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  1. This is my own pen. I did not receive any compensation for this review. This pen is available for hire from me through pensharing.com. Looks, description, build quality, dimensions The Montegrappa Desiderio has a resin body, cap and section. Clip and finial are sterling silver (with another small sterling silver band within the section). The number 4 nib is 18k and features the octagonal Montegrappa motif and name. Yes, you read that right – a number 4 nib. More of that later. The feed is ebonite. The Desiderio comes in a choice of finishes: Black body & cap; red section, cap band and clip roller ballNavy blue body & cap; grey section, cap band and clip roller ballChocolate body & cap; dark orange-ish section, cap band and clip roller ball The cap takes about one-and-a-half turns to unscrew and the finial has the octagonal Montegrappa motif. The black resin has four distinct “sections” as you rotate the pen in your hand: on two of those, the black is solid; on the other two, a delightful sparkly pearlescence appears. Before you open the cap it appears to be quite a classic, understated pen: predominantly black with sterling silver trim, with only the red sliver on the cap and the red roller on the clip giving you any clue that there might be something more to this pen… Then when you unscrew the cap – POW! The red section hits you right between the eyes. It’s gorgeous and mirrors the effect on the barrel: in a couple of places it’s solid red, then in others it appears to catch fire…. Build quality is generally excellent and the materials are lovely. However – the red sliver above the cap band is not quite flush with the cap; when you run your finger across it you can feel (and see) a slight misalignment. Which is disappointing. Dimensions are: Capped 135mm, 32g (Lamy Safari 139mm, 18g)Uncappped 124mm, 17g (Lamy Safari 128mm, 10g)Posted 154mm (Lamy Safari 164mm)Other: barrel width 13mm (at its widest point just behind the threads), section width 9mm (at its narrowest point just above the nib), section length 31mm (including threads), nib length 17mmStory behind the pen By the time I purchased the Desiderio, I had the midnight blue celluloid Miya, red resin Harmony and Copper Mule in my collection so was already well invested in the Montegrappa brand and constantly on the lookout for the next purchase. I follow lots of retailers on Instagram and one day the following post from Chatterley Luxuries in the US popped up: Photo courtesy of Chatterley Luxuries Instagram feed @chatterleyluxuries At that price I had to have it and also put the word out to a few buddies in the community. It was a tough choice between the black and the blue. Blue is my favourite colour and I figured I could easily end up with an entire collection of blue pens so opted for the black. The fiery contrast of the red section also attracted me more than the grey. I agonised between M and F nibs and eventually played it safe with M. Bryant answered a stream of questions both speedily and kindly – his customer service was first class, and the pen arrived with a nice handwritten note from Tiffany. Feel in the hand The resin feels lovely to the touch, wonderfully smooth. The section tapers towards the nib and is a nice comfortable size to hold (I generally feel comfortable when my thumb and three fingers which hold the pen are almost touching all the way round) The threads are well back near the barrel and are “square” threads meaning no sharp edges, if you do happen to hold your pen that far back (I don’t – I like to hold the pen as close to the paper as possible). Filling / refilling It’s a cartridge converter. But it’s a screw-in converter which gives some extra peace of mind against leakage. Nib feel on the paper / ink flow OK I can’t avoid the issue any more – the number 4 nib is teeny. Those who love number 8 nibs need not apply! I didn’t think you could even get a nib this small! And when you look at it in profile, it is slightly curved, dare I say droopy and a bit sad looking? So first impressions aren’t great but thankfully the “size isn’t everything” cliche comes to the rescue because it’s actually a really interesting nib. Ink flow is generous. I keep it paired with Diamine Red Dragon, to match the section. (I initially paired it with Diamine Matador but the ink flow was shockingly bad) Is it smooth? There is certainly quite a lot of feedback and the sound is completely unique amongst my pens, a bit squeaky actually, but it’s certainly not scratchy. Line width / variation In normal writing the line is probably slightly finer