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A Thorough Report On Montblanc 12/14/22/24/32/34 Series



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Preface:

 

This article is to discuss the Montblanc 12/14/22/24/32/34 series, giving the reader detailed information on this series history background and structure.

 

Also will discuss the pen's variations.

 

I always enjoy this serie because these pens are very well made and the nibs are divine.

 

There is not too much information for them available, I would like to make my contributions.

 

And also if you are interested, I always have a couple of them available.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Historical Background:

 

First, I would like to quote from http://montblanc.parkerpens.org/montblanc.html.

 

In 1959, the Montblanc line was redisigned, 142, 144 and 146 are retired, instead Montblanc was offering:


Meisterstück:
12 (plastic, looked a bit like the Parker 45 and had a triangular capband)
14 (plastic, see above)
72 (with rolled gold cap)
74 (with rolled gold cap)
82 (with rolled gold cap and barrel)
84 (with rolled gold cap and barrel)
92 (in 14 carat solid gold cap and barrel)
94 (in 14 carat solid gold cap and barrel)

Medium range:
22 (with 14 ct gold nib and two cap rings)
24 (with 14 ct gold nib and two cap rings)

Economy:
32 (with 14 ct gold nib and one cap ring)
34 (with 14 ct gold nib and one cap ring)
31 (with steel nib)
32S (with steel nib, silver clip and cap ring)
34S (with steel nib, silver clip and cap ring)
31D (with "manifold" nib)
32P (cartridge filling system)
34P (cartridge filling system)

As you can see, the 12/14/72/74/82/84 is Meisterstück range already, they are very well made, the plastic is very robust for Meisterstück range.

The medium range (22/24) and economy range (31/32/34) is very well made, too. However, I did receive some reports saying that the 32's plastic developed cracks. I do have more than 10 economy range pens (32/34), they are all in NOS or near mint condition, no crack at all. I guess this really depends on the condition of the pen.

The size:

First I would like to show a picture of Montblanc 14/12/24/22/34/32 (from left to the right in Figure 1).

The pens follow a 2 digit coding system, the second digit is most likely to be 2 or 4 --> 2 stands for regular size, 4 stands for large size.

And for economy range, there are pens coded as 31, they are still regular size, the 1 just stands for regular size with steel nib (most of the economy range are equipped with 14k gold nibs).

Figure 1. Montblanc 14/12/24/22/34/32

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The 12/14 Series:

It is very well summarized by "soapytwist" in a previous post (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/132995-montblanc-12-22-and-32/), but there are some mistakes, I will just quote and make the correction. Please give the credit to him.

The 12/14 series are equipped with:

1. 18k "butterfly" nib

2. Push on cap

3. Bishop's mitre cap band

4. Amber/brown, faceted ink window

5. Gold accent band on piston knob end

Please check:

Figure 2 to see the Montblanc 14/12 with cap off.

Figure 3&4 to see the 18k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94

Figure 5&6 to see the feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94

Figure 7&8 to see the assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94

Figure 9 to see the assembled section of a Montblanc 14/74/84/94

Figure 10 to see the Gold accent band on piston knob end of a Montblanc 12/14/72/74

Figure 11 to see the cap top of a Montblanc 12/14

Figure 12 to see the Bishop's mitre cap band of a Montblanc 12/14

Figure 13&14 see the cap of a Montblanc 72/74

Figure 2. Montblanc 14/12 with cap off

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Figure 3. 18k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 17/74/84/94

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Figure 4. 18k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 17/74/84/94

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Figure 5. Feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94

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Figure 6. Feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94

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Figure 7. Assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94

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Figure 8. Assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 14/74/84/94

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Figure 9. Assembled section of a Montblanc 14/74/84/94

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Figure 10. Gold accent band on piston knob end of a Montblanc 12/14/72/74

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Figure 11. Cap top of a Montblanc 12/14

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Figure 12. Bishop's mitre cap band of a Montblanc 12/14

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Figure 13. Cap of a Montblanc 72/74

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Figure 14. Cap of a Montblanc 72/74

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The 22/24 Series:

It is very well summarized by "soapytwist" in a previous post (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/132995-montblanc-12-22-and-32/), but there are some mistakes, I will just quote and make the correction. Please give the credit to him.

The 22/24 series are equipped with:

1. 14k "butterfly" nib

2. Push on cap

3. Double cap bands

4. Blue faceted ink window

Please check:

Figure 15 to see the Montblanc 24/22 with cap off

Figure 16 to see the Montblanc 22 disassembly

Figure 17&18 to see the 14k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 22

Figure 19 to see the feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 22

Figure 20&21 to see the assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 22

Figure 22&23 to see the assembled section of a Montblanc 22

Figure 24 to see the Double cap bands of a Montblanc 22

Figure 25 see the cap top of a Montblanc 22

Figure 26 see the blind cap of a Montblanc 22

Figure 27&28 see the disassembled piston of a Montblanc 22

Figure 29 see the barrel of a Montblanc 22

Figure 15. Montblanc 24/22 with cap off.

