Last Christmas my wife decided to feed my addiction and asked for a list of the top fountain pens I was interested in. From them, she chose to gift me by far the coolest looking one, Monteverde's Invincia Stylus, Stealth edition.
I have loved this pen since I unwrapped it. [Ok, so now you know the tone of this review.]
I was initially drawn to the pen as it's one of the few completely black fountain pens available, from body to trim to nib. The trim has low luster and the body is brushed matte. Ok, so the nib might be glossy black, but I'm still fine with giving this pen full "stealth" status.
So this model of the Invincia clearly has a (capacative) stylus on the cap. That really has nothing to do with why I wanted this pen, or how I intended to use it. I've tried it out, it works fine on all my touchy devices.
The rest of the pen is metal (aluminum? brass? Unobtanium?) and thus has a nice heft to it. If you've read any of my other reviews, you'll know that this is a big positive in my book. At 40g it's not ludicrous, but it's certainly noticeable.
I find the shaping of the pen to be excellent, and personally find it very comfortable. While the section actually tapers down at its narrowest to 8mm, it flairs back out before the nib. The pen is nicely balanced, both open and when posted. Actually, this is one of the few fountain pens I don't mind using posted.
It clocks in at 12.9cm open, 15.7cm posted. These proportions are actually similar to many other pens that I find lack this versatility, such as the Lamy Studio. So kudos, Monteverde, at a really good job on balancing this pen.
The only tick against the build quality of the pen is actually on the durability of the finish. It's not invincible. Really though, I made the mistake of putting it in my pocket once - next to another pen or my keys or something - and now it's got a scar to eternally remind me of what not to do.
so I can't really blame Monteverde.
But it would be nice if the finish had some kind of...
Continuing on, let's talk about the nib!
The Invincia Stylus has a steel nib, coated with Titanium. You can see that it looks great, but I'm here to say that it works just as well.
The Fine nib conforms to typical Western nib width "standards" (super generalities), roughly the same line width as a 0.7mm gel pen. This is wider than I typically prefer, but it writes so well that I haven't brought myself to grind it finer or into a stub yet.
Putting this beaut' to paper, I'd say the Invincia's Fine nib is smoother than "toothy," but still affords some feedback - just enough to let you know you're making contact. While I've used smoother, glassier nibs at this narrow a line width, I've used more medium nibs that were much rougher.
With some of my drier inks, I have noticed a slight tendency to be a hard-starter. After a short period of disuse, the first letter will ghost. But it always clears up by the second letter, so it's not a significant problem. Using more lubricated inks completely resolves this issue. Use lubricated inks with this pen.
The feed does an excellent job keeping up, I've never had issues writing or drawing too rapidly for this pen.
Is it worth talking about the converter?
First, it's bigger than Pilot's Con-50 (my reference for a subpar converter). Second, it actually threads into the section. The converter threads into the section. Whoa.
(Other than that, it's just a converter. It works as intended. Yippee!)
Monteverde also offers the Invincia Stylus in Medium, Broad, and 1.1mm stub nib widths (which can easily be swapped out).
If you're after a solid, well-built fountain pen and don't get hung up on built-in filling mechanisms, I think this is a very worthwhile option. I've used this pen almost every day for the last 6 months (along with many others, of course), and I am still absolutely satisfied.