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ianmedium
July 13th, 2012, 06:51 PM
Well. I thought it was time to do a review of this pen now that I have had it almost a month.

The Packaging:
Firstly, probably the least important part of a pen.. The packaging! I have to say you can see where some of the money goes with this pen when looking at the box(s) it comes in. First a white card sleeve, then a beautiful black cardboard sleeve which has the famous Hitchcock self portrait found on the nib this time outlined in red. Once this is removed one finds a black heavy box with yet again the red Hitchcock self portrait.

On the front of the box is a silver plaque on which is engraved amongst other things the limited edition number, in my case 2949/3000. Judging by the weight I would say the box is made from wood then covered in a sort of rubberized coating which feels wonderful.

Open the box and one is greeted with an alcantara suede finish, the pen and a film canister. Inside the canister is a booklet of famous quotes from his movies. Underneath all that is a beautiful booklet describing Hitchcock, the pen and information on filling the pen, care and also the warranty card. Phew! Some packaging! Here are a few pictures to give you an idea before I move on the the pen... In honour of the master I will keep you in suspense.. It's worth the wait!
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm225/ianmedium/L1010252.jpg
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The Body: (in the library??)
OK, on to the pen! I am really fortunate in that I own some really lovely pens, wonderful fit and finish on all of them but I have to say that the Hitchcock is ahead of them all by a country mile! I think rather than it being the materials used (though they are exquisite combining Sterling silver and deep, rich resins, 18k palladium plated gold) it is the attention to detail in using those materials that really raises this pen above the rest.

The resin of the body is immaculately presented, the engraving is almost razor sharp and the way they have alternated the base colour so that when one twirls the pen you get a vertigo effect that is quite profound. That same engraving ensures this pen is secure to hold when writing.. And yes, this pen is made for writing not displaying, more of which later!

All the metal on the pen is the very highest quality 925 Stirling silver, all except the clip which is indeed as it says on it, Stainless steel, see, attention to detail, just like a real knife!

I have the same number Stirling silver on my Montegrappa but for some reason the silver on the Hitchcock feels more lustrous and deep, it feels more like an heirloom piece of silver from Aspreys rather than Sears or Argos! The engraving on the silver cannot be faulted and the finish at the base of the engraving as a lovely sand cast texture to it. From the hash marks to note how many movies Hitchcock made on the piston cap to the production notes from Psycho engraved on the barrel and cap bad to the wonderful font used for the words 'Stainless Steel' on the clip the quality of craftsmanship is of the highest.

The section, made of Silver is smooth with a small, comfortable ridge at the end. I have experienced no issues with slippage on this shiny surface, even on hot days. The piston knob is just a work of art, dare I say it is sexy in shape! It looks like they took liquid silver, let it fall and then cast that fall. The action of the knob is super smooth and it feels like a piece of quality engineering in action.

Here are some pictures to show off the details I mentioned above.. Still to come the nib and writing experience.. Hmm Owning a Hitchcock I think has given me some of the masters techniques of suspense!
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm225/ianmedium/L1010225.jpg
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm225/ianmedium/L1010242.jpg
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http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm225/ianmedium/L1010234.jpg

The Nib:

Now to the good stuff! Quite simply this is the finest writing nib I have experienced to date! It has the ability to combine buttery smoothness with just enough feel to keep things interesting. It has no italic or stub grind, it is indeed.. just a medium nib.. But oh what a medium nib!

I tell you, if all medium nibs wrote as well as this, if they all involved the writer of that nib with the same level of passion and interest as this one does then medium nibs would no longer be a maligned species that they seem to be in fountainpendom!

There is a spring in the nib which ensures that an ink which is capable of shading will truly shine with this nib. The ink flow is just about perfect, neither too wet or too dry, just spot on. The finish of this nib in terms of shape and engraving is also top tier. Though a simple nib in terms of adornments what there is has been beautifully executed and just looks wonderful. I wish I could get a good shot of the nib but it is so hard as the quality of polishing is such that the finish is mirror.

When one starts to write with this nib one just does not want to put it down! Seriously,
there have been times where I have run out of words to write so just invent things so that I can keep writing, it really is that good!

http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm225/ianmedium/L1010244.jpg
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm225/ianmedium/L1010187.jpg

To sum up

This is an exceptional fountain pen! I believe the list price is somewhere around $3700 and street price around $3200. As most of you know this pen was a gift from a client of mine for work done on one of his books so it is hard for me to talk of value.

But I will say this. If I had the money and I Purchased this pen, after spending that sort of money I truly would feel I had actually got quite the bargain! I really feel Mont Blanc put a lot of love into making this pen, I also feel that this pen really shows Mont Blanc have not forgotten their roots, that they are a pen maker first and foremost.

This pen I feel puts to rest the internet scuttlebutt that Mont Blanc are not interested in pens anymore. Honestly, You can feel the passion of the designers and craftsmen and women who put this pen together. This pen has soul and it is more than the sum of it's parts.. Very much like Mr Hitchcock's movies!

ianmedium
July 14th, 2012, 12:39 AM
Edit to the price. I just checked around and it seems the fountain pen is going now for either full retail or one vendor is selling it for way over at $4900 so it looks like the early deals have gone, not surprising as I think this pen is going to be like the Hemingway or Agatha Christie limiteds.

peterpen53
July 14th, 2012, 05:24 AM
Edit to the price. I just checked around and it seems the fountain pen is going now for either full retail or one vendor is selling it for way over at $4900 so it looks like the early deals have gone, not surprising as I think this pen is going to be like the Hemingway or Agatha Christie limiteds.

