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Montegrappa Science And Nature
Posted 30 July 2010 - 22:10
The box set is nice but certainly the least interesting of the three pens. The outer box is fairly large so it does take up a decent amount of space.
The pen is georgeous in person. I initially passed on this one and just bought the other two as I didn't really like how this pen looked in pictures. Boy was I wrong, I think this one is my favorite of the three! The first couple of pictures are of the cap. Montegrappa did such a wonderful job designing this pen. The celluloid and enamel work are top notch.
This design is my favorite part of the pen..........
And this is my least favorite part. As a matter of fact all three have this picture on the pen though this is the biggest one leaving me give less than perfect score for appearance.
Not crazy about the NIB engraving, I think Montegrappa could have done a better job here. The performance is good, l'm going the have the NIB adjusted to fine from medium.
Filling System: 9.5/10
This is a piston filled pen which is great the only reason I wouldn't rate it higher is because I think the pen should hold a little more ink.
Cost Value: 9/10
At a $3200 retail price this is more of a relative rating as I consider these higher end Montegrappa's direct competitors to an Oscarson or Perchin. Its hard to justify any pen at these retail price's but it is a pretty good value compared to an Oscarson that retails for about 5k. I do like this pen and the others in this set better than what Oscarson and Perchin offer. Its a heavy pen but not nearly as heavy as a Perchin or Oscarson, plus its piston filled and the Perchin's and Oscarson's are not. IMO pens at these levels should be piston filled. My advice would be to try and get one of these used or discounted. I will say that if you fell like indulging yourself its well worth it.
Its hard to give any pen a perfect score, I haven't seen a perfect one yet but this one is close a few minor (nit picky) things like the high price, packaging and NIB design hold this pen back from being a perfect score for me but other than that I highly recommend it! Here's a group shot of all three.
I hope you enjoyed the review.
Posted 03 August 2010 - 04:39
Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:38
good looking pen, i am eagerly waiting for the reviews and photos of the other pens.
I'll try to do the other two by the end of the week.
Posted 04 August 2010 - 03:16
Nice big pen and collection!
Posted 25 January 2018 - 20:21
I know this is old thread ... I had the same pen for quite some time now but recently I was able to acquire the enigma cosmos. I like both designs, they are absolutely top notch (I own a couple of montblanc POAs, one Oscarson, and a couple more higher end similarly priced pens; but I would say this series of pens beat the rest).
I like the design of enigma better (maybe because it is a new acquisition) but I found the nature and science has a better balance in my hand. Capped, the nature and science is longer ; uncapped, they are the same size. I don't know why the enigma is a bit top heavy.
The hunt for human civilization is on ...
Posted 05 March 2018 - 12:16
I remember doing the vitreous enamel work on these pens, 1912 including some in 18ct gold. There were some made for the Middle eastern market that we had to hand engrave a cloak to cover Adams nakedness (t (ultra rare?).
They were a lovely design and quite challenging to enamel.