A classic pen
When you think of a fountain pen, which brand and model do you think of?
For many, I’m sure it’s the well-known and equally well respected Montblanc Meisterstuck.
The Meisterstuck (German for masterpiece), was first introduced in 1924 and has since been the staple pen in Montblanc’s line up. From top-notch executives and celebrities to the stationery lover, the model has fans in all walks of life.
The different variations have a retail price that ranges from thousands of dollars to a few hundred dollars (read about some in our Montblanc round up). The model we are reviewing today is a Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique 145, featuring a two-tone ‘M’ 14K nib and platinum finishes. It fetches a price of around $750 AU, however, I picked it up for around $600.
Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique 145 design
The pen is the classic Meisterstuck cigar shape. I am a big fan of the platinum finish as opposed to the gold trim that is more regularly seen. It really gives the pen a nice degree of class that the gold just can’t create. The cap features an ordinary looking and rather stiff clip, with the words ‘MONTBLANC MEISTERSTUCK’ engraved into the bottom. On top of the cap is the signature Montblanc snowflake logo.
The nib is a 14 K gold with rhodium-coated inlay. The colour of the gold and silver on the nib work well with the colour coordination of the pen itself. The nib itself has the famous ‘4810’ inscribed onto it, denoting the height of the mountain Montblanc. Also etched onto the nib are the Montblanc logo and ‘Au585’ which means it’s 14K gold. The nib is small but quite beautiful and elegant. The 145 is overall far less ostentatious than the larger 146 and 149 models.
The pen also features a cartridge converter, which is smooth and holds a modest amount of ink.
The Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique has shot up my list to become one of my favourite pens. I had some idea of what to expect having owned a couple of other Montblancs, however, I was still pleasantly surprised with it’s writing capability. Whilst not a flex nib, the medium 14K nib has decent line variation and maintains solid ink flow even at its limits.
Even after leaving the pen unused for a couple of weeks at one point, it wrote like a dream the second it hit the page again. The pen is fairly light and well balanced in my hand. The grip section is sufficient enough for nearly all writing styles, with the cap threads not getting in the way.
As a person who loves a wet nib my favourite part of the writing experience is the juicy line of ink that is leaves on your page. I love it. T he nib is extremely smooth, with very little feedback on the page.
My only real quip with the pen is that the nib does feel a bit small. Whilst it doesn’t affect the writing, as a visual point I wish the nib was just a bit closer to that of the 146. Furthermore, I have had some issues with posting the pen. It is big enough to use without posting, however, should you wish to post, the pen becomes a bit unbalanced due to the heavy clip. What’s more, the cap is likely to leave a mark on the ‘precious’ resin body. Another small annoyance is that the pen can get a bit slippery if your hand get even a little sweaty in a long writing session… I know I’m not the only one who suffers from this!
The bottom line
So what is our overall opinion of the Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique 145?
While many may argue that Montblanc itself is ostentatious due to their reputation, design approaches and exorbitant pricing the nature of the brand still appeals to me (don’t be angry, I can’t help it). From the packaging to the lovely little snowcap, the pen feels special, and somehow that makes the price seem a little more reasonable.
Having said this… the $750 AU price tag on this pen is still hard to swallow. Although it writes beautifully, the simple aesthetics and small stature of the pen make it hard to justify spending that kind of money. There are plenty of pens that cost considerably less that give a very similar writing experience, albeit it with a less powerful logo. So, if you have hundreds of dollars waiting to be spent on a fantastic writing experience and logo then this pen is for you. The pen is great, as you would expect from something of its price, but is it worth it? You decide.
- Writing experience
- Feel in the hand
- The ‘special’ factor
- Timeless design
- Posting feels a bit awkward
- Design is a bit bland
- Resin is slippery when your hands get sweaty