Friday, 15 March 2013

Montblanc Starwalker fountain pen

The mild antipathy I was seized by during my brief encounter with a Montblanc Starwalker fountain pen was not born out of the facts. I could appreciate the effort that went into the design: it resulted in a fountain pen that looks like a sceptre topped as it is by a bulbous cap in turn adorned by a transparent dome where the Montblanc logo is perpetually suspended. The clip is oversized lending an air of status and importance to the pen should it want to emerge from a young entrepreneur’s suit pocket. The metal textured grip on the section shines darkly completing the futurist look. The nib emerges understated giving the pen a tone of function and practicality. And yet and yet…

The Starwalker felt plastic and ostentatious. The nib did not win me over. It felt firm and slightly dry, a far cry from the smoothness of the Meisterst├╝ck Classique for instance. It is a cartridge-only pen. This by itself is a deal breaker. It is possible that a suitable converter can be found but at the price of the Starwalker I do not to even have to try. I did not see the point of writing with a pen that carries around an acrylic dome where a white star is suspended as if in formaldehyde. Perhaps in time I shall see the error of my ways - in my next life, for instance, when perchance I will be reborn as a successful entrepreneur donning a Montblanc sceptre in my pocket and a Montblanc Starwalker cologne under my armpits.

Read the more positive Montblanc Starwalker review at the Fountain Pen Network here and here.

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