The One Pen to Rule Them All

Montblanc Alexander DumasMontblanc Alexander Dumas

A close up of the Dumas nib.

A close up of the Dumas nib.

I did it again. Last year when I went to the Ohio Pen Show, I broke one of the cardinal rules of pen shows by buying one of the first pens I looked at, a Conway Stewart 100 in Amethyst. This year, I bought the very first pen I came across, the Montblanc Alexander Dumas Limited Edition from their writers series in 1996. I wasn’t really looking for it, mainly because I never thought I would even get to see it in person. When we stopped at the first big table in the main showroom I noticed that the exhibitor had several Limited Edition pens and so asked him about the Dumas. Again, even at a pen show I didn’t think I would find one, but he looked through one of his large leather pen cases behind his table and came up with the “one pen” I had always wanted. It still has the “m” sticker on it, showing it is a medium nib. It doesn’t have a box or papers, which is fine with me as I was hoping to find one I could actually write with, not just put on a shelf as a collectors item. It is the most beautiful pen I have ever seen. It is, in itself, a work of art. My favorite nibmeister, Richard Binder, was also at the show. He was adjusting and smoothing nibs for people and so I brought the pen to him to set up and adjust the nib just the way I like it. It writes perfectly.

MB Dumas Writing Sample, Diamine Amaranth Ink

We were at the pen show for four days, and I only bought one other pen. I’ll write about that one later. It is also something very special, and as such deserves its own post. However, nothing can surpass this pen in my collection. It really is “the one pen to rule them all.”

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