Of all of the pen brands out there in the wild, Montblanc seems to be one of the most recognizable and most heard of. I will tell people that I am a fountain pen enthusiast and usually the first name out of their mouth's is Montblanc.
Montblanc is definitely a luxury brand but are their pens really worth their prices?
I was able to write with several before finally getting one of my very own. The Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 finally found a way into my collection and I was ready to answer the question for myself.
I found a deal on my 149. I found it for sale on VirtualPenShow on Instagram. I contacted the seller and was curious as to why he was selling this beauty. He was needing to finance other pen purchases and needed to part with the 149. Here was a pen that is iconic to the brand and one that I had been drooling over. This pen was listed at $650 and also came with a Oblique Broad gold nib. I pulled the trigger.
The nib is the best part of this pen. I am a sucker for a broad and wet writer. The nib is everything one would expect from a luxury brand. It is smooth like butter and a joy to write with.
Now the question here is whether the pen is worth the price. After using this 149 thoroughly, I can say that the MSRP of $950 is not worth it, in my opinion. The price I paid for the pen was well worth it and I would say that is a great selling price for the 149. It is a larger pen, which I prefer, and is made with "precious" resin. From my research, there is a coating on the resin that is to be scratch resistant. Not sure how that translates to precious but it is what it is.
Overall, I love the pen and how it writes but it would not be in my collection were it not for a lucky find and a great price.
This review is based off of my personal experiences and opinion. I do not represent Montblanc nor am I being compensated in any way.
I find it hard to believe that it's worth it even at $650, but I place a lot of importance on looks of a pen or if it's a special edition. I spent $575 for my Pelikan M815 Metal Striped and although it was worth it to me at that price, I wouldn't have bought it if it had been as plain as this Montblanc. I feel like you're spending $300+ just for the name in this case. (I realize you pay extra for the Pelikan name too.)ReplyDelete
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