Monteverde Invincia Stealth - Pluma estilográfica, color negro
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- Monteverde's most popluar Invincia collection continues to blend art & technology for a perfect balance between high tech materials & classic styling
- The bold colors emphasizes contrast and simplicity. Straight forward and always classic.
- Fountain Pen Medium Nib only. Luxury Fine Writing
- A perfect balance between high tech materials and classic styling.
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Monteverde's most popluar Invincia collection continues to blend art & technology for a perfect balance between high tech materials & classic styling The bold colors emphasizes contrast and simplicity. Straight forward and always classic. Fountain Pen Medium Nib only. Luxury Fine Writing A perfect balance between high tech materials and classic styling. The fountain pen has a iridium nib that uses both ink converter or ink cartridges
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It came with two Monteverde brand cartridges, one black and one blue, and a standard international size converter that is unique in that it has threads on the outside where it inserts into the nib section, and of course the nib section has threads on the inside to accommodate the threaded converter. Based on everything I've read, any standard international size converter, threaded or unthreaded, will fit Monteverde fountain pens (see the cartridge/converter guide at Goulet Pens for guidelines on which fountain pens accept standard international size converters and which only accept proprietary converters). I haven't tried the cartridges as I prefer using converters in my fountain pens because it's cheaper in the long run and enables me to easily change inks.
I've been a fountain pen collector since the 1990's and have a few expensive fountain pens in my collection (such as a Mont Blanc 149 that I received as a gift). Lately I've been appreciating how nice certain relatively inexpensive or "cheap" fountain pens are to use, such as the Noodler's Ahab Flex Nib Fountain Pens (I own 6 in different colors) and Lamy Safari,Vista, and Joy fountain pens. The Monteverde Invincia Stealth, like the Noodler's Ahab and the Lamy Safari, Vista and Joy models, can be disassembled by users for thorough cleaning and to change nibs. (See the aforementioned Goulet site for Brian Goulet's video, "Swapping Out Monteverde Nibs." Even if you don't plan to ever swap nibs on your Stealth, I recommend that you watch this video to see how to disassemble the nib section so you can give your Stealth a thorough cleaning should it ever become clogged to the point that mere flushing with an ear bulb does not suffice. And yes, an ear bulb, which you can find in any chain pharmacy, is ideal for flushing out the nib sections of fountain pens. Never use hot water, BTW, because some nib sections have glues in them that will become soft if exposed to warm water and there are other ways hot water can damage a fountain pen.)
Monteverde makes 4 different nib sizes that can be used in the Invincia Stealth: fine, medium, broad and a 1.1. mm stub, all of which are available in the same black steel as the nib that comes with the Invincia as well as in chrome colored steel. The black nibs apparently have some type of coating on them, perhaps lacquer, to make them black. A medium nib came with the Invincia I bought, and it wrote perfectly - no skipping, no flow problems, not too wet and not to dry though more dry than wet, not scratchy - right out of the box (as soon as I filled the converter with Noodler's Black Ink). I presently use Platinum Carbon Black Ink in it, a waterproof ink I use for drawings that I later paint over with watercolors, and I'm so pleased with how well Platinum Carbon Black works in my Stealth that I'm considering buying a different model Monteverde fountain pen with the same type of nib (though in a different size, probably a broad). (A nib described as a dry writer is one that produces a light flow of ink that dries rapidly while a nib described as a wet writer is one said to produce a heavy flow of ink that dries slowly. See the Glossopedia of Pen Terms at Richards Pens dot com for more fountain pen terms.) It seems that even with high standards of quality control, no two nibs end up being exactly alike and when we factor in the differences between inks and papers (most of the writing I've done with my Invincia so far has been in a Clairefontaine notebook and for drawing I've used it with good results in several different sketchbooks as well as on Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper), the angle at which one holds the pen, etc., it's easy to understand why two or more people with the same model fountain pen with the same size nib sometimes have vastly different experiences. It is possible to adjust a nib that doesn't write as one would like (dry nibs can be made wetter and vice versa) and of course you can find a lot of information about that on the web, but novices may want to pay someone to adjust a nib rather than attempting to adjust it themselves. The line produced by the medium nib on my Invincia is finer than the lines produced by other medium nibs produced by other pen manufacturers (e.g., I own an Aurora Optima with a medium nib that produces a much broader line than the medium Monteverde nib). Norman Haase of His Nibs says that he's noticed that Monteverde nibs tend to produce thinner lines per nib size than "typical Western" nibs, e.g., a Monteverde medium nib produces a line comparable to that produced by a "typical Western" fine nib. (Check out his excellent 6 minute long video review of the Stealth!) I've seen at least one consumer review wherein the reviewer says he found that writing with the Invincia nib was like writing with a nail. The nib on mine is nothing like that and in fact, although it is not very flexible it is flexible enough that I can get some line width variation if I want it.
