There's probably some truth to that, too. Can a substantially better pen be built? Questionable. Would it be important in their market? Probably not. So they probably don't feel any strong need to improve.
I say this..
technically there are better pens (or any product out there , same concept) but...
if you buy into the prestige, marketing, popularity, status symbol, etc of owning something you always dreamed of (NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS > I DO THIS we are all human)
then buy it.
Buy one and you will perhaps shake nervously temporarily at the amount you paid, but after a few weeks, you'll forget the small amount of money, and all youre left with is the pure enjoyment of fulfilling one of the curiosities and hopefully , satisfaction, of owning one of your dream items.
Just do it once. It is better than always rolling around in bed frustrated and red-eyed by all the late night internet research trying to find the substitute, but that never fulfills it, and you always end up thinking "well, what if??"
The best pen ever was the Parker 51. It was made to very tight tolerances -- that collector was not easy to make -- and the aerometric model is almost bullet proof. The 51 is quite ergonomic: not too small, not too big or too thick. One forgets about it -- which is how it should be. However, Parker's other pens were often not as well-made. I wouldn't say Parkers were "the best." Maybe the best advertised.
The best quality over an entire product range came from Sheaffer. For example, the 1970s Targa was a better made pen than those of its competitors. It's similar to the Parker 75, but it is more solidly built. It's also similar to the top line Pilot of the time, the Custom -- also an excellent pen -- but the Targa has nicer nibs. Or take a 1930s Balance or a 1920s flattop. The nibs are very thick, less prone to being thrown out of whack. Even the 1950s Sheaffers with the wacky filling systems have those superb Triumph nibs. And the cheapest Sheaffers like the No Nonsense were still quite functional, even fun.
I suppose that if you consider piston fillers to be "the best", the MB146 might be the best pen. (The 149 is too big in my opinion. And my hands are bigger than yours.) The 146 is a bit sturdier than an OMAS, has better nibs than a Pelikan & _doesn't_ have a stupid bound-to-corrode section trim ring. Auroras are decent, but I prefer MB nibs to Aurora's. The closest competitor is the Lamy 2000 (by far the best pen in terms of value).
That said, the modern pens are a downgrade in many respects. Vintage ebonite feeds give better ink flow than the modern plastic ones. 14k gold was a better alloy for pen nibs than the 18k used today.
I had lots of MB and sold most of them or gave them away and kept only some truly special pens. If you are into fountain pens you will find many companies that produce equally great or even more interesting pens regarding material, filling system, writing characteristics etc. Their regular pens as such aren’t that much better than Sailor, Nakaya, Pilot,… but I’ll grant them at least two things: consistent quality and being the greatest marketing experts.
Montblanc pens are just very well marketed status symbols. They are the Rolex of the pen world, in many ways. In terms of quality, they are good but not the best by any means - I would go for Pilot/Namiki and ST Dupont pens before any Montblanc.
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