than a Lamy Safari M. But here’s the ace up the sleeve: the nib actually has some flex. Not a lot. But when you apply some pressure, the tines do move apart and you do get a wider line. It’s lovely. I’ve taken care not to apply too much pressure – I don’t want to overdo it in case I damage the nib. Top – Lamy Safari M; Middle – Desiderio unflexed; bottom – Desiderio flexed A bit flexy.. How does it make your handwriting look I’ll start by saying I’m no flexpert so I don’t usually use the Desiderio that way. In hindsight I wish I had chosen the F nib, possibly in the belief that you would get even more line variation. (It’s only relatively recently I’ve come to prefer F nibs. Kinda wish I knew that at the start of my fountain pen journey…) Because of the smaller nib, I can hold the pen close to the paper which gives me the feeling of greater control. Unposted, (and I usually use my pens unposted) possibly because of the element of flex I feel there’s a bit more wildness when I write. I’ve only recently tried the pen posted, despite having it for over a year. The cap is quite heavy but it posts about 30mm down the barrel so it’s really nicely balanced. That bit of extra weight higher up helps to calm the wildness I referred to above and it becomes a genuine delight to write with. Value for money At USD 850 there is absolutely no way I would have considered this pen. Sure it’s got an 18k nib and sterling silver trim but there’s no celluloid and there’s the flaw on the cap (maybe it’s just mine). But at USD 160 it is a complete steal! I genuinely can’t imagine what made Bryant virtually give his last ones away (he did have all three colours still in stock), but I’m glad he did.. Conclusion / recommendation The Desiderio has a lot going for it – the “surprise” section (rather like the Louboutin red sole I suppose), the 18k flexy nib, the nice pearlescent effect as you revolve the pen, the sterling silver trim. I still do find the nib too small aesthetically – I wish they had used a number 5. However in use the size doesn’t matter, and when posted, it becomes a really lovely writer. Price wise I got a genuine absolute bargain. If you could find yourself one at the same price, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
  2. hey Guys, i have a chance purchasing this nice pen, which in my opinion looks just amazing. BUT! i have read lost of information here on FPN and in other reviews.. some people state it is a pistonfiller, others that it uses the converter inside (and you can not take it out or swap it). If that is true in my opinion in this case converter is the worst filling technology for the price of the pen like that. It seems quite suspicious as when you turn the knob up till the end it still sturns, and would not stop. So which one is it 1. a pistonfiller 2. a hidden converter which you just cannot take out. Oh and by the way how is the Montegrappa customer service in comparison to other companies. I had super positive service from TWSBI, especially Lamy, and Diplomat. Thank you very much for information.
  3. Hello everybody, just wanted to let you all know we have some fun things going on this weekend at Dromgooles. Saturday 10AM-5PM Brian Tighe will be here showing off his custom knives as well as displaying his son Grayson Tighe's pens.(WOWWWW) Shu-Jen Lin will be here featuring Taccia's newest products including Maki-e, inks, regular product line Ryan Sirignano will be here with Montegrappa, Aurora, and Esterbrook including the Montegrappa Samurai and others David Oscarson will be here with his new Golden Spike as well as artist proofs and short run limited edition colors. After the day event, we will be hosting a meeting for the Usual Suspects Network (knife group) guest are welcome. Featuring Brian Tighe Sunday- We are open Sundays during December up until Christmas Ryan Sirignano will be here from 12pm-4pm continuing event from previous day!
  4. Hello, I'm a new fountain pen user currently I was given as a gift from a colleague a Montegrappa nerouno medium size My question was at times when I'm writing I write at a slight slant and the pen would stop feeding ink and I couldn't continue to write unless I readjusted the angle, so I was wondering why this was and how I could mediate this. The ink I'm currently using is quink from Parker (black) I'm sorry if this is posted in the incorrect location, I'm still trying to navigate through the forums, if it can be moved please do so or let me know thank you. Thank you for reading, Thebeginner
  5. which converters and cartridges can be used in montegrappa game of thrones pens
  6. mns68

