Before long, six pages of memories fill the journal, expressing every important smile and all of the friendship gathered for the purpose. A satisfactory effort for an incredible celebration and a day worth remembering, the ‘Tiger’ is put to rest.
Journal entry for Wednesday January 20, 2016…
Entrusting the events of this day to an ivory page in a leather-bound confidant, the privilege of doing so is a task made easier by a few important things. On my 137-year-old solid mahogany dining table, carved carefully by hand from wood that once sailed the Atlantic to Europe and now back where it was born, serves as an inspiring writing surface. The digital memory card from my professional Canon EOS 5D camera assists my recall of the guest list. The home, housing a library (still in neatly packed boxes) filled with generations of books, offers an abundance of inspiration. And the pen – (I call it ‘Tiger’ because of its stealth operational prowess), bought more than 25 years ago from a duty-free outlet in Heathrow’s Terminal 2, at the beginning of my career in publishing spanning four Continents, brings life to each word as it measures the pressure of every stroke in appropriate variation. The gold nib flashes upon release from the cap, announcing readiness for the task. Crafted by experts, this beautiful point where ink meets paper is smelted in 18CT gold, equal to that of the fine jewelry adorning the most beautiful of women. Designed for smooth and graceful movement across the page, it expects nothing less. As its bright tip presses into the paper, it glides away on my notepad, bringing to mind guests skimming across a dance floor in sync with the soft notes of their favorite tunes.
Dipping the ‘Tiger’ into the mixture of Burgundy Red and JFK Blue Navy ink, the magnificence of its engineering displays an effortless precision. The intricate filling system employing a telescopic piston pulls the ink into the barrel with the twist of its top. As I fill it with anticipation of the message it will convey, this dainty piece of writing equipment conjures up an image almost parallel to the flawless efforts of legions of staff moving about a crowd, performing their duties with elegance and style. Poised to begin writing, I notice the prominently displayed number 4810 impressed into the nib. Why? Ah, yes paying homage, the original pen maker showed his respect for the Alps’ highest peak in meters The moniker is one and the same for which the pen is named. The inscription includes Au 750, announcing the fineness of the gold within. Whatever is written with this exquisite instrument, it would seem, as represented by the Mountain, will make a lasting impression in a most charming way.
Dressed in classic gleaming black resin and adorned with gold, the glossy surface of the pen’s barrel rests easily in the hand, well weighted to ensure a proper carriage as letters link into words, collecting on the page. ‘Tiger’, an exquisite instrument in itself, becomes so much more when joined to task. Signing documents of importance, recording ideas, or scripting lovely prose to express a tender sentiment, this pen becomes more than just a writing tool. Before long, six pages of memories fill the journal, expressing every important smile and all of the friendship gathered for the purpose. A satisfactory effort for an incredible celebration and a day worth remembering, ‘Tiger’ is put to rest. The cap, with its gold-plated rings and clip, bears an inscription of my full name – translated in English, continually inspiring the best in all efforts. The logo at the pen’s peak, said to mimic the snow-capped Mountain it’s named after, brings a knowing smile, recalling a shared joke that will always brighten the day. Considered for all of its parts, only when put together by master craftsman, and well used by an appreciative wordsmith, does such an instrument prove its full worth. Crafting beautiful phrases to be cherished in the unique hand of its owner, the privilege of ownership goes far beyond brand.
Art on the page, a review of the effort confirms that each cross of the “t,” and each ascending and descending flourishing loop marks a specific way of writing, individual to its creator. These journal pages, with the slant of the letters, the style of the capitals, and the width of each character, hold keys to personality, to mood, and to values that only handwriting can convey. No computer-printed message, this. No Helvetica or Comic Sans or font size worries here. This is living history, written with passion, and executed to perfection with an elegant instrument.
This exquisite fountain pen was created as a conveyor of thoughts; and, this masterpiece for writing, in a word, is the Montblanc.
Introduced in 1924, the Meisterstück 149, is the cornerstone model of the Montblanc writing instrument collection. Also referred to as The Diplomat, the Meisterstück 149 has been the choice of many historic figures, from Konrad Adenauer, Queen Elizabeth, and Nelson Mandela, to President John F. Kennedy, George H. W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Famous authors, from Ernest Hemingway to Anne Frank, have also relied on this pen to deliver their epic words, as have stars like Diane Keaton and Johnny Depp.