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Figure 16. Montblanc 22 disassembly

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Figure 17. 14k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 22

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Figure 18. 14k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 22

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Figure 19. Feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 22

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Figure 20. Assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 22

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Figure 21. Assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 22

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Figure 22. Assembled section of a Montblanc 22

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The 32/34 Series:

It is very well summarized by "soapytwist" in a previous post (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/132995-montblanc-12-22-and-32/), but there are some mistakes, I will just quote and make the correction. Please give the credit to him.

The 32/34 series are equipped with:

1. 14k "intarsia" nib

2. Screw-on cap

3. Single cap band on lip

4. Blue ink window that doubles as the threads for the cap to screw onto

Please check:

Figure 30 to see the Montblanc 34/32 with cap off

Figure 31 to see the Montblanc 34 disassembly

Figure 32 to see the 14k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 34

Figure 33 to see the assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 34

Figure 34&35 to see the feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 34

Figure 36&37 to see the assembled section of a Montblanc 34

Figure 38 to see the Single cap band on lip of a Montblanc 34

Figure 39&40 see the disassembled piston of a Montblanc 34

Figure 30 to see the Montblanc 34/32 with cap off

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Figure 31 to see the Montblanc 34 disassembly

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Figure 32 to see the 14k "butterfly" nib on a Montblanc 34

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Figure 33 to see the assembled feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 34

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Figure 34 to see the feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 34

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Figure 35 to see the feed and feed housing on a Montblanc 34

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Figure 36 to see the assembled section of a Montblanc 34

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Figure 37 to see the assembled section of a Montblanc 34

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Figure 38 to see the Single cap band on lip of a Montblanc 34

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Figure 39 to see the disassembled piston of a Montblanc 34

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Figure 40 see the disassembled piston of a Montblanc 34

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The Candy:

This series comes with 4 colors: black/grey/green/burgundy.

They are rare are quite hard to find, prepare for the candies that I am going to show!

Figure 41. Green Montblanc 32/ Burgundy Montblanc 22/ Grey Montblanc 32S with cap on

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Figure 42. Green Montblanc 32/ Burgundy Montblanc 22/ Grey Montblanc 32S with cap off

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Figure 43. Burgundy Montblanc 34/ Green Montblanc 24/ Grey Montblanc 32S/ Green Montblanc 22/ Burgundy Montblanc 22/ Green Montblanc 32 with cap off

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Variations:

 

The economy line has lots of variations, the grey Montblanc 32S is a Montblanc 32 with steel 'push on' cap, instead of a normal 'screw on' cap:

 

Montblanc 32S:

 

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Also, some Montblanc 32 are with 'butterfly nib' and amber ink window:

 

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~ jhsd1124013561:

 

Thank you so much for preparing and uploading these images.

They're a superb educational set, with photos making clear the distinctions between models.

You've given the Montblanc Forum quite an impressive gift!

Tom K.

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Great research. Thank you. Although I have not got any of that nice pens I have saved your report.

Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons." – General D. MacArthur

 

 

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” W. Churchill

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Thank you so much for a beautifully researched and detailed piece on these wonderful pens. Lots of information I didn't know.

 

It may help to explain why the 72 and 24 I had felt so different. 18K vs 14K nibs!!! I assumed all were 14K, but the 72 was much nicer and more controllable - probably a little stiffer.

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~ jhsd1124013561:

 

Thank you so much for preparing and uploading these images.

They're a superb educational set, with photos making clear the distinctions between models.

You've given the Montblanc Forum quite an impressive gift!

Tom K.

 

 

Great research. Thank you. Although I have not got any of that nice pens I have saved your report.

 

 

Thank you so much for a beautifully researched and detailed piece on these wonderful pens. Lots of information I didn't know.

 

It may help to explain why the 72 and 24 I had felt so different. 18K vs 14K nibs!!! I assumed all were 14K, but the 72 was much nicer and more controllable - probably a little stiffer.

 

 

Very well done!

 

 

This definitely makes these pens much more interesting!

 

Thank you guys for the kind words :) I this post serve you well.

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Can you please tell me how the piston unit is removed from these pens, or link me to a post that explains it? Is it simply friction fit?

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Can you please tell me how the piston unit is removed from these pens, or link me to a post that explains it? Is it simply friction fit?

Hi, it is a simply friction, please heat it before pulling the piston out.

 

However, it is vintage plastic, please proceed with care :)

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Hi, it is a simply friction, please heat it before pulling the piston out.

 

However, it is vintage plastic, please proceed with care :)

Duly noted, thank you!
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Thanks for this informative post and your help over PM.

I have recently added a grey MB Meisterstück 12 to my collection, a pen that I picked up 'in the wild' for a great price and it's used but in great condition. My pen was extremely easy to get going; a bit of soaking, unscrewed the section and lubricated the piston. And as you say, the nibs are amazing! The EF nib on mine is just a solid writer, generous ink flow and a tiny bit of spring that'll allow for ink pooling as you write. I absolutely love that :)

I like the design, I think it looks a bit like an airplane and the amber ink window complements the pen really nicely.

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