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Montblanc 146

Despite being one of the best selling lines of pen on the market, I only have a couple of Montblanc pens. The old 144 which in the 80's seem to such a large pen is now so small, when compared to others, I can hardly write with the pen at all.

I did purchase a 146, over twenty years ago, still have it today, and I use it on a regular cycle. Despite all pens I use on a regular basis that include Montegrappa, OMAS, Visconti, Stipula, Waterman etc. all stunning looking pens; when I use my Montblanc it typically receives a statement, such as "I see you have a Montblanc also". Montblanc has done an excellent marketing job of keeping the profile of its pens high.

The 146 is just over 5 1/2 inches in length. At one time it was considered a large pen. Now it is equal in size to the M800, Aurora Talentum or the Waterman Exception. The width of the body is under 1/2 inch where many of the "big" pens of day are all just over 1/2 inch in width.

Montblanc originally launched this pen in the 1940s and it was the flagship pen of the new Meisterst├╝ck line.

There have been some subtle changes but basically this pen has been in production non-stop. The pen changed from a celluloid body to resin. The old snowflake was made of celluloid or casein (sometimes yellowed) while the newer snowflake is blazing white plastic. Now the ink-view section just above the nib has a stripped pattern, while before that it was clear.

The pen fills with by a piston method, and it holds a reasonable amount of ink. The clip is elegant in that it is gold-plated with no fancy engraving or decoration. The band at the base of the cap spells out Meisterst├╝ck and has the 146 notation.

The nibs is 18 kt gold, and mine is a custom nib in a single-tone rather than the two tones in many Montblancs.

Montblanc 149







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