Montblanc Starwalker – 2021 Review


Montblanc pens are a symbol of status, elegance and tradition. Admittedly, in the last year, few of my communcaitions have been handwritten. Now however, as Christmas approaches, I consider how I want my message to read, and the style I want to convey the beloved friends and family.

I first heard of Montblanc in 1977, follow their acquisition by Dunhill Ltd; being a fan of the quality of their cigarettes. Today the ownership of the Dunhill cigarettes, Dunhill fashion and Montblanc is more complex, so I’m led to believe.

Through all the historic changes, today we’re looking instead to the future, reviewing Montblanc’s Starwalker – a writing instrument which combines the best of a rich past, with the highlights of a bright future.

What is the Starwalker?

The Starwalker is a contemorary design, relative to Montblanc’s typical fair. First launched in 2003, it’s design has been refined over the past decade to include all the fine details you would expect from Montblanc.

Where Montblanc’s mainstay designs are known and desired broadly, the Starwalker aims to capture the attention of the younger eye, with a focus on the future.

A blue sphere stands atop the cap, representing the earth as seen from space, and the slash of colour and shape does not go unnoticed, providing instant clarity that this is an all-together different offering than the more plain Meisterstuck series.

How does the Starwalker handle?

The Starwalker Doué foundtain pen has an overwhelmingly smooth and clean feel, with less springiness that I had expected. The nib is slightly different than other Montblanc pens I’ve used in the past and this is no doubt the main contributing factor.

Weight wise, the pen may be slightly top heavy, though this does not detract from the overall experience, and could be down to the generous use of platinum in the cap.

Size wise, it feel smaller than something like a Montblanc 146, but still bulky enough to match similar offerings from Pelikan.

Filling Montblanc Starwalker

The Starwalker is a cartridge only system, which may be disappointing to those who prefer piston filling. Personally this isn’t a problem for me, with many of my previous fountain pens operating on cartridges. Those of old enough to remember aeromatic and vacumatic filling systems are happy to make life simpler.

Storing the Starwalker

With the Starwalker, I’m also using the Montblanc M_Gram pouch, which I’m told is a new offering. Its modern brazen design compliments the pen’s aspirations fantastically, and feels more comfortable in the pocket than an expected sleeve design and structure.

Summary

The Montblanc Starwalker looks to be a real treat, and I’ll be very satisfied using it for my seasons greetings. Having only written a single Christmas card so far though, I may have to revisit in the new year, to let you know what kind of impression it left on card recipients.

**Update 18/11/21**

The Starwalker continues to operate flawlessly. Have yet to need to refill it. It excites me just to hold this piece from Montblanc between my fingers. I feel absolutely spoiled by its quality.