Sunday, March 14, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 165

Today's newest pen-related acquisition is courtesy of Lawrence! Meet his beautiful new Montblanc Meisterstück 'Le Petit Prince' Solitaire fountain pen...

(all photos courtesy of Lawrence ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Lawrence: "This pen will have to be one of Montblanc's more successful homage pens. They did a lot of things right and managed to capture both the whimsical and complexity of Saint-Exupéry's modern fairy tale. MB had three parts to this series, I think they are named: Le Petit Prince (blue and silver), The Aviator (brown and gold), and The Planet (burgundy and gold). This pen is from the first series, and it's the Solitaire version. 

This is my only blue pen. I was at first looking at MB's Blue Hour but it's a bit too "corporate-looking". This Little Prince pen is blue and very whimsical at the same time. Just the way I like it. It's a bit more pricey because it's all metal and not resin. The motif on the pen is the fox repeated all throughout the barrel and the cap. It's engraved I believe, but the pen has lacquer on it for protection so we don't feel the engraving; it's very smooth."


"MB had a nib especially designed for the pen.  It features the prince and fox and the star. The pen comes in F, M, and B. I got the F. I inked it with Pilot's peacock blue and it writes very well, almost floating on paper (although that could also be due to the excellent nib working in tandem with Pilot's smooth ink---a great combo)."


"The clip has this yellow star (in the book, it is a symbol of the prince's laughter). I would have liked it if MB continued this idea with the logo cap. Instead of the MB snow cap, it would be nice if they had a Starwalker kind of effect using this yellow star....but then knowing MB, they will charge maybe an extra 1K for just as well LOL."


"The cap of the pen has an excerpt from the novel translated roughly as: “To establish ties? … To me, you will be unique in all the world”. Which I think suits the "idea" of a fountain pen and particular with fountain pens that have hand ground nibs, each nib is definitely "unique" to the owner/writer. The pen looks great uncapped. I don't post my pens and so the pens will not look plain/naked without the cap on. For example, the Doué Classique only has the cap with the design and looks plain uncapped."

"I don't have a grail pen, but rather a group of pens that fulfill this function as a "grail pen posse", and this little prince pen is a regular part of the group."

Wow, what a gorgeous fountain pen! Thank you so much, Lawrence, for sharing it with us :)

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