Sunday, 9 September 2012

Montblanc Turbo Ballpoint Review




Its brushed chrome sleek body accentuated by the black sphere adorning the cap clip, and its  embossed resin grip allow the Montblanc that was produced in the 1970s to face the 21st century with pride. 16cm posted and 14cm unposted, the Turbo rests comfortably in the hand and writes effortlessly despite the fact that the ink refill is some 30 years old.



Lots of designer attention has been lavished on the cap whose slender clip with its spherical end resembles a subtle exclamation mark, while the top is crowned with the Montblanc logo white against the black semi-spherical resin. Three grips at the top of the Turbo's barrel keep the the cap securely in place while the tiniest of holes on the cap allow for air circulation.

The black resin grip contrasts pleasantly with the brushed silver body and the shining silver tip of the ballpoint. Its tactile design makes for a comfortable grip. Though lightweight the Montblanc Turbo doesn't feel flimsy and produces a good writing experience (for a ballpoint) especially when posted.













With thanks to Inge and Heinz Althöfer for presenting Palimpsest with this birthday gift.

4 comments:

  1. I have a Mont Blanc Turbo fountain pen given to me by a friend... good Lord, nearly 30 years ago. Sadly, a common problem with the Turbo fountain pen (which was apparently available only in Europe) is that the threads that screwed the nib into the barrel were prone to splitting horizontally - thus getting the nib housing stuck and rendering the pen unusable. The first time this happened, I sent the pen back to Mont Blanc in West Germany (back in the days when there was a *West* Germany). They fixed it for free and returned my precious EF nib, but sadly replaced the nib in the pen with a medium. It broke again about 10 years ago and it's just been sitting in a desk drawer since then. As a result of this post, I'll probably take it to a pen shop to be repaired and resume using. It was a joy to write with.

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    1. I believe this was a flaw in the design and maybe the reason Montblanc discontinued it. The cap that goes on and off creates a lever that eventually breaks the plastic in its weakest point. Back in the '90s I took the one given to me by my father to Milan's Brunori where the wonderful owner took it to MB, found a replacement, and gave it back to me. He even called me when it was ready and didn't charge a penny. Those were the days. I love this pen, it is so amazingly sleek and futuristic in a fictional sort of way. If the characters on 2001: A Space Odyssey had had to write, they would have used The Turbo.

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  2. What adventures your Turbo FP had had! Let us know about the result of the nib repair. Maybe write a piece about it? http://writinginstruments.blogspot.co.uk/p/write-for-palimpsest-pick-pen-or-post.html

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    1. Okay. Stay tuned. I'll take it into my favourite pen store this week.

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