Ink

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.

Robert Oster Sunset Yellow Ink Review.

Executive Pens very kindly offered to sent me a bottle of Robert Oster Sunset Yellow ink to review here on the blog. All thoughts shared in this post are are my own.

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I have noticed over the years that I have a propensity for yellow things. Some of my favourite stationery items, such as the Kaweco ART Sport, are yellow. I find the colour pretty and very calming, but rarely do I consider using a yellow ink.

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However after experimenting with some orange inks over the years such as, Sailor Jentle Kin-Mokusei, Diamine Orange and Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki, I felt open to give a yellow ink a try.

This is my first experience with a Robert Oster ink. This ink brand has grown in popularity over the past few years and generally the comments are positive. I have been using Yellow Sunset in my Lamy Safari Mint Glaze with a medium nib for around three weeks and I have some thoughts.

The colour.

I purposely opted for a medium nibbed fountain pen as the more ink laid down on the page, the better the chance at seeing and enjoying the colour. The darker yellow tones of this ink mean that is it visible on the page. The only time I found the ink hard to read was at night under artificial light.

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There is a good deal of shading with Yellow Sunset which is dreamy. You get a great look at the light yellow tones through to the almost orange colours very reminiscent of a sunset…hence the name.

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The ink.

I have noticed some build up of what appears to be dried ink around the base of the fountain pen nib. Most of the time this pen has been stored nib-up in a pen pot meaning its not been subject to shaking or too much movement. The crusting of ink residue has been a little surprising, but I assume a result of the ink properties.

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It would now make me think twice before putting this colour in an expensive fountain pen and I wouldn't leave this ink in a pen that wasn't being regularly used.

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Overall thoughts.

I have enjoyed using this ink colour and overall for a first experience with Robert Oster it’s been good. The ink crusting is a little concerning. I have another ink from Robert Oster which is a completely different shade so I can compare the two and figure out if its a brand thing or just something specific to Yellow Sunset.

I would like to thank Executive Pens for sending me over this ink to review on the blog. Muchas Gracias.

Sailor Shikiori: Sakura-Mori ink review.

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I am a big fan of Sailor inks. I have found that they consistently perform well and they come in such beautiful colours.

When the Sailor Shikiori inks arrived in the UK earlier on this year, in the now smaller 20ml bottle, I took a punt on trying out the Sakura-Mori. The smaller bottle size and lower price point made me more willing to try out this colour. Normally these sort of light tones put me off. I always feel like you’re going to be disappointed because it’s never going to be strong or vibrant enough.

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The colour.

The Sakura-Mori takes its name and colour from the beautiful Japanese blossoms being a light pink ink. It's one of the lightest shades in the Shikiori range and a bit of an outlier. It is a very pretty and slightly unusual pink ink. I don’t think there are many similar inks out there, perhaps there’s one from Pilot.

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The Sakura-Mori is a pretty flat ink colour. There is a tiny bit of any shading there if you’re really trying hard and use a broad nib.

Using the Sakura-Mori.

This colour doesn’t work well in a fine nib fountain pen. To really get the benefits and make your writing legible the broader the nib the better.

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The light colour means its not strong enough on the page and can feel like it’s disappeared. But put this ink in a medium or broad nib pen, really lay down some ink on the page and this colour comes into its own.

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Overall thoughts.

This isn't an ink I use everyday or would have permanently inked up in a fountain pen. It’s also perhaps not an ink I would restock if I ran out. But its a nice ink and I’ve enjoyed using it. I’m glad I’ve tried it too because I am always curious about these light pink shades and this feels like the best brand to try out.

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