Jar asked me to do a short review on the new Espressione. This will be my first one, so I hope I don't disappoint
Oh, and I apologize for the quality of the pictures. They were taken with my iPhone. I would like to add more pictures, but the limit makes it difficult. I'm not sure how others add so many
I purchased this pen from La Couronne du Comte (no affil.) when they had the 15% discount weekend for FPN members, so I got it for what I think is a very good price. The colours to choose from were: Amazon Green, Cobalt Blue, Testa di Moro and Smoked Black. I chose Amazon Green. After having it in my hands, I realized that the pictures do not do it justice. I also think that Montegrappa has just earned itself another fan
The resin that they use is absolutely gorgeous!
The colour was Amazon
green. I could not help but add this little fishy
Unlike the discontinued version, the new Espressione has rhodium-plated trims instead of sterling silver. The new Espressione's section is made of metal. Basing on the pictures of the discontinued model, the new one seems to have a longer section (around 2.5cm). The new Espressione's cap band is octagonal engraved with the Greek fret. Unlike the discontinued version, the new one has another band near the top of the cap, engraved with the brand name.
The discontinued version has the 18k fully plated gold nib, while the new one has a stainless steel nib. The nib's design is very similar to the discontinued version's, with the exception of the vent hole. The discontinued model has a heart-shaped vent hole, while the new one has a circular one. I'm not familiar with nib sizes, but it's roughly the same size as an Aurora Style's, and is smaller than a 146's. I purchased a medium nib, and it ran narrower than I expected.
Capped, the pen is 13.5cm long. Uncapped, it's 12cm. Like the discontinued version, the new Espressione has threads at the bottom. Posted, the pen is 17cm long. As for the girth, it's as thick as a 146. I don't have anything to weigh the pen with, but it's feels heavier than the 146.
(From left to right: Duke Bamboo, Montegrappa Espressione, Montblanc 146, Monteverde Prima, Danitrio Cum Laude, ST Dupont Olympio/Orpheo, Lamy Vista)
The only thing I do not like with this pen, is how the section can not seem to keep itself screwed tightly. I find myself tightening it every once in a while. I have another pen with a long, metal section that does the same thing, so maybe the material itself is at fault. If you have suggestions to help keep it tight, let me know!
Edited by lovementos, 25 July 2012 - 01:07.