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Giveaway Winner: Monteverde Intima Neon Pink Pink Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Set

 

Congrats to the winner of the Pen Boutique Monteverde Intima Neon Pink Fountain Pen & Ballpoint Set! Sounds like Kelly Anne is going to have my kind of Valentine’s Day.

The Monteverde Intima Set is still available at a great price if you want to grab one for yourself or your sweetie! Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and Kelly Anne, give BB and Buck and extra scratch on the chin for me.

Review: Monteverde Intima Neon Pink 1.1mm Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Set

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.

Winner: Decoylab Wall Calendar

Thanks to Decoylab for offering the wonderful opportunity to get organized with their aweseom wall calendar and to everyone who entered the giveaway. I’m glad I’m not the only one still trying to get my act together for 2017.

The winner of the Wall Calendar is :

I’ve contacted Pete directly so he’ll be receiving his wall calendar soon!

Decoylab wall calendar are still available for purchase for $26 plus shipping. And there are add-ons available like moon stickers and a big bulldog clip for hanging as well. I can’t wait ti get mine!

Giveaway: Decoylab Wall Calendar

One of my favorite local KC artists is Maiko of Decoylab. She makes amazing pieces like laser wood and acrylic clocks, laser brooches and necklaces (of which I own a bazillion!) and other beautiful crafted goods. The fact that such world-class talent is right here in my town often tickles me.

She showed me her large wall calendar $26 and I said it would be an awesome piece to have here on The Desk and then time got away from us and here it is the end of January! So, we decided, since not everyone is as prompt about getting organized for the new year, we could host a giveaway so the next 11 months could be beautiful and organized.

Maiko has kindly offered to giveaway one of her 2017 Wall Calendars. It is a simple, functional calendar that features large dates that can be read from across the room.

Full moon stickers and a large bulldog clips are optional. Calendar starts from October 2016 to December 2017.

  • Features:
    • Size 11×17
    • Large dates visible from afar (Date height 1.37″)
    • Plenty of space underneath the dates to jot down important dates ( 1 inch height)
    • Ships flat
    • Printed on 70lb text weight paper – same as copy paper weight
    • 100% post consumer waste paper
    • The paper color is slightly off white
  • Optionals:
    • 15 full moon stickers (full moon dates included)
    • 3 inch chrome bull dog clip

If you don’t want to wait to see if you win the giveaway, you can order one today. I did because I still have a sorry-looking free calendar hanging on my wall from LAST YEAR and I needed to remedy the situation ASAP. While you’re there, you might want to consider one of her amazing clocks. I’m partial to the Cuckoo Style A because it has squirrels on it. One of the most popular items is the DIY Western Auto sign which is a beacon on our downtown skyline that Decoylab turned into a desktop 3D bamboo kit you can assemble, paint and build yourself.

 

TO ENTER: Leave a message in the comments and tell me what New Year’s task you’ve procrastinated or if you are hyper-organized what Decoy Lab item you’re dreaming of owning. One entry per person.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Saturday, January 28, 2017. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Saturday. 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 via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US Residents Only.

Giveaway Winner: Write Your Own Adventure Planner 2017

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Congratulations to the winner in the Write Your Own Adventure Giveaway. Our random number generator picked: Jenn Dee!

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Good luck on all your adventures, Jenn, great and small. A wedding in Korea sounds like it will be a blast. And Korean stationery stores will be on your itinerary too, right?

I hope everyone gets a chance to adventure a little bit in 2017, whether its a walk through the pages of a favorite book, a walk around the block or a walk around the world.

Giveaway: Write Your Own Adventure Planner 2017

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Several months ago I decided to back the Kickstarter campaign for the Emma Kate Co. Write Your Own Adventure Planner for 2017 but couldn’t decide if I wanted the grey or pink version so like the planner junkie than I am, I ordered both of them. And customs and international post being what they are, the planners arrived today. So, 2017 starts today for me. And for you. The fact that both the grey and the peachy pink planners are both beautiful I had to resort to crowdsourcing to make a decision which planner to keep. So, I decide to keep the peachy pink.

Bob made the reasonable call that the grey planner was much more neutral and respectable for either a lady or a gentleman to carry (Is he thinking he’s going to enter the giveaway? Am I going to have to add a stipulation to the fine print about family members not being eligible?).

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Inside the fabric hard cover covers is creamy stock and really nice page layouts where Saturday and Sunday are given the most space on both the monthly and the weekly spreads.

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On each page, there is a quote or an inspirational phrase.

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At the bottom of the weekly pages is space for three items. You could use these for your three most important to-do’s; breakfast, lunch and dinner plans; or morning, afternoon and evening events.

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Inbetween each month are two pages of dot grid paper as well as more sheets at the end of the book for additional notes.

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At the back of the book is a gusseted pocket for ephemera.

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The panner includes two matching grosgrain bookmarks. And finally, the book pages are about a half an inch shorter than the binding to accommodate the adhesive tabs included to mark the month. I love that the tabs fit at the bottom of the pages instead of the top or the sides.

I have not had a chance to do any pen tests yet but the paper feels substantial, creamy and a little toothy. So, the giveaway winner will get to test the paper and let us all know how well it performs too.

TO ENTER: Tell me what your adventure plans are for 2017 are in comments. One entry per person.


FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, January 6, 2017. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Wednesday. 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 via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US residents only, please.

Giveaway Winner: Montegrappa Fortuna Rainbow Fountain Pen

Montegrappa Fortuna Rainbow

Thanks and Pace to all the wonderful folks who sent love and peaceful thoughts out into the world this week. I’d like to announce the winner of the Montegrappa Fortuna Rainbow Fountain Pen giveaway.

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Congrats, Sue! I’ll be contacting you via email to arrange delivery and a very bright 2017 for you. May it pave the way to a joyous and peaceful year for you.

A special thanks to Kenro for arranging this amazing giveaway and a happy new year to all my readers, friends, sponsors and supporters this year. I couldn’t have done it without you.