(3:02) The magnetic cap!
(3:58) Weight and balance
(4:29) Inside the pen
(5:13) The three colors
(6:06) Finial and other details
(7:13) Grip section and cap
(8:57) Will the magnetic cap cause problems?
(11:05) Comparing to the "old" Regatta
(12:42) Filling the pen
(14:53) Nib options, writing samples
(16:40) Increasing the flow of the Monteverde nib
Monteverde has recently redesigned their Regatta fountain pen, now called the Regatta Sport, with an alternating black carbon fiber and resin pattern with a super cool magnetic cap and the same #6 Monteverde interchangeable nibs in fine, medium, broad, and 1.1mm stub in steel or black color. You can see how these nibs compare to each other as well as nibs from other brands in the Nib Nook.
The Regatta is actually a pen that we'd considered carrying a while ago (before it was all sporty), but we never pulled the trigger on it because we got wind that it was going away. It used to be available in a similar design but with a whole different look to it (and no carbon fiber). We'd debated about bringing it in when we heard it was redesigned, and once we saw them, it was a no brainer. I personally took the yellow one for myself, I dunno, it just strikes me!
This is a heavy pen, for sure. At 50g it's one of the heaviest pens I've ever used. It definitely will not be for those with dainty hands, this is the kind of pen that will make a statement. Mainly, "Hey, look at me, I'm a sweet fountain pen!!". I've personally taken mine to a couple of meetings already and it's a great conversation piece.
The Monteverde nibs write well, generally, though sometimes the tines can be a little tight and want to write dry. I show you towards the end of the video how to fix that, it's real easy. This isn't probably the kind of pen you'll want to write with for extended periods of time, it'll just too heavy. This is going to be more of a statement pen, and one that will generate a conversation. It's really good for quick notes and to-do lists because the magnetic cap is really easy to pop on and off, which is a convenience you don't get with too many fountain pens (most are screw-cap).
The Monteverde Regatta Sport in red, closed
The Monteverde Regatta Sport in yellow, open
The Monteverde Regatta Sport in black, postedClose-up view of the black Monteverde nib
|Detail view of the red Monteverde Regatta Sport|
So what do you think? Does the redesigned Monteverde Regatta Sport get your heart racing?