I’ve just purchased a Leonardo Momento Zero Hawaii stub and I’d like to share my impressions + ask your opinion on inks.
According to my understanding Leonardo was founded by ex-Delta employees. The pens are hand-made and manufactured in small batches. The nibs are tuned by Leonardo and I can attest to that. This size 6, 1.3mm stub nib performs very well. I’ve also tested the other nib options and they were consistently great and well tuned. The EF&F nibs were probably the best steel nibs I’ve tried: very smooth, while providing ample amount of feedback, no scratchiness at all, firm but not hard as a nail. The nibs are a bit on the wet side.
The “basic” resin Memento Zeros come in various colours (light blue-positano, dark green/blue/red marbled, horn, solid black) at €148, and they all look spectacular (maybe except for the solid black). The gold trimmed ones have gold plated nibs. The Hawaii comes for a bit more at €178. (Plus I’ve seen a yellow one exclusive to Fontoplumo.) The pens are numbered which is engraved into the barrel along with “Leonardo Officina Italiana”.
The looks of the Hawaii tries to imitate the sandy beaches and the blue ocean of Hawaii. The resin is layered and each layer has different colours from sandy brown with dark&white specks to turquoise and deep blue. The resin has some depth to it. Due to the different layers + shine + depth + polish it is quite impossible to take a picture of the pen that truly captures its beauty. The silver accents go well with the predominantly blue resin. The clip is quite tight but it has the usual Italian small clip-wheel to help you out.
Sizewise the Momento Zero is almost the same as the Pelikan M800. The Momento Zero is a bit wider as the barrel gradually widens in the middle. The section is also wider around the threads than the M800 section but then it tapers down and the section has around the same width as the M800 section at the place where people normally grip the pen.
The pen uses a converter (included) which can be operated by removing the blind cap or unscrewing the barrel. The converter is engraved with the Leonardo logo and the gold trimmed models have a matching converter, which is a nice touch.
My opinion is that these pens are amazing and well worth the price.
- The resin Momento Zeros look stunning, especially the slightly more expensive Hawaii model. You normally associate this spectacular appearance with much more expensive pens.
- Leonardo tunes all these steel nibs to perfection and makes you question what is all the fuss about gold nibs
- The attention to detail really comes through. The quality is great, the polishing is flawless, even the converter is engraved.
- The pen has a nice size.
- The Hawaii has all sorts of colours in it so it can be paired with all kind of different inks.
My question to you is: What ink would you recommend for this pen?
Here are some samples next to my Memento Zero Hawaii: