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No. 128 series

These pens are from the personal collection of Joudenali. Watch out for reviews of truly rare pens from his treasure chest!

Vintage Montblanc No. 128 Pen

Left to Right: 128G, 128S, and 128PL

Vintage Montblanc No. 128 Pen

The first series of Meisterstück pens completed their run in the mid-1930s and were replaced by the 10x series Meisterstück safety pens that brought the flat-top design we love so much! Very soon after the launch of the 10x series came the 12x series, which was almost a 10x but with the Stoßfüller or push-knob filling system. Soon after the introduction of the 12x came the 13x series with its telescopic piston. All three series - the 10x, 12x, and 13x - were available simultaneously in the market for a short time before the safety and Stoßfüller were phased out and the 13x reigned supreme through the 1940s. 

The clip found on the 128 series was the exquisite tie clip introduced by the 10x and carried forward by the 13x series. 

The 128 series pens measure about 13 cm capped, and about 15.5 cm posted. Interestingly, the 128 is as large as the L 129, but smaller than even the 138 (it is closer in size to the 136). The 128 series have a 14c size 245 nib - the same size as found on the L 129 but smaller than the size 250 found on the L 139. According to an old catalogue, the 128 replaced the No. 40 model - the second highest model from the first Meisterstück series.

The 128 was available in three designs - hatched guilloche (S), glossy black (G), and platinum lined (PL). All three were priced the same in 1936 at RM 35 (same as the 108 series sold at the time).

Vintage Montblanc Catalogue

1936 Catalogue

The 128 series was made in Hamburg for a very short time. The S and PL models were produced between 1935-37, while the G model was produced till 1938. These are grail pens for serious collectors. I believe they are much harder to find than the 138 model or even L 139.  Collectible Stars I rates the G and S variants at only 9 out of 12 points in rarity, and the PL version as 8 out of 12 points. I am not sure that is accurate today. Also, Jordi explained to me that in his collecting experience he has found the "S" variant is more uncommon than the "G" and "PL" versions. I agree with him, and I would put the 128S as amongst one of the hardest pens to find today. 

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