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Battle Of Italians: Montegrappa Vs. Leonardo

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#1 ssata

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 18:13

At the risk of sounding like SBRE Brown...I'm interested in a written Shootout of the Italians! I'd like to hear from people who have tried both the Montegrappa pens (especially the Elmo) and the Leonardo Officina Furore, both with steel nibs. I am keen to give myself incentive to finish a book proposal, and a lovely new pen awaiting my future might do the trick. 

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https://pen-venture....ef604aa17&_ss=r

I've got an average sized woman's hand (a 7+), and a history of tendon issues, so I prefer thick grips, though not heavy pens, with wet nibs and lots of ink capacity. (Current favs are Ranga ebonite in the 3 (although my other Rangas are bone dry), Opus 88 demonstrator and any of my 6 TWSBI Ecos (if I could marry into the TWSBI family, I would). I do not like thin or heavy metal pens (ejected all Jinhao's.) 

 

I love italic nibs, but might opt for a bold. 

 

Looking forward to hearing from you all.


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#2 sansenri

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 18:35

there are many very different Montegrappa pens, some are really nice, I have a few, but if you are talking of the new Elmo, regretfully that model (which I do not own) is out from start for me, due to the relevant step down barrel to section.

I hold pens quite high up and that step would immediately be under my fingers... (you may hold your pens differently).

 

Ref. Leonardo, they are very nice pens, if you are comparing with the Ranga 3 the Leonardo Momento zero standard size should be fine.

You have many finishes to choose from too.

The steel nib is good in my experience, I enjoy broader nibs and their B is very smooth and a tad bouncy too.

The Furore, if you prefer the sigar shape, is essentially the same pen (section and body) with differently shaped ends.

Since the barrel tapers you feel a slight difference in the hand between the two models, but I really like both.

The section is somewhat oddly shaped (when compared to the straight section of the Ranga 3) but I find it comfortable, and I'm usually put off by oddly shaped sections.

In terms of weight both (Furore and Momento) are reasonably light pens (the Ranga 3 is probably slightly lighter being ebonite), not heavy surely.

The Momento Grande is considerably heavier although well balanced.

Look for the Leonardo thread, you'll see many of their offerings shown.



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 20:07

Wonderful! Thank you for your kind analysis.



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 22:41

happy to share my experience,

I'm actually quite a fan of Ranga pens too and own quite a number.

It surprises me you mention your other Rangas are dry, most of mine have generous flow, but I do like broad nibs.

What other Ranga do you own, what nibs do they mount, are they converter pens?

It might be that your nib tines are a bit too tight.

 

Regarding the Leonardo Furore, the Blue Emerald is a fantastic colour, I have one too! You would not go wrong on this one...

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 23:31

I have two Leonardo Momento zero's and really like them. I didn't think I would like the odd shaped section but it's comfortable. I'm interested to hear how the Elmo compares. I've been thinking about getting one of them.







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