In my last post I teased some of the new Montblanc pens being launched this year. I thought I'd fill in a little detail for you. Disney The great characters release is Walt Disney. All 'tiers' are 146 size, and frankly they're not what I expected. The base tier is rhodium and black, with quite … Continue reading Montblanc fountain pen releases for 2019: the limited edition releases
A few years ago I had a friend who always wrote with a 146 and a Starwalker, and drove a BMW Z4. One year, for his birthday, I found the perfect gift: the newly launched Montblanc BMW Blue ink. Except he only ever wrote with black ink. Oh well, nice idea. Roll on to more … Continue reading Who’d have thought BMW would be the cheapest place to buy a Montblanc 146?
I like Montblancs. And not just through brand snobbery. I enjoy the classic designs like the 149, as well as many of the various special and limited editions (though they're often well beyond my budget). Of my core collection of 20 pens, I now count three Montblancs: the retractable Heritage 1912, the Diplomat 149 in … Continue reading Snake charmer: the Montblanc Rouge et Noir
Back to the airport... I always knew that I'd get another Montblanc 149 to replace the one I sold. There's something about the proportions that's just perfect, and it's a timeless design. And a work trip to Krakow this week presented me with an opportunity to scratch the itch. The Montblanc boutique in Terminal 5 … Continue reading Travels with pens: Krakow and a new 149
It's been a truly wonderful week for new arrivals landing on my desk. Sheaffer Legacy Heritage I'll review this separately in due course, but I wanted to get some of my excitement out before I burst. I've always thought that Sheaffer's inlaid nibs were pretty, but never picked one up. I'm kicking myself now. The … Continue reading New arrivals: Sheaffer Legacy, Montblanc Red Fox, Galen Writing Box and more
As a vinyl lover, I often think about this cartoon from the New Yorker. Funny thing is, it accurately sums up how I feel about the Montblanc Heritage 1912, too. Like vinyl, it's expensive. Retail price in the UK is £755, which is even higher than the considerably more impressive-looking Montblanc 149. For your money … Continue reading The allure of expense and inconvenience (or how I fell for the Montblanc 1912)