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The 149 has Charisma


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Of my 50+ fountain pens I've acquired over the years, I have to say the simple looking chunky 149 is the most handsome and captivating of them all.

 

It's a common cigar shaped black pen with gold trim, but it's proportions are perfect.  As much as Montblanc's "precious resin" is sometimes criticized as gimmicky and hyped, after all it is just plastic, it retains it's sheen better than any other plastic black pen, even after years of use.  It adds to the elegance of the pen as it glimmers deep black, and it feels like porcelain.  When you uncap it, that massive beautiful nib begs to be written, and draws your attention when you put the nib to paper.  

 

I saw my 149 sitting on my office desk the other day, and found it to be very attractive and elegant, like none other, which led me to take a another picture of it.  No other pen has that affect on me.  It just has charisma like no other pen.  Well the sterling silver Yard O Led Viceroy Grand Victorian is a close second.  The 149 didn't become a legendary icon among writing instruments by accident.  It is a masterpiece in design.  

 

I got my first 149 in 2016 in elegant rose gold trim, and in 2020 I got this one, with the Calligraphy flex nib.  What a dream pen!  The nib is absolute joyful magic, so responsive from hair line to 1.6 mm wide lines.  I write with it every single day.  You just get use to it's size, and it's very comfortable for long writing sessions. 

 

 

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Hello max dog,   

 

Your tribute to the 149 is a sincere one, noting its aesthetic and performance qualities. I agree completely with your views. Very nice photo. Received my first 149 as a gift in 1979 and have owned many over the years, only 9 at the moment.  It is unquestionably the most recognized fountain pen of the second half of the twentieth century.  Properly cared for, it will outlast its original owner and its next owner.   Happy 70th birthday in 2022, 149.

 

Be well.

Best wishes,

Barry

 

 

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~ @max dog: Any post from you is invariably a joy to read...and see.

 

Thank you so much for the image and comments about the 149 above.

 

Your discerning appreciation is an inspiration to read.

 

To express my thanks, here are images of the oldest 149 on my writing desk.

 

      Tom K.

 

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1959 Montblanc Meisterstück 149 BBB

 

 

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1959 Montblanc Meisterstück 149 BBB Nib

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I love this post! This joy and enthusiam is what it's all about 😉👍

 

 - P. 

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Well said, my friend!


You may certainly have much more expensive pens, more luxury and fancier pens, but you can’t have a better pen than a Meisterstück 149 ! 


I am with Barry as to having had a companion 149 since early in my life, when I bought my first in 1979.

 

Today I own seven 149s, varying in age from late ‘60 to 2020, and even though I appreciate a lot of other pens, the 149 is still the core of my pen collection, both in terms of number and in terms of continuous use.

 

Enjoy yours, pen pal!

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There is just something magical about the 149 Calligraphy and my 149 O3B.

 

Been busy lately and have not found the time to use my 149s, I think I will pour a dram and start writing a diary and watch the rain fall!

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fpupulin:   What refined and sublime beauty. Your calligraphy and photographs are always a delight. Thank you very much. Enjoy your weekend. 

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Barry, Tom, Arcadian, Franco, Agentdaff007, thank you all so much for your kind words.  This community is always so warm.

I really love the passion Montblanc always instills into the fountain pen community/market with all they do from all their amazing nibs, to new designs.  They always advocate and celebrate the arts and human achievements, releasing their special edition pens and inks.  That's why I enjoy splurging a little sometimes treating myself or gifting others something Montblanc, which is always extremely special. 

 

Your 1959 BBB 149 looks awesome Tom!  Montblanc nibs are so unique, special and so full of character like none other.  Next to my 149 Calligraphy flex nib, my other favourite is my very first Montblanc I got in 2011, a 145 Platinum EF.  That EF nib is like no other EF nib I've tried, as it has a subtle but pronounced architect character.  The nib is factory stock, just came that way.   Down strokes are true extra fine width (approx 0.30 to 0.35 mm), but the side stroke is a little wider (0.5 to 0.7 mm), yielding nice line variation like an italic/stub, but horizontally.  If I orient the nib to maximize the finest line possible on the downstrokes, the contrast with the wider side stroke becomes pronounced and I love the effect.  If I hold the pen up at a much higher angle, the point becomes more round, I get the same fine line in all directions.  

 

Franco, I always love seeing your beautiful handwriting showing off what that 149 Calligraphy nib can do in all it's glory.  Always inspires me to go and improve my handwriting with that amazing nib.

 

 

 

 

 

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~ @max dog:

 

We're all so happy for you and your beloved Montblanc fountain pens.

 

Thank you so much for adding positive encouragement to FPN's Montblanc Forum over the years.

 

      Tom K.

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The MB 149 has been in production for almost 70 years and many pen lovers named them as the most used instruments.I must agree with them. Many people think the MB pens are like status show off pens but when you write with a 149 you realise how nice is to use them.

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I do not own a 149, but love my Meisterstücks too. I always have a (50's) 342-G always inked. And I do also hate when people equate pens (any) with show-off status symbols. For that sake, using a pen holder, or calamus should be rarer, more exotic and more showy. At this rate, one of this days, using a pencil will be an eccentricity.

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