About This Model
Montblanc is another of the fountain pen manufacturers, like Sheaffer, Parker, and Omas, with a history that is too long and complex to write in brief form. it was founded in 1908 as the Simplo Filler Pen Co, to create excellent pens, luxe items. The first model was the original Rouge et Noir. The Montblanc branding still in use today dates to 1913. Their signature pen, the Meisterstuck in the 149 size appears in 1924. By the end of the 1920s Montblanc was also producing top quality leather goods. During WWII, Montblanc operated from Denmark, and used that as a springboard for their modern operations worldwide. Montblanc was acquired by Alfred Dunhill Ltd in 1977, and is currently part of the Richemont luxury goods group, owned by the Rupert family in South Africa.
About This Pen
Montblanc fountain pens of the modern era are often tricky to identify, and I’m not an expert in these, but it was a period that produced a range of generally very good pens, if perhaps none of their greatest models. This Generation, from the 1990s, is one of the very good ones, a mid-level pen in deep red “precious resin”. It is indeed a very nice pen — longer, at 13.5cm capped, and a bit slimmer, at 1.2cm just below the cap edge. The cap is friction fit with a firm click, and it is a converter/piston filler with a brand-new Montblanc converter. In a very ’90s touch, the nib is flat and tabbed, not a traditional Montblanc nib. It writes a very fast and smooth fine to extra fine, so this is a good pen for marginalia. It’s in very good used condition: was used for some years so has some use wear, but cleaned up well. Generally speaking, you won’t go wrong with a Montblanc, and this is a good pen that can take a lot of use.
Price: $150 Sold