The clean, rounded, cigar shape in black 'precious' resin is accentuated by a flat side on the barrel that runs about a third of the length. The usual white star logo is well-represented, both on the top of the cap, and on the flat side The flat side is -how should I put this?- a distinct design choice. I don't fully grasp the benefit of it. Maybe Montblanc wanted to come up with something different? In that case, they definitely succeeded, I'm just not a huge fan.
Another, rather unique detail that I DO actually appreciate, can be found inside the cap. The closure mechanism is magnetic, but unlike other magnetic caps, the cap of the M always lines up perfectly with the flat side on the barrel. That's not just a lucky coincidence, it's actually designed to align itself (you'll notice that it won't close all the way unless it's aligned). Despite this being another, rather useless feature, my OCD definitely appreciates the correct alignment of cap and barrel!
And that's exactly where Montblanc, or Newson, missed the ball completely. It's a shame really, it had potential, but as soon as I opened the cap, I knew I would be dissapointed. The section is just plain bad. it's too short, the ribbed metal provides zero grip, and the step from section to barrel is so obnoxious, it's just not comfortable to hold. Only if you have small hands, and hold your pen very close to the nib, I can see this work for you. For me it's just almost unusable.
Even though the M seems small in the hand for some reason, it's a solid mid-range sized pen. It comes in at just under 14cm closed, which is just a fraction shorter than the Pelikan M800, or Montblanc 146 that are in the same price category. Open, it's about 12.5cm, which is around average. The cap doesn't post at all, so if you want a larger pen, you'll be in for a dissapointment. Despite the mostly resin construction, it gains some weight from the metal section. This also means that it's noticeably front-weighted, but it's by no means heavy.
|The strangest feed I've come across in a long time. It fits the overall sleek design though.|
Note: I received 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.