Friday, 8 February 2013

Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Platinum Fountain Pen Review



Had it not been for the Montblanc emblem at the top of the cap (and the price tag), the inexperienced user might have been excused to think that this is just another fountain pen. There is no glamour in the Montblanc Meisterstück Classique: no jewels, no facets, no flashy decorations, no substantial width either. What is there is a pleasing-to-the-touch deep black precious resin barrel with platinum-plated accents and a nib to die for. Not a pen to fall in love with perhaps but a good workhorse nevertheless. Perhaps more oomph should have been expected given the price tag.




Slim line and lightweight the Montblanc Classique is an unassuming pen. This Meisterstück features a black glossy barrel and cap, simple platinum-plated clip with an engraved individual serial number, platinum-plated rings on the barrel and cap and a trim where a wider middle band stands out engraved with the Montblanc brand name - “Montblanc Meisterstück Pen”. Top of the cap and tip of the barrel are rounded and the Classique is topped with an inlaid MB emblem - representing the snow capped peak of the Montblanc mountain.


It comes with a robust piston ink converter which looks the epitome of luxury as far as ink converters go with its golden band inscribed Montblanc Germany and invocation “Use Montblanc ink only”. It takes six rotations to unscrew the section to reveal the ink converter and the metal thread mechanism is designed with attention to detail.



What really makes this Meisterstück a delight is its exquisite nib - a fine 14K gold nib with rhodium-plated inlay inscribed “4810” - the height of the Montblanc mountain. I cannot praise it enough. Yes, it is a rigid nib but take it for a test drive and watch it demonstrate the difference between a Fiat and a Ferrari. No conditioning necessary. Ink the Meisterstück and see it write. No skipping, no dry moments - this nib will write like on butter. Smooth magnificent ink flow (Montblanc Mystery Black was used) on any quality paper.




The Meisterstück Classique is an everyday pen you can depend on for smooth writing. Its unassuming - too unassuming - exterior looses it some points on the design front but if it’s dependable writing and pocket jewel you’re after the Classique is your pen. Now, if you’ve had another few hundred more to spare the Meisterstück 149 is a more attractive option: something really to write home about.





10 comments:

  1. Beautiful. It doesn't need more oomph in my humble opinion. You've captured it very well.

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  2. Do you know the dimensions for this pen, capped and posted? Is this the one known as 145 or 146?

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  3. This is the Classique not the 149. It's 14cm capped and 15.5cm posted.

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  4. Great to see this review as I'm in doubt whether my Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique I got as a gift is a real or a fake one.
    Could you post some more pictures of the back of the nib?

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  5. Simple exterior but exquisite nib.. if you are a fan of luxury pens.. still worth the price!

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  6. Jurgen, here's pic of the back of the nib. Hope this helps.

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  7. What a beautiful pen. You mention that it 'writes like butter'. I was wondering what size you nib you went for. I am considering getting the fine nib (due to my style of handwriting), but I've heard mixed things about the fine nib and research shows that the broad one is the best quality. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

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  8. Claire, I have tried the broad nib in the shop and it was too broad for me. The fine nib on the other hand may not be "fine" enough for some.

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  9. I've got the cap stuck on mine - any ideas on how to get it off?

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