Here, we have a lovely war-time 232. To me, the flat tops were the most sophisticated design MB ever made. I just love the 13x, 23x, and 33x series pens! My 232 is the smallest of the 23x range. Unlike the star outline on the cap crown of the 33x pens, the 23x series have the full casein star in their crown. Catalogues explained that "the proven quality of this price range (2xx) created the worldwide reputation of the Montblanc brand".
This pen was manufactured between 1943-46. I know because it has a steel nib and no cap rings. It seems that during the early years of WWII the German economy was not fully focused on the war, but this changed in 1942 once the new Armaments Minister came into power. Production policies thereafter shifted to a single-minded focus on wartime needs - factories and materials were used primarily for war-time requirements, variations in the design of products were limited and metals were used with great ration.
The nib on my 232 is a beautiful oblique double broad (OBB). It is one of the best nibs in my collection! You will notice a small chip at the side of the nib. It seems many vintage pens have this chip and it is speculated that it might be due to the regular use of a ruler to draw lines. Rather interesting scar to have - I will be keeping it the way it is!
Now, the reason this 232 was sitting in my spare parts box for about a year is that its barrel wasn't in great shape. However, recently I had the idea of making a transparent barrel to replace the damaged one and show off my favourite filing mechanism - the telescopic piston. I asked a famous Indian custom pen designer to make me the demo barrel, and voila!
Rösler, J., & Wallrafen, S. (2014). Collectible Stars I: 1908 - 1947.