    Grifos Vs Montegrappa !

    A friend of mine asked me an advise as he is going to get one of these pens from massdrop : Grifos Pen and the City Fountain Pen https://www.massdrop.com/buy/grifos-pen-and-the-city-fountain-pen Montegrappa Ducale Fountain Pen https://www.massdrop.com/buy/motegrappa-ducale-founatin-pen Montegrappa Game of Thrones Fountain Pen https://www.massdrop.com/buy/montegrappa-game-of-thrones-fountain-pen-bundle unfortunately I haven't use any of them ....I hope to get some thoughts from you and so far I don't think there is budget issue
  7. Hi gang, Some of you may remember me as Bonhams Auctioneers former penman-in-chief. Well, Bonhams is out of the pen business and I've moved on to San Francisco's PBA Galleries. We're launching our debut Fine Pens sale on Thursday, July 19th at 11:00 am PST. Here's a link to the online sale listings: https://www.pbagalle...catalog/id/454/ Here's a link to the digital version of the print catalogue with flip-thru pages: http://pbagalleries.com/content/ecat/648/index.html The sale features 361 lots of great modern and vintage pens. I've tried to include a broad range of pens to suit various budgets, and I hope that many of you will find treasures to enhance your collections! Our next sale will be on December 6th, and we're accepting consignments now. You can contact me at: ivan@pbagalleries.com. I do hope it's ok to post this here (I used to post notices for Bonhams' sales here without incident). Cheers, Ivan Ivan Briggs Director of Fine Pens and Comics
  8. Here is the next volume of the Dromgoole's podcast. We have an interview with Mark Cole from Coles of London who distributes Visconti. Also we show some cool used pens we got here at the store, and conclude a giveaway.
  9. Hi gang, Some of you may remember me as Bonhams Auctioneers former penman-in-chief. Well, I've moved on to San Francisco's PBA Galleries, and we're launching our debut Fine Pens sale on Thursday, July 19th at 11:00 am PST. Here's a link to the online sale listings: https://www.pbagalleries.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/454/ The catalogue goes to press today and will be mailed shortly. It's a fairly big sale, 361 lots, including many modern and vintage Montblancs; rare vintage eyedroppers from Waterman, Parker, Aiken Lambert, Edward Todd and others; limited edition Montegrappas, Namikis, Stipulas, OMAS, Sheaffers and more. As a big personal fan of Henry Simpole's wonderful creations, I'm especially pleased to offer four rare Simpole overlay pens. Our buyer's premium is 20%, with a 1% discount for cash or cash-equivalent payments (Bonhams premium was 25%, no discounts). Definitely factor the buyer's premium into your bid amounts! There's no credit card maximum (Bonhams max was $25K). You can register to bid on our website (the process is simple), and you can bid online, in person, by phone or by absentee bid. I've tried to include a broad range of pens to suit various budgets, and I hope that many of you will find treasures to enhance your collections! Our next sale will be on December 6th, and we're accepting consignments now. You can contact me at: ivan@pbagalleries.com. Cheers, Ivan Ivan Briggs Director of Fine Pens and Comics PBA Galleries Pictured: HENRY SIMPOLE: Tendril Sterling Silver Filigree Limited Edition Fountain Pen: Premiere Example. Estimate: $1000-1500 The Tendril's wonderfully elaborate openwork filigree was inspired by a Japanese silver overlay pen that Mr. Simpole saw in a 1990s auction catalogue. The filigree is overlaid on a Conway Stewart body. 160mm. Broad 18K gold Conway Stewart nib. Outer box, lacquered wood display box lined in red velvet and cream satin, illustrated leaflet, signed limitation certificate. Limited Edition: No. 1 of only 6 examples made. Excellent condition, not inked. Henry Simpole is the consummate penmaker's penmaker, and his overlay pens are among the very best limited edition writing instruments of the modern era. Each of his designs is handcrafted in small numbers to the most exacting standards, and they perfectly blend the superior aesthetics of the eyedropper era with the advanced materials and filling technology of the present day. Mr. Simpole's pens are exceedingly difficult to obtain on the secondary market, and the few examples offered in this sale represent a rare opportunity for collectors to obtain his legendary handiwork.
  10. Well after a long few weeks between ordering the pen and it landing on my doorstep, I'm pleased to say my Montegrappa Extra 1930 Arte Deco in shiny lines has arrived. I had been hoping for a slightly less expensive version of the shiny lines material to be used on a 1930 since the Extra Otto. As much as I loved the look of the Otto, I couldn't justify the price. Now that this model was released, and in a small limited edition number of 50, I decided the time was right to dip my toes into the Montegrappa waters and get my first Extra, Unboxing the pen I was immediately pleased that the celluloid pattern is even better in real life than in the photos so I thought I would share them with ya'll here. The pen is executed well overall with only the somewhat annoying ratchet piston mechanism spoiling the fun. I've also put together a short review on my blog here if you are interested. Did anyone else pick this pen up? I feel like the 1930 doesn't get as much love as it should.
  11. truphae_inc

