Montblanc 344 Fountain Pen
Manufacturer/Model: Montblanc Germany/ 344
Year of production: 1951-1957
Filling system: Piston filling (Metal shaft and tread piston)
Nib: 14K gold F (fine) size, flexible
Material: Resin; Gold filled parts
Length (pen closed): 136mm; Posted oversize at 157mm
Condition and information:
The pen offered here is the legendary 344 model, one of the biggest Montblanc pens of its time. Both by length and thickness, the pen is 13.5mm thick at the cap and 136mm in length, posted at 157mm. This is also the rarest pen of the 3XX line and one of the best build quality. This pen is a true masterpiece, very big, just slightly shorter than 146 Meisterstuck, but the same in thickness. This model is famous for its reliability, perfection in simplicity, both in design and functionality, and most importantly famous for its performance, there is nothing that can go wrong with it and it's perfectly reliable.
This is one of the first post-WWII Montblanc pens, and almost impossible to find in such a good condition.
The pen is crafted in the signature Montblanc highly processed black resin material which together with the gold-filled parts create an elegant and well-built pen. The pen is personalized with a company logo on the cap.
The pen features a very rare and beautiful ink window in light blue color, so the user can always know how much ink is left for long writing sessions with no surprises.
It uses a smooth piston mechanism which takes up an enormous amount of ink. The piston features an 8 edged star shape with brass inlay and brass spiral, which makes for one extremely tough piston which never fails. Some later 344 and 342 models feature plastic piston, unlike this one, the earlier version with brass components. This is one of the first Montblanc pens to feature a silicone cork which was a new generation at the time.
The nib represents a real joy to write with. With just the gentlest push it can write all bigger sizes up to 3B and back, thus the produced writing is simply amazing. The tines split apart as soon as the nib touches the paper. It is huge, almost 2.5cm long, 14K 585 solid gold, it feels smooth on the paper without scratching. The nib is fully flexible, with a nice curve and a proper "344", rated F but it will write up to triple broad 3B if pressed gently while writing. Only a vintage Montblanc pen can produce such beautiful writing. The nib is placed over a large ebonite feed with nicely pronounced fins. The feed has two ink canals which allow for the heavy ink flow.
The pen has perfect form factor, superb balance, handling and feel, easy to use yet powerful and reliable writing instrument. Extremely rare Montblanc, extremely rare condition, featuring everything a true Montblanc legend should feature.
Simply one of the best Montblancs of the '50s, and one of the best models of all time.
The pen comes in good condition with signs of use typical for a vintage pen this old, perfectly operational, and ready to be used.
This item is covered by our 1 Year Full International Warranty at no additional cost. The terms of our Warranty are very simple, meant to give you a secure and trouble-free buying experience.
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