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There's a 146 tester (black) with a BB on eBay that I was looking at. Probably nothing unusual.

For daily users, if the price is right, could be a bargain. Wouldn't have to worry about it.

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For daily users, if the price is right, could be a bargain. Wouldn't have to worry about it.

It's about $US330. Not sure if that quite qualifies as a bargain...

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It's about $US330. Not sure if that quite qualifies as a bargain...

 

I don't think that qualifies as a bargain for a Mb Tester 146 :(

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Did some doodling with Agatha (because what else was I going to call her, really?) yesterday, and gosh what a nice nib (if I can ever find the charging cable for my camera I will take a decent photo of it, I swear!) However, I have to say that she feels like a pen that wants to be used with some ceremony - she is not a "whip it out of your pocket to take a quick note" kinda girl. So, I'm officially questing for the right EDC MB as well.

Given my preference for pocket pens I think the 149 is just gonna be too big, so probably a 146. Ideally Bordeaux, or black with platinum trim and an interesting nib. That said, I watched a couple of video reviews of the Boheme this morning and I really like the size (similar to my Kaweco Skyline Sports, of which I have several) and the mechanism -weird but cool. Piston fillers are nice, but it means you have to have a bunch of ink bottles, whereas I am very comfortable filling cartridges with a syringe so I can use my ink samples. As well as the one that's for sale here, I've found a mint one with what might be a custom ground nib - looks to be a left foot OB at an angle of 4 degrees, which I read somewhere was a great angle for maximum comfort with some line variation.

But would the process of screwing the cap on detract from ease and speed of use? My Kaweco Liliput Fireblue (which admittedly is not a practical pen in any way) has a screw on cap that requires both hands to get it on straight, and that makes me slightly less keen to use it for quick notes.

I feel like I'm narrowing down my options a little now, but I still don't know exactly what I want. I probably need to go back to the MB boutique for a tryout...

 

ETA: looking at the Boheme photos again I'm not sure about the 4 degree angle, but it definitely is an OB, it still has the sticker on the barrel. US$445. even if I go to my local boutique I doubt that they will have anything with an oblique nib in stock that I can try. Maybe I shouldn't risk an oblique? I'm assuming they have a smaller sweet spot than a regular nib?

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Who am I even kidding. I want a 146 AND a Boheme. I can JUST about afford to get one or the other now, but not both. There's an ad in the Classifieds for a platinum 146 B nib for US$350...

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Unless you find the rare 149 variants. Had an OBB "Muster" that was awesome.

I saw one in MINT condition for sale two days ago.

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Unposted here. I think the little Mozart is the only pen I own that I post.

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." -Pablo Picasso


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Unposted here. I think the little Mozart is the only pen I own that I post.

 

~ BillH:

 

Likewise.

For photos I post in order to position nibs, but for use it's only the platinum Mozart EF that I post.

This became my default after joining FPN and reading in the Montblanc Forum that several members didn't post.

I tried it, liked it, and there it remains.

Tom K.

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Interesting! I have a definite preference for posted (I made an exception for the Rouge et Noir because the cap is so pretty). Thus far it seems like the Boheme might be the better option....

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I don't post, except I used to have a standard Boheme and that I did. It also had a lovely nib, the mechanism was part of the ceremony and never got tiring.

 

I now have a Boheme Big Size, I don't need to post it and it fits between the 146 and 149 sizes. There was one in the classifieds last time I looked, well recommended.

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The 1912 has the "interesting" mechanism like the Boheme, and is a pistin filler, but as said above you cannot post it.

 

I found one of the last Boheme noir in a shop, but the 1912 won in the end.

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I don't post, except I used to have a standard Boheme and that I did. It also had a lovely nib, the mechanism was part of the ceremony and never got tiring.

 

I now have a Boheme Big Size, I don't need to post it and it fits between the 146 and 149 sizes. There was one in the classifieds last time I looked, well recommended.

Another recommendation for thr XL Boheme. Seems a perfect blend of the wants - cartridge, retractable nib, postable, platinum trim, 146 size nib, 149 size girth, smaller than either when closed.

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Do most of you use a 146 posted or unposted? And if posted is it still balanced to use?

 

I never post any of my pens apart from those that I have to. i.e. Boheme, Kaweco Sport. I prefer to not have scratched pen barrels. -_-

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There was a 146R mint in box for sale on ebay Au last week for about $500AUD buy it now or best offer. They do pop up more reasonably here and there if you wait :)

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There was a 146R mint in box for sale on ebay Au last week for about $500AUD buy it now or best offer. They do pop up more reasonably here and there if you wait :)

Oh maaaaaaaaan! *swear words*

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That reminds me, if anyone fancies a non-retracting Boheme with MB leather pouch, there's one on eBay AU currently sitting at $AU46... low start price because seller wasn't sure it was genuine.

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