Pen Review: Montblanc Meisterstück Classique 90 Years

Since I restarted my fountain pen hobby, after the purchase of my first pen, the Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Platinum Line, I immediately fell in love with how comfortable it is to use the pen. At that time, Montblanc was celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Meisterstück line. Therefore I decided to get one of the special edition pens released for it, the Montblanc Meisterstück Classique 90 Years. This pen shares most of the design aspects with the regular edition, which I have already reviewed. Therefore, this review is going to mainly focus on the designs that are unique to this special edition.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Montblanc Meisterstück Classique 90 Years
Nib: 14K gold medium nib
Filling System: International standard cartridge/converter
Production: Special edition

1. Packaging (7/10):

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Just like the regular editions, this pen is stored in the standard Montblanc rectangular box. What’s different is that instead of the usual cream white outer box, this pen comes with a specially designed one that celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Meisterstück. However, this is just a cardboard box. The actual pen box is still the same and I personally do not like the design of the box. Therefore I don’t think Montblanc has done much better here.

2. Pen Design (9/10):
Since this pen is in exactly the same shape as the regular edition Classique, I will not try to review the common details here. Overall, the pen is slim and light, with a comfortable balance in weight. The grip section is long and fits the hand extremely well. The pen has a traditional cigar shape and looks very clean.

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For this special edition, the first unique feature that can be quickly found is the colour of the trims. The trims are red gold plated. At the time of its release, only the platinum trim and the gold trim were available as the regular editions. Personally, I think the red gold version looks better on a black pen, compared to the yellow gold version, as the contrast doesn’t look as dramatic.

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Since then Montblanc has started offering the red gold trim as an option among the regular editions. However, the new regular edition doesn’t have the unique nib design that this pen has. The nib is in red gold and at the center of the nib, instead of the usual “4810”, there is a giant “90” for the 90th anniversary of the Meisterstück. The “4810” is moved above the breather hole and I find the design beautifully stands out. For me, this special edition nib itself already makes me want to get this pen.

3. Filling System (8/10):

This pen uses exactly the same filling system as the regular edition. In my opinion, this is one of the best execution of a cartridge/converter filling system.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):

This pen carries a 14K gold medium nib. Compared to the fine nib that I have on the other Classique, this nib has a wetter flow. Most of the inks show the colour and the shading really well with this nib.
Other than that, this nib shares similar characteristics with the fine nib. It is fairly rigid and does not have much line variation. But if anyone is just looking for a good daily writer that always writes well, this nib can be a reliable choice.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (5/10):

For this category, I’m giving this pen a very low score. However, I would like to give the full mark for pen cleaning. Just like the previously reviewed regular edition, there is no issue with thoroughly cleaning this pen and it is easy to handle.
Unfortunately, I cannot appreciate how this pen performs when it comes to maintenance. For some reason, the red gold plating on the pen wore out extremely quickly. It was already obvious to see significant discolouration on several spots, after only a very short time. This really confuses me, since I always take care of my pens extremely well. For example, I rarely post the pen cap and I never carry the pen without a quality pen pouch. I carefully compared this pen with the regular edition, which has platinum trims. There is no issue at all with the platinum trim version. In fact, none of the pens in my collection has experienced such issue, except for this one. I’m not entirely sure whether the choice of plating material plays any role in this situation. Nevertheless, this is definitely not an issue that should exist for pens at this price level.

Summary:

Packaging: 7/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 8/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 5/10

Total: 38/50

Montblanc Meisterstück Classique 90 Years is one of the special edition pens that celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Montblanc Meisterstück line. It carries many of the classic designs of the Meisterstück Classique fountain pen and at the same time introduces new trim colour and the beautiful nib engravings to the special edition. It writes right out of the box and the nib performs all the time. The pen body fits well in the hand and the weight distribution of the pen is quite balanced, no matter whether the pen is posted or not. Based on its performance, it is the perfect daily writer. However, the pen seems to have some issues with the plating wearing out extremely quickly, which should not be expected with pens in this price range.

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2 thoughts on “Pen Review: Montblanc Meisterstück Classique 90 Years”

  1. Are you sure the plating wore off? It may has just tarnished a bit. I have owned a rose gold Starwalker (much cheaper pen) for at least 3 years and the plating is still fine. Particularly, red gold contains a lot more copper than rose gold, which in turn makes it more prone to tarnish.

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    1. Ya I’m afraid it’s wearing off. Quickly after the purchase I had found spots that have been showing a different colour, but since then it’s still the same few spots that were like that, so it seems to me it’s not tarnishing but rather poor plating. Also it happens more on the barrel ring (though I don’t post my pen), but not on the clip.

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