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Montblanc Classique Fountain Pen (2013) Review Started by NHsueh , Jul 31 2013 21:46 Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next Please log in to reply 30 replies to this topic #1 NHsueh NHsueh Rare

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I recently graduated from university and was given a Montblanc Classique fountain pen by my mother as a graduation gift. This is my review of the fountain pen. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. The pen has the gold trim, and the nib is 2-toned.

 

The Montblanc Classique fountain pen was bought from Penfriend (17 Fleet Street) in London, at a price of £370 . The service given by a saleslady by the name of Rashpal was excellent, and I recommend anyone looking to buy a pen in London to go to Penfriend at 17 Fleet Street; Penfriend allows you to dip test the Montblanc fountain pen in ink, which is unlike the Montblanc boutiques at Harrods or Selfridges.

 

The Montblanc Classique fountain pen has a timeless design, and looks very nice.

 





 

Interestingly, there have been some changes to the Montblanc Classique fountain pen, since at least 2013. Only the serial number is etched on the "clip ring" in a computerized font aligned towards the bottom of the ring (not centered!) opposite the clip; there is no "Germany" on the clip ring, unlike Montblanc pens produced in earlier years. However, on the underside of the clip, there is "Made in Germany" etched; there is no "Pix®" on the underside of the clip ring, unlike Montblanc pens produced in earlier years. On the nib, the gold content is marked as "Au 585" instead of the older "14K". However, if you do get a Montblanc fountain pen in the "old" style, that could be just because of old stock or inventory.

 



 

The metal threads of the nib section screw into a metal piece in the barrel.

 

 

The screw in converter has a small metal coil in it to break surface tension and prevent feed starvation. Also, it says "Use Montblanc ink only"...

 

 

The fountain pen I was given was a Medium, and it wrote very smoothly without any skipping (I tried a few before I settled on the one I was gifted). Now, in my opinion, Montblanc makes the smoothest nibs out of the box. However, like almost every modern pen, it is quite possible that you can get a scratchy pen (misaligned tines) or skipping (baby bottom on the tip). This is why I think its best to test out the pen before you buy it, especially one as expensive as a Montblanc. When you find a Montblanc without any issues, the nib you get is the smoothest out of the box (in my opinion) of the various high end brands, and I have sampled other expensive fountain pens such as Graf von Faber-Castell. However, if you pick a Montblanc pen at random, if it has issues then it would feel the same as other misaligned or baby bottom high end fountain pens.

 


 

The closest pen the Montblanc classique can be compared to would be the Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition, which is similar in price. However, I find the Montblanc classique to look nicer.

 

I would thoroughly recommend this pen, but always make sure you try it before you buy it to ensure you get one that is perfect.

Edited by NHsueh, 31 July 2013 - 22:02.

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Member - Gold 57 posts Flag: Posted 31 July 2013 - 22:09

Lovely. Something to treasure...

 

 

Do you know if they had any choice of nibs to try on site as tempted to look at a BB on a classique / 146 at some point and like you would rather try before I buy...

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Member - Gold 180 posts Flag: Posted 31 July 2013 - 22:14

Lovely. Something to treasure...

 

 

Do you know if they had any choice of nibs to try on site as tempted to look at a BB on a classique / 146 at some point and like you would rather try before I buy...

 

Are you in the UK too? When I was there they also had a F. You could call up before hand to ask if they have those nibs. Its a bit tricky to get to the store.

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Member - Gold 11,679 posts Location: France Flag: Posted 31 July 2013 - 22:25

nice classic pen enjoy your pen

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Member - Gold 57 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:47

 

Are you in the UK too? When I was there they also had a F. You could call up before hand to ask if they have those nibs. Its a bit tricky to get to the store.

 

 

Yes. I go to London a few times a year for various things. Will try giving them a call some time...

Thanks for the tip.

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Member - Gold 232 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:05

I recently graduated from university and was given a Montblanc Classique fountain pen by my mother as a graduation gift. This is my review of the fountain pen. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. The pen has the gold trim, and the nib is 2-toned.

 

The Montblanc Classique fountain pen was bought from Penfriend (17 Fleet Street) in London, at a price of £370 . The service given by a saleslady by the name of Rashpal was excellent, and I recommend anyone looking to buy a pen in London to go to Penfriend at 17 Fleet Street; Penfriend allows you to dip test the Montblanc fountain pen in ink, which is unlike the Montblanc boutiques at Harrods or Selfridges.

