One I found was an older Montegrappa 80th. Anniversary fountain pen made in 1992, so not yet old enough to be called a classic.
I remember when the pen first arrived, it came in a pretty plain red sleeve with a pretty simple gold imprint that had Montegrappa over a wreath with 80 inside and then 1912 1992 at the bottom of the square.
Sliding out the enclosed box showed simply a repeat of the design. So far nothing all that impressive.
Opening the lid to the box presented an entirely different picture.
Inside there was the pen itself, a Sterling Silver carrying case that held a red velvet drawstring pouch for the pen and was numbered to match the pen, the pen itself and the paperwork rolled and contained by a Sterling Silver ring.
The carrying case has the cap at one end and at the other the wreath and 80 engraved.
The pen itself is all Sterling Silver with a two tone nib, a Sterling Silver section, low relief engraving of a vine and leaves, and at the base of the body a threaded posting mount with the engraved wreath and 80.
I find the Montegrappa nibs generally (at least on the ones I have) run slightly finer than many and this bold nib is more like a heavy medium in my book, but it is also moderately wet and very smooth with just a hint of feedback. The pen is long enough to use un posted but it also fits well in hand and feels balanced with the cap posted. Overall size I'd call medium, about like a modern Pelikan 600.
I see the Montegrappa 80th Anniversary come up every once in awhile and often as NOS, so there are still ones out there almost twenty years after it was made. I find it's a great size, not as big as Y-o-L Viceroy Grand and not as slim as the Y-o-L Viceroy Standard. very similar to the Sheaffer Legacy in feel but slightly slimmer at the section.
The 80th Anniversary pen was made while Montegrappa was still owned by the Aquila group and before Richemont bought the Marque. Today Montegrappa is again owned by Aquila who also own Tibaldi.
edited to fix title
Edited by jar, 13 July 2011 - 20:08.