A Path to Perfection
It takes 35 skilled steps to craft a nib and an additional 70 steps to assemble and test a Montblanc fountain pen until it is deemed ready to become yours. Each Montblanc nib is hand-crafted from either 14K or 18K gold. Under the pressure of up to 18 tons, the nib’s silhouette is stamped out and then carefully pressed into shape. Next, Montblanc artisans accurately grind the exceptionally hard iridium tip by hand until it is the perfect width and size. After the final assembly and setting, every nib must pass a thorough writing test to ensure it delivers the ultimate writing experience. In addition to how the instrument feels writing, a good ear plays a vital role in the rigorous quality test: the in-house trained nib grinder listens attentively to the sound each nib makes as it glides over the paper. Only nibs that do not scratch or snag, and generate a continuous sound, will pass the special inspection.
Choosing the right nib to match a personal writing style will allow you to write effortlessly. The current assortment enables different styles of writing and artistic expression by offering a selection of eight different nib widths and the innovative flexible nib, part of the 2019 calligraphy programme. Additionally, our artisans create special made-to-order nibs for a personal and exclusive writing experience.
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