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Monteverde Artista Crystal Review


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#1 KrazyIvan

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 03:11

First off, I want to apologize. I thought I had taken photos of the pen already and it turned out I did not. I am trying a different camera setup so I am not totally comfortable with it yet. I messed up the focus on the nib shot but I lost my light for today. I'll try again tomorrow. This also means that Darth will not be in the pictures. That is my office setup and this is my home setup. Darth is at the office and I won't be in the office until Tuesday. :D

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Artista Crystal1 by IvanRomero, on Flickr

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Artista Crystal2 by IvanRomero, on Flickr

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Monteverde Artista Crystal by IvanRomero, on Flickr

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#2 Newjelan

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:29

Good review Posted Image
I bought this pen in Turquoise and agree with your review. My only gripe is that the cartridge converter holds very little ink and I have to refill it too often.
Nice pen, worth every cent.

#3 rvthof

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 11:37

Nice review, thank you.
Pen looks like a work of art!

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 14:25

Nice review, and I think it sums up my experience pretty well. It's certainly a good value... I'm not totally in-love with the nib personally. It's everything you say it is, but it's also just... blah. I've been trying to figure out recently why I don't like it quite as much as a Safari.
"One always looking for flaws leaves too little time for construction" ...

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 14:58

Very helpful review--thanks. I bought one of these a year or two ago when Tuesday Morning was selling a bunch of fountain pens for half or more off. However, the pen got buried in a pile and I never even inked it. Your review has encouraged me to go dig it up and give it a try.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 16:57

Well, the creepy, bloody trilobyte makes up for the Darth's absence. Nice review of the pen and the ink.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 02:48

Good review Posted Image
I bought this pen in Turquoise and agree with your review. My only gripe is that the cartridge converter holds very little ink and I have to refill it too often.
Nice pen, worth every cent.


I will agree with the converter comment. I used the pen off and on for a week then wrote the review. That was all the ink left in the converter after the review was done. I don't mind it though since I am ink ADD and tend to change inks often.

Nice review, thank you.
Pen looks like a work of art!


Thank you and I see what you did there. :D

Nice review, and I think it sums up my experience pretty well. It's certainly a good value... I'm not totally in-love with the nib personally. It's everything you say it is, but it's also just... blah. I've been trying to figure out recently why I don't like it quite as much as a Safari.


Thank you. I am thinking of stubbing the nib but may leave it. Not sure yet.

Very helpful review--thanks. I bought one of these a year or two ago when Tuesday Morning was selling a bunch of fountain pens for half or more off. However, the pen got buried in a pile and I never even inked it. Your review has encouraged me to go dig it up and give it a try.


I have gone to Tuesday Morning and they had a Stipula Rollerball in a glass case. When I saw the box I jumped but sank when they let me see it. I hope you give the pen a second chance.

Well, the creepy, bloody trilobyte makes up for the Darth's absence. Nice review of the pen and the ink.


Thank you Uncle Red! Darth may yet make an appearance. :D






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