Originally Posted by Zubberah
Can't believe some of the vitriol levelled against MB. To say they are mass produced rubbish is a bit harsh IMO. My experience with the 162, the 146, several of the limited writer's series (Proust, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Doue) is that they are exceptional pens. Prefer them to pelikan and Montegrappa and Cartier. Not sure all the criticism is fair. I think they are lovely pens, the bnibs of very high quality (used them for over 20 years without one problem here), feel good in my hand, good weight and good looking.
It's not that their pens are bad
, per se
, but Montblanc is not the company it once was. Their proprietary resin is not all it's cracked up to be (pun intended). Meisterstucks and imitations of them are so prevalent as to have become common, which is to say not particularly noteworthy. I don't believe their dominance of the market is quite deserved. I should think they would be the first choice of an incurable brand whore who swallows whole all the hype.
That said, their limited editions are excellent pens. I've coveted a Hemingway since it first came out and am still kicking myself for not buying one when I had the chance. My mother has an Agatha Christie and an Oscar Wilde, and my sister-in-law has an Oscar Wilde she uses as her daily writer -- and she's a leftie. As for me, the only Montblanc nib I like is the broad, and I really have very few opportunities to write with a broad nib -- and the only pen I'm dying to have in broad is the Hemingway.
The question of which fountain pen is best is a very subjective matter, and I'm sure Montblanc is the choice for many knowledgeable people such as yourself. But you have taken the trouble to try other pens and concluded that Montblanc is the one that works best for you. More power to you. Too many people buy them just for the cachet of the branding.