My Montblanc 144 from the 1950’s arrived from the pen doctor in Edinburgh today. I had the luck to find this for a very pleasant pricetag a while ago. The only problem was that it needed a new piston cork. It was also a little matte and could benefit from a polish, so I sent it off to Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago and it returned – shiny and fully working today and I couldn’t resist posting some snapshots of this nice oldie.
It is made of celluloid and has a (I think) brass piston which makes it heavier than the contemporary 144s with c/c fillers. It feels very solid and well made compared to the new MBs and the OB is excellent.
I am very fond of these vintage nibs – both performance and design. I love this clean, simple duo tone nib and wish that MB could do something similar today. Another nice detail is the ambered, striped ink window.
This is not a mint pen – it is made for use and has been used and shows signs of use. That sets off my fantasy and it feels very nice to have a pen with a long history as this.