In a world of mass production and fast fashion, personalised possessions remain the mark of true luxury and bring back memories of classier good old days. Recognised for its pioneering spirit and innovative streak, we can trust Montblanc to come up with something more exciting than an engraved monogram when it comes to customisation. And it certainly did – with its Bespoke Nib Service that caters to the distinctive style of the writer in order to majorly enhance the experience of putting pen to paper.
A Montblanc bespoke nib is made possible by the poetic coming together of technology and tradition. Although a cutting edge computerised system is used to identify the unique personal characteristics of an individual’s handwriting, each customized nib is still handcrafted and the final decision and recommendation for a perfect nib can only be made by Montblancʼs master craftsmen. The invaluable skills of these expert artisans, who pays attention to every tiny detail, ensures that the precision that is crucial to the manufacturing process is always respected.
The Bespoke Nib Service is highly exclusive and is currently only available at the Montblanc headquarters in Hamburg and Montblanc boutiques in Hong Kong and Singapore. One can simply walk into the Montblanc flagship store at Mandarin Gallery and request for a detailed handwriting analysis, which among other things, measures the writer’s writing speed, writing pressure, pen rotation, swing range and inclination angle. The analysis and the resulting recommendation made from a range of standard nibs are free of charge.
However, if you will like to create a one-of-a-kind nib that is perfect for your use in every way, your measurements will be sent to Hamburg where your bespoke nib is created through an iterative process of hand grinding. While this service may not come cheap at SGD1180, it has the power to transform everyday chores (e.g. making lists) into life’s little pleasures.
From this point of view, it does indeed seem to be a worthy investment.
The Bespoke Nib Service is available at the Montblanc boutique, #01-01, Mandarin Gallery