Monteverde Monza Signature Set Review.

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Executive Pens sent me the Monteverde Monza Signature Set to review here on the blog. I would like to thank them for sending me this to play with. All thoughts shared in this post are my own.

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The set.

The Monteverde Monza Signature Set comes with a medium nibbed fountain pen, four ink colours and a pen flush from Monteverde. There are a few different fountain pen choices when buying the signature set. You can chose from several demonstrator barrel colours and I chose the Amber pen as I thought this colour was the most attractive.

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These items are packaged nicely in a presentation box. This presentation style is nice as a gift or as a starter set, and while not important to the performance of the items, it’s always nice to know.

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The fountain pen.

The Monza fountain pen was the initial pull of this set for me. I really like the amber colour of the fountain pen, it reminded me of images I’d seen of the Pilot Custom 823 (completely unfair on the 823).

The Monza is an entry level fountain pen and as such I have tried to compare how it stacks up against the Lamy Safari, Kaweco Sport, Pilot Kakuno etc. I keep coming back to the fact that using this fountain pen isn't that enjoyable and that there are better choices out there.

A look at the clear feed from nib through the grip section. 

A look at the clear feed from nib through the grip section. 

When I started comparing it to these other established and well-known fountain pens the Monza just feels like it is lacking in many ways. The nib is very stiff and rigid. When you’re writing there is too much feedback and resistance against the paper. There is zero flex and it can feel very scratchy. It isn't a great experience for an entry level fountain pen and especially for a new user.

Nib detailing with the Monteverde logo.

Nib detailing with the Monteverde logo.

My time with the Monza hasn’t been very fun. It hasn't been a pen I have been reaching for, it’s more one I am forcing myself to use for this review.

The sets components. 

The sets components. 

The ink.

The ink in the signature set is unexciting (a little like the pen). There are four colours, Valentine Red, Malibu Blue, Brown Sugar and Midnight Black. These colours are no doubt run of the mill, standard ink colours. Safe. But they are flat with no depth, shading, tone...anything really. I could be using a ballpoint pen.

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Overall thoughts.

I have been disappointed with the Monteverde Monza and ink. This is an entry level set coming in at £50 but there are far better ways you could spend £50. It’s not the best experience for anyone and there are a ton of better choices out there.

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Thank you again to Executive Pens for sending me the Monteverde USA Monza Signature Set to review here at The Finer Point.

Robert Oster Summer Storm Ink Review.

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Executive Pens sent me the Robert Oster Summer Storm ink to review here on the blog. I have been using it for a few weeks and wanted to share my thoughts. Everything in this review is based on my own opinions.

I have limited experience with Robert Oster inks but they have been on my radar for some time. I was sent Summer Storm along with Yellow Sunset a few weeks back and I have been using the inks in some of my usual fountain pens. For Summer Storm I have this in my TWSBI 580 RB with a broad nib. I chose this pen specifically because I wanted to see as much of the ink as possible.

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The colour.

Summer Storm is a grey-blue-purple coloured ink. There are hints of all three colours that show themselves at different times as you use it. This sort of ink tone has always attracted me. The colour is subtle, dark enough that it can be used in most situations, the formal and informal, but also gives it an edge. Robert Osters Summer Storm doesn't disappoint.

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When writing with this ink it appears to show more grey tones with some hints of a the cool purple and blue undertones. As the ink dries the purple tones really come out which looks great with the broad nib fountain pen. The change when using a broad nib fountain pen is really noticeable.

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There is a nice hint of shading with Summer Storm. The additional ink from your writing strokes shows the depth to the colour.

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If you put a lot of ink down on the page, as you can see in my swatches below, you can see the huge amounts of purple in this ink. Where the ink is heavier the colour is a deep and vibrant purple. However where you have a smaller amount of ink the grey tones really show themselves.

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Writing.

Summer Storm is pleasant enough to write with. It’s fairly wet and gives a nice smooth line. Dry times are comparable to other ink brands. I always tend to be a little tentative when using fountain pen and ink, so really you know what you’re getting.

