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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Intro to the Monteverde Impressa Fountain Pen



Monteverde Impressa Video Highlights:
  • Unboxing: (1:00)
  • General overview: (2:00)
  • Showing all four colors: (5:00)
  • Taking a closer look-details: (6:22)
  • Comparing the Impressa with other pens: (7:56)
  • Discussing the converter: (11:35)
  • Filling the pen: (13:00)
  • Writing with it: (14:38)
  • Pros and cons summary: (17:12)


I just got my hands on the new Monteverde Impressa, which is the latest in a variety of new pens that has come out from this brand. Monteverde's known for coming out with pens in unique materials and finishes, and this pen fits that bill. They have a solid line of mid-priced pens and at $40 at GouletPens.com ($50 list) I think they really hit this pen right where they needed it to be. They have 4 different colors in the all-metal pens with a couple of really unique combinations!

Monteverde Impressa, Black/Rose Gold

Monteverde Impressa, Pearl Silver/Blue

Monteverde Impressa, Gun Metal/Red

Monteverde Impressa, Black/Chrome

The size of the Impressa is great, nice for large and small hands. Check out how it compares to other pens in the Goulet Pen Plaza. It's well-balanced, though it is heavy! At 40g it's going to be a bit much for some, as the pen is all metal and is really sturdy. It has a really affirmative snap-cap with an inner seal in the cap, and posts incredibly securely. Posting it is really nice, though fare warning, it does give the pen a bit of back-weight. Just the body of this pen weights as much as a whole Lamy 2000 (25g).

The pen has a spring clip with a huge opening, so you can wear it on shirt with really thick material. The nibs available are fine, medium, broad, and 1.1mm stub in both steel and black finishes. Monteverde's nibs in general tend to write like most European pens (think Lamy, Pelikan), though they can sometimes be a bit dry due to some tight tines. It's not all of them like that, but it happens from time to time (seems moreso on the black nibs). You can flex out the tines a little to increase the flow with relative ease (just don't overdo it) and get it writing wetter. Check out the Nib Nook to see how writing samples compare with other nibs.

Impressa Pros:
  • $40 price is great for a pen of this caliber
  • #6 size nibs swap between other Monteverde pens, and they offer MV nibs separately
  • Color options are really unique/different
  • Snap-cap is really convenient and seals well
  • Takes standard international converter or cartridges (both included)
Impressa Cons:
  • Pen is heavy, probably too much for some 
  • Fingerprints, they are impossible to keep off the finish of this pen
  • Converter included is slightly smaller than the others Monteverde uses on their pens

So what do you think of Monteverde's latest creation?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

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