Monteverde Prima Fountain Pen and Rollerball

Do not adjust your monitor… the Monteverde Neon Pink Intima Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Set (Special Sale Price $52) are really this bright! I have previously reviewed the Neon Green version of the fountain pen and it was priced so that this deal is basically like getting the ballpoint for free. Also, while the neon green was bright, it was not nearly as eye-popping as the pink. Just saying. This color is definitely brighting my dreary February days!

Monteverde Prima Nib and tip

Fountain Pen tech specs:
Length: capped is 5.25″
Posted: 6.375″
Unposted: 4.675″

The fountain pen comes with a converter which is excellent for the inky-inclined but the pen does take standard European cartridges if you prefer. I forgot to weigh the pen but its plastic with metal hardware so it is pretty lightweight but well-balanced.

This was my first experience with the ballpoint design. Its a twist mechanism to reveal the pen tip. While I found the clip to be placed a bit low if I didn’t get the pen placed in my hand “just so” it would poke in my hand, I did find myself grabbing for it often to quickly dash off a quick note, add an item to a list or add a to-do on my calendar. Despite my little fuss about the clip, the slightly bulbous shape was pleasing in the hand and the color is cheerful and fun.

Monteverde Prima Size Comparison

I’ve included a visual size comparison of the Intima fountain pen with some commonly used pens above that you might be more familiar with to help place the Intima in your fountain pen cannon. Lengthwise, its about the same as the Pilot Metropolitan but widthwise, its more similar to a Lamy Safari or AL-Star. From a price standpoint, its definitely a step up from the pens shown but is not a +$100 fountain pen. It certainly looks a bit “fancier” than the other pens here though.

The material is shimmery and it will catch the light to show some interesting sparkly details. I tried to photograph it to show some of the details in my particular model below. The white is where it is catching the light.

Monteverde Prima Pink Shimmer close-up

Monteverde Prima Writing Sample

Ignore my written header! This is the Monteverde Intima Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Set.

The 1.1mm nib on the fountain pen performed fairly similarly to my previous experience with the neon green Intima but it wasn’t until I started using it that I remembered I’d had one in the past. My almost-8-years of pen reviewing is starting to affect my memory! I knew I have an Prima with a fine nib… anyway… clearly, my nib preferences remain consistent. I tend to like either razor fine or 1.1mm and get similar results. I did notice that the Monteverde nib was a little dry. It may be this particular nib or the nib/ink combination as I haven’t had a chance to try a different ink with this pen. I did test the pen in my right hand, to see if angling it differently would have better results. It did seem to flow a bit better so there may be a slight misalignment to the tines that 75%-90% of the world would not have noticed. It hasn’t affected the overall performance, its just not as wet as some other 1.1mm nib I’ve used. Alternately, you’ll notice I did NOT manage to smear any ink this time so I should probably not be complaining.

I swapped out the ballpoint refill with a Monteverde Ceramic Rollerball refill ($8 for two refills) that fits into pen since it accepts any standard Parker-style refills. Oh, that pink color! I did discover that the ballpoint had a little feedback in the refill — it jiggled around a little bit. So, I added an extra spring to the refill. I swiped one out of a retractable pen I had laying around and stacked it on top of the one that was in the pen. The two-spring stack added stability to the refill in the pen barrel so that it didn’t shimmy around anymore and gave me a much better writing experience. Voila!

I used one of the new Monteverde inks: Purple Mist which comes in a 30ml bottle ($8). I like the size of the bottle — its one of those nice in-between sizes, not so big that I feel like I’ll never use it all up but not so small that I feel like I bought another itty bitty precious sample. And at $8, its not a break-the-bank purchase either. Anyway, about the color… its a bit lighter wet than I had expected but it dries darker. So, if you decide to try it, definitely give it time to dry before making your final decision. The color is more of a reddish purple when wet and, as it dries, the violet blue becomes more apparent. Which is interesting. It shades and I feel like I noticed some sheen as I used it but maybe I was willing it to sheen. The jury is still out there. At $8 per bottle, it might be worth adding a bottle of the Purple Mist, or your favorite color on to your next order to try out one of Monteverde’s new colors. Let me know what you think.