The one downside I noticed with this colour is that it seemed to dry out in my fountain pen. If I hadn’t used the pen for a few days I really had to scribble to get the ink flowing again. I wouldn't say this is normal, it’s not something I notice with other ink brands I use. It does make me a little conscious of leaving this ink for long periods of time in a fountain pen if it’s not one I use regularly and I am really not sure if I would put it in one of my nicer pens.

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Overall thoughts.

Colour wise my experience with Robert Oster is good. Their shading and tone is really nice. They seem to offer different sorts of colours that you don’t see with a lot of brands and their naming is really good.

I am not a master ink user, I tend to stick with what I like, but these inks do concern me a little in terms of what they’re doing to my pens. This could be a little unjustified, but that’s the experience I have from using the two inks I have so far.

I would like to again thank Executive Pens for sending me this ink to review. Why not check out what they have to offer.

Mid-Week Mini: Sadler Jones Greetings Cards Review.

I find buying greetings cards hard. Most of the time the paper is average, the designs ok and the prices high. I tend to buy cards when I see them so that I have a small supply at home that I can dip into when I need it.

Some of my recent purchases.

Some of my recent purchases.

I came across Sadler Jones through Instagram, I forget exactly how, but I was attracted to the style of these cards. I have now bought two bulk orders over the past few months because the style and designs of their cards are so good. I wanted to share my thoughts and some photographs in todays post.

A personal favourite of mine.

A personal favourite of mine.

High Quality Paper.

I like to use fountain pens when I write my cards. Pen and ink looks nice and feels special, especially if the receiver is not a fountain pen user. However not all cards are fountain pen friendly, but Sadler Jones cards work perfectly. The paper is high quality stock that means you can use a lot of different writing tools. The envelopes seem to be pretty standard, white in general and yellow for Children’s cards.

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Fun designs.

Sadler Jones has a few different card themes on their site. Some of them are bold and bright, some have beautiful brush lettering and there are also some of the more cheeky kind (my personal favourites).

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Lovely gold foiling detail. 

Lovely gold foiling detail. 

Overall thoughts.

As I said at the start of todays post it’s tough to find high quality cards that tick the design box and are made with decent paper stock. Sadler Jones however are great and I’ve really liked the cards I’ve used. The prices are pretty standard and delivery is really quick. I wanted to share my experiences with Sadler Jones mainly because I have found it so hard to find good quality cards online that are recommended, so I felt compelled to share my experiences. I hope you find this useful.

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Mid-Week Mini: Lady Safari 2019 Special Edition: Mint Glaze review.

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When the 2019 Lamy Safari limited edition was announced I was really happy with the colour choices. To have three different options in the series is brilliant and really works for this years pastel theme. The Pastel colours are Powder Rose, Mint Glaze and Blue Macaroon. The mix of colours is spot on and captures popular pastel colours. I have the Mint Glaze because I love anything Mint coloured and also it feels like a little bit unusual as a fountain pen colour.

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Today’s review is a 2019 limited edition discussion only and not an in-depth look at the specifics of the Safari. If you would like this detail click here for my Safari review.

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The Mint Glaze is the same Safari as any other. It has the same build, shape, feel and finish. There is one small exception that I have had with this edition and that is an issue with the threads. The threads that screw the nib and grip into the barrel don't tighten sufficiently. I am forced to regularly re-screw them. This is a little annoying and it sounds like I have a faulty pen.

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The Mint Glaze colour is subtle. In some photos I have taken it appears almost white. I think this could be a little more minty but regardless it is such a nice colour Safari. Every element is Mint too giving it a complete colour cover. The end gap, the screw into the barrel, everything is complimented. The clips is chrome which compliments the pen nicely.

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Overall thoughts.

I really like this colour and I think this Safari will be one I reach for regularly among all the other colours I have. I am a little disappointed with the dodgy screw grip, I have contacted the seller to see if they are experiencing issues with this elsewhere. If you enjoy pastel shades and like Safaris this is a winner. It’s also the perfect starting fountain pen for people and with these fun colours could really appeal to a broad base.

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