27.0 Why do people seem to hate Montblanc?
It's probably due to changes in the way Montblanc makes pens. Over
the years, Montblanc has changed the composition of the "precious resin"
they use to make the pen. Recent materials from which the pens are made have made
the body of the pen prone to cracks when subjected to anything from mild to moderate
stress. Many of the stories come from people who dropped their pens, or did something
else to them that stressed the pen body.
I have a couple of recent vintage MontBlanc (models newer than 1990), and
all of them work just fine. 'Course, I don't go around dropping them...
Montblanc hasn't done anything to reduce this perception -- in fact,
they've recently reinforced it somewhat with their formal announcement
that their pens cannot be promoted or sold over the Internet. This keeps them
"exclusive"... and what that kind of exclusiveness gets ya is beyond
me.Aside from resin composition, Montblanc simply has a better marketing department
than most other pen companies. They've spent a lot of money on "presence":
their pens are seen in ads for non-pen products, movies, tv shows, etc. The implication
is that Montblanc is the "best you can buy". Their pens are reasonable
quality, but, for the same money you actually can get better pens (both new and
vintage). It is this "snob appeal" that seems to have done the most
damage to Montblanc's reputation among pen owners.
Aside from that, Montblanc makes a good pen. If you have one and are satisfied
with it, ignore the wars and just keep on writing.