Monteverde Purple Mist Ink

My conclusion is that if you are looking for a chance to get a little fancier than a Kaweco Sport or Lamy Safari but are not quite ready to go into the over-$100 fountain pens just yet, this Monteverde Set might be a nice gateway. If you love pink, it doesn’t get pinker than this either.

The good news is that Pen Boutique wants to spread the Valentine’s Day Neon Pink Monteverde Love to one lucky reader.

The Giveaway:

The winner of the giveaway will receive Monteverde Prima Neon Pink fountain pen and ballpoint set and can select one (1) bottle of the new 30ml Monteverde inks, compliments of Pen Boutique.

To enter:

Please leave one (1) message in the comment sending some love out into the world. Are you taking your mom out for Valentine’s Day? Doing something nice for your significant other? Serving food to Meal on Wheels? Leave your love in the comments to be entered to win. No love, no entry. Those are the rules. I can disqualify anyone who does not play by the rules.

The Fine Print:

All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Saturday, February 11, 2017. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Sunday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 10 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping is at the discretion of Pen Boutique. US residents only.


DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Pen Boutique for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

188 comments on “Review: Monteverde Intima Neon Pink 1.1mm Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Set”

  1. My daughter’s boyfriend of almost 10 months broke up with her last week, so I took a day of vacation and I’m visiting her at college. Hope I can cheer her up!!

  2. Valentines day is the anniversary of when my Husband and I first started dating. On our first date I gave him a six inch teddy bear. This year I got him a 6 foot teddy to demonstrate how much our love has grown. 🙂

  3. I’m going to cook a nice meal for my family for Valentine’s Day! I’m going to have my children make cards for their dad and heir grandparents and we’re probably going to bake some cookies!

  4. My hubby and I have been married for 38 yrs and will spend Valentine’s day together helping each other.
    ty 4 the entry in this awesome giveaway:)

  5. Sending love out to the world for Valentines Day!

    I’ll be spending the day with my family!

    Hope everyone has a great day!

  6. This Valentines Day my hubby and I am including my mom in our plans. I recently lost my dad and my mom is so sad and depressed. I thought this may cheer her up. We are going to an upper scale restaurant and maybe even a movie. I have been with my hubby for almost 19 years so we can share our time this year with my wonderful mom and best friend!

  7. I am sending out love to all 9 of my grandchildren. They all have a surprise bag. We will giving love to our children by babysitting while they go out to dinner. Making memories. I want to say love to this country and we should all try and be kinder to each other. <3

  8. Lettering Valentines for a senior complex where they’ll awaken to find them on their doors! Sneaking in some wish list items for women’s shelter, too.

    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway! I would love to win such a beautiful pen!

  9. I sent my Mother some beautiful flowers. She is bedridden and they will brighten her day. My sweety and I will have dinner out with my daughter and her family. We work the Soup Bowl here in our town every three months. My turn is Feb 23, 24. We are hosting a pasta dinner for 60 neighborhood kids Monday night(before Valentines) at my church. No charge just to let them know we love them!

  10. Tuesday is 1 of 2 days my wife works each week. After we both get home from work, my hope is to make her dinner and take care of the kids bedtime routine to give her a night off.

  11. What an awesome giveaway! Thank you! I try really hard to make sure my kids know to give back and help out where it’s needed. My son’s best friend’s dad just had surgery, so we are having him over for the weekend coming up to help give his parents a bit of a break and help his dad’s recovery. And my kids just see it as getting time with JWs best friend!

  12. My fiancé and I are going out to dinner. We went to Marlow’s Tavern last Valentines, so we are doing it sgain! Maybe it will be our tradition. ❤️

  13. i just had to remind everyone on my facebook page that i mean it when i say i love you. i love them all, and all of you. it is important.

  14. I try to send out love daily. Today I took an elderly man who just had heart surgery some dinner. I truly receive such a huge blessing by giving to others.

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