 

The Montblanc Classique fountain pen has a timeless design, and looks very nice.

 





 

Interestingly, there have been some changes to the Montblanc Classique fountain pen, since at least 2013. Only the serial number is etched on the "clip ring" in a computerized font aligned towards the bottom of the ring (not centered!) opposite the clip; there is no "Germany" on the clip ring, unlike Montblanc pens produced in earlier years. However, on the underside of the clip, there is "Made in Germany" etched; there is no "Pix®" on the underside of the clip ring, unlike Montblanc pens produced in earlier years. On the nib, the gold content is marked as "Au 585" instead of the older "14K". However, if you do get a Montblanc fountain pen in the "old" style, that could be just because of old stock or inventory.

 



 

The metal threads of the nib section screw into a metal piece in the barrel.

 

 

The screw in converter has a small metal coil in it to break surface tension and prevent feed starvation. Also, it says "Use Montblanc ink only"...

 

 

The fountain pen I was given was a Medium, and it wrote very smoothly without any skipping (I tried a few before I settled on the one I was gifted). Now, in my opinion, Montblanc makes the smoothest nibs out of the box. However, like almost every modern pen, it is quite possible that you can get a scratchy pen (misaligned tines) or skipping (baby bottom on the tip). This is why I think its best to test out the pen before you buy it, especially one as expensive as a Montblanc. When you find a Montblanc without any issues, the nib you get is the smoothest out of the box (in my opinion) of the various high end brands, and I have sampled other expensive fountain pens such as Graf von Faber-Castell. However, if you pick a Montblanc pen at random, if it has issues then it would feel the same as other misaligned or baby bottom high end fountain pens.

 


 

The closest pen the Montblanc classique can be compared to would be the Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition, which is similar in price. However, I find the Montblanc classique to look nicer.

 

I would thoroughly recommend this pen, but always make sure you try it before you buy it to ensure you get one that is perfect.

 

 

Is this model MB145????

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Member - Gold 13,330 posts Location: Mumbai, INDIA Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:31

 

 

Is this model MB145????

 

yes. 145 is the older name. newer name is Classique.

http://www.montblanc...pen-106514.aspx

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Member - Gold 13,330 posts Location: Mumbai, INDIA Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:32

I recently graduated from university and was given a Montblanc Classique fountain pen by my mother as a graduation gift. This is my review of the fountain pen. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. The pen has the gold trim, and the nib is 2-toned.

many congrats! You have been given a pen that will last you many many years of service.

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Member - Gold 180 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:06

many congrats! You have been given a pen that will last you many many years of service.

 

Thank you very much. I felt overcome with emotion when I received the pen as my parents are not rich so I know the sacrifices they made in order to give it to me.

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Member - Gold 180 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:09

 

 

Yes. I go to London a few times a year for various things. Will try giving them a call some time...

Thanks for the tip.

 

The Penfriend which has new (modern) pens is the one at 17 Fleet Street. You should get off at Chancery Lane if you are taking the tube.

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Member - Gold 276 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 11:00

Yes I bought a 146 platinum trim last monday and it has the exact same new features. Im not too happy though as the clip ring doesnt fit too well. Its not flush with the snow cap it bulges out at one side slightly. Im taking it in for an EF nib so ill mention it. Also the M nib it came with is scratchy and on the skinny side Current Pens Montblanc 161, 162, 146 Solitaire Silver Barley BB, 146P EF, 149 OBB, Generation BP, Solitaire Steel Doue BP Waterman Edson M, Omas 360 L.E Vintage 2013 B, Omas Paragon HT B, Platinum President B, Pilot Custom 74 B, Sailor King Profit Ebonite B Back to top #12 NHsueh NHsueh Rare

Member - Gold 180 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 11:35

Yes I bought a 146 platinum trim last monday and it has the exact same new features. Im not too happy though as the clip ring doesnt fit too well. Its not flush with the snow cap it bulges out at one side slightly. Im taking it in for an EF nib so ill mention it. Also the M nib it came with is scratchy and on the skinny side

 

Where did you buy your pen from?

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Member - Gold 57 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 12:16

 

The Penfriend which has new (modern) pens is the one at 17 Fleet Street. You should get off at Chancery Lane if you are taking the tube.

 

 Only looked round the Burlington Arcade one before...

