See the ballpoint version here
"Hi Norman! Thank you so much for the super fast
shipping, even though you were out of stock on the Volcano Gray Intima when I
ordered it. As you pointed out in your enclosed note, this is a most unusual
finish. In short: beautiful! And, writing with the Stub nib is wonderful. It
writes a treat (after I followed your simple start-up instructions)! This
Monteverde will go up there in my daily rotation. Love it! Love your service!
"Hi Norman, I got the parcel on Friday, thank you. The
pens (MV Intima and Conklin Endura) are wonderful.
MV really outdid themselves aesthetics-wise with this one. The Conklinís size
is simply perfect. Most pens have a nib section thatís slightly too small for
my taste but this oneís just right. Itís becoming my favourite pen. Cheers from
The fountain pen measures 5-1/4" capped, 6-1/4" posted and 4-3/4" with cap held aside. Due to their all-resin barrels and caps, these are light pens...which makes extended writing sessions a real pleasure.
In each version, the in-your-face colors and patterns are nicely balanced by the glossy black end-caps and clip. The only identifying marks on the pen are the Monteverde mountain logo on the cap top and 'Monteverde Intima' on the cap's side.
Although the surprise has already been sprung by the photographs above, if you'd never seen the pen before, then unscrewing the cap would take your breath away...as the gleaming black steel nib (coated with titantium) is standard on the pen...and comes in four sizes -- F, M, B and 1.1mm stub. 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 have more than one nib size for you pen (rather than separate pens), then they are available for $24.00 and the entire nib unit (nib, feed and collar) screw out to make the switch very easy.
The pen's section is tapered in the center, which makes for a very comfortable and secure grip.
Unscrewing the section and barrel reveals another key to security...Monteverde's large screw-in converter for bottled ink. You'll never need to worry about leakage from a converter that isn't pushed in all the way. 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 the pen and converter 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.
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
International customers, please note, we will not falsify shipping documents
Please send your order and shipping address (along with any questions) to:
We will email you back with your order total (PA residents please add 6% sales tax)
Credit cards, for the quickest fulfillment of your order, are accepted through PayPal, a secure site allowing you to use your credit card without us even seeing the information. If you'd like to make use of this credit card service, please let us know when you email your order and address, and we'll email you the appropriate Request for Payment, and instructions for the simple payment procedure (you don't need to join PayPal to use it).
If you would like us process your credit card directly instead, then please email us:
1. Card # (dividing this number in two, between two emails, will
If you'd rather pay by money order or check, kindly make payable to:
ship via insured Priority Mail
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: March 5th, 2014