An Interview with Francis Goossens

April 2019

The pre-WWII period was charged with innovation in the fountain pen manufacturing world! Companies around the world were developing creative filling mechanisms and general design to address several common problems that fountain pen users experienced. One important innovation during this period was the piston filler by Pelikan in 1929. Montblanc had to match this reliable and efficient mechanism, and so a few years later it developed piston fillers too. But, with its tier-1 Meisterstück line of pens, Montblanc wanted to blow the competition out of the water. It created a piston - the teleskop füllmechanik, which claimed to almost double the ink capacity of its pens. This loved and revered filler was phased out by the late 1950s.

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