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Member - Gold 276 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 12:55

I bought it from my local AD in Manchester UK. Got some royal blue ink with it as well. Very nice ink Current Pens Montblanc 161, 162, 146 Solitaire Silver Barley BB, 146P EF, 149 OBB, Generation BP, Solitaire Steel Doue BP Waterman Edson M, Omas 360 L.E Vintage 2013 B, Omas Paragon HT B, Platinum President B, Pilot Custom 74 B, Sailor King Profit Ebonite B Back to top #15 NHsueh NHsueh Rare

Member - Gold 180 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 13:01

I bought it from my local AD in Manchester UK. Got some royal blue ink with it as well. Very nice ink

 

Just curious, but which AD was it?

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Member - Gold 545 posts Location: UK Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 15:30

I like the new style of displaying the gold content on the nib, it looks more modern and refined. My first MB was the 145 (old style), I'm sure it'll serve you well. Congrats! 

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Member - Gold 276 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 21:06

It was D M Robinson in Altrincham. First time ive had a glass of champagne with a pen purchase! I bought my 149 from them in 2000 for £280 and now this 146 for £480. What a difference Current Pens Montblanc 161, 162, 146 Solitaire Silver Barley BB, 146P EF, 149 OBB, Generation BP, Solitaire Steel Doue BP Waterman Edson M, Omas 360 L.E Vintage 2013 B, Omas Paragon HT B, Platinum President B, Pilot Custom 74 B, Sailor King Profit Ebonite B Back to top #18 Soer Soer Extremely Rare

Member - Gold 232 posts Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 21:30

 

yes. 145 is the older name. newer name is Classique.

http://www.montblanc...pen-106514.aspx

 

Thanks Hari for your response.

Do you know the size and the weight of the MB 145 or maybe a link, by any chance.

 

Thanks

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Member - Gold 900 posts Location: Belgium,Charleroi Flag: Posted 01 August 2013 - 21:55

A wonderful pen that you'll keep and use your whole life with always the same pleasure while taking it in hand. Enjoy and congrats for your graduation!

A people can be great withouth a great pen but a people who love great pens is surely a great people too... Pens owned actually: MB 146 EF;Pelikan M200 SE Clear Demonstrator 2012 B;Parker 17 EF;Parker 51 EF;Waterman Expert II M,Waterman Hemisphere M;Waterman Carene F and Stub;Pilot Justus 95 F. Nearly owned: MB 149 B(Circa 2002);Conway Stewart Belliver LE bracket Brown IB. Back to top #20 hari317 hari317 Classic

Member - Gold 13,330 posts Location: Mumbai, INDIA Flag: Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:36

 

Thanks Hari for your response.

Do you know the size and the weight of the MB 145 or maybe a link, by any chance.

 

Thanks

 

see if this thread helps.

 

http://www.fountainp...eaux-fp-family/

 

I don't have the weight information off hand, you might have to do a google assisted FPN search. HTH.

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Montblanc recently revealed its newest generation of writing instruments: the Montblanc M, which was created in collaboration with industrial designer Marc Newson .

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At first glance, there’s no doubt that this is a Montblanc pen, thanks in part to its glossy black body and crowning snowcap, but the similarity ends where the transcendence begins, thanks to Newson’s signature biomorphic style.

“Like Montblanc, I seek to strike a balance in the design between the simplicity of the functional qualities of this product and the creation of a sensory experience in its use,” explains Newson regarding this latest venture.

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In addition, for the first time in the brand’s history, the fountain pen’s gold nib is plated in two tones using rhodium and ruthenium. Finally, the unique gripping section — a comfortable and functional design — is also plated in ruthenium.

I’ve not seen a gripping section quite like this before, and I find it to be much easier on the fingers than it looks. Its corrugated design ensures no slippage while writing.

Montblanc M collection “family portrait”: rollerball, fountain pen and ballpoint

Montblanc unveiled the pen to a select group of journalists (including me) and friends of the brand in Milan on June 3, 2015, hosted by Montblanc CEO Jérôme Lambert. We were treated to a grand soiree at the Diamond Tower in the heart of the city, with the actual Mont Blanc visible in the distance.

Montblanc nib expert controlling quality from a perch high above Milan on June 3, 2015

Before the elegant dinner was served using table wear designed by Newson, guests had the opportunity to explore vitrines displaying Montblanc’s rich history in luxury goods.

