Upon opening the box, I saw that the pictures in the computer monitor did not do the pen justice. The pen's barrel was quite thick and made of a blue pearl resin, and the color shifts depending on ambient light.
The section and the end of the barrel was made of metal, as are the cap bands. This makes the pen fairly heavy, but not to the point of being uncomfortable - as a matter of fact, the thick barrel actually makes long writing sessions more comfortable. For those who like to post their caps, the end of the barrel is threaded so that one can screw the cap onto it.
Although the pen is priced at lower range of Montegrappa's pens, it is as well made as their higher end pens, and the materials are first rate. I was able to get this pen for a great price, making it a greater value. The 18K nib reminds me of the smoothness of Montblanc's nibs.
With the cap on, the pen is actually shorter than the Modigliani and the Nero Uno, which makes it easy to carry in a shirt pocket. With the cap posted, the Espressione is fairly large. In my opinion, the 18K nibs in these 3 pens are a work of art, and write as smooth as any other pen in my collection. I have had good flow with Waterman ink. The pen can also use Montblanc cartridges when a bottle is not available. At this rate, I can't help but think that I will have many more Montegrappa pens in the future.
The three amigos ready to go.
Thanks for reading.
Edited by usnavydoc, 07 August 2011 - 09:23.