Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen Review

Here’s all you need to make sense of the Montblanc Starwalker fountain pen in black resin with red gold trim. See the floating star and get as close to using it as possible without actually holding it yourself…

Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen
  • Unusual floating emblem
  • Posts securely – screws on back
  • Curved nib design looks good
  • Well balanced
  • Clip too long to set upright, must post or lay on side

My Short Video:

Montblanc Starwalker Black Resin with Red Gold Design

Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen

Ah, the Montblanc Starwalker fountain pen. This is such a unique design with the acrylic dome on the top and floating emblem! From a profile view, you can’t see much of the floating rounded star logo, but from on top or underneath, you get a great view of it. Such a novel concept.

The pen I’m reviewing has rose gold trim on a black resin body. The clip band is winder than the cap band and is engraved with Montblanc and the serial number of this particular fountain pen. The clip has a raised indent that travels about one-third of the way down the ultra long clip.Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen with 149 and Boheme

The pen clip is extra springy, it flexes easily. The only thing I don’t like about the clip is its length. It’s longer than the cap itself so if you don’t want to screw it on to post it, you have to lay it on its side, which can lead to eventually marring the resin cap. I love to post, but am not particularly a fan of screwing caps on to post as it takes even longer to write. This fountain pen you can make an exception for because of it’s beauty.

The grip section is diamond cut into little beveled squares which aren’t the most comfortable, but not uncomfortable either. Because the squares themselves are all uniformly sized and spaced, your finger floats above it unless you use a death grip on your pens. It does leave an imprint on your finger if you write for very long periods, but no big deal.

The nib is 14K and as you can see in the profile photo, curves slightly down toward the paper. The feed is smooth, no fins, and keeps up with any amount or speed of writing you throw at it.

Overall, this is one beautiful Montblanc fountain pen.

Starwalker Specs:

  • 137mm Capped
  • 122mm Uncapped
  • 148mm Posted
  • 7mm mid-grip
  • 18mm Nib length
  • 7mm Nib Width
  • 26g Total Weight
  • 11g Cap Weight

Montblanc Starwalker Black Resin Performance

What about how it writes?

Well the Montblanc Starwalker writes smoothly and easily with little to no feedback. The medium nib kept up with everything I wrote… fast, slow, starts, and stops it didn’t have any issues.

This pen is quality. You’d expect that for the price of a Montblanc, but even on some similarly positioned fountain pens, I’ve had trouble with skips, starts and stops, but this fountain pen jus takes a beating writing-wise and keeps up.

I set it down (capped) for more than a day, picked it up and wrote again and didn’t need to retrace the first letter, no ink starvation. It’s engineered well.

The medium 14K nib didn’t bleed-through even on thin notebook paper when using Montblanc cartridges. (this is a cartridge only fountain pen.) This was a happy surprise.

There isn’t as much of a sweet spot on the Starwalker as there was on the Boheme. Meaning, I could just write and as the pen gently moved around in my hand I didn’t have to re-center the nib to align to the sweet spot as I did with the Boheme, but that was also a broad nib, where this is a medium.

Montblanc Starwalker Specs & More Thoughts…

Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen Floating StarMontblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen NibCan you see the little bird in the acrylic on the photo to the left?

I love that shot.

This is the floating emblem that the Montblanc Starwalker is known for.

The black and white photos captured the detail for you in this beautiful pen.

This is one well-balanced pen. When posted, you forget about the cap completely.

It’s less than half the total weight of the pen and even with the acrylic addition to the cap, it’s not heavy or noticeable while writing.

The 14K nib on the right is SMOOTH. It is not a particularly wet or dry writer, just perfect.

I love that there wasn’t bleed-through even on notebook paper, it makes this fountain pen practical in addition to beautiful.

 

Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen

There wasn’t any issue with feathering or hand fatigue with this fountain pen.

The only drawback I experienced was wanting to write without having to post (I know, if you’ve been reading me a while you’re shocked,) but I’m all about writing as quickly as possible without having to do a lot of screwing, unscrewing and careful planning before writing.

I was cognizant of the fact that the clip was too long to stand on its bottom and when setting it on its side, I did think about whether or not the resin would scratch from doing that over time.

You may (hopefully) be more patient that me and carefully thread it onto the back of the pen to post it every time.

I have to tell you, I wasn’t convinced before using a Montblanc that they were worth the hefty price tag and hubbub around the brand.

After using a few of their fountain pens… Yes, there’s a reason they’re the Cadillac of fountain pens.

Design-wise, I just haven’t seen the flair and attention to detail in many other brands that Montblanc engineers into theirs. This pen is just one example of many, but I’m impressed.

Montblanc Starwalker Overall Value

Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pen

Is the Montblanc Starwalker worth the price?

Yes.

The only thing I would change about the pen if I were redesigning it, would be to make the grip section smooth. It’s not uncomfortable, but I’m a writer and can easily crank out 45 minutes to an hour of writing at a time. I like fountain pens built for long-session comfort as well as style.

This fountain pen is gorgeous, unique and eye-catching. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind using cartridges, what’s also nice about the Starwalker is there’s room for an extra cartridge in the body. I kept one inside of the pen the entire time I tested it, and unlike other brands, there’s no annoying chatter as you write.

The extra cartridge is snug when you piggy-back cartridges, but you can fit the fat side of an unused cartridge against the fat side (back) of the one plugged into the pen. Love that!

Check the price on the Montblanc Starwalker on Amazon.