Review – Monteverde Monza fountain pen

Review – Monteverde Monza fountain pen

Monteverde Monza pen and ink

Introduction

Monteverde Monza fountain pens come in a box with 2 cartridges and a converter. Sleeve on the box explains the filling instructions which is a nice touch (not many pen makers do this).

Transparent pens are really popular at the moment and Monteverde offers Monza in 4 colours : Crystal Clear, Island Blue, Honey Amber and Grey Sky.

Monteverde Monza colour family

I’m wondering if the pen can also be eye dropped – body is made of plastic and there is an o-ring which will help to seal ink chamber – if any one has tried it, let us know…

There are 2 nib choices – fine and medium. Mine is a fine and it writes similarly to Lamy/Kaweco EF steel nibs.

One of the coolest features of this pen isย  transparent feed which will display the ink nicely. Ink on the photo below is J. Herbin – Lie de The #matchymatchy ๐Ÿ™‚

Monteverde Monza transparent feed

Performance

Here is where Monza pen gets interesting – Monteverde advertises these as flexible nibs…we haven’t had a flexible pen before, so I jumped right in to give it a go…

BTW there is no need to use it as flex, it can be used as everyday pen too.

Get some good paper – there will be a lot of ink on the page, so make sure your paper can handle it ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have an ink problem like I do, then this will help run it down a little ๐Ÿ™‚ This kind of heavy ink usage has its benefits – it shows off shading, have a look at the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

The basic principle of flexing the nib is to press down on the downstrokes and use lighter pressure on the upstroke to create line variation. You could always just practice strokes first โ€“ after all modern or any calligraphy letterforms are constructed from a series of individual strokes.ย Some handwriting styles work better with flex, especially joined-up writing.

In conclusion

ยฃ15* for a pen with flexible nib – what to expect…

It’s not a true flex, but you can achieve some line variation out of it (more than you would from a standard for example Lamy nib…)

For true flex nib you would have to go vintage (expensive) or a dip pen (really scratchy, needs dipping a lot), so this is a good way to try and see if it’s something you might like to invest in.

Monteverde Monza is a lot of fun. Experiment, slow down, be mindful when writing, explore the flex possibilities –ย I will continue to use this pen to test inks and play with modern cursive writing.

*price was correct at the time of posting this article

A little HINT – see how many swirls you can do before the feed starts running out of ink (this is completely normal).ย I got good few flexes out of it ๐Ÿ™‚

A big HINT – if you are going to use flex a lot then priming the feed will be necessary – simply turn converter and push some air out and let ink saturate the feed (have some tissues ready just in case) and you will be good to go again.

Reader Comments

  1. Thanks for your really interesting post. I would like a more italic effect than I can get with a standard nib. I can’t decide between this pen with a flex nib and the TWSBI eco pen with a stub nib. Could you compare them for me please? Thanks.

    1. Hi Judith, sure thing! It’s an interesting idea. These two nibs will transform your handwriting more than regular nibs. A lot will depend on handwriting style too. Italic/Stub nibs really show if you hold the pen at right angle and flex nibs need pushing on down-strokes. Mishka

      1. That’s interesting. Do you think a snub nib will deliver a smoother writing experience? It sounds from your blog as if you have to keep stopping to prime the feed with a flex nib. Judith

      1. Thank you. Sorry to pester you with questions, but I’m trying to get an idea of scale. How far apart are the lines, please?

        1. Hello, the nib medium nib is a little wider than fine nib. I’d call it a standard European medium – is that what you mean by your question?

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