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Montblanc 320 Question, Cartridge Only - Do They Support A Converter?



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I bought a vintage Mont Blanc 320, which I quite enjoyed, the nib had a bit of spring to it, and it flowed perfectly, impossible to get it to dry up.

I sadly had to return it though as it leaked, - seemingly through the pen cap springs.. perhaps the ink window? or maybe even through the body somehow.., I'd be curious about getting another, a couple questions though for any expects:

 

1. Did this pen ever come with a converter? If so, what one would fit and be proper for the pen? The one I got didn't have an original converter (if there even was one that came with it), I had tried both an official modern Mont Blanc converter and another one, though I think both let ink into the body. I just dont want to be limited to cartridges of course.

 

2. Any one with experience of this pen find similar ink leaking issues?

 

3. Is there another less expensive Mont Blanc vintage pen that might be recommended instead, I NEED flex and line variation, and I really enjoyed the smaller size and weight of this 320.

 

Thanks!

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I've had one of those pens -- great nib, but prone to the plastic cracking on the section at the base of the nib (which is what happened to my pen!). A standard international converter fits this pen.

 

I doubt you will be able to find a less expensive Montblanc fountain pen. I believe the 3xx series are the least expensive ones sold by MB.

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Thanks for that, I only meant less expensive in the roughly $200-300 price range. - mainly I'm interested in line variation and have been told that the older pens tend to preform with more spring than newer models.

 

 

MAYBE.

 

Some older nibs had more spring but by the 40s and 50s the need was for stiffer nibs that would write through multiple carbon copies.

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In the 2X 3X thread here on the Montblanc forum Jar posted a MB chart from the 50's or 60's. In the lower left corner of the chart is a ?subchart? that shows The points that were available on each model of pen. That will give you some model numbers on which flex nibs can possibly be found. Take a look. Thanks for posting the chart Jar. It is a valuable resource.

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In the 2X 3X thread here on the Montblanc forum Jar posted a MB chart from the 50's or 60's. In the lower left corner of the chart is a ?subchart? that shows The points that were available on each model of pen. That will give you some model numbers on which flex nibs can possibly be found. Take a look. Thanks for posting the chart Jar. It is a valuable resource.

 

Here it is again. Note, this is for the two digit pens. I may have a catalog of the three digit models around but honestly I have no idea right now where.

 

http://www.fototime.com/CAA5A1577DAA0DC/xlarge.jpg

 

 

The point is, in the two digit models the only place to be sure to find flex nibs was in the 3x (student) series.

 

I think that was also true in the three digit pens but until I can find the chart again I cannot say with much confidence.

 

In the 1x(x) and 2x(x) series though Montblanc sold both rigid and flexible nibs in all widths BUT not in obliques.

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Its interesting to see on that chart that at the time it was produced 149 is listed at 33.00 but the 94 is listed at 178.00 and the 94 looked like a blinged up 14 which is listed at 27.50, how the 149 has grown up in all those years.

 

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The chart raises some questions. Isellpens.com has a 34 with an OB nib for sale. According to the chart that nib was not available on that pen. Curiouser and curiouser.

 

 

Nibs often got changed. The fact that it was not offered does not mean a dealer might have swapped nibs or the over the years a cap and barrel got swapped.

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