Monteverde Prima

The Monteverde Prima is a ‘new to us’ pen at It was one that we’d kind of overlooked since picking up Monteverde as a brand earlier this summer, but the announcement of a new Turquoise color in the Prima line grabbed our attention, and we thought they were worth a look. We liked what we saw…solid pens, attractive cast resins, smooth nibs, and a good price, $70 list ($56 retail). This puts the pen in good company with the Lamy Studio, TWSBI 540, Lamy CP1, and Pilot Prera.

 In this video, I cover:

  • Showing all 7 Prima colors (0:42)
  • Prima details (2:50)
  • Filling mechanism, cartridge/converter (5:50)
  • Removing/swapping nib (8:18)
  • Close ups of each color (9:32)
  • Comparing the Prima to Lamy Al-Star (11:00)
  • Prima weight/balance/posting (11:55)
  • Writing with the Prima 1.1mm stub (13:18)

Products I use in this video:

Monteverde Prima, in Black, Blue, Brown, Tiger Eye, Brown Swirl, Green Swirl, and Turquoise.

Write On,
Brian Goulet 

2017-10-11T03:26:37+00:00 October 18th, 2012|Pen Reviews|16 Comments
  • This looks like a pretty nice pen. My wife has been wanting a stub, and she really liked the Monteverde stubs at the DC show. We do have an anniversary coming up…

  • Breck

    These are going to be awesome sellers. Monteverde picked up on that swirl pattern that many of the custom and boutique pen makers are producing and put it in/on a $55 pen! Heck if the grip sections weren't so thick I'd buy one! (but I know better from bitter experience that I have to stick with the slim pens).

  • Wayne Robinson

    Sigh… Stop stocking such beautiful pens!

    I can't decide between the blue, orange or green. So much to add to my "to buy" list recently, including the TWSBI Mini, Pilot Custom Heritage 92 & Edison Collier in Persimmon Swirl.

    Why do you do this to me‽

  • Nicky

    Wow, that turquoise one is a really pretty pen!

  • Jerry Ratajesak

    Hey Brian, I always enjoy your informative videos, keep up the great work! I've the seen the cast resins pens before but I have never heard the term before. Please explain the term cast resin. BTW, I do know what injection molding means.

  • Jerry Ratajesak

    You have gotten me interested in stub nibs Brian. Forgot to add this to my last post, is the stub nib on the Monteverde smoother and wetter than the Lamy 1.1 stub nib? Do you need write slower with an italic stub nib than a regular nib?

  • Sounds to me like you just need to decide on a color 😉 These are pretty great little pens for the money, I must say. Rachel really likes them, they're a comfortable size for both her and me.

  • That's a bummer you don't like this grip section, because this is a pretty awesome pen for the price. Heck, I know how much these resins cost and they're not all that cheap, so I don't quite know how they're making them so inexpensive. They've really done a pretty great job with these.

  • It's my job! 😉 No really, I just like to show pens that I get excited about. I love to share my excitement about new pens I start carrying. Especially ones that are a good value for the price, and this one definitely fits that. Oh yeah, I'll be doing a TWSBI Mini video soon I'm sure…among many others. I've really been on a pen reviewing kick lately, huh?

  • that one was the ringer for us. The model didn't catch out eye before when we first picked up the MV line in July, but the turquoise got our attention 🙂

  • Great, thank you! When I talk about cast resins, what I mean is that the material is actually spread in a large sheet and allowed to harden. Then it's cut up into rods and turned on a lathe to the pen's specifications. This is how Edison and Bexley pens are made, and the cast resins allow you to get a depth of color and pearlescence that you just can't get with injection molding.

  • I LOVE stubs. The MV stub is pretty similar to the Lamy, but perhaps a bit wetter. You may need to write a little slower at first as you get used to it, but once you have some practice you should be able to write with it about as fast as any other pen, generally speaking. That's the reason most pen companies make stubs instead of true (crisp) italics, those do force you to write slower.

  • OMG! The blue and the turquoise look so tempting. Why do you have to capture such nice photos? Why?!

  • That's my job! 😉

  • Tinta

    I also have a green swirl or turquoise swirl decision to make. I already have the brown swirl, and it looks like rich caramel. I really love the slight translucency. Great photos

  • They're both great colors, really. I think I like the turquoise just a little better 🙂