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Thoughts On This Montegrappa Extra In Parchment?

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#1 Portia of Belmont

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 03:25

Hi all,


Would love to hear your thoughts on this Montegrappa Extra in parchment.  It's supposedly from around 2008 and, besides some staining in the cap, it's in near mint condition.  I have the Extra 1930 Shiny Lines/Dove Goulet exclusive and love it.  I would hope this would provide a similar writing experience.  


It's listed for an incredible price, given what new ones go for.  But I'm concerned about the staining.  I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on this.



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Posted 17 March 2019 - 02:25

The Montegrappa Extra is a particularly beautiful pen to use. The early versions such as these have a marginally smaller size than their true piston filling modern day examples. This early parchment celluloid was known for its ability to stain, particularly in the cap as there is no protective layer that might discourage ink caught on the nib/feed to bleed through - the white colour is, well, susceptible to staining by definition.


So all in all, you may get further staining if you aren't careful but as to the writing performance, it will be just as good if not better than your modern Shiny Lines example. I really prefer the slightly shorter size too versus the modern version, but it's barely noticeable. Good luck with your decision.

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