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    I want to dip my toes into the Montblanc pool for the first time. Not the fountain pen pool (yet), but the ballpoint/rollerball pool. My inquiry has two parts. First, I would like some suggestions as to which pen(s) I should get. The pens that are at the top of my list are the LeGrand ballpoint, Starwalker Midnight fineliner and M Ultra Black ballpoint. (My ideal would probably be the JFK special edition, but the price is too high for me.) The classique is out as I think it is just too narrow for my taste. I like pens with a little more girth. My favorite fountain pen is a Pilot Custom 823. I also like the feel of my Lamy 2k and Karas Kustoms Ink. So that gives you an idea of the size of pen that fits good in my hand. So which of the Montblancs would you recommend based on that?

    Secondly, I would like to try the used market. I'm not a collector. I'm looking for a daily writer. I would like a more affordable entry to the Monblanc pool than paying full retail. Maybe I can get both a ballpoint and rollerball if I go the used route. I'm a little leery of eBay as I don't know enough to spot a fake. Are there any reputable eBay dealers you can recommend? Anyone on here have a used variety of the pens on my list?

    I appreciate any recommendations. Thanks for your time.

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    Funny, I have all three of those except my M is not ultra black.

    You know which one I use the most?

    My classified ballpoint.

    The legend is great but it is real think and heavy when I clip it to a shirt.

    Fineliner is good, but not as fine as Iíd like.

    M is nice, but I find the grip uncomfortable after prolonged use.

    You say you like more girth, so perhaps the legrand is for you.

    As far as where to buy, I like buying secondhand from this and other forums. I have ordered a few from jomashop and a couple from eBay.

    Had one fake from eBay once but got my money back quickly.

    I also bouGht from Costco once.

    My collection is up to 10+ at this point. Iím a MB fan.


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    One more thing, donít be too concerned with box and papers. All they do is take up space.

    If you want to authenticate a pen, take it to a boutique and ask. Iíve done this before.


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    Default Re: Entry into the Montblanc Pool

    Your Lamy 2000 and Pilot Custom 823 are about the same girth as the Montblanc Classic Ballpoint. I think you only need the Le Grand ballpoint to go with a 149 FP.
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    Default Re: Entry into the Montblanc Pool

    Fountain Pen Hospital in NYC is a reputable fountain pen store (Neil deGrasse Tyson buys FP's there) and it has a "back room" that offers used Montblanc pens.

    Bertram's Inkwell is another reputable dealer, and they have an eBay store.

    Both are straight shooters and I have been pleased with the used Montblanc 144 and 146 I bought from them. If you do buy a Montblanc rollerball, keep an eye on the expiration dates on the refills. After the exp date the refills dry up.
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    I personally bought a pool myself and I can tell you that when you are going to buy a pool you have to be prepared for a lot of different problems, and some of them are really difficult to cope with. I had a problem with the pool at my dacha where I was constantly swimming in the summer until I found a good job in another city. I abandoned the dacha and had not been there for about two years. Only after that I remembered about her, arrived there and noticed that the pool was in a terrible state. I learned from my neighbors that the weather can completely destroy my pool if they are not busy and the most important thing I decided to do for myself was to clean the pool, which was really difficult due to the fact that I just told where to look for information about this and I was lucky that I had there is a friend who knows the site https://homendgarden.com/best-pool-cleaner-reviews/ where, as I learned later, it tells about how and what to properly cheat the pool. I started working from the dacha and stopped renting an apartment and every week I swim in a clean and great pool.
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    An MB ballpoint is going to write like other ballpoints. It will just have the MB branding on it. I write with MB fountain pens all the time ó theyíre great ó but my everyday ballpoints are Caran díAche or Pilot.
    (I also have a few Parkers and Pelikans that came with fountain pens that sit around and collect dust). I figure if iím going to spend the money, i should get something iíll enjoy using. A ballpoint is not that.

    All this is a way of saying the ballpoints are no substitute for the fountain pens, especially if youíre a regular fp user. If youíre mostly a ballpoint user, maybe it makes more sense.

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