The Montegrappa Cigar pen was first released in 1997 at the height of the cigar craze. A few other editions since then have been produced in the late 90's to the early 2000's. The design of this pen is pretty cool and it happens to be my favorite variation out of all the editions. (I think there are three) It actually looks like a cigar at first sight. Montegrappa did a fine job with the celluloid part of this pen, if you look closely you see the celluloid looks like tobacco leaves.
The box/packaging is done very well. I've noticed that Montegrappa does a really nice job packing all of their limited edition pens.
The design of the pen makes it uncomfortable to write with. If you look at the area where the cap unscrews you can see that its evevated. This makes the writing experience with this pen pretty uncomfortable only allowing for some quick notes.
Montegrappa somewhat got around this by allowing you to extend the pen, the black part is actually the ink reservoir.
This makes the writing experience much more comfortable, it actually feels like a comfortable pen extended.
Construction & Quality (9/10)
The quality of the pen is top notch. The weight of this pen is great, the cap doesn't post but I don't like to post caps anyways. You can see that the look of the pen is seamless, the breaks in the pen can barley be seen.
Nib & Performance (10/10)
The Nib performance on this one is great. The NIB is medium but writes more like a fine which is ok by me. The NIB is 18k and doesn't skip at all. The yellow gold design on the NIB looks good against the dark brown celluloid.
Filling System & Maintenance (9/10) -
I believe that this is a piston filled pen, if its not then I wouldn't know how to describe it. The pen extends and the ink reservoir section can also be pulled all the way out. It any event, it works fine for me. You have to unscrew the back part of the pen before you can suck ink up.
Cost & Value (8/10)
I had a hard time finding the original retail price but I believe this pen retailed new back in 1997 for $760. I've noticed that today, while long out of production, this pen changes hands within $150 +/- of the original retail price it carried back in 1997. I would say that’s a pretty decent value for a very unique pen.
Conclusion (Final score, 8/10)
In conclusion, this pen makes a great conversation piece but it is more of a novelty to me than anything else. With that being said I think it will be in my collection for quite a while and I'm not even much of a cigar smoker. The uniqueness of this pen is second to none for me and I would have rated it higher if the pen wasn't so uncomfortable to write with un-extended.
I hope you enjoyed the review.
Edited by rinellatony, 15 November 2009 - 22:33.