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Montblanc Meisterstuck Fountain Pen, Ball Point, Rollerball Review: 149, Solitaire, Le Grand, Doue
Montblanc Meisterstuck or, in the language of the Albion, “Masterpiece,” was made to instill unconditional admiration and wonder – which it duly does, especially in the more ornate precious metal models, where intricate patterns cover the body and the cap of the fountain, roller-ball, and ball point pens.
Luxury and high-end through and through, Meisterstuck is also a versatile collection. The more modest variations present solid black precious resin barrels, carrying gold in the form of trims on the cap – the clip and the three rings (the central bearing the brand's name) – and the nib, rhodium plated and engraved with the iconic “4810” number – the height of the notorious Alpine elevation, and a common reference to the manufacturing company.
When it comes to precious metal lines, there seems to be no limit as to what Montblanc can do. White and yellow gold, platinum, sterling silver, and occasionally stainless steel (somewhat of a curiosity in such an affluent company), ceramic, lacquer, and other materials, combine to create unique, powerfully textured plating.
Waterman's richest selections can just barely emulate what the Germans offer in their Meisterstuck white metals and diamond designs.
Montblanc equip the Meisterstuck with hand crafted, 14K or 18K gold nibs, almost always two tone: yellow and white, the latter part rhodium plated and inlaid.
Engraving plays an important part in nib decoration. Besides a border of embossed vines, the metallic pieces display the number 4810, the contours of the six-pointed logo star with an uppercase “M” locked inside, an inscription of the metal standard, and yet another “Montblanc” engraving at the base. Overall, the nibs exhibit a complex, busy grid of insignia and embellishment.
Architecture is classic, though somewhat elongated at the base, and features a “breathing hole” and a slit. The nibs fan out abruptly from the section – the part that Montblanc follow the tradition strictly in carving, leaving modern adjustments and modifications to the recent Starwalker and Boheme.
Some of the more interesting Meisterstuck creations reproduce familiar “wall-paper” and “carpet” patterns (diamonds, barley), and employ such rare materials as carbon, anthracite, and ceramic (all recently making an appearance in high-end watch and jewelry industries).
Montblanc designers dispense almost completely with the predictably organized aesthetic of these, and other Meisterstuck pens – Solitaire, Le Grand, and Doue, among the more visually varied items – in the wildly creative and artistic Limited Editions.