Montegrappa Special-Edition Liberty Fountain Pensearch

Montegrappa Special-Edition Liberty Fountain Pen

Montegrappa Special-Edition Liberty Fountain Pen

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I received the pens in the UK and both were with a broad nib which really was too broad for my style of writing. I spoke to my local Montegrappa dealer and asked the manager if could help me provide a free nib change because the guarantee card is not stamped. He contacted Montegrappa UK and they spoke to me later on the phone. They requested I send them in via tracked mail and they will send them to Montegrappa Italy because being as they are a special edition pen they have none in stock. They informed me Montegrappa will change the nibs free as part of their of free nib change within 6 weeks of purchase. I sent them in and after just over a month I received both pens with nib exchange and one years guarantee from Montegrappa Italy. The pens write perfectly much better than before I sent them to Montegrappa. I had this idea my mind when I purchased them actually and my hunch had been correct to purchase them
I received pen and unfortunately it is not smooth writer as all my other high end pens are. I had to visit nib meister immediatey to adjust the nib as it skipped constantly despite cleaning, change of ink and similar.
Actually I have other Montegrappa pens with gold nibs and this one was the first one where out of the box writing was horrible experience (maybe I got the rotten apple or was lucky with previous purchases).
Look of celluloid is gorgeous and I can not complain in this segment but unfortunately fit and finish is not. Cap does not align properly so ink dries to quckly. Since I have lots of pens in rotation and this one is not one of my preferred writers this can be a problem for me.
I guess it is a buy of a century if you manage do get properly performing pen. My unfortunately is not.
P.S. Due to cap issues I started using pen a lot because I do not want it to finish forgotten in some of my drawers. Maybe this is Montegrappa's aim with clumsy cap ;)
Miha81
I have that problem too. It skipped constantly. Shame...
sunyi1130
After the adjustment at "nib meister" it writes better but there are still some ocassional slips. Nib has very small "sweet spot" and it is irritating. I am using high flow wet ink and different type of paper and it somehow solves the problem but would definitely not use the pen for signature or short fast notes.
Nooooo! I somehow missed this and all of the malachite are gone! *shakes a fist*
I bought two of them. The pen is 3mm longer than the Platinum 3776 century which I own and this pen is acceptable to write with capped or uncapped. I have read recent reviews on their gold nibs and they appear to be better. I was willing to take the risk because all purchases are a risk and generally most nibs can be remedied. Only broad nibs were left so I bought the machalite and lapis versions. Never tried broad nibs but I have read that Mintegrappa broad nibs are generally more medium
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Maybe you should comment on the pen and not spelling mistakes
hoffman
I’m not aware of having commented on any spelling mistakes.
Small size pen
Anyone knows if this is the same size as a Pelikan M800? I like larger, girthier pens and the M800 is the minimum size comfortable for me long term. Specs wise from what I can find it's 5mm uncapped shorter, I don't cap my pens
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I can't comment specifically about barrel diameter. As I mentioned above, I had the Tibaldi version, which I actually ended up selling because it was a little on the small side. You can see some photos that I took here with a size comparison, and you'll see it aligns much more closely with an Aurora Optima for length, and maybe the M620 for girth. If you're not a member of FPN, you can just Google image search Tibaldi Art Nouveau and the images should come up. http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/307494-tibaldi-art-nouveau-eye-candy/
Vic70
Thanks Vic70. You have some really nice pens!
After doing a little more research, my main concern is Montegrappa itself. Reading numerous reviews about horrible flow and hard start issues is one thing - it’s another thing when they are consistently occuring on $350+ pens. Maybe someone with more direct experience with modern Montegrappa‘s can substantiate. If this pen was a smooth wet writer, like many other gold bock counterparts, this would be a deal of the century. Doesn’t seem like experiences with montegrappa suggest that though - https://www.penaddict.com/blog/2017/1/11/montegrappa-fortuna-white-ruthenium-fountain-pen-review
cpmcnamara
Someone commented in the linked article that medium point seemed to write well. So, perhaps the fine nib is problematic? Hopefully they have fixed this issue. Or maybe we should just assume we would need to pay extra for a trip to a nibmeister.
cpmcnamara
To be fair, the Fortuna uses a steel nib and the Liberty is a 18k gold nib with an ebonite feed. I don't think the steel nibs use an ebonite feed, which impacts the flow greatly.
In for a Malachite Green one. I've seen that same celluloid on the larger Otto Extra version and it is amazing.
The description fails to mention that Montegrappa produced only 50 pieces of each color. It's a true limited edition. According to descriptions from various online retailers, these pens are offered in the US market only, and are part of the Elements series.
This is actually a drop that isn't getting a lot of attention and is arguably one of the better deals... I just don't think people know much about this pen, but this is a celluloid pen (and a beautiful one) that uses a nib that is similar to probably the M800 Pelikan. Seems like a steal at $199 - I'd probably join if I wasn't already hating myself for all the other purchases I made recently.
cpmcnamara
It's a #6 nib, smaller than the one on a Pelikan M800, but still substantial. The more I look at it the more of a bargain it seems.
I must say that this is a lot cheaper than other online retailers are selling this for. Any catch?
Slimcea
It's smallish, if you consider that a catch. That's about it.
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