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Old 7 May 2022, 01:20 PM   #1
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Montblanc 149 or 146

What do you recommend for a FP: a MB 149 or 146?
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Old 7 May 2022, 10:45 PM   #2
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They are both okay fountain pens and the biggest issue may be how you carry the pen. There is no difference in how either performs. Personally I sold all my modern 149s and 146s and only kept my 1950s 144s and 146s.
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Old 14 May 2022, 05:32 PM   #3
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149 in B Nib.

Such a classic .Must have

2 nd best writer I have .Best, Nakaya Long Writer in Black Urushi .M Nib .
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Old 15 May 2022, 01:58 PM   #4
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I have them both. The 149 is my favorite.
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Old 22 May 2022, 04:17 PM   #5
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I prefer the 146. I have very large hands, but the 149 seems too large. I find the 146’s size to be more elegant in appearance. But some people enjoy the oversized look and feel.
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Old 23 May 2022, 02:54 PM   #6
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I have the Petit Prince 146 in burgundy and it's a great pen - however I also intend to add the 149 in black as I think it's the absolute king of the lineup.
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Old 23 May 2022, 02:55 PM   #7
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They are both okay fountain pens and the biggest issue may be how you carry the pen. There is no difference in how either performs. Personally I sold all my modern 149s and 146s and only kept my 1950s 144s and 146s.
I wouldn't mind looking into vintage Montblanc - are there any reputable online dealers I should be looking at?
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Old 24 May 2022, 07:42 AM   #8
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The 149 is a big pen.

If you’re used to largeish fountain pens, and you’ve tried and like the 149, then go for it!

Personally, I think they’re a little on the large side for everyday use, and would prefer the 146. Even that’s on the big side if you’re used to something slimmer.

My advice would be to try both at a dealer before deciding. Try a selection of nibs too. It’s very rare that a medium suits everyone, and the MB Oblique and Italic nibs are generally very nice.

With regard to the question of vintage, I would generally say don’t. I accept the older pens were better made, and if you want a collection or investment, fine. But if you want a pen to use, you will find that most vintage pens have nibs that are broken in, but to someone elses style of writing.

If I’m spending decent money on a pen I want the nib of my choice, brand new, so it breaks in to my handwriting. Once done it will write effortlessly and flawlessly for a lifetime!
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Old 24 May 2022, 03:41 PM   #9
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Both pens are truly lovely! I have 5 of the 146s, and 4 149s, Both models are great in their own right!
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Old 25 May 2022, 01:48 AM   #10
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I wouldn't mind looking into vintage Montblanc - are there any reputable online dealers I should be looking at?
Unfortunately it's been decades since I bought a Montblanc but the major fountain pen stores like Fountain Pen Hospital in NYC, Fahrneys in DC or Dromgoole's in Houston are good places to start.
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Old 26 May 2022, 11:39 AM   #11
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If one and only, the 149. Big, yes, but also light and well proportioned. It’s the flagship and a beautiful writer. Love the broad nib, too!
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Old 26 May 2022, 10:31 PM   #12
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My first one was a 149 back in the Ď70ís. It was when I worked and needed the larger ink capacity to get through a day before PCís came along.

It got shattered in a drop on a restroomís tile floor. Then time passed. Macís came along, disposable pens and I lost track until I saw this thread.

The 149 got replaced with MB rollerballs and ballpoints and a Waterman was added. The 149ís pieces are somewhere here at home.

If I was buying again, and using a MB FP at work as my sole scribbler, Iíd still go for the larger ink capacity.




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Old 4 August 2022, 11:01 PM   #13
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Back in the early 90s I bought a DJ36 from an AD in the UK. At that time time you could negotiate on Rolex watches and they included a 149 as a "gift".

I still use the pen everyday. It needed repairing a few years ago and it came back from Montblanc in like-new condition
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