"plucked the top off his Mont Blanc"

Montblanc pens from 1990 (top) and 2009 (bottom)
Public DomainMontblanc pens from 1990 (top) and 2009 (bottom) - Credit: Batch1928 44

Montblanc was the name of a high-quality pen manufacturing company which was founded in Germany in 1906.

In 1977, the company was taken over by Dunhill, and nowadays Montblanc International GmbH produces a range of luxury goods including pens, watches, jewellery and leather goods.