Kenneth Moyle shares his photo and experience of Montblanc:
I've been bad-mouthing Montblanc for what I've considered their over-rated pens for years. Starting when this Meisterstück 144 started giving me problems only a few years after I received it as a gift. I'd moved on to other pens - some vintage, some new; all less expensive - and left this in my drawer with a corroded ring and loose cap.
I finally decided to take it to the Canadian Montblanc service centre in Mississauga, having discovered that they take walk-in traffic. Well, lo and behold, I walked in with a useless pen and walked out with essentially a new pen: new and improved nib, new and improved converter, new ring, new cap lock. All for the cost of repairing the cap, which was all I requested. And they gave me this swell little nib-wiping cloth*.
I love my little Montblanc again. And I take back most of what I said about them, since the corrosion was partly my fault (leaving the pen full and horizontal).
* I am pretty easily impressed, sometimes.
And I might add that it is, of course, a perfectly lovely pen to write with - and always was, really. My bad feelings had to do with the problems I had combined with the aspirational lifestyle marketing. And the cologne.