Had it not been for the Montblanc emblem at the top of the cap (and the price tag), the inexperienced user might have been excused to think that this is just another fountain pen. There is no glamour in the Montblanc Meisterstück Classique: no jewels, no facets, no flashy decorations, no substantial width either. What is there is a pleasing-to-the-touch deep black precious resin barrel with platinum-plated accents and a nib to die for. Not a pen to fall in love with perhaps but a good workhorse nevertheless. Perhaps more oomph should have been expected given the price tag.
Slim line and lightweight the Montblanc Classique is an unassuming pen. This Meisterstück features a black glossy barrel and cap, simple platinum-plated clip with an engraved individual serial number, platinum-plated rings on the barrel and cap and a trim where a wider middle band stands out engraved with the Montblanc brand name - “Montblanc Meisterstück Pen”. Top of the cap and tip of the barrel are rounded and the Classique is topped with an inlaid MB emblem - representing the snow capped peak of the Montblanc mountain.
It comes with a robust piston ink converter which looks the epitome of luxury as far as ink converters go with its golden band inscribed Montblanc Germany and invocation “Use Montblanc ink only”. It takes six rotations to unscrew the section to reveal the ink converter and the metal thread mechanism is designed with attention to detail.
What really makes this Meisterstück a delight is its exquisite nib - a fine 14K gold nib with rhodium-plated inlay inscribed “4810” - the height of the Montblanc mountain. I cannot praise it enough. Yes, it is a rigid nib but take it for a test drive and watch it demonstrate the difference between a Fiat and a Ferrari. No conditioning necessary. Ink the Meisterstück and see it write. No skipping, no dry moments - this nib will write like on butter. Smooth magnificent ink flow (Montblanc Mystery Black was used) on any quality paper.
The Meisterstück Classique is an everyday pen you can depend on for smooth writing. Its unassuming - too unassuming - exterior looses it some points on the design front but if it’s dependable writing and pocket jewel you’re after the Classique is your pen. Now, if you’ve had another few hundred more to spare the Meisterstück 149 is a more attractive option: something really to write home about.