While I like their black refill, this green ink is underwhelming. Lamy Safari EF
nib and I find the color to be quite light (some people may like that, it won't
produce a truly deep dark line) but it gets two stars because it has a very dry
flow. Perhaps the performance is better with wider nibs but I'll be avoiding
Monteverde in the future I think.
As a guy, I feel like this item isn't entirely marketed towards me but I
purchased it as a small utility knife and I'm quite pleased with it. I use it to
open envelopes, to trim shipping labels, and other misc office tasks where
fishing for scissors or a box cutter would simply be overkill. Also very useful
for cutting pages out of spiral notebooks without perforations. The blade is
best suited for cutting through 1-2 layers of standard writing/printer paper; in
other words the blade is even tinier than the product photos would lead on, not
a bad thing though.
Writing with a Lamy Safari, EF nib. The color is solid black, the EF nib doesn't
show any deficiencies in flow or color quality. Writes smoothly and dries about
as fast as any other ink I've used. While I've moved to using green ink in a
converted, I have a few of these cartridges in my pen case if the situation
arises where I need a refill on the go.
This is my first entry into fountain pens. I did have some experience with dip
pens in college, so writing with a nib wasn't totally foreign, but these days my
pens of choice have been the Uniball 207s gels and Vision Micro rollers.
The pen is extremely handsome. The plastic body is thick and feels very rugged
while remaining quite light. The pen does, however, feel ever so slightly
unbalanced with the cap posted on the back. The EF tip doesn't give a lot of
variation in line width, so on paper (with a blue-black Monteverde cartridge)
gives a very similar look to a Uniball Vision Micro black. The nib, out of the
box, gave a very smooth writing experience... didn't have to deal with a
I do have to say that using a fountain pen in meetings with clients has become a
conversation starter. I enjoy not only the writing experience, but the
psychological effect it seems to hold on people around me when I use it.