Echoing what others have said - MB is great for recognition, well built, and feel great in (my) hand. I've also had excellent experiences with Waterman, for comparably less cash.
Alternatively, if you like German classic pens, then I would also recommend Pelikan. The M800 is no lesser pen than the MB149, in my opinion.
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I myself prefer Pelikan and Monteverde fountain pens. However MB in my opinion are well built and their refills for the ballpoints are the best for me. Value? Well to most that is subjective just as are taste in watches. Everyone can tend to be brand loyal or snobbish to "inferior" brands. I know Rolex guys that hate Omegas and vice versa. Forget trying to convince them if off brands or whatever they think to be lesser brands. I believe in the if you like it wear it/buy it. Were it gets ridiculous is when the "collecting" becomes just accumulation and not appreciation. All the MB pens I have, I use and have scratches and dents and are probably not worth even selling on eBay. But I plan to keep them and use them until the stop functioning or they get lost or stolen.
I should update this I suppose. I made an effort to write with the 146 on a daily basis - I am rehabbing my knee post-acl surgery so am keeping a journal and notes. Miracle of miracles, the nib has worn in. It's picky about paper (Rhodia/Clairefontaine or Quo Vadis only) but it runs well now. Still has a very narrow sweet spot when compared to my Pilots, Parkers, Lamys and Sheaffers, but you get used to it. I still wouldn't pay 585 euros for one new, I don't think.
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Of course value is subjective, but forum is a place to share opinions. If we will all be objective we can close this forum, because there is nothing to discuss.
I thought this is known to every forum user.
Have a gander at this new Purdey & Sons to decide...
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