    Review: Montegrappa Revolver

    Hi, everyone! New here, and just did a brief introduction yesterday. Wanted to share a review we did on the upcoming Montegrappa Revolver (limited edition) from the Cult Collection. This is a truly amazing pen with some super unique features - acts like a real revolver without any of the dangers! Feel free to check out our review here: https://www.truphaeinc.com/blogs/truphae-news-and-stories/montegrappa-limited-edition-revolver-stainless-steel-fountain-pen Would love to hear others' thoughts on Montegrappa - one of our favorite brands for the best metalwork!
  12. Hello everyone, I have a new Montegrappa Passione ballpoint that I could use some help with. This is a twist actuated ballpoint. When the ink cartridge is retracted, there is a bit of play in the action before there starts to be resistance. As it wiggles, I can feel a small pop right before the cartridge starts to extend. There is still play in the cap/rear of the pen when the ink cartridge is extended also, though not as severe. Is this something inherent to twist ballpoints or should it be tight with no play? Is there anything I can do to tighten up the cap and remove the play? Link to a video showing the pen: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mcnUDXafUqO8mUg3USzKSSrcGMzjHPC6 Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Kyle
  13. Hello, Can anyone please advise from experience if the Montegrappa Exta 1930 Broad nib is stubbish? I am aware that their medium nib runs slightly narrow, but I don't want a greater line width if it is devoid of character. Any advice or writing samples would be much appreciated
  14. Hi there, Was fortunate to be given 2 pens from an old relative - one a nice Conway Stewart 58, the other not sure - appreciate your help. My first real experience with old fountain pens, and enjoying cleaning them up and using them. The unknown has marbled brown celluloid? with what are clearly brass bands and clip. There is a button filler, but the internals - two thin brass strips have broken away. The nib is stainless with "Ducale" and "4" imprinted. No markings on body Is this a Montegrappa , based on the Ducale , but the clip doesn't seem to match , although the cap shape/bands look right from 1940's versions. Is it much older? Quite possible given these came with family from northern Italy. Appreciate the help. ALSO, anyone fixed such an old button filler ?
  15. TassoBarbasso

    WTH? Is This A Joke?

    Just stumbled across this. I'm speechless.
  16. Markall

    Montegrappa Repair

    Does anyone know how to dismantle a sixties montegrappa pen with a leaking piston? It looks i bit like a parker 51 section.
  17. This finish is absolutely spectacular! Im a little jealous actually. I havent been able to fire a pen to this color so now I have a new goal. The colors are amazing in person. It difficult to photograph and capture everything but theres a lot going on here and it looks amazing in person. The color does depend a lot on the lighting. All day at work today I was insistent that the cap was much more golden than the body and it bugged me. At home the colors match so much better! It looks great in light with more yellow to it. The price is a little ridiculous though and I would not have bought it had Goldspot not had a great promotion going at the time. Also the mug that came with the pen is really cool but had a dent in the lip. Got an email in to Goldspot about it. Nice and solid and a decent size too. Im actually planning to use this mug on a regular basis just hopefully dent free. This is easily the best built Fortuna I have and I think I almost have at least one from every series just about. The cap threads to the section smoothly on this pen. On the other Fortunas its a little gritty for some reason. Ive been told Montegrappa went to a JoWo nib on this pen and its pretty flawless. All of my other Fortuna Bock nibs have been completely uninspiring out of the box and Ive had to beat on just about all of them. Thats like 10 Fortunas or so. This JoWo nib is like glass but it actually writes. The other pens had been like glass but they polished all too far to the point of babies bottom and I had to bring them back a little. This JoWo writes great but its just a tad too smooth for my preference. I like a small amount of feedback but thats just my preference. Theres nothing wrong with this new JoWo but Im going to rough it up just a hair for quality feedback. A slight run over 6k micromesh will do it. I really dont get this. I have a ton of pens with Bock nibs both factory and aftermarket in #5 and #6 titanium and steel. Theyve all been great but the Fortuna nib was just meh on basically all of my pens. Now I had one JoWo previously from Goulet in a 1.1mm stub and it was scratchy with a thin line. Needed some work. Im not sure why Fortuna Bocks had been lame but a JoWo Fortuna is really nice. Not sure whats going on here but going to a JoWo nib was a night and day call by Montegrappa on the Fortuna. The pen is infinitely better for it. The other thing I really like about this pen is that theres a lot of press coverage about it and how its made. You can actually watch a video of how its fired that Goulet posted. That goes a long way to justify the cost to yourself.
  18. FrankvK

