Resistance Is Futile: Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk (F nib)

Monteverde Nighthawk

I’m making plans to attend my first pen show in August- the DC Pen SUPERSHOW. (EXCITED!) Because of those plans, I’m trying to resist buying pens prior to that show so that I have a nice little pen “allowance” in my pocket come August. The key words there are “trying to.” The clinker? The Goulet Pen Company announced the release of a fountain pen that pushes a bunch of my particular pen buttons. Those buttons being:

  • Stealth
  • Matte
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Special packaging
  • Monteverde

SO, I was a goner, despite my plan/pledge/vow. My Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk (F nib) arrived last week, and it hits all the right notes. I loaded the included converter with Monteverde Black ink (with ITF), and doodled away. Very smooth. Very stealthy. Very, very cool.

Nighthawk uncapped

This pen is a collaboration between Brian Goulet/Goulet Pens and Monteverde Pens, the details of which are found in this article and video. Brian explains the details better than I can, but I can tell you that I love the outcome of their work. I own a handful of Monteverde pens, and have never been disappointed in their looks or performance. They’re solid, reliable, good-looking pens, and this one may be the best of the bunch. Because it pushes all of those buttons that I listed above.

This may well be the stealthiest pen that I own. With the matte carbon fiber body and all-black trim, the pen is so subdued looking that it’s impossible to ignore. So it’s stealthy, yet stands out in a crowd. Which is a very cool trick.

Nighthawk nibbage

The black fine nib writes wonderfully. Coupled with the Monteverde ink, which I’m trying for the first time, the writing experience is a true pleasure. Effortless and nicely liquid. Wet, but not too wet. Just right, really. Had they outfitted the pen with a matte black nib, rather than the shiny one, that would’ve bumped the awesomeness up one more notch. But I’m not complaining.

Special packaging
Looks a little like a pen wake, doesn’t it?

Though this isn’t a limited edition pen, the first 150 customers were promised special packaging, which is another reason that I made my purchase quickly. Rather than the usual green Monteverde box, this one came packaged in a black and red box that coordinates very well with the pen. Normally I don’t really care about packaging, but the carbon fiber-esque look of the box reeled me in like a pen-loving trophy fish. If there were such a thing as pen-loving trophy fish.

No logo

Normally Monteverde pens sport their mountainous logo (in white) on the end of the pen, but that’s been dropped from the Nighthawk. The pen is branded with slightly raised black lettering on the center band, which completes the totally blacked out look. The stealthiness of the Nighthawk is certainly in the details.

Blacked out branding

At 40 grams, which is about 2.5x the weight of a Lamy Safari, the capped pen is heavy, but in a very well-balanced way. I find the cap difficult to post, but that’s not an issue for me because I wouldn’t post it anyway, due to the weight of the cap (10 grams). The uncapped body measures 136 mm (5.35 inches) and is comfortable in hand. I’m really impressed with the whole package…the weight, looks, feel, packaging, and performance.

Who can resist the charms of the Nighthawk? Not I. Nope, not I.

Handwritten review

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8 thoughts on “Resistance Is Futile: Monteverde Invincia Deluxe Nighthawk (F nib)

  1. Nice review thanks. I read the Goulet’s intro of the pen and have been tempted. I’m drawn to the same coolness factors you were. The only thing holding me back is the two Monte’s I’ve purchased in the past were scratchy nib out of the box. You reported a smooth experience so glad you got a good one

    Thanks again for the review

    Bob
    http://Www.mypenneedsink.com

    • Thanks! I’ve had very good luck with my Monteverdes… no clunkers as yet! Thanks, too, for the link to your blog…I like what I see! Becoming interested in a Bexley so your reviews are helpful.

  2. Great review. I ordered one the day they were announced, although I got the 1.1mm stub. It was my first Monteverde pen and my first stub. I actually really like the weight of the pen, but I wouldn’t bother posting this one at all…for me it was too bottom (or back, as the case may be) heavy posted. And, of course, the matte black carbon fiber finish is pretty spectacular.

    Pretty impressed all the way around. I did a YouTube video review of the pen last week as well.

    • I have a black Monteverde 1.1mm stub nib on hand so I can swap it in when my nib mood changes. Another reason to love the Monteverde line!

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    • Though I don’t want to wish the summer away, I can’t wait for the DC show, for the people as much as the pens! Should be a blast!

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