Together they formed an impactful, visual autobiography of the brand. In addition, workstations were situated throughout the space where the arts of nib grinding, nib testing, and calligraphy were demonstrated to fascinated guests.

This collaboration was a first for Montblanc, explained Lambert. “For the first-ever design partnership in the maison ’s long history, Montblanc has chosen to work with Marc Newson, without a doubt the most influential designer of his generation.”

But this was not the first time Lambert and Newson have crossed paths. As you may remember, Lambert was CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre — also a Richemont brand — at the time of the creation of the Atmos 561 by Marc Newson in honor of the Atmos clock’s eightieth anniversary in 2008.

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Fountain pens seem hopelessly geeky to the uninitiated. Why bother with an expensive, finicky pen when most of us do all of our writing on keyboards and touchscreens anyway? And what's wrong with a ballpoint?

But there are significant advantages to using one, other than it looking beautiful on your desk. Writing longhand is not only more pleasant, since you don't have to exert as much pressure on the page, but also more thoughtful. Because you're using a lighter grip, it's easier to add your own unique touch to your script. Fountain pens are also more environmentally friendly -- the same pen can be used for a lifetime instead of joining the other cheap ballpoints in the trash year after year.

How We Tested

We chose six popular pens from some of the top manufacturers, ranging in price from $3 to $175. All of the tested pens have medium nibs, unless otherwise noted. We chose mostly medium nibs for a couple reasons. First, it's the most common option, and it's available on nearly all fountain pens. Second, script written with a medium nib is more consistent across different pens. It closely resembles the type of line you would get from a rollerball or gel pen, which most people are familiar with even if they've never used a fountain pen before. Each pen was tested with the manufacturer's ink cartridges on different papers of varying thickness.

Aurora Style Classic

Some might consider this pen Aurora's "cheap" fountain pen, as you won't find many Aurora pens for less than $100 outside of the Style collection. But the Classic ($95) was by far my favorite of all the pens I looked at -- both in design and functionality.

The design is simple and elegant. While other pens in this price range tend to be heavy, the Classic is light without feeling cheap. And, unlike other pens from Aurora, which can be downright garish, the finish is clean and not overly stylized. It consists of a brushed chrome cap over a black lacquer barrel with chrome accents (chrome and gunmetal-barreled varieties are also available). It has a slightly tapered barrel for an easy grip, and an oblique cap.

And it writes even better than it looks. Writing is smooth and fluid, and though the pen writes "wet," it doesn't feather or bleed, even on cheap thin paper. The medium nib was always consistent and, unlike other pens I tried, skipping and leaking were never an issue.

This pen is nearly flawless. My only nitpick is that the highly polished finish seems like it would scratch easily if stored outside of its leather case.

WIRED Writes like butter. Elegant minimalist styling. Nice grip.

TIRED Easily scratched finish may deter some from everyday use.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Parker Urban Metallic Chiseled

Priced at $75, the Parker Urban is an excellent mid-range fountain pen. It's so good, in fact, you might think it's more expensive than it is.

The first thing you notice is how heavy it is. This is due to the lacquer-over-brass cap, which contributes to most of the pen's substantial weight. But the weight is balanced well enough that it didn't fatigue my hand or get in the way of my writing.

The barrel tapers in the center for a more ergonomic grip and has a chiseled pattern on its lower section. But despite the chrome finish and etched pattern, the pen feels durable enough to withstand minor bumps and drops without damage.

Writing is clean and smooth. The medium nib, which is unfortunately the only size nib available for this pen, is stainless steel and never leaked or bled through the page. The nib is on the stiff side, but I found that made it more precise and consistent overall.

WIRED Premium looks with rugged construction. So smooth, you may forget you're using a fountain pen.

TIRED Heavy for some hands. Only available in medium nib.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Pilot Vanishing Point (Black Matte)

Something different here -- this $175 pen has a retractable nib. It's a design you don't often see in fountain pens, and one Pilot pioneered with its Vanishing Point series.

The nib extends and retracts when you click a button with your thumb, just like a retractable ballpoint pen. Once retracted, a small door closes over the nib to keep it from drying out. The black matte finish is extremely durable and won't scratch easily, if at all. The barrel is also unusual in that the pen clip sits on the same end as the nib. While this placement works for many people, I found it a bit awkward as it interfered with my grip and caused the pen to rotate in my hand too much while I wrote.

