The start of the “modern” new century had a stimulating effect on inventors and craftsmen. Ingenuity and imagination helped the fountain pen to make its technical and commercial breakthrough as a writing instrument. It was a Hamburg banker, Alfred Nehemias, and a Berlin engineer, August Eberstein, together who recognised the signs of time and decided to produce simple pens, back in 1906. Today, Montblanc stands for the art of writing over one hundred years, and the snowy peak of the Montblanc has symbolised the high-quality status of the brand