For the rich and famous, fountain pens are made that are no longer affordable for ordinary people. In the nineties this development slowly started with special editions of Montblanc such as the writers edition. But also the Italian and Japanese fountain pen manufacturers started with special editions about historical, religious and mythical figures.
My own Writers Edition
Sometimes you are lucky in life, if your favorite writer is called Dostoyevsky, then such a Montblanc writer’s edition becomes very desirable. In my case, the local fountain pens shop held a sale. And as is common on a regular basis, many pen sellers have little knowledge of the price of their goods. He offered the Dostoyevsky for half the price. That was back in time of the guilders, now these fountain pens sell on Ebay for around 1000 euros. So if you buy wisely, you can even make a profit with the Montblanc Writers Editions. Fountain pens as investments, wouldn’t that be nice. Please note: some writers are hot, but there are also some who are not that popular and drop in price. Of course, there are also models that are so potty that they are no longer worth anything. Models that do well are: Hemmingway, Agathe Christie, Proust and Oscar Wilde. What is striking to me is that it’s the earlier models in particular that are doing better than the new ones. With the price, the shapes have also become ever odder, so that the fountain pens in my opinion are becoming more and more palatable, although there are of course exceptions, such as the Daniel Defoe. Montblanc has also continued this idea from writers to well-known figures with the Montblanc Great Character fountain pens. In this series various musicians and artists will be featured.
How well does a Montblanc Writers Edition write?
The question is: are the writers editions actually that good? In my case, yes! My Dostoyevsky writes fantastic. It’s better than my Montblanc 146, which is always leaking in my pocket. When I leave the writers edition lying down for a month, the fountain pen still writes without any problem. Without hesitation, I claim that it is one of the best fountain pens I own. The pen also has a nice grip. It is slightly larger than the 146, but smaller than the 149. I myself prefer to write with this fountain pen without the cap posted. Unfortunately, I never dare to take this pen with me because I am afraid of damaging it. A pen that increases in value and becomes rarer every year is difficult to put in your pocket.
Watch out for fake fountain pens!
The writers’ edition is eagerly imitated, so look out on Ebay or similar sites. Also, some imitation models are available on dark sites for around 25-60 euros. Although these replicas sometimes look pretty real, the quality of the nibs on these fountain pens is usually moderate to dramatic.