    Montegrappa Fortuna Blazer

    The Montegrappa Blazer is a new member of the Fortuna family. A steel pen, treated with fire, to give it a unique and colorful look. We enjoy it and recorded a short video. https://youtu.be/mFrDpSmvYQ8 (I couldn't find a way to embed the video here)
  19. Joe Penmanship

    Nib Finish Deterioration

    I have a Montegrappa Fortuna Skull that I purchased in 2013. It has been a reasonably good pen, performance-wise. Not the greatest. Not the worst. The important note is that I have not used it much (since it is not the greatest performer) and it has remained happily capped and in a secure box most of its life. In fact, I only remember inking it two times (with normal standard inks that everyone uses, nothing weird, alien or BSB) and have only written with it probably a total of two-hours during its cushy little life. And I have cleaned it carefully and properly, as I clean all of my pens after some period of use. It has never been dropped. I have never lent it to someone else. I haven't stirred my coffee with it. Bottom-line, this pen has been treated like a princess (pencess?). So I went to visit this Fortuna this morning since I haven't caressed it for awhile. And upon removal of the cap, I see that the black finish on the nib has somewhat deteriorated - bits of silver shining through the black here and there. I rub the nib and no more comes off -- so it doesn't seem to be just flaking away. It just seems to have dissolved away into space. And it is now an ugly nib. I have a note into the store that I bought it from -- haven't heard back, yet. But has anyone else had this issue with Montegrappa Fortuna Skulls? Is this a known issue that in someone's similar experience the manufacturer or place of purchase might be willing to rectify? I did a search on the forums here, but did not uncover anything. I attached a photo. Cheers! Joe
  20. Hi guys. I would like to ask some questions about Montegrappa pen nib unit for sale and repairing. The nib unit of my Montegrappa 80th anniversary pen was damaged as shown in the picture. I was wondering if anyone a brand new nib unit available for selling at the moment (nib and feed only prefered). Besides, where can I get the pen repaired? One more thing, are there any other nibs and feeds of Montegrappa that could be used as a substitution of this pen? Thank you very much.
  21. Greetings! Montegrappa & Jazz lovers: Chatterley Luxuries has a Flash Sale on a Montegrappa Limited Edition Quincy Jones for $595. Enjoy! Link below: https://chatterleyluxuries.com/product/flash-sale-montegrappa-quincy-jones-limited-edition-carbon-fiber-fountain-pen-flash-sale/
  22. DromgoolesHouston

