I’ve been meaning to write this review for quite some time, but haven’t gotten around to do it until now. I have three Stipula Ventidues and I think it is fair to draw the conclusion that I like these pens. I do. But, since nothing is perfect I’ll try to write a critical review of them.
Appearance & Design
The design of this pen is not earth shattering original. It is however a nice, modern design. I especially like the fat chrome cap band and the very nicely curved gripping section. Both adds distinction to the pen. My three pens come in different colours: tiger marbled, raspberry marbled and marbled dark blue. The tiger is the most odd and fun of them. Not the handsomest, but it is funny and happy. The clip is nicely shaped and created to be used which I like very much. I also like the discreet piston knob that hides the mechanism (it doesn’t screw out as with MBs or Pelikans). It is in all a classy, understated pen with some originality as the curved barrel.
Construction & Quality
This is the discontinued “premium version” of the Stipula Vedo – Stipula’s contemporary “affordable” FP (but a bit overpriced after the price increase). Compared to the Vedo (which is well made) the Ventidue definitely has a more solid feel to it – especially if one scrutinizes the cap. The Vedo cap hasn’t got a cap band andt is hard to make a resin pen without cap band without making it look somewhat cheap. After using all three pens for several months the acrylic seems to be quite resistant to scratches – it is a sturdy, not-easy-to-break acrylic that still has the lustre it had when I bought them. They are built to last and to be workhorse pens that one can bring about without having to worry about them getting scratches or breaking.
Weight: 35 g fully loaded
Lenght capped: 12.7 cm
Length uncapped: 11.8
Length posted: 15 cm
The nib is the same steel nib as Stipula uses for the Vedo and does not only come in the usual standard sizes, but also with a 0.9 and 1.1 mm italic. Te nibs I have is one F and two 1.1 mm italics. The italics was what made me buy more than one pen. Considered how few pen makers that make italics as a part of the standard range, and how much fuss it is to send the pen to be fixed I was very happy to find these Stipulas on sale – new piston fillers with great italic nibs for less than $75! The italics are real nice to write with – good line variation, but not so sharp edges that it digs into the paper. The fine nib is also very nice – smooth, precise and quite narrow being a western F. It is great for note taking. I initially had a few problems with the italic nibs that were skipping once in a while – no big problems, but it hesitated a little from time to time – but that has almost disappeared now. That I write very fast might have contributed to the initial skipping. The F is not as fun as the italics, but a very good work horse. These nibs are in all very good and nice to write with.
Over all writing properties
This is a very well balanced pen with a shape that my hands like very much. Even if the gripping section is of shining metal it isn’t slippery and it lies well in the hand. It posts well and secure – better than the suprema – and doesn’t easily unscrew when capped. The fine nibbed pen is a pleasant, classy everyday workhorse and the italic nibbed pens are lovely for journalling and letter writing.
Filling System & Ink Capacity
It is a piston filler with a huge ink reservoir. The turning knob is a bit small and sits very tight. An additional problem is that the metal is hard to get a grip in, so strong, dry fingers are needed to fill. This makes the cleaning a little trying – it is hard to get a grip on the know with wet hands. Except for this easy to fill and rinse and it holds a very big amount of ink which is particularly good when the pens have italic nibs. The piston moves fine and smooth. The Ventidue/Vedo must have one of the greatest ink capacities of the piston fillers of the market – especially considered their size.
Cost & Value
I bought these new from eBay – a German seller sold off quite a few and I got them all for good prices. Just like with the Suprema it felt a little bizarre to buy it for less than half of the going market price for a Vedo – which is a less solidly built pen.I thus consider all these pens bargains.
I think it is a pity that the Ventidue was discontinued by Stipula. It is more solidly built than the Vedo – I very much prefer it to the Vedo, in fact, especially considered the very high MRSP for the Vedo these days. I think one can get a Vedo for around $150 from a web shop, but even that is a ridiculously high price for it – especially compared with the Pelikan M215 – Pelikan’s steel nibbed premium (in regards to the M200s) alternative that can be had for around $100. So, I’d absolutely recommend buying a Ventidue over buying a Vedo if you are lucky to find one. In all these are true workhorse pens that also happens to look very nice.
The Ventidue ought to be a part of their regular production as the “premium version” of the Vedo.