Monteverde Artista Crystal Fountain Pen – Medium Nib – Transparent Turquoise Body

21 07 2012

Say goodbye to what is physically the last page in my Behance Dot Grid journal (still have a few more reviews in there I haven’t posted yet though)

At a certain point it becomes difficult to justify buying more demonstrator-style fountain pens with iridium-point nibs—you have so many, no matter how cool this new one seems, and eventually you’d like to afford such luxuries as name brand ramen, and cereal that comes in boxes instead of bags. That’s what the wishlist is for—make sure you save it in a prominent location in the browsers of all your family and friends. I did, and now I can thank my parents for the very-happy-birthday addition of the Monteverde Artista Crystal fountain pen to my arsenal.

Not actual crystal, but you could use it to serve champagne in a pinch.

The smooth resin body has just enough weight to it to feel well-made, but not enough to weigh you down. But it will be collecting fingerprints and smudge marks worse than I collect pens. You’ve been warned.

Excellent accessory for your next Tron Legacy/steampunk costume party.

The aesthetic is unquestionably classy, and the translucent spirals of the included converter (also takes cartridges) is one of the beautiful little things that sets the Artista over the top.

The sublime loveliness of simple things.

Why a clear feed? Because WHY NOT—it’s a wonderful echo of the converter (just as the silver on the converter nicely mirrors the grip and nib). It’s different without being ostentatious.

I have at least half a dozen pens with this almost exact same style of iridium point nib—but this is the first I’ve seen with the designation.

I don’t know much about these nibs, except that I can’t really think of a time they’ve disappointed me, and this is no exception. A medium that writes well on a variety of papers, from Clairefontaine to the cheap printer paper I’m writing this on from work—and it’s neither too wet nor too dry. The only time I’ve had any ink flow problem is when combining cheap paper and extreme angles, but the problem there isn’t flow, it’s that the tip of the nib where both tines meet isn’t in physical contact with the paper.


Let’s write a sci-fi novel. With this pen. Starring this pen.

I’m very satisfied with this pen—it’s a great intermediate pen. Once you’ve acquired a few beginner level fountain pens, and you’re ready to fall face-first down the rabbit hole, throwing money all the way, this is a pen worth adding to your insanity collection.

Monteverde Artista Crystal Fountain Pen – Medium Nib – Transparent Turquoise Body at JetPens






Noodler’s Ink Piston Fill Flex Nib Jade Fountain Pen

20 11 2011

With Noodler's Squeteague ink!

I’ll try to keep this short and sweet, since I’ve already reviewed a different colored model of the Noodler’s Flex Nib fountain pen before. This post also features Noodler’s Squeteague ink, an ink for which I have devised over half a dozen ways to mispronounce its name. Of the ink, I will say it appears a bit darker, more blue-green-black, than it appears on my computer screen on the Goldspot website (there it appears what seems to me like a dark teal?).

Things I do on my lunch break: sit on a bench in the parking lot. Prop pens on my boots, boots that I am, in fact, wearing. Take pictures. Get funny looks from people going into the building.

The picture of the Jade model on the Goldspot website, from what I can remember, seemed more like a Squeteague teal blue-green-black marbled color than the Jade shamrock with white stripes marbled color that I received. But this is the thrill and excitement of such strange and unique resin patterns. The color has since grown on me. And, this is the first time (out of 3 Noodler’s pens in all) that I’ve received a little instructions sheet with my pen. I said to myself, of such a rarity, “I’d better put this in a safe place,” and have since promptly lost the directions in the swath of pen paraphernalia scattered about my room. It will probably be months before I see that piece of paper again.

It's just like the Pumpkin Poltergeist! Only different colors and on top of footwear!

I wondered if there would be any structural differences in this new batch of flex nib pens. The nib seemed to be exactly the same.

It even retained my inability to keep a nib clean

And it writes just as wonderfully as my other Noodler’s flex nib (also, I have gained 24% more knowledge in what I am doing with a flex nib fountain pen, so I can confirm that at my current skill level, both pens write equally well). There is a nice tactile sensation to the writing—you can feel the nib moving along the paper. It’s not scratchy, nor is it butter-glide smooth. It’s this still difficult to describe phenomenon that I find equally enjoyable in a fountain pen. I still don’t have total control of my line variation while writing in a way that I might deliberately manipulate my line thicknesses mid-character, but I am better now at writing with pressure. Let’s see some pressure in action!

If I keep it up, this carbon-based benchform will turn into a diamond.

That’s possibly and/or allegedly a 1.5mm line I’m about to make there. I wonder how this pen will hold up over time applying pressure like that. Will it ever damage the pen? Maybe I should stop all this pessimistic worry-wondering and just trust that Noodler’s knows best!

What the nib looks like when not writing on 4 inch thick minimally processed paper (also known as a wooden bench)

But wait! Aha! Here is the one and only difference I’ve been able to find so far. This round of pens has a different plastic feed than the last round. Observe:


I have no idea what it means. I have not yet taken out the new feed to compare it to the old one to see if any secret difference is hidden beneath the nib. Maybe it’s all aesthetic. I do like the look of the new feed better. Looks more streamlined, more aerodynamic (you know, in case I need to use the pen as a blow dart).

Disclaimer: Goldspot does not offer complimentary boots with purchase of Noodler's fountain pens.

Sadly, it appears that all of the Jade models are sold out. HOWEVER! Nine other color models remain in stock in the Noodler’s Flex Nib fountain pen line. Buy them while you can! They have a tendency to fly right out of stock the moment Goldspot receives a new batch. The fact that any remain at the time of this writing is either ludicrous, or indicative of this most recent batch being of a massive quantity. Regardless! This is a fun pen at a great price (and as always, the Noodler’s ink I used is fantastic).

Noodler’s Ink Piston Fill Flex Nib Fountain Pens at Goldspot Pens

Noodler’s Squeteague Bottled Ink 3 oz. at Goldspot Pens