    Fountain Pen Review M805 Ocean Swirl

    This is Michael Dromgoole from Dromgoole's. I will be posting many product reviews for new items coming into the store. Today, I posted a review of the Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on my Youtube Channel, and I will attach a link for that down below. Tomorrow I plan on posting a review about Fountain Pen Revolution Flex Pens so keep an eye out for that. We are also having a couple of pen shows at Dromgoole's this week, including Mark Cole from Coles of London which is the US distributor for Visconti on Thursday, and also on Saturday we will be having a pen event with Ken Jones from Yafa who distributes Monteverde, Pineider, Marlen, Stipula, Conklin, and others. I am going to try to do some interviews from them regarding new products and exciting things to come in the near future. If you enjoy my content, please feel free to engage by liking, commenting, sharing, and subscribing!
  23. Hey guys, for those of you who do not know me, I am Michael Dromgoole. I am the 4th generation future owner here at Dromgoole's. We are starting a podcast that showcases new product, interviews reps and customers, and we have some other cool stuff up our sleeve. Please enjoy, and feel free to give me feedback in any form possible. I appreciate you watching and hope to see you back in the future!
  24. Shortly after I read a review of the Montegrappa Desiderio here: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/327241-montegrappa-desiderio-review/?p=3916037 I acquired one myself, in the brown/red color: I thought it would be interesting to compare it to an original-generation Montegrappa Espressione, to which I feel it bears some resemblance. Note that there was a later edition of the Espressione that looks somewhat different from the original, and substitutes the 18kt gold nib of the original for a steel nib (at a reduced price), but here I'm only comparing the Desiderio to the original Espressione. Montegrappa has always had pens with resin and celluloid barrels, and for each material, pens with faceted versus circular cross-sections. To me, the (original) Espressione was meant to be the resin-bodied counterpart of the celluloid-bodied Miya. Both pens have cylindrical non-faceted caps and barrels, but otherwise both have 18kt nibs (though the Miya's is two-tone) with ebonite feeds and sterling-silver sections and trims. The Espressione's section bears the sterling silver hallmark but appears to have been further plated with rhodium in order to keep it from tarnishing, whereas the Miya's section has the characteristic matte sterling silver appearance and requires regular use of the polishing cloth that Montegrappa helpfully included in the box. But enough about the Miya. Let's get back to the Espressione (and the Desiderio, of course). With the Espressione no longer made, I guess Montegrappa figured on filling the present opening for a resin-barreled, circular cross-section pen with 18kt nib with the new Desiderio, but built it to a price point (not the original absurd list price but the later much more reasonable one). This entailed the following compromises: 18kt nib on the Desiderio all right, but the tiny #4 size (top) instead of the #6 size 18kt nib on the Espressione (bottom) Plastic feed on the Desiderio, ebonite feed on the EspressioneResin section on the Desiderio, sterling silver section on the EspressioneLittle rolling ball on the sterling silver Desiderio clip is made of the resin barrel material (looks cute, though), whereas it is also sterling silver (like the rest of the clip) on the EspressioneEspressione barrel has sterling-silver threads on bottom to post cap securely, Desiderio barrel has no threads at all. This makes the Desiderio shorter than the Espressione when posted (top), though when capped both are almost exactly the same length (bottom) Unkindest cut of all, in my opinion: the lovely raised "1912" (the year the company was founded) on the top of the Espressione cap (bottom), and a feature on lots of Montegrappa pens including steel-nibbed ones like the Parola, has been dropped in favor of a new abstract design on the top of the Desiderio cap (top) that means nothing and looks cheap. On the other hand, the Desiderio nib, incongruously small though it is compared to the general dimensions of the pen, wrote smoothly and wet right out of the box. This is (unfortunately) a big deal, because both my Espressione and Miya nibs refused to write when they first came to me, and they both needed work by a nibmeister before they would write (they both write splendidly now). If you can find an original Espressione in good condition today, you should expect to pay no more for it than for the Desiderio on clearance, but the Espressione is definitely the better-made pen. On the other hand, the Miya (which is the celluloid-bodied counterpart to the original Espressione) seems to have a true heir: the celluloid-bodied Passione, which was also initially priced just as absurdly as the Desiderio (but even more expensive), then re-priced at a slightly less ludicrous level.
  25. Drawing61

    Cellulose Nitrate?

    I recently purchased a delightful pen from Bryant at Chatterley/PenTime. It is a Montegrappa zebra celluloid from a limited edition "Beauty Book" a luxury package with the book and two pens "Lady" and "Gentleman". I chose the Lady with a double broad nib and have been having fun running her through her paces. She glides, she floats, I wonder if she is Japanese. My question: are any pens still made with cellulose nitrate, or are most celluloids made from cellulose acetate which I know my pen is composed up because of the price.

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