13 Mar 2018

introducing the monteverde invincia carbon fibre rose gold fountain pen

Monteverde is a pen brand which is better known across the pond in the States. They have a pretty solid reputation though with not many a bad word said about them. The one I have here today is the Invincia Carbon Fibre Rose Gold fountain pen with a medium nib. Very few UK retailers stock Monteverde fountain pens and one that does is Executive Pens Direct. Their service is excellent - they keep you updated every step of the way and are very courteous too.

The pen itself comes in a luxurious forest green box. A converter is included along with two cartridges: one with black ink and the other with blue. Underneath all of this is a neat booklet telling you a bit more about the brand.

The main features of this fountain pen are the fact that it is made with carbon fibres, the black nib and the rose gold trims. I was expecting a heavy pen because of the carbon fibres and it is! However, it is actually really well balanced and feels good in hand with the cap posted or unposted. The screw cap is easy to remove with one hand and feels secure.

One thing I really like about the converter is that it has to be screwed on rather than pushed in. I like this because it means there is less chance of brute force ruining a crucial part of the pen.

The nib is quite a large one, as you can see compared to a Lamy Al-Star's! However, it does write like a dream - extremely smooth, not too wide a line, lays down just the right amount of ink without any hard starts or skipping.

Personally, I prefer to use the pen unposted as the cap doesn't feel totally secure posted.

Included in the package were these three Monteverde inks - watch out for separate review posts of them soon!

All in all, this Monteverde did not disappoint and I can see what some of the hype is about. They feel like high quality points at a medium price point and would make a great gift to a special person or even to yourself. The weight of the pen adds to the feeling of luxury and while I'm dubious about its ability to be an every day carry because of this reason, it would make a lovely writer for someone who enjoys the finer things in life.

NB: This pen and the inks were sent by Executive Pens Direct in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the company or anyone else.

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