Penworld, so let's see if it can persuade me this time around...
I must say, straight out of the box, I wasn't thoroughly impressed. With the price in mind -roughly 600 EUR, give or take- I couldn't help but find the unboxing experience slightly underwhelming. The pen comes in a pretty standard black 'faux-leather' clamshell box, held in place with an -admittedly very soft- piece of fabric lining that cradles the pen. With the prestige and 'grandeur' associated with MB, I expected more, to say the least.
When comparing to two similarly priced recent purchases (Omas Paragon and Delta Dolcevita Oversize), I couldn't help but think the clamshell box didn't fit in. Packaging is only a small part, and some people don't care about boxes at all. But if you ask me, packaging reflects the amount of attention to detail, and pride of a brand. If you look at Omas' boxes, you'll see that they are proud of what they make, otherwise they wouldn't put that much effort into their packaging.
I missed that feeling here...
I hear some of you thinking: But couldn't it be that , instead of wasting time and money on packaging, MB focuses on the actual product instead,... Well don't get me wrong, it's a nice pen and in certain areas it has wonderful amount of detail put into it. But when looking into more detail, it still lacks in certain areas.
A positive aspect would be that the 'precious' resin (the MB way of saying plastic, basically just plain resin) is actually really durable. In my experience, it's nearly impossible to keep resin pens -especially black ones- from scuffing up. But the 146 still looks as new after a few weeks of use, which is already quite impressive. Overall, apart from the two or three small flaws I could find, it's a well-built pen, and it feels quite solid. But I can't say that it relfects what a 600 euro pen should look like, the build quality is good, but nothing out of the ordinairy.
|L to R: Lamy 2000, MB 146, Pelikan M805, Delta Dolcevita OS.|
I mentioned that I prefer smoother nibs in general, even if that means that it'll be a bit more finnicky. There's no denying, however, that a well-balanced nib like this also has its benefits: it just works! I've used a couple of nibs similar to this (Graf Von Faber-Castell, St.Dupont,...), and they all share the ability to not skip at all. You pick it up, it starts writing, simple. Maybe it's that reliability what people love about Montblanc pens? Anyway, it's definitely a good writer, with excellent moderate flow, and a nice true to size line width. Really the only issue I could find here, is that it might take some time to get used to the feedback when coming from something really smooth like a Pelikan.
I don't think I'd buy one right away, but I think I start to understand what is so attractive about Montblanc's offerings (apart from the white star prestige!): Reliability! As I mentioned earlier, I don't need a pen that writes flawlessly, I seek something a bit more exciting. If you do prefer a consistent writing experience over anything, and you want the attire of writing with a white star, then perhaps you might want to take a look at Montblanc's offerings. For a mere 600 EUR, you can get one. Peanuts, right?
Note: Penworld Supports this blog. I was able to get this pen on loan, so I could write this review. I was in no way influenced in the making of this review, the opinions shared here are completely my own! This review does not contain any affilate links.