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In this interview, he offers an in-depth look at Montblanc, which is the cornerstone of his personal collection of more than 1,000 mostly prewar American pens and postwar Montblanc fountain pens.Gabay details the history of the company, explains its numbering system, and describes the technology inside these pens.Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on
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By 1930, the sac-filler pen had pretty much finished off the competing eyedroppers and safeties, but it still had a couple of perceived weaknesses: the sacs limited the amount of ink that the pen could hold, and they could petrify or burst if left to sit too long without being filled or used.
Not content to rest on the laurels of its successful Duofold line, Parker began to research alternatives to the sac sometime in the mid-to-late 1920s.
Gabay can be reached via “Pen World.” In 1908, three guys in Hamburg, Germany, founded what would become Montblanc.
In the beginning it was known as the Simplo Filler Pen Company—“filler” because their pen featured a filling mechanism that set it apart from desk-dip pens, which was what most of the world used at that time.
Elaborating on an invention by a University of Wisconsin engineer, Parker came up with an all-new filler system and installed it on a new and visually-arresting line of pens that first went on sale in 1932.