Montblanc: The Name Known Around the World
For new pen enthusiasts, the numerous luxury brands all across the globe may take a little time to learn. But talk to any stranger, and it’s almost guaranteed that they know the name Montblanc. Pens, leather goods, watches, jewelry, accessories, and everything in between – Montblanc has truly made a name for itself throughout the world.
Montblanc’s history traces back to the early 1900s in Germany, back when they were known as “Simplo.” After a few years, the name “Montblanc” came to fruition, and the brand really rose to life – with its now well-known white star emblem and its immediate focus on the finest quality that could be produced anywhere in the world. From the original inception of the Meisterstuck fountain pen back in 1924 (now one of the most popular writing instruments of all time), to the company’s current commitments to UNICEF in order to make a positive global impact, Montblanc has truly come full circle as one of the world’s most respected brands.
With the early days of the Meisterstuck collection, Montblanc revolutionized writing with a built-in inkwell and handcrafted gold nib (yes, there are really 30 steps in the nib creation!). Today, they are continuing to change the fountain pen game with new editions appealing to younger audiences and new partnerships with well known global figures. However, one of their most prominent partnerships actually takes us on a trip into the past, and that’s with the equally respected brand Meissen.
Meissen, just like Montblanc, is known for hand-crafted luxury. This luxury, however, dates back all the way to the 1700s, where Meissen was born as the world’s first porcelain manufacturer. Their brand is known among luxury collectors for its elegance and sophistication, as well as its museum-level quality. The quality certainly comes from its uniqueness, as each Meissen piece is individually handmade. The quality is so precise that there is even an in-house pit in which the creators mine the kaolin (clay used to make the porcelain) and then refine the materials for several months. The famous crossed swords on every Meissen piece (similar to Montblanc’s famous star emblem) are a final stamp from the brand to show their approval, a sign of the craftsmen who have spent innumerable hours (and a minimum of 3 years of training!) to get the pieces just right.
Montblanc Meisterstuck Annual Edition Venetian Carnival Arlequino and Pulcinello Fountain Pens
The high-quality collaboration between two of the world’s finest brands is certainly evident in the Montblanc Meisterstuck Carnival Fountain Pens, featuring Meissen porcelain. These gorgeous pens are topped with caps made from the best quality Meissen porcelain, painstakingly handpainted by their best artisans. The masked carnival figures commemorate some of the greatest traditional characters of Italian comedy, in a fun yet sophisticated design. The fountain pens themselves are of course fitted with original Montblanc 4810 18k gold nibs, above barrels that are gold plated in the guilloche style (a precise, intricate ribboning).
How to Purchase
These luxurious, handpainted pieces will certainly stand out in any collection! They are of course in brand new and unused condition, and come with the original boxes and papers. We are currently offering over 20 Montblanc Meissen porcelain pieces through our website. To order one of these rare pieces, or for more information, check out the full collection here.