No. 246 Green Chevron

This pen is from the personal collection of Joudenali. Watch out for reviews of truly rare pens from his treasure chest!

Enrique Wiese started the production of MBs in Spain, post-WWII. It is speculated that domestic production was taken up at that time because the Hamburg factory could not meet local and international demand after its bombing in 1944. Also, trade controls mandated by the Spanish dictatorship made it difficult to import pens at that time. Labour and parts were cheaper in Spain, and so MBs would only be affordable in the country if produced there. This makes sense because it seems that Spain's production of MBs stopped once injection moulding technology was introduced in the late 50s and through the 60s. The new technology reduced the need for manual labour considerably and with it the cost of pens too. 

The Green Chevron 246 in this review is a piston filler and one of the rarest examples of Spanish produced Montblancs.  As a flattop, it is similar in shape to the 326 made in Spain, but the latter is a button filler and has only the outline of the star on its cap crown (similar to the 33x German series). The fluted clip and shape of the 246 closely resemble that of its 23x German-manufactured counterpart. But, colour is what makes these Spanish pens so special. These "chevron" designs are unique to España. The 246 also came in a streamlined version which has the torpedo-like shape. As you can see, the 246 in this picture doesn't have an ink window, but ink levels can be seen through the translucent striations in the colour like with the German 14x grey and green striated models. The size 6 nib with the number imprinted in it was not typical of the Spanish production and so this nib might have been imported from Germany.

For more examples of Spanish-made MBs, check out the 344 Grey Chevron (link), and a brown striped 42 and grey striped 44 (link).

The Spanish 24x models were available in a blue, green and red chevron. Interestingly, it seems that sometimes the chevron coloured Spanish pens were covered with plain black celluloid paint. The prices of the black and coloured pens were the same, and so I assume that the Spanish manufacturer had no problem coating coloured pens with black if the latter received more demand and coloured stock was just laying in the warehouse. 

Bibliography:

Guillen, J. M. (2014). Montblanc Pens Made in Spain. Guillen.

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