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Mb 146 Vs 149 Nib Width / Ink Flow



VanWolff

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Hello guys,

 

after years of writing with my Pelikan M600 I am proud to have become part of the elusive MB-community.

 

Because there is no MB-rep in my region, I have ordered myself a 149 with a medium nib and a 146 F-nib (both in new condition) from a reputable dealer.

 

http://i.imgur.com/rsiUvmy.jpg?1

 

As you can see both pens write in a very similar manner. I was told and read multiple times that a 149 F-nib may write as wide as a 146 M-nib. Strangely, it now is the other way round. I feel that the 146 writes too wide, not vice versa.

 

Do you think this is due to a too broad nib or a too generous ink flow?

Should I change the nib with another F-nib or would you advise me on switching to EF?

 

Kind regards,

VanWolff

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Hi VanWolff,

 

I have exactly the same experience, and I also found that it is extremely hard to tune down the ink flow in the (slightly vintage) 146 I own, and a few I modified for others, so I would personally suggest to go for an EF in that case.

 

HTH, warm regards, Wim

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Remember nib widths are only ranges and some individual makes a judgement whether it is an F or and M and often near the limits of each range the answer could be either.

 

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Well, Montblanc is a manufacturer where many steps are still made by hand. So every Montblanc nib is dragged-in by hand and therefor the nibs are all different. :)

 

This is why you should try exactly that pen with that nib which you want to buy - not trying a test nib and buy an unused pen from the box - neither buy a pen at the cheapest online dealer. Go into a shop and get the pen you've tried and you will be satisfied, otherwise you will never know if there hasn't been a pen which would have suited better to your handwriting. :huh:

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Well, Montblanc is a manufacturer where many steps are still made by hand. So every Montblanc nib is dragged-in by hand and therefor the nibs are all different. :)

 

This is why you should try exactly that pen with that nib which you want to buy - not trying a test nib and buy an unused pen from the box - neither buy a pen at the cheapest online dealer. Go into a shop and get the pen you've tried and you will be satisfied, otherwise you will never know if there hasn't been a pen which would have suited better to your handwriting. :huh:

Your suggestion makes a lot of sense. Thank you.

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I have found that the tines of F are too saperate these days. That would be the reason why 146 F writes wider (maybe wetter) than 149 M. I am not satisfied with such F with too saperate tines although it Amy write smoothly due to heavier ink flow and the tip of the nib is not as symmetrical as earlier ones.

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