As with many Japanese pens, the medium nib was closer to a fine nib on American and European pens. (Though branded as a Pilot, the pen is actually manufactured by Pilot's parent company, Tokyo-based Namiki.) The 14-karat gold nib has a surprising amount of spring in it, which should make it very responsive when writing.

Unfortunately, the pen was far from responsive. The nib was inconsistent at best -- it skipped so much, I found it nearly impossible to get through a word. It was also very squeaky, leaky, and bled through the page more than any other pen I tried. The skipping did seem to abate after a couple hours of use, but it never completely went away. Also, the ink flow was erratic, varying from very wet to very dry every few lines.

I know this pen has a lot of fans, and on the few short occasions when the ink was consistently flowing, I could see why. But I simply couldn't overlook the poor ergonomics and inconsistent performance, particularly at the $175 price.

WIRED Clever capless design. Black matte finish can take a lot of abuse. Gold nib is pleasantly springy.

TIRED Nib leaks, squeaks, and skips. Couldn't get a consistent line to save my life.

Rating: 4 out of 10

Lamy Safari (Fine Nib)

When it comes to lower-end fountain pens, it seems you have to choose between good ergonomic design and nib quality. You rarely get both. But with the $37 Safari, Lamy has struck a balance.

While the plastic barrel and utilitarian clip will leave a lot to be desired for those used to more premium finishes, the pen doesn't feel cheap. The Safari is designed to be a workhorse. The faceted barrel has a small window cut into the side so you can easily see the pen's ink level. The wide pen clip, though ugly, is secure.

The fine nib wrote with minimal feathering and no bleeding, though I found the nib a tad scratchy overall. But this could be because it writes more dryly, which I actually liked -- if you're going to be using a pen every day, you want one that dries quickly and doesn't bleed. And the nib was responsive overall, with just enough flex to make writing quickly smooth and clean.

If you're looking for a simple pen you can use every day without breaking the bank, the Safari is an excellent option. It's consistent, smooth, and portable. It's just not the prettiest pen out there.

WIRED Super portable. Comes in a variety of colors. Writes smoothly and consistently.

TIRED Too utilitarian for some. You can only use Lamy's proprietary ink cartridges, which cost $5 or $6 each, unless you buy a $5 cartridge converter that lets you use bottle ink.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Pilot Varsity

The idea of a disposable fountain pen may be abhorrent to purists, but there are definite advantages to having a cheap throwaway version(s) of the normally pricey pens. The cheap plastic bodies can not only take more abuse than the typical pen, but they require no special maintenance or fussing with refills or converters.

And, for a cheap disposable, Pilot's Varsity line is pretty good. They cost $3.45 each, and you can get a pack of seven in different colors for $23.45. The body may be chintzy plastic, but that's because Pilot has wisely focused all of its efforts on the nib, which is excellent for a disposable. It writes smoothly, though the line is a little thick compared to other medium nibs (unfortunately, the Varsity is only available in a medium nib). It does write a little on the wet side though, and it will bleed through if you write with a heavy hand.

The Varsity is undoubtedly an "entry level" fountain pen, and is priced like one. It's not the best pen by any means, but it's a decent compromise if you want the fountain pen experience without shelling out the cash usually required.

WIRED Excellent nib for the price. Fun color choices. Most low-maintenance fountain pen you can buy. A great starter pen.

TIRED Expect bleeding. Nib can be scratchy. Disposables aren't very eco-friendly. Ink choices are limited.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Waterman Expert Deluxe

Let's face it, if you're going to be spending almost $200 on a pen, it's probably not because you want to write with it every day. Most Waterman pens aren't "everyday" pens, and the $175 Expert Deluxe is no exception.

Everything about this pen is dramatic and eye-catching, from the highly polished and chiseled metal cap to the extra large nib. It's heavy in the way you want an expensive pen to be. It just looks like the kind of pen you would keep on your desk for display, only to be brought out and actually used for special occasions.

Not that you couldn't write with it every day, though. The nib itself is wide with almost no flex, but lays down a clean line nonetheless. The ink flowed consistently with not much feathering, though it did bleed a little. My only major complaint with the nib is that it leaked considerably, which shouldn't happen with a pen as costly as this one.

WIRED Striking; you will want to show it off. Velvety smooth writing.

TIRED Nib leaked straight out of the box. Expensive for a stainless steel nib.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Photo by Ariel Zambelich/WIRED

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