The Monteverde Artista Crystal is a fountain pen that came out new in the summer of 2012, available in four demonstrator colors: Clear, Lime Green, Pink, and Turquoise. In this video, I review the pen with the following key points:

  • Unboxing (0:43)
  • Showing the 4 colors (4:13)
  • Closeup of the pen’s details (5:07)
  • The grip section (8:20)
  • Eyedropper conversion (though not recommended, is possible) (10:10)
  • Details about the special converter (12:05)
  • Taking apart the Artista Crystal converter (14:55)
  • The clear feed, super cool (16:26)
  • Inking up the pen (17:44)
  • Writing with the pen (19:00)
Monteverde Artista Crystals, in Clear, Pink, Turquoise, and Lime Green, medium nib only
Monteverde Artista Crystal Clear, posted

 

Monteverde Artista Crystal, Turqouise, capped
Monteverde Artista Crystal, Lime Green, uses special standard international converter that’s shorter than normal

 

Moneteverde Artista Crystal, Pink

 

Monteverde Artista Crystal, closed, open, and posted (courtesy of the Goulet Pen Plaza)

 

Lamy Safari, Monteverde Artista Crystal, and TWSBI 540, closed (courtesy of the Goulet Pen Plaza)

 

Lamy Safari, Monteverde Artista Crystal, and TWSBI 540, open (courtesy of the Goulet Pen Plaza)

 

Lamy Safari, Monteverde Artista Crystal, and TWSBI 540, posted (courtesy of the Goulet Pen Plaza)
Writing samples on Rhodia 80g dotpad, with Noodler’s Black (courtesy of the Goulet Nib Nook)
Personally, I’m a fan of the Artista Crystal, and for $36 (which includes the converter), how can you really go wrong? It’s an attractive, sturdy, well-balanced, smooth-writing pen. The only real downside is that it’s only in a medium nib, and the shiny chrome grip section may be a downer for some of you. But if those aren’t deal breakers for you, I think you might really enjoy this pen.
Write On,
Brian Goulet

P.S. I kind of left out this footage of my original Monteverde Artista Crystal review, so I thought it was worth sharing in a separate video. One of the nice things about this pen is that it’s a demonstrator that really shows you all the parts of the pen, there is little obstructing your view (especially of the nib). I wanted to compare the clear Monteverde to several other clear pens like the Lamy Vista, Pilot Prera, Pilot Custom 74, Noodler’s Ahab and Konrad, and a couple of others. Enjoy! It’s short 😉

Update: The Artista Crystal was discontinued in early 2017 and is no longer available.