Pen Reviews

Pictures and history of pre-1960s vintage MBs, from my own collection and that of friends.

Rouge et Noir No. 1

Octagonal No. 4J

No. 324

No. 422 & 432

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Manufactured in Italy in c.1914, with the distinct red star.

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An elegant 8-sided body for the safety pen of the 1920s.

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The 1930s hard rubber, button filling, predecessor to the popular 33x series.

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'Stylographs' or 'ink pencils' from the 1930s.

No. 1 Flat Top

No. L139

No. 134

No. 232

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A modest, bandless, Danish-made button filler from the 1930s.

No. 22x Coral Red

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The legend itself.

No. 146G

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A long-window, steel nibbed 13x from the time of World War II.

No. 334 1/2

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A modified barrel to show off the ingenious telescopic piston.

No. 144

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The lovely coral red colour, so distinctive of the Danish design.

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Perfect size, ink window, nib, and pen design, in my opinion!

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The 33x series in its most popular size - the 4 1/2.

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A mid-sized 14x from the early 1950s, in the stunning green-striated colour!

No. 149

No. 244

No. 644

No. 244 (Tiger Eye)

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The epitome of classic design - practically unchanged since 1952.

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The distinct Danish version of this popular format from the 1940s.

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Two beautiful 644s with interesting history and repairs.

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The German 244 but in its rare and beautiful Tiger Eye version!

No. 342D

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The humble 342 but with the distinct blue cap top and rigid 'D' nib.

No. 256

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A distinct and short-lived nib innovation during the mid-1950s.

No. 216

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The torpedo body variant of the coral red Danish button-filler series.

No. 142

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The smallest size in the 14x series; this one was made in the late 1950s.

No. 264

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A reliable workhorse modelled on the 25x series, but with a screw cap.

No. 44

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The humble Spanish series from the 1950s.

No. 22

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A mid-tiered version of the two-digit series from the 1960s.

No. 34

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A tier-three version of the two-digit series from the 1960s.

No. 72

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The top-tier two-digit model with a beautiful rolled-gold cap.

No. 333 1/2

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The modest 333 1/2 in a hard-to-find colour.

No. 12 Safety (Black)

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The largest pen Montblanc ever made!

No. 1 Lever Filler

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A beautiful example of the relatively rare lever fillers.

No. 45 Safety (Mottled Red)

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Very rare and beautiful version of the No. 45 from the 1920s.

No. 45 Push Knob

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A unique hard rubber No. 45 made between 1929-31.

No. 6 Safety w/Silver Filigree

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Beautiful silver outlay on this 1920s safety!

No. 20 Lever Filler

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The beautiful Azurite colour!

No. 246 Green Chevron

A super rare Spanish production from the 1950s

Victoria 62

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Super rare sub-brand made for British soldiers in the 1940s.

No. 126 PL

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The mesmerizing platinum lined colour, from the 1930s.

No. 1 Eyedropper

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A beautiful and rare eyedropper made between 1911-14. 

No. 122 Rouge et Noir

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One of the first pens ever made by Montblanc!

No. 2 Safety Gold Overlay

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A gorgeous and very rare gold filled Safety from the 1920s!

No. 222 PL

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A beautiful platinum-lined button filler from the 1930s. 

No. 124 E

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A pen of mythical status!

No. 4 & 6 Lever (Mottled Red)

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Fine examples of lever fillers in this rare colour!

No. 0 BHR Lever Filler

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Tiny lever filler from the 1920s.

No. 104G & 106G Safety

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The safety filler in its most classic form!

No. 25 Lapiz Lazuli

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Mesmerising lapis!

No. 128 S

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Beautiful hatched engraving pattern on the 12x.

No. 234 1/2 PL

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A rare & mesmerising 234 1/2.

Danish 12-sided No. 25

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Rare and beautiful faceted No. 25 in rarer plain black colour!

L 27

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No. 40 PK (Green Malachite)

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A rare green malachite No. 40 push knob (PK) filler from the 1930s. 

No. 2 Unmarked Silver Safety

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A rare version of this 100 yr. old safety!

No. M. G. 420 Glasfeder

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Rare glass nib MG from the 1930s.

No. 25 Lever Filler

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A vibrant Coral Red lever fill!

Reflex C

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Very rare model from Montblanc sub-brand.

No. 25

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Rare and stunning green, gold, and brown colour!

No. 126 P

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The iconic 12x in the rare and beautiful pearl marble!

Rotkäppchen No. 1

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Super rare "Red Riding Hood" from c. 1915.

Enamel Overlay No. 1

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Truly distinct styling on this 1920s enamel overlay MB!

No. 2S Safety

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A beautiful and rare L 27 streamlined Meisterstück!

No. 0 Lever Filler (Mottled Red) 

Tiny, rare, and beautiful

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Rouge et Noir No. 12

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A large, rare, version of the beautiful ReT from the 1920s. 

No. 242 (Grey Tiger Eye)

Made in Spain in the 1950s, this is the grey version of the Tiger Eye!

No. 45 Safety Filler

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A large, beautiful safety from the 1920s.

No. L 40

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Rare piece made for the French market!

No. L129

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The legendary push knob Meisterstück!

No. 138

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The iconic 13x series in its rather scare size 8 variant

Danish 12-sided No. 25

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Rare and beautiful faceted No. 25s in green marble & brown marble.

No. 30 & No. 40

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Danish versions of the push-knob Meisterstück!

No. 4 Compressor

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One of the rarest filling mechanisms found on MBs.

No. 12 Safety (Mottled Red)

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Super-rare, one of a kind version of the No. 12 safety.

Simplo Gold Cap Top Safety

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Rare unmarked MB from c.1910, with a gold cap top.

No. 4 Safety, 314 Nib

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Rare 324 nib on this No. 4 safety pen. 

Spanish No. 344 Grey Chevron

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Beautiful Spanish-made MB from the 1950s.

One of the first "Montblanc" pens made!