Its size defines it as the “Power Pen” on Wall St. A big pen, the Meisterstück 149 measures 144 mm, end to end, including cap. At its broadest, around the gold cap band, it measures 15 mm. The stunning platinum and gold nib measures 11 mm wide and 28 mm long.
The nib itself requires 35 steps to make, with an additional 70 to complete the pen, employing master craftsmen every step of the way. Known for its reliable, no-skip, smoothwriting properties and substantial feel, the ink delivery is well paced. The reservoir is sizeable in the Meisterstück 149’s cigar-shaped body, making it an enviable, all-day choice where others might run dry. The number 149 has meaning, with the “1” standing for the tier of the pen’s quality, this being the top of the line. The “4” means that the pen is a piston fill. The “9” represents the nib size, the largest available from Montblanc. Threads on the body and inside the cap are complete with three full turns, and a slotted window on the lower section of the barrel indicates ink level
Thoroughly modern with all of the legacy of Montblanc behind it, the Starwalker Extreme Steel ScreenWriter is beautiful, useful, and precise. Stylisly sporting structured anthracite inlays and platinum plate details.
“Writing by hand continues to be an important source of self-expression, even more so in the digital world,” said Mike Giannattasio, president/CEO of Montblanc North America, Murray Hill, NJ.
“In addition to developing a writing instrument like the Montblanc StarWalker Extreme ScreenWriter that combines our heritage of writing culture with new technologies, the exclusively developed Montblanc ScreenWriter App provides our customers with a personalized digital writing experience on their electronic devices,” he said. “The App enables the user to share handwritten words with his beloved ones. Even if it’s sent via e-mail or shared via social media the personal note of handwriting stays the same.”
If you are looking for a pen that represents your lifestyle and writing habits, there is no other instrument in the world that can express the character of your handwriting better than a Montblanc fountain pen. Sensitive to pressure, it allows you to write fast and for long time without tiring your hands. Christian Rauch, Managing Director of Montblanc International, offers us a detailed guide to choosing a perfect fountain pen.
As each fountain pen has its own character, different handwritings require different types of pens. The main thing to look at when choosing a pen is a nib. Nib is a split point at the end of the pen through which the ink connects with paper. Size, stiffness, and flexibility of a nib determine the writing characteristics of an instrument. Never buy a fountain pen without trying it first as the pen should adapt to your writing habits and not vice versa.
The nib that copes best with any type of writing technique is called a ‘medium nib.’ The tip of this nib is rounded like a ball, resembling one of the ballpoint pen. It doesn’t require specific writing habits as no matter the angle, pressure, or rotation, it easily contacts the paper, allowing you to write with a flow
If you are looking for a pen with more distinctive character, you should choose a nib with a straight cut. However, such nib may not suit everyone, as it requires a certain technique and angle with which to write. The nib that still has its individual personality but adapts easier to the particular handwriting is called a ‘cut oblique.’
Montblanc offers eight different nib sizes and nib geometrics that allow any customer to pick one that suits him or her the best. But if you still want a nib that is made just for you, the brand’s special service ‘bespoke nib’ is something worth trying. You will be asked to write a sentence on an electronic writing tablet, which will then analyse the characteristics of your handwriting, including the angle, rotation, and tilt. Based on that data a Montblanc team will create a nib that adapts to your handwriting habits
Apart from getting a correct nib, you should also pay attention to how comfortable a pen feels in your hands and for what purpose you are getting it. If you are planning to use it frequently, you should choose a lighter model. If you use your pen for signatures or for making short entries in a notebook, you can go for a heavier model and even choose one that is made of solid gold.
Another important feature of a pen is its size. How thick or thin, long or short your pen should be depends on the size and form of your hands.
Last but not least, you must pick a pen that corresponds to your aesthetic vision. Montblanc is known for its refined and intellectual designs that shine through small but important details, which might not be even visible at first glance.
The more frequently you write with your pen, the better it is. The ink inside the writing instrument consists mainly of water and when the pen is not used frequently, the ink starts to dry out, damaging the interior of the pen.
It is an absolute must to use only Montblanc ink for your Montblanc fountain pen. The electronic surface tension and the liquidity of this ink is fully harmonised with ink conduits of the pen, as it doesn’t contain any pigments or particles that can destroy the writing instrument.
Clean a fountain pen with clear warm water at least once a year and before changing the ink. Never use soapy water or any other cleaning products.
Store your Montblanc pen in a pouch made of the leather that is compatible to heavy precious materials to avoid any damages. Needless to say, all Montblanc pouches are perfect for storing any Montblanc pen.