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Just wanted to share a little story....

 

In recent months I've been cleaning up and narrowing my collection of inks and pens---selling the old, saving money to buy my grail pens, etc.

 

One of them was the MB Dostoevsky. Out of all of MB's WE, this one appealed to me most---I love the detailing on the body, the golden rings on the cap and barrel---even that funny blue jewel in the clip. But I despaired of ever getting this pen, because it was long out of production and the current prices on eBay were too expensive for me (all of the listings were sets or included boxes---and all I wanted was the pen).

 

Well, about a week ago, just when I was about to give up, someone lists it on eBay without boxes and papers at a price I could actually swallow. I admit it, I had to look twice. My hands shook. My heart skipped a beat. I swear that pen was calling my name.

 

There was the usual dilemma of is-this-a-fake and will-I-get-scammed and someone-will-probably-outbid-me-in-the-end going on, but I decided to try for it anyways. For five days, I was the only bidder.

 

Predictably, the last five minutes made up for all those days....but in the end, I still managed to squeak through with the highest bid.

 

So, if all goes well, I might be the owner of a Dostoevsky after all.

 

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That's what I call the beginning of an almost happily ever after. =)

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Just wanted to share a little story....

 

In recent months I've been cleaning up and narrowing my collection of inks and pens---selling the old, saving money to buy my grail pens, etc.

 

One of them was the MB Dostoevsky. Out of all of MB's WE, this one appealed to me most---I love the detailing on the body, the golden rings on the cap and barrel---even that funny blue jewel in the clip. But I despaired of ever getting this pen, because it was long out of production and the current prices on eBay were too expensive for me (all of the listings were sets or included boxes---and all I wanted was the pen).

 

Well, about a week ago, just when I was about to give up, someone lists it on eBay without boxes and papers at a price I could actually swallow. I admit it, I had to look twice. My hands shook. My heart skipped a beat. I swear that pen was calling my name.

 

There was the usual dilemma of is-this-a-fake and will-I-get-scammed and someone-will-probably-outbid-me-in-the-end going on, but I decided to try for it anyways. For five days, I was the only bidder.

 

Predictably, the last five minutes made up for all those days....but in the end, I still managed to squeak through with the highest bid.

 

So, if all goes well, I might be the owner of a Dostoevsky after all.

 

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That's what I call the beginning of an almost happily ever after. =)

That's a great story! I love the look of the Dostoyevsky (and I love the writer, too!).

 

Congratulations!

 

C

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Thanks to everyone for your congratulations. ^__^ The current picture of the Dostoevsky isn't mine, though---I took it off the original eBay listing. Will definitely post my own when the pen arrives!

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Congratulations. This was the second WE pen I ever bout, the first on eBay. It's very lit but like you said I too love the detail on the barrel and the gold fittings. My only negative on the design is the synthetic jewel on the clip. I hope you enjoy yours for years to come as I have with mine.

My Collection: Montblanc Writers Edition: Hemingway, Christie, Wilde, Voltaire, Dumas, Dostoevsky, Poe, Proust, Schiller, Dickens, Fitzgerald (set), Verne, Kafka, Cervantes, Woolf, Faulkner, Shaw, Mann, Twain, Collodi, Swift, Balzac, Defoe, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Saint-Exupery, Homer & Kipling. Montblanc Einstein (3,000) FP. Montblanc Heritage 1912 Resin FP. Montblanc Starwalker Resin: FP/BP/MP. Montblanc Traveller FP.

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Congratulations on the purchase and hope you enjoy the pen for many years to come. Great story and thanks for sharing. Please share some photos when it arrives! :-)

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It's been a while and I've gotten distracted, but I can finally post my pictures. =) Most of them are taken side-by-side with my MB 146 for comparison.

 

 

P1050799 by Jiadepix, on Flickr

Taken side by side, you'd be hard pressed to argue which pen was longer...

