I can honestly say the pen presents better in real life than in the marketing photos, and that indeed is quite rare.