Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen, Rollerball, Ball-Point, Pencil Review
A recent addition to Montblanc selection, Starwalker rollerballs, ball point and fountain pens, and mechanical pencils exhibit a decidedly modernist, veering towards futuristic design – bordering on the avant-guard.
When compared to such classic as Meisterstuck and Boheme, Starwalker stands out for its minimalist trims – no gold or platinum plating for the barrel or cap – and stark architecture that relishes shapes and contrasts between them. Some Doue Boheme models anticipated these designs, but none of them go as far as Starwalker.
The body presents a perfect cylinder; the section, in a telescopic fashion, yet another one, with a smaller diameter. The nib, reshaped to an almost rectangular, reduced form (similar to Pelikan Ductus), extends from the section and completes the entire set-up. Straight lines and angles determine this part of the writing instrument.
The cap, however, displays a very different build: it is almost spherical in appearance, contrasting powerfully with the rest of the pen, and creating a plethora of visual and associative effects. To some the opposition of angles and roundness will appear comical, to others, it will allude to science spaceships and science fiction technology.
Either way, Starwalker generates fascination and interest by its rich, inspired aesthetic.
If in Limited Editions Montblanc design their fountain pens to embody the essence of a particular writer or a historical figure, in Starwalker they do the same to nature, weather, and atmosphere. In other words, they move from portraits to landscapes.
Probably the most naturally looking Starwalker pen: the deep blue color acts as a chilling agent, softening and cooling the sizzling contrasts, and injecting the instruments with lasting, confident calm. Platinum trims anchor the effect by their constant, silvery glow.
The serene twilight of Cool Blue gives way to a meteor shower in Black Mystery. Laser engraved linear patterns slice through the lacquer coating, leaving trails reminiscent of comets, falling stars, and meteors. Another artistic ornament that anticipates separate Limited Editions.
A dark, mystical conclusion to the Starwalker collection, it reinstalls the calm introduced by Cool Blue, but in a more universal, timeless manner. This pen seems to embody the entire cosmos all by itself. One of Montblanc's simplest, yet most profound creations.