The Invincia is heavy and is the second heaviest fountain pen I own, the heaviest being a Cross Townsend Lapis Lazuli Fountain Pen; I get a weight of just under 1 1/2 ounces for the Invincia and a little over that for the Cross. I have large hands (I often have difficulty finding winter, gardening and work gloves that fit) and the weight and heft of the Invincia suits me. I prefer to use it (and all my fountain pens) posted and when I tried the Invincia unposted it felt too short, as the end barely rested on the area between my thumb and forefinger (that I'm left-handed may or may not be a factor). As some reviewers have mentioned, the grip is on the narrow side and this can lead to some writing fatigue. I'd prefer a thicker grip section and the narrowness of the grip section is the only con I have about the Invincia Stealth. The grip section is considerably narrower than the grip sections on the aforementioned Lamy models (each of which uses the same type of grip section) and is only slightly bigger than the grip section on my diminutive Mont Blanc 144 fountain pen. I have experienced some cramping after writing with the Invincia after about an hour, but this is not a big deal for me since I rarely write by hand for that long. Also, some reviewers have expressed displeasure at the fact that the distance between the tip of the large nib and the grip is relatively far. This doesn't bother me in the least, perhaps in part because I'm an artist and am accustomed to holding watercolor brushes and sometimes dip pens in such a way that there is a good distance between my fingers and the tips.
Some reviewers have complained about the clip, specifically mentioning what appear to be rivets that may or may not be fake. There is nothing about the visual design of the Invincia that I don't like. The cap screws onto the pen barrel for about one full turn; the last 1/4 turn seems to kind of lock the cap into place and it seems that there is little chance that this is a cap that will ever unscrew itself and it is also impossible to over-tighten the cap because once it is screwed on and it "locks" (kind of a silent click, a click you can feel but can't hear), that's it. (Many fountain pens with screw on caps can be over-tightened and under-tightened; not so with this one.)
The finish is so nice that owners will want to protect it when it's not safe in a shirt or jacket pocket (and you're not doing rough work) and the overall appearance of the Invincia speaks quality no less than any of the much more expensive fountain pens I own, without being in the least bit loud or ostentatious looking. After all, it's a Stealth for "under the radar."
I think this pen is well worth the prices it usually sells for, but I got lucky and happened upon one in a damaged outer box for sale by Amazon's Warehouse Deals for around a third of Amazon's current price (it was described as Used-Like New but was obviously unused and brand new). It comes in two Monteverde branded boxes, one a simple outer box and the other a gift type box with a hidden compartment where the included cartridges are found. Instructions are included and on the instruction card the owner is told that he or she may register the pen at the Monteverde site. Visit the site to see the warranty (just click "Register Your Pen"), which guarantees the pen for the life of the owner against defects in materials and workmanship. A couple of Invincia owners at the Fountain Pen Network say they've gotten stellar customer service from Monteverde when the nib on their new pens didn't work to their satisfaction.
I gave it 3 stars because seriously look at this supermodel of fountain pens, look at the nib straight sexy! I also gave it 3 stars because it is very forward thinking of Monteverde to make its fountain pens accept standard international converters and cartridge inks (seriously who would put an ink cartridge in this pen? That would be like putting a Victoria Secret model in a broken down jalopy)
If you like a heavy, solid feeling fountain pen, this is about the best at the prices on amazon (quick, efficient delivery too, cheers)
The final straw was when the finish came off. See photographs.
According to the web site, I need to ship the pen back to the YAFA for the warranty. There was no way (that I could see) to contact them for resolution.
After using this pen for over a year, I've not had a single leak. I have had to occasionally clean the tip as it doesn't tolerate idleness as well as some of my other pens. Overall, I am still happy.
3 years later:
Despite the finish wearing thin in certain spots, it still writes beautifully. I think i've taken about a thousand pages of notes with this thing and I have yet to not enjoy it. I've ordered another one to keep in a box for collector's sake.