Montblanc 264

I think my opinion of the Montblanc range of pens may have come across in this blog previously.  You know, over-hyped, over-priced, eggshell-fragile nonsense.  Squillions of pounds for a cartridge/converter pen that writes no better than a Sheaffer School pen.  And then there’s that “precious resin” – that’s an insult to our intelligence if I ever heard one!
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However, none of that applies to the Montblanc pens that were made 60 or more years ago, when it was a company that made high quality pens rather than poor quality advertising.  This is the Montblanc 264 which was made, best I can tell, around 1952 or so.
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I have long wanted one of these but there was no point in settling for less than perfection, and that’s what I have here.  This nib could have been made for me.
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What else can I say about it other than that it’s the perfect pen for me?  It’s an unassuming little pen, 13.4 cm long capped with some nice gold trim.  It does what it was designed to do: it sucks in a considerable quantity of ink and releases it as required in a truly wonderful line.  That will do for me!

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I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

13 Responses to Montblanc 264

  1. Beautiful! And I think I share your opinion of Montblanc…. 🙂

  2. Optimam Partem Elegit says:

    I like the way you poke the Modernity of high end and industrialized pens. It’s somehow sad to say that the noble Onoto de la Rue felt into tha trap as well…

  3. Rae says:

    IIRC they had a MB representative visit our local FP club and they did confirm it was better than run-of-the-mill plastic as it had bits of glass mixed it in too 🙂

    • Yes, but is that an advantage or is it part of the cause of their infamous fragility?

      • Optimam Partem Elegit says:

        I own a Montblanc 144 that I bought in 1987 and I never had a single issue with the pen, not a crack, and God knows that I rocked that pen during almost 30 years! The only thing I changed in 1998 was the loose cap that did not clip tight on the body at that point. Since then, nothing. So, fragile? Not too sure. Overpriced? Yes, definitely, but I had my money worth ☺️

      • I tease about Montblancs but I’m glad to hear that you got a good and reliable pen.

      • Rae says:

        Unfortunately, the jury is still out on that one…

  4. Lee M says:

    Regardless of what name is on the pen, that is a stunning bit of nib.

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