I was disappointed when the 2nd generation Regatta was recently retired, as I always found the magnetic cap to be a terrific feature (the ease of a slip cap with the security of a screw cap). So, I'm very happy to introduce the 3rd generation Regatta Sport.
As with the previous iterations, the Sport is available in four color combinations (if you consider black/black to be a combination and with the addition of the new Rose Gold limited edition), and three form factors -- fountain pen, rollerball and ball pen.
These are hefty, oversized pens, with the fountain pen measuring 5-3/8" capped, 6-3/8" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside.
The largely metal pens alternate lacquered sections with carbon fiber panels, separated by knurled rings...creating a very distinctive look. Although the pens have a nice heft, this design prevents an overly-heavy pen, and I've found them to be very well-balanced and a pleasure to write with during extended composing sessions.
The the two carbon fiber panels -- one one the barrel, the other on the cap -- have a wonderful 3-dimensional appearance and are covered by a gloss lacquer finish.
In the black version, the overall pen has a matte finish -- which makes the pen overall more stealthy than the Invincia Stealth. The red and yellow versions also have the matte clip, cap band, jewel and barrel end -- but the colored areas have a bright, glossy finish.
The Rose Gold limited edition (999 pens worldwide) has the shiny metal of the retired 2nd generation Regatta Chrome version, coupled with the carbon fiber panels of the Regatta Sport. The Rose Gold plating makes for a stunning pen. The limited edition number of each pen is imprinted upon the cap's carbon fiber panel, along with the words Limited Edition.
I found myself greatly enamored of the ease-of-use of the magnetic cap technology employed in the previous generation Regatta, and now thankfully continued in the Sport version. It makes for jotting a quick note a very easy endeavor compared to a screw-type cap, and also enables me to quickly pick-up any paperclips that have fallen to the floor. The instantly secure posting of the cap is also a boon. I hope that more pens will make use of this innovative idea.
Although the pen is ordinarily fitted with the gloss black nib -- which I personally think is the correct design decision -- the chrome version, seen here, is also available for those who prefer that look for the pen.
The nib is similarly engraved with 'Monteverde USA', along with the Monteverde mountain logo and nib size. The nibs are available in B, M, F or the new stub sizes. I've found that 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.
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 converter a few times (outside of the pen!), 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 rollerball version of the Regatta Sport has similar dimensions to the fountain pen, 5-3/8" capped, 6" posted and 4-3/4" with cap held aside. A standout feature of the rollerball is the sinuous design of the grip section, which I find to be extremely comfortable.
Due to their size and heft, the Regatta Sport ball pen makes a statement! Measuring 5-1/2" in length, the knockout looks of the carbon fiber and alternate panels make lesser ball pens run and hide in shame!
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!
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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.
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Revised: May 27th, 2015