Exactly as I had expected. And in this case I think the pen merits to be on that level. I'm beginning to think Montblanc really hit this one out of the ballpark.
The entire review is witness to the fact this pen could not have landed in better hands. Thank you for highlighting and presenting in your excellent pictures (yes, from the nib too!) so many of the details that most forget in their enthusiasm for the pen. And as to the packaging, maybe MB took a few cues from their Italian counterparts, who also know how to present a pen. I have a chestful of these damned Italian boxes to account for that.
I wish you and your Hitchcock pen many years of intensive use and good writings.

Cheers,
Peter

ianmedium
July 14th, 2012, 09:36 AM
Peter, thanks so much mate. I think your right about learning from the Italians. To this day the biggest box I have is the one that came with the Montegrappa as it contains a wonderful foot square hardback book on the history of Montegrappa.

i think another influence has to be from watchmaking as the boxes that came with my two Swiss watches are beautifully made just as this pen.

peterpen53
July 14th, 2012, 11:17 AM
Peter, thanks so much mate. I think your right about learning from the Italians. To this day the biggest box I have is the one that came with the Montegrappa as it contains a wonderful foot square hardback book on the history of Montegrappa.

i think another influence has to be from watchmaking as the boxes that came with my two Swiss watches are beautifully made just as this pen.

Absolutely true. And I forgot to mention Conway Stewart. Even their regular boxes are large and very elaborate. And then the Delta Dolce Vita Oversize. Its box is...well...oversize.

KrazyIvan
July 14th, 2012, 11:19 PM
It's an awesome pen that seems to have a good home. :)

ianmedium
July 14th, 2012, 11:25 PM
Thanks so much Ivan, I love writing with it!

dannzeman
July 15th, 2012, 12:25 PM
wow, Wow, WOW! This is an awesome review, thank you! You're so not helping to resist this pen!

Sent from my Nexus S 4G

ianmedium
July 15th, 2012, 01:11 PM
wow, Wow, WOW! This is an awesome review, thank you! You're so not helping to resist this pen!

Sent from my Nexus S 4G

Dan, my guess is that the sooner the better if you really want one of these, as I said earlier, I think this one is going the way of the Hemmingway in price!

fountainpenkid
July 16th, 2012, 06:34 PM
WOW!!!!! This is really cool! What a pen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

dannzeman
July 16th, 2012, 10:31 PM
Did I see somewhere that this pen isn't postable? If that's the case then that's probably a deal breaker. I was able to get away with not posting my 149, although I still did it most of the time, but I always had to post my 146s. Please be able to post. Please be able to post. Please be able to post...

ianmedium
July 16th, 2012, 11:13 PM
I hate to tell you this Dan, but no, it's not postable. The cap just sits loosely on the barrel top. Did you post for balance or for length. If for balance then this pen is perfect un posted due to it's weight... Just went and double checked, as soon as I tried to post the cap it just popped off! Hmm, I wonder if this is to do with the way the cap screws on? I forgot to post this earlier but one of the nicest features, one that really makes this pen feel expensive is the way the cap screws on. Two turns then it kind of cushion screws down a third turn. It is almost like the is a damping to the last turn that really feels good to do.

peterpen53
July 17th, 2012, 04:09 AM
I hate to tell you this Dan, but no, it's not postable. The cap just sits loosely on the barrel top. Did you post for balance or for length. If for balance then this pen is perfect un posted due to it's weight... Just went and double checked, as soon as I tried to post the cap it just popped off! Hmm, I wonder if this is to do with the way the cap screws on? I forgot to post this earlier but one of the nicest features, one that really makes this pen feel expensive is the way the cap screws on. Two turns then it kind of cushion screws down a third turn. It is almost like the is a damping to the last turn that really feels good to do.

If you look inside the cap you might find some kind of slim rubber band just past the inner threads, that acts as a damper. The Waterman Le Man 100 has a similar mechanism for screwing the barrel onto the section; both parts are brass in this case and it has a very noticeable dampening effect. Edit: I noticed this afternoon that the Carčne has the same screw-on mechanism.
As to not posting, this may very well be the result of the very pointed (and sleek) ovoid form of the top of the barrel. And since I never post anyway, Dan, you might just as well give the AH pen you planned for yourself to me :) Broad nib, please!

Cheers,
Peter

dannzeman
July 17th, 2012, 12:37 PM
Thanks, ian. That's really a bummer and definitely makes it a pen that I have to get hands-on experience with before I purchase it.

Maja
July 17th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Ian--thank you for sharing (so eloquently) your wonderful new pen with all of us. The photos turned out very nicely, as well!

Having seen this particular pen in person at last month's pen club meeting, I have to agree with Peter and Ivan---this beautiful fountain pen could not have gone to a better home! :tea:

IWantThat
July 17th, 2012, 09:52 PM
Nice review! I didn't realize the precious resin had a texture. I expected the barrel to be smooth. I actually like it more now that I've seen your pics!

Bogon07
July 18th, 2012, 05:46 PM
Did I see somewhere that this pen isn't postable? If that's the case then that's probably a deal breaker. I was able to get away with not posting my 149, although I still did it most of the time, but I always had to post my 146s. Please be able to post. Please be able to post. Please be able to post...

Simple solution !
Use a blob of Bluetac or if that is not available chewing gum to hold the cap on when posting.