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    Default Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    I didnít want to put this in the MB forum as there might be some biases, but does anyone know if the MB149 is worth itís price?


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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    You do realize that is a question without an answer, right? You can buy fountain pens that write just as well for far less, but that has nothing to do with worth. An MB 149 in it's best condition is as good a pen as you'll even find, but whether it is worth what you will pay for it is entirely up to you, the buyer. None of us can make that call, except for ourselves.
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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    You do realize that is a question without an answer, right? You can buy fountain pens that write just as well for far less, but that has nothing to do with worth. An MB 149 in it's best condition is as good a pen as you'll even find, but whether it is worth what you will pay for it is entirely up to you, the buyer. None of us can make that call, except for ourselves.
    Ah ok, I understand


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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    Given how many that they manage to sell every year, I would imagine most people think they are.

    Personally, I think they made their best pens in the 1960's: the double digit line, especially the 12 and 14, are exceptionally good pens. And can be picked up for a lot less than a modern 149.
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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    As pocket jewelry, it is unsurpassed because itís highly recognizable.

    As a writing tool I was unimpressed. Itís just not the right size for me to use daily on the job.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    I reviewed one a few years back and it got perfect marks. I don't own one.

    I suspect what usually happens is folks who want the pen buy it used from folks who are ready to be rid of the status symbol.

    My buddy picked up a sweet vintage 149 at the Ohio Pen Show for like $175, I coulda smacked him.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    If I was able to afford one it would be.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    As Jon said, itīs really your call.

    Personally, I prefer the 146, it fits my hand better.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    Weren't you looking for a 149 many months ago and were advised to get to a pen show to try them to see if you actually like them?

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    Quote Originally Posted by AzJon View Post
    Weren't you looking for a 149 many months ago and were advised to get to a pen show to try them to see if you actually like them?
    Yes. A year ago. This is mentioned in his other 149 thread in the Montblanc forum
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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    Now, bear with me as I know this is going to be controversial, but I am going to say emphatically "No".

    I am talking about retail price. And the MSRP for a 149 is simply ludicrous. I am not saying the 149 is not a good pen (it is and I own one) but the $1k asking price is not in line with the quality it brings. Yes, it's built like a Volvo and, yes, it's about as exciting, but $1k is simply silly. Now, if you get one second hand, you will likely end up paying around forty cents on the dollar. Any time, you cut the price in half, you obviously change the "value" equation. I think that, if it fits your hand, a 'used' 149 is a wonderful pen. There is obviously a lot of options when you start talking about spending that kind of money, so whether or not it's worth it is, as many have said, a very personal decision.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    I like mine the more I use it. I wouldn't buy another one.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    Two conflicting responses:
    - I've owned many 149s, both celluloid and resin. After reducing my vintage and modern Montblanc collection down to just two pens, neither is a 149. Too big. An early resin 146 turned out to be one of my MB keepers, because the size makes more sense to me than a 149. Some of you know niksch, and years ago he compared the ink capacity of the 149 and 146, and the difference was negligible. The 149 is all show, but it's a lovely show. The 146 is the same show, and better at it.
    - Yes, get a used 149, and put the matter to rest. They keep their value, so you can always sell it and get something else, or like it and keep it forever.
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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Two conflicting responses:
    - I've owned many 149s, both celluloid and resin. After reducing my vintage and modern Montblanc collection down to just two pens, neither is a 149. Too big. An early resin 146 turned out to be one of my MB keepers, because the size makes more sense to me than a 149. Some of you know niksch, and years ago he compared the ink capacity of the 149 and 146, and the difference was negligible. The 149 is all show, but it's a lovely show. The 146 is the same show, and better at it.
    - Yes, get a used 149, and put the matter to rest. They keep their value, so you can always sell it and get something else, or like it and keep it forever.
    Of course it's all show. Ever heard of go big or go home? If you don't at least get one at some point you will always want one . Once you do, you can use Esterbrooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    - Yes, get a used 149, and put the matter to rest. They keep their value, so you can always sell it and get something else, or like it and keep it forever.
    there it is. that is smart Fred.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    The problem with a used one is determining which is real and which is a knock off.

    I like the look but personally, I'd go with Yard-O-Led for that kind of money.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    Knock off 149s are few and far between. Youíll be fine if you do your homework ó which is something you should do with any used pen anyway.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    I had one, and I sold it.

    It was an 80's or so vintage. W. Germany on the clip and split ebonite feed. If I were going to buy another one, that's what I'd get. I wouldn't buy new production, and I can't afford the old ones. I liked the size. It's a substantial pen. I liked the looks. I didn't like the big honkin' nib. Visually impressive, but the length of it kept my fingers so far above the tip/writing surface that it felt weird.

    I probably could have gotten used to it, but it seemed like too much trouble so I sold it. Your mileage may vary.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    I second what others have said.

    Owning a 149 and 34 I find the latter to be a more satisfying writer.

    Itís worth a try at a fair used price that you could trade or sell with little risk.

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    Default Re: Montblanc 149 Worth the price?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjssf View Post
    The problem with a used one is determining which is real and which is a knock off.
    Not if you buy from reputable sellers who will give you return and money back guarantee.
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