For those new to fountain pens, it’s a recommended practice that you should opt for something inexpensive as a trial to see if it suits your taste. If it does, then next time you should consider buying another pen – only this time you should not compromise on your purchase. Everyone should learn this lesson well, particularly when one comes across the MontBlanc Meisterstuck 149. As expensive as it is ($1180), compromising on this purchase would be a missed opportunity for your bucket list of unique experiences. Made of precious resin (which makes it lighter than most pens), all MontBlanc pens are tested for writing quality before they are shipped out, so one does not have to pre-test the product before buying.
The MontBlanc Meisterstuck 149 is quite a large pen, being approximately 14.6cm long with the cap on, 16.9 cm long when posted, and 1.5cm thick at the widest point. The nib is generously sized at 2.9cm long and 1.1cm wide. Being 18-karat gold, the nib is engraved with the brand name and symbol as well as the number “4810” - the height of MontBlanc mountain. The underside of the clip has the words “Made in Germany metal” engraved, while the clip ring bears a unique serial number to assist the owner in verifying the product with a registered dealer. The cap end is stamped with the MontBlanc logo (also known as the snowcap or edelweiss depending on who you ask) while the cap ring tells you the brand and model name followed by the famous word “Pix”. Unlike most fountain pens, which use a cartridge/converter system, the Meisterstuck 149 uses a piston filler, giving the pen an antique vibe and a much larger ink capacity.
If you decide to buy a MontBlanc Meisterstuck 149 in vintage, it should be noted, depending on the year of manufacture, that there are variations in such minute details, creating a bit of variety with what you are going to receive.
In term of overall feel, the pen is very smooth and comfortable to hold in the hand. Because of its thickness, it forces the hand into the correct holding position, which is something ideal and desirable for those that do not hold a pen properly. When the cap is posted on the end of the pen, the comfort and balance is enhanced, making extensive writing even easier.
And here comes the test of penmanship – how does it write? Upon choosing my favourite ink of all time - Noodler’s Bulletproof Black - I decided to fill up the pen and give it a try. Writing with the nib gives a subtle spring to the hand, which is to be expected for gold nibs, and it writes beautifully. Elaborate, you might ask – it writes not too wet, not too thin, with a nib in which I can write with from any angle with relative ease. For a gold nib, it is also very solid, giving support to the hand from the end of the nib. You would expect a large pen with a long nib to be bulky in the hand – in the case of the Meisterstuck 149, it doesn’t feel that way at all.
A true masterpiece.
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