Montblanc makes some of the best quality fountain pens in the world, and some of the most expensive.
The best Montblanc fountain pens have become prized collector’s items for some of the world’s most rich and powerful people. Whether you consider yourself an expert, a beginner, or even a collector, there’s a Montblanc fountain pen in this list that is bound to catch your attention.
5 Montblanc Fountain Pens (Our Review)
Montblanc Meisterstück 149
- Montblanc Meisterstück 149 piston fountain pen with a 18 K gold nib
- barrel and cap made of black resin
- gold plated rings and clip
- Nibsize M (Medium) or B (Broad)
- Comes with box, outerbox and serviceguide
The Meisterstück is Montblanc’s flagship collection, first introduced in 1951. The fountain pen is shaped like a cigar. The body of the pen is made from precious resin, while the nib uses rhodium and gold plating to give flexibility and durability. This keeps the pen in top condition and looking fresh.
Of all the Montblanc fountain pens, the Meisterstück series has the thickest grip at half an inch. It’s ideal for taking notes or signing documents as the cap comes off easily with a single twist. Depending on the width of the nib you choose, you’ll get a unique style to your signatures that’s hard to copy.
The pen uses a piston filler mechanism, which allows you to refill it using your choice of bottled ink and converters. In terms of its design, the 149 used to be exclusively available in yellow-gold plating but today you’ll find it available in platinum and rose gold, too.
- Iconic fountain pen
- Highest quality resin and metal
- Comes in either 14K or 18K gold
- Status symbol
- Costs upwards of $800
- Too large for small hands
Montblanc StarWalker Fountain Pen (Best for Collectors)
- Clip: Platinum-coated clip with embossed Montblanc brand name and individual serial number
- Barrel: Platinum-coated
- Cap: Platinum-coated metal cap
- Nib: Hand-crafted Au585 / 14 K gold nib rhodium-coated
- Line: M
The Montblanc StarWalker looks practically futuristic next to the 149. Its design is inspired by space exploration – the blue cap represents the pale blue dot of the earth an astronaut sees when looking down at it from space. Also inspired by NASA’s motto when searching for life: “follow the water.”
It’s a medium-sized fountain pen and it sits comfortably in your hand. The length of the pen is well balanced, which indicates a quality pen as there’s no excess weight on either end. This makes for a comfortable writing experience. The fountain pen’s nib comes in EF (extra-fine), F (fine), M (medium), and B (broad).
The size of the nib determines how thick the ink lines are. Thinner lines are more suitable for making notes while thicker lines add character to a signature. The nib is made of 14K gold which gives it flexibility over stainless steel. As part of a limited series, the StarWalker fountain pen is a noteworthy investment for anyone looking to get their hands on a stellar piece of writing equipment. For a beginner, we’d suggest saving up for this pen once you’ve had more experience with fountain pens.
When writing with the StarWalker fountain pen the ink releases evenly onto the paper. The pen can keep up with you even if you’re fast, making it a great option for taking notes or doing shorthand. As it’s a collector’s item with limited stock, you can expect to pay a collector’s price for it.
- Special design
- Modern style
- Luxury writing instrument
- Limited stock
MontBlanc Meisterstuck Classique 145 (Best Traditional)
The Classique 145 fountain pen features a design that incorporates precious black resin and gold trim. This Montblanc fountain pen commands a degree of awe, like a Bentley or a Rolex watch.
As with all Montblanc fountain pens, the Classique features the iconic white hexagonal shape that represents the snow cap on the tallest mountain peak in France, Montblanc. Its traditional design reflects the long history of the company. The pen has gold-coated rings with the company’s name embossed. You’ll also find the unique serial number engraved onto the ring under the gold-coated clip as a guarantee of authenticity.
The fountain pen is built with a piston converter that gives you the option to use ink cartridges. The nib is made of 14K gold with a rhodium-coated inlay. The materials in the nib contribute to the fountain pen’s longevity because they’re constantly in contact with the ink. Both gold and rhodium are corrosion-resistant, whereas many other fountain pens use of stainless steel or titanium alloy. When writing with the Classique 145 fountain pen you’ll find that it lays down smooth lines of ink.
Montblanc’s site also has the added offer of personalization with your order. The company allows you to put your name on the pen, making it unique.
If you don’t mind the $600 price tag, this is a good option. Whether it’s a gift for someone else or if you fancy writing with it yourself, it’s a classic fountain pen that can be resold for a good price if needed.
- Classic design
- Built-in piston converter
- No adjustments needed
- Personalization optional
Montblanc Le Grande 146 (Best All-Rounder)
This pen has a classic cigar shape and a black body accentuated by a gold-plated clip. The body is made of precious resin and makes the pen firm and weighty. One full turn of the cap and the pen is ready to use.
The Le Grande 146 incorporates a piston filler as well as a striped window so that you can monitor your ink levels.
The medium-sized nib includes 14K gold and rhodium, making it springy and durable. As far as writing goes, the nib can be quite wet but isn’t overwhelming and feels smooth as it slides across the paper.
- Striped ink windows
- Cap unscrews easily
- Piston filler
- All-round good feel
- Plain design
Montblanc William Shakespeare Writers Edition
This fountain pen comes from Montblanc’s Writers’ Edition collection. The Writers’ Editions range pays homage to the great writers of history. The cap is rounded with an indent where the Montblanc logo is displayed. The rim is based on the Globe Theatre. The rings on either end of the pen represent plays like Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Henry V, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The clip references the writer’s iconic earring and the 18K gold nib features elements of Henry V. Just below the nib you’ll see that Montblanc engraved the famous writer’s signature into the neck. The number 1597 refers to the year of Romeo and Juliet and the number of pens released. Be warned, these pens are not cheap.
The Montblanc Writers’ Edition William Shakespeare fountain pen is available in registered retailers and also second-hand, but you can expect to pay as much as $13,000 for the privilege.
- Luxury design with fine detail
- Homage to English heritage
- 18K gold nib
- High-quality craftsmanship
- Limited amount
- Eye-wateringly expensive