Reflex

Reflex was a sub-brand offered by Montblanc from very early in the 1900s, but sales really picked up in the 1920-30s. I have seen models on the internet and in books made of hard rubber as well as celluloid. Reflex pens came in a variety of colours like coral red, azurite, marbled gree, and black. Also, the pens came in a choice of safety filler or button filler.  Propelling pencils were manufactured too.

Reflex pens came with several kinds of nibs, including steel "reflex" nibs, the typical tier-3 warranted 'b' nib, warranted square imprint nibs with and without numbers inside, glass nibs, and nibs with Montblanc star imprints. With regard to clips, these pens came with no clip, and also some came with the typical tier-3 diamond-shape end clips or teardrop clips (without "Montblanc" imprint). However, it is not uncommon to find Reflex pens with clips from Montblanc pens - these were probably spare replacements. 

The coral red and green marbled Reflex 'C' pens picturedhere were produced between 1929-34. The total length of the pen capped is 12.35 cm with the cap OD at 13.28 mm. It is the largest size in the series, with the model 'A' and 'B' as smaller variants. Just look at the clean lines on this pen with the flat top, and the contrast of colours... So beautiful! 

Reflex C button filler

1929-34

Pic Credit and Pen Owner: Kawuska

Reflex C button filler

1929-34

Pic Credit and Pen Owner: Poul Lund

1932 Montblanc Pricelist

A Montblanc catalogue from the 1930s positioned the Reflex as a student pen. These pens were meant to be for the lower price market - whether for children or adults. However, as collectables they rather valuable today. Collectible Stars I rates the smaller 'B' model in coral red as 11 out of 12 points on rareness with an estimated 10 or so models to be found. I would expect the larger 'C' variant that we have here to be as rare - if not more! Same for the green marbled variant here. 

Reflex No. 320 button filler

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1936 Montblanc Catalogue

Reflex 'B' button filler

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Reflex No. 6 Safety filler

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