A review of the new and intriguing Montblanc M - available as a fountain pen, art fineliner, ballpoint, roller ball, and screen writer. Thank you to Appelboom Pennen for lending me this pen to check out!
Length (capped): 137.8 mm/5.42
Length (uncapped nib-end): 124.1 mm/4.88''
Length (posted): N/A
Barrel Diameter: 9.4 - 11.7 mm/0.37'' - 0.46''
Section Diameter: 8.5 - 9.5 mm/0.33'' - 0.37''
Weight (all): 28 g
Weight (cap): 6 g
Weight (body): 22 g
Nib material: 14kt gold
Fill type: Montblanc Cartridge only (according to MB, but read on)
Price: € 500,00 (excluding VAT: € 413,22)
Where to buy: Appelboom Pennen (the 10% discount code does not apply on Montblanc - Montblanc rules!)
"It was my idea to move the iconic logo from the tip of the pen and place it on a flat surface. This gives the pen a clear personality.''Well...okay. I'm not sure what kind of personality this implies. What do you think?
When the pen is capped, the clip always aligns with the logo on the flat face. That's a pleasant touch.
This design will certainly not appeal to everyone. It's a clean, simple look that I don't mind so much. I prefer Montblanc's classic-style clips. I'm also not crazy about the section. I like the little flat plateau. It's different, but not too wacky. Its a pretty pen, and if I stop comparing it to the more classic 146/149, I actually find myself liking it.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
This 14kt gold nib is rhodium-plated and has a ruthenium inlay along the slit. Achieving this look is apparently quite complicated. First, the entire nib is rhodium-plated over the yellow gold. Then it is lacquered around the part that will have the ruthenium inlay, but because ruthenium doesn't adhere to rhodium, it is coated in yellow gold again, and then the ruthenium-plated is put over top. That seems a bit silly and unnecessary and probably could be done more efficiently, but alas, there you have it.
This nib is a fine. It has a singe slit and a round breather hole. It has a few markings on it - MN, the gold hallmarks, and Montblanc. As usual, the nib grade is not indicated on the nib itself. The sides of the nib fold around the rather round plastic feed, which is fin-less.
The nib also offers some feedback, so I wouldn't call it super smooth. It's not scratchy, it's well-adjusted, but I like smoother, softer nibs in general.
The cap is magnetic, which is always a fun thing to play with at work. The clip automatically spins the cap so it aligns itself with the logo on the flat facet of the barrel. If placed on the wrong spot, the opposite polarities of the magnet can repel the cap and it may launch across the room if you're not holding it!
The new clip on this pen is fairly small. I find it quite stiff and the ball at the end makes it really difficult to get this one out of anything that doesn't sit under it (such as the elastic of a pen case).
Unposted, I do find the pen pretty comfortable. It's not too heavy, it's well-balanced, and it's warm in my grip. The section is not slippery during shorter writing sessions. The cap cannot be posted. It can sit on the end of the barrel, but it's loose. As such, you can really only use this pen unposted.
I have mixed feelings about this pen. First, yes, I know it's overpriced. Anything Montblanc comes with a huge premium. The design of this pen is kind of cute, and I think it's pretty. I don't think it's a classic, everlasting design, but it isn't hideous. At least, not to me. I don't like the clip that much, but I like the size of the pen. I think the nib is really cool-looking, but it isn't my favorite in terms of writing experience. There are so many feelings! It does write reliably, but I hate when pens that are not pocket pens are cartridge-only. I've put a Kaweco converter in this (the large version, not the squeeze one), but it still irks me.