Montblanc is considered one of the best makers of fountain pens and other fine writing instruments in the world. Montblanc was founded in 1906 in Hamburg, Germany was acquired by Dunhill in the 1970’s. Montblanc fountain pens are known as not only as a great writing instrument but for their status symbol appeal as well. As such, there are fakes and replicas out there so you must be wary when you wish to buy a Used MontBlanc Fountain Pen.
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First of all, you should know that all MontBlanc fountain pens feature their logo, a six pointed star that represents Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe. Since the mountain stands 4810 meters, Montblanc uses this number, 4810, often in their pens. This mountain logo is virtually always white on a black background. Replicas are typically the reverse of this.
Another important factor is that all authentic MontBlanc Fountain Pens have a serial number on the ring connected to the clip. Serial numbers a generally 2 letters with 7 numbers afterward but there are exceptions when there are fewer numbers, mainly for limited product runs. You will also see ‘Germany’, the country of origin, around the ring and clip as well. Replicas typically don’t have the serial number or otherwise don’t have authentic markings because repro makers can’t afford to put the time and craftsmanship into making their fake fountain pens.
You should always be wary of MontBlanc Meisterstuck pens since these are the most often faked. When buying online, make sure the seller has a good reputation. Of course, this is important in any online transaction. Make sure that the pictures are good quality and reveal enough detail for you to determine the authenticity of the Montblanc fountain pen as best you can. Good photos and descriptions are quite important.
While you may still encounter replica or fake MontBlanc fountain pens you can greatly reduce your chances of buying one by following these precautions. Then you will be happy with your purchase of a Used MontBlanc Fountain Pen.