To Have and To Hold: The Montblanc Meisterstuck (Fineliner)

Nineteen years (+1 day) ago, I ended the day with a new husband and a new pen. I still have, and ENJOY, both. Truth be told, I sort of twisted Fred’s arm. For the pen, not the marriage. At around $100 it seemed outrageously expensive (and WAS, interesting enough, about double the cost of my wedding band). But I wanted it, mentioned it, and Fred took my strong, strong hints. It’s a rollerball Meisterstuck, and for a number of years, I was a little (a lot) scared to use it. What if I lost or damaged it? Why take the chance when I had a bunch of disposable “who cares” pens? I created a little pen shrine. I worshipped/protected the pen, but rarely used it.

Eventually it dawned on me that a dusty pen is as bad as dusty marriage, so I took the pen out of its case, purchased a few refills (the rollerball and Fineliner refills both fit in this particular model), and started using my gift. I’ve been using it for journal and calendar entries, as well as grocery and to-do lists. As with anything of value, I’m careful with it, but I’m having fun with it, too. The pen AND the marriage.

Made of polished black resin, my pen features gold accents, and the signature Montblanc “snow cap.” I never knew, until I was reading the included Montblanc booklet tonight, that each pen has its own number engraved on the ring of the clip. Cool detail. I’m particularly enjoying the Fineliner refill, which I would classify as a porous point. It’s firm and smooth. Really nice.

Here’s to having and holding and loving. The pen AND the marriage.

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4 thoughts on “To Have and To Hold: The Montblanc Meisterstuck (Fineliner)

  1. Once again, you manage to bring everything together. And, sadly, I once threw out a Montblanc fountain pen because the nib was completely bent. I’m ashamed, and wish I could wish it back! (Especially since my father gave it to me.)

    • Well, live and learn. I tossed a fountain pen that didn’t write well, but now I realize that I could have had it adjusted. I think it was an Esterbrook…not that valuable, but still vintage. Kicking myself. As you do.

  2. Have the same pen in burgundy. Paid around $230 about four years ago. Do not regret it one bit. An excellent pen, use it every day but was actually unhappy with the fineliner. Though the performance was great I find that the fineliner runs out way to quickly and for a $10 refill that’s just not acceptable. I’ve been sticking with the rollerball.

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