Ballpoint version here
"The bold and stunning rings on the cap and the pearlized colors of the Catalina collection immediately take you on a nautical journey to your favorite island getaway. A quick one hour boat ride from the coast of Los Angeles, California and you arrive at the incredible beauty of crystal blue water and sandy beaches of Catalina Island that are awaiting for you. The revolutionary clip with a roller wheel facilitates easy placement in your pockets, and like a trustworthy anchor, provides firm adherence."
Now, I won't claim that the pens will take you on a nautical journey to a far-away island , but Monteverde has done a very nice job with their second line of California-themed pens (home of Monteverde), following the recently introduced Napa. Like the Napa, the Catalina sports the newly-designed clip with its roller-wheel, for easy -- and secure -- pocket placement. The clip also displays the Monteverde mountain logo, which is reprised on the cap top.
Although obvious in the photos of the Butterscotch and Blue versions, all three pens have a pearlized finish, which is pretty unusual -- and very attractive -- on the Black pen. It's just a bit too subtle to pick up easily in the photos.
The two upper chrome rings are engraved with Monteverde and Catalina respectively, and each cap has five resin rings that rather spectacularly define the overall look of the pen (black for the Butterscotch version, and white for the Blue or Black).
The cap unscrews and is a friction-fit for posting...which it does very securely. I find that the pen balances equally well, with or without posting the cap. The chrome gripping section is a bit of departure for one of Monteverde's resin pens. It provides a nice visual balance with the chrome rings of the cap.
The nibs are available in B, M, F or the new stub sizes. I've found that the Monteverde nibs run about a size smaller than typical western nibs. Hence, I'd classify the B nib as a typical medium, the M as a fine and the F as an x-fine. The stub is a 1.1 mm medium. Please specify the nib size you'd like, by letter or 'stub' only, to avoid confusion when ordering.
Should you wish to order an additional nib ($24.00 each), in another size, note that the Catalina doesn't have a screw-out nib unit, but rather the nib and feed can pull out, directly from the section.
The fountain pens come with a piston converter for bottled ink...but as with all new pens, I recommend to run a dilute solution of dishwashing soap (two or three drops to a small bowl of water) through a new pen a few times, followed by water only. Step one is effective at removing manufacturing oils that can tend to make the ink less than enthusiastic in heading from the converter to the nib, and step two removes the traces of the detergent you've used...which tends to have the opposite, diuretic effect. The pen will also take International-style cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve. The Monteverde gift box and warranty are included.
The pearlized Catalina ballpoints measure 5-1/2" in length. Pushing the entire cap of the ballpoint pen engages or retracts the writing point with a convenient one-handed click action.
IMPORTANT SERVICE NOTE: Every nib that ships from His Nibs is closely examined under high magnification and tuned or adjusted if needed. About 85% of modern nibs need some adjustment out-of-the-box from the manufacturer for an optimal writing experience. Most commonly, the tines of the nib are misaligned -- which would cause scratchiness at the minimum; the slit between the tines is partially or fully closed -- which would starve the nib of ink and at best cause skipping; or the slit between the tines is too wide -- which will either again cause skipping, or conversely, flooding. There are other factors -- such as separation of the nib from the feed -- that are inspected and repaired before any pen leaves the Palace.
The only 100% guarantee of course comes when the pen is actually filled with ink and written with for the first time, but our pre-shipping inspections and tunings have eliminated 99.99999 (my finger is getting tired) of the frustrations that a customer experiences when first using a new fountain pen. Although this can be time-consuming on occasion, it affords our customers a much more pleasant experience when receiving a fountain pen from His Nibs -- and saves us the frustration of dealing with returns!
Ordering Procedures & Returns
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Warranties and returns
If an item proves to be defective, in most cases the manufacturer's warranty will apply. However, please email us first so that we can determine the easiest way to resolve the problem to your satisfaction. In the case of fountain pens -- which are a bit more individualistic than other writing instruments -- what may at first appear to be a defect (hard starting or poor flow for example), can in almost all cases be resolved with a few simple 'tweaks' to the nib, which we'll be happy to guide you through or perhaps suggest returning to us for adjustment.
Should you wish to return a non-defective item within 3 days of receipt because it doesn't suit you for some reason, again please email us and we'll arrange an exchange, credit or refund (minus any shipping/insurance charges), if the item is returned in an 'as new' condition. If you've dipped a fountain pen to try its writing characteristics, kindly clean off any ink residue prior to shipping -- to save us both a nasty surprise .
We want you to be happy with your purchase from HisNibs.com and hope to have you join the ranks of our many long-term, repeat customers!
Revised: December 8th, 2013