Little Big Pen: The New Monteverde Mega

Search the web for “Monteverde Mega”, and you’ll find that there have been a smattering of different Mega variants over the years. This Monteverde model first debuted in the late 90s as an ink-ball pen before moving on to inhabit a variety of different form factors. The recent Monteverde Limited Edition “First Steps” pen was even done using a version of the Mega form factor. Now in 2020 the Mega line is returning to store shelves in a standard edition, and I have a look at one of the pens, below.

The new Monteverde Mega is 5.5” long capped and 5.33” uncapped. Posting adds about an inch on the back end. It is definitely not a small or “pocket” pen, and yet it has a look to it that suggests it is even bigger. I believe this optical illusion is owed to the fact that the cap is fairly short in proportion to the rest of the pen. The grip section tapers from 0.42″ up to 0.49″, and the cap and barrel are 0.67″ and 0.59″ at their widest points, respectively. The cap is fairly short, however, at only 2.15″ long, and the clip is short as well at 1.15″ long. The clip holds very firmly in a shirt pocket, however, which is nice because the pen is just short enough to fit in some shirt pockets.

The Giant Sequoia, another Monteverde pen named for its size, provides a good comparison for the Mega’s proportions. We can see here as well that the Mega has a longer barrel, despite the capped Sequoia being the longer pen (the Sequoia is also longer posted). The Mega’s section also tapers wider than the Sequoia’s section, and the transition from section to threads on the Mega is a little softer and more comfortable, for those who grip their pens further back.

The Mega is a cartridge/converter filler, and it uses my favorite Schmidt K6 screw-in converters. If you haven’t paid a lot of attention to universal converts in the past, Schmidt makes some of the best, but they have a few different models, ranging from the all plastic K1, to the superior K5 which is metal reinforced in a couple of key places. The K6 converter isn’t strictly universal, because it is a threaded K5. In a compatible pen, it screws in to the back of the section for added security. Any time I’m investigating a pen and find it takes a K6 converter, it is a very pleasant surprise.

The Mega also has a sculpted cap finial, showing the Monteverde logo. I’ve long been on record as preferring logo finials, especially on pens with rounded caps, and I really enjoy this one. Combined with the name of the company and pen engraved in the side of the barrel, it really helps to give this pen some extra character, and make it more than just another cigar shaped pen.

The Monteverde Mega is available for sale now from some of your favorite pen retailers, or directly from Monteverde. It comes in three colors: Black, Turquoise, and, of course, Orange. It ships with Monteverde’s new Jowo nibs in your choice of Fine, Medium, or Broad. Alternatively, the new Mega is also available in the ink-ball writing format in which this model originated.

Thanks to a combination of its wide width and medium stature, this is a great pen for some one who wants to feel of an oversized pen without the added length. If you find narrow pens uncomfortable to write with for long periods of time, but still want a pen you can clip in your pocket, then this is one worth looking at.

This pen was provided by Yafa Brands at no charge for review purposes, as a part of their Yafa Brands Ambassador program.

6 thoughts on “Little Big Pen: The New Monteverde Mega

  1. I am intrigued by your reference to the Schmidt K6 converter. Can you recommend some pens which take it?

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    1. That’s a great question to open up to any other commenters as well. Off the top of my head I know I’ve seen them in some Monteverde and Conklin models, such as this Mega and the Conklin Duragraph. I believe that Montegrappa, Leonardo, and Kanilea all have K6 compatible models as well.

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      1. Hmm. After multiple unsatisfactory experiences, I have written Conklin off, but I have never tried either Monteverde or Montegrappa. I tend toward Japanese pens and my all time favorite is Sailor’s PG Realo. That being said, I purchased a Leonardo MZ on a whim in March and loved it so much, I now own three. Do you have any thoughts Monteverde vs. Montegrappa (I realize they are pens in quite different tiers). If it helps, my pens are exclusive extra fine or fine, heavily leaning toward the former.

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      2. I’m very much a fan of the “a few pens from each brand” model of collecting, so I would say get both depending on what models appeal to you. You’re right that Monteverde and Montegrappa pens are in very different tiers in terms of cost, and I have four Monteverde pens but only one Montegrappa, just as a reflection of this fact.

        If you’re a fan of Japanese Fine and Extra Fine nibs, honestly, my advice would be to get whichever pen body appeals to you aesthetically, and then send it off to be ground down to an Extra Fine or even Needlepoint grind by a skilled nibmeister (or buy the pen through a nibmeister with the grind up front) because the Jowo nibs in the Monteverde pens and the (I’m pretty sure they are) Bock nibs in the Montegrappa pens may be wider than you prefer. Having a custom grind on these nibs also means they should be aligned and smoothed before they reach your hand, improving your experience.

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  2. I know this is a review of the Mega, but what it reminded me of was the fact that I wanted to try the Giant Sequoia for a long time now. 🤣

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    1. The Giant Sequoia is a great pen too. I swapped one of the new Jowo 1.1 Stub nibs in to mine and inked it up with Monteverde Jade Noir after I pulled it out of the case to take these pictures. I may have just given away a future pocket size review…

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