I got a few questions today about my pen. It's a Montblanc - Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen.
I got this pen through my American Express Rewards program. It didn't cost me a dime. I took the pen that American Express shipped me to a Montblanc store in the Bellevue Mall here in Bellevue, WA. Since it was brand new, I was able to exchange it for one with a extra fine nib for no charge. However, I did also buy the ink and the leather case to protect it. I'm told this pens costs about $600 USD retail. This is one expense pen. I may however make sure it's on my insurance.
So, I'm going to go environmentally green with a fountain pen. Yes, you read correctly. Having a fountain pen is a great way to reduce the amount of plastics we waste each year. This pen is reusable with a refillable piston ink reservoir.All I have to do is keep buying ink. or I can also make the ink if I have to.
It's got an extra fin nib, that I really enjoy writing with. I've always wanted a fountain pen for some time, as I like the idea of having a fine writing instrument that I can use over and over again, that's dependable and tasteful.
Writing with a fountain pen is much different that writing with a ballpoint with ink paste in it, or a roller ball that has gel ink. Rather than pressing down onto the paper, you have to paint the paper with it. It also takes less pressure than a roller ball or ball point, so your hand gets less tired.
So rather than buying pens with refillable cartridges, I can buy just one pen and use different kinds of ink as needed. Yes, this is an expensive pen. I believe waterman and pelican have more economical fountain pens out there, so if you want to try and go green with a fountain pen, and enjoy writing, I recommend you visit your local pen store.