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/9653219877_fb2b46b5f2_c.jpg

P1050802 by Jiadepix, on Flickr

Posted, the pens don't show that much difference in length either.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5441/9653221159_edb994bd0c_c.jpg

P1050801 by Jiadepix, on Flickr

But uncapped, the differences are more striking.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2841/9653222717_1426a0dec6_c.jpg

P1050800 by Jiadepix, on Flickr

Both the 2009 UNICEF 146 and the Dostoevsky caught my eye with the additional of a blue jewel on the cap---though I think the 146's is more sapphire than Dostoevsky's glassy cabochon. I really like how the blue contrasts with the gold, though...I'm a sucker for shiny things.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5338/9653214545_caf2ce6ed5_c.jpg

P1050806 by Jiadepix, on Flickr

Here is where you can really see the "age" of the Dostoevsky---a 16-year old pen. I'm not sure if the original MB star was snow-white, or if they gave it this vintage, faded look on purpose, but I like it! It adds character.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3733/9653218629_5631ddfe87_c.jpg

P1050803 by Jiadepix, on Flickr

Naturally, the most important part of the pen---the nib---is still perfect.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3681/9653212037_3ce25691ff_c.jpg

P1050807 by Jiadepix, on Flickr

And like any good pen, it writes well!

 

Please excuse my accidental mangling of Fyodor Dostoevsky's first name. I'm not Russian, nor do I know the language.

 

I believe I was thinking of Fro-yo when I did the writing sample, because it was hot outside. I'm going to get some now.

 

Thanks for stopping by! =p

Sheen junkie, flex nib enthusiast, and all-around lover of fountain pens...

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The Montblanc emblem on this and each of the Writers Edition pens is "off white". Your pen has therefore not lost its original colour.

 

Have you written with it yet?

My Collection: Montblanc Writers Edition: Hemingway, Christie, Wilde, Voltaire, Dumas, Dostoevsky, Poe, Proust, Schiller, Dickens, Fitzgerald (set), Verne, Kafka, Cervantes, Woolf, Faulkner, Shaw, Mann, Twain, Collodi, Swift, Balzac, Defoe, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Saint-Exupery, Homer & Kipling. Montblanc Einstein (3,000) FP. Montblanc Heritage 1912 Resin FP. Montblanc Starwalker Resin: FP/BP/MP. Montblanc Traveller FP.

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The Montblanc emblem on this and each of the Writers Edition pens is "off white". Your pen has therefore not lost its original colour.

 

Have you written with it yet?

 

"Off-white", hmm? I see. That's good to know.

 

I've written with it extensively so far. The nib is very soft and springy---not quite flexy, but more like "floppy". I'm not sure how to describe it, other than the fact that it yields to my touch, and that it's "responsive" yet "firm" at the same time. It sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true...and it's not a bad thing, just different.

 

The end of the nib also tapers up more than my other pens (so it looks like snub nose), and it's quite well-rounded---meaning I write smoothly no matter which angle I put the pen to paper.

 

There was a little skipping at the beginning---I attribute this to leftover, dried ink from the previous owner (who, incidentally, also used a gray or black, judging by the flush)---but with time, the Kobe ink seems to have lubricated things inside, leaving me with lines and lines of well-written bliss.

 

Ah..... :cloud9:

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And like any good pen, it writes well!

 

Please excuse my accidental mangling of Fyodor Dostoevsky's first name. I'm not Russian, nor do I know the language.

 

I believe I was thinking of Fro-yo when I did the writing sample, because it was hot outside. I'm going to get some now.

 

Thanks for stopping by! =p

 

Lovely pen!

 

I also love the idea that Dostoyevsky and Frozen Yogurt can be conflated! A wonderful, unusual combination! :)

 

C

 

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Gilberto Castaneda

Congratulations!

I do no think that this pen was used much, as she still has the sticker on her, or had in pictures, good for you!

Enjoy, write love letters to your loved ones, write, write, write.

 

Cheers,

 

G

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