[Zosslist] Montblanc Calligraphy Pen
D.J.J. Ring, Jr.
n1ea at arrl.net
Fri Mar 6 17:31:05 EET 2020
I was intrigued with the introduction of the MB Calligraphy pen, it's an
18k nib on the familiar MB 149 pen.
It works as well as the vintage flex pens I have with one exception, it
doesn't snap back, but it writes very nicely. (Oh, yeah? I wrote that
before I tested it against my other FP flex pens!) My MB racism is
showing, MB actually did a fabulous job!)
Here is the picture: http://qsl.net/n1ea/149.jpg
If they made a 14k model, I bet the nib would spring back, you know like
then you can draw a downward line with the pen, apply pressure, have it
flex, and leave what I call "a string of pearls". This pen cannot do that
even if you try to do it very slowly. What this nib does is more like a
microorganism with a tail. (After the test, it seems the old 14k flex pens
weren't much better - I was thinking of my dip pens!)
I just took some old flex pens - and you know what? The MB beat them, I
know I have better flex pens that will do a "string of pearls" but the
fountain pen flex pens aren't those. I can do the string of pearls with my
dip pen nibs.
Here is a picture of what the MB Calligraphy 149 can do.
I'm very impressed. It's the equal of the flex pens I had in my pen cup on
Best to all,
Green Harbor, MA
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