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  1. Since I'm converting to Judaism (and like Judaism-inspired designs), I was looking into Judaism-related fountain pens, and I was struck by a curious trend: almost all the pens I could find related to Judaism or Israel are made by Italian companies. And it's not just one company or anything...a lot of major Italian brands seem to have made one at some point. For example: Delta Israel 60th anniversaryMontegrappa Fortuna ShemaOmas Israel 50th JubileeStipula Israel 65th anniversaryUrso MezuzahVisconti Twelve Tribes of IsraelVisconti Jewish BibleBy contrast, the only non-Italian Judaica pens I've found are the Bexley Israel 50th anniversary and the Curtis Australia State of Israel 60th anniversary. It's kind of an odd trend...I can understand Japanese companies not being interested in making Jewish pens, but you'd think that the US or Germany would make more. Is there some cultural or economic connection between Italy and Israel that would encourage this sort of design from Italian makers, or is this just a strange coincidence?
  2. Coming this June, exclusive the the US distributor, is the Limited Edition Montegrappa Rosso Veneziano Fountain Pen. The pen is called the Rosso Veneziano after the red that is spotted in every corner of Venice. This beautiful red celluloid fountain pen has a piston filling system and 18kt gold nib with sterling silver trims and is available in EF, F, M and B. The SRP is $795. There will be 100 units. As will believe these pens will be sold out very quickly we suggest you place your orders immediately. If you are interested pre-order now https://www.penchalet.com/blog/montegrappa-rosso-veneziano-fountain-pen/
  3. Hello everyone! I've been reading this website for months but this is the first time I post. I wanted to ask you guys to recommend me which pen I should ask for as a gift for my college graduation, with a budget of max 400 dls. I have been considering the following options: Visconti Van Gogh Starry Night, Visconti Dali, Montegrappa Ducale and Espressione and Montblanc 145, but I am open to more suggestions. I have been into fountain pens for a couple of years and I currently own 2 Lamy Safaris and a Sheaffer 100. Which pen would you choose for this special occasion?
  4. Hi everyone hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday. I am please to share with you one of Montegrappa's latest writing instruments, the Fortuna Caduceus. Simplistic and clean in a white resin with palladium trim. Convey best wishes and good health to friends, loved ones or even yourself! The fountain pen comes with a stainless steel nib, etched with the classic Montegrappa filigree pattern, and is available in Fine, Medium and Broad. Retail $325 for the fountain pen, if you are interested in the Rollerball or Ballpoint Please feel free to contact me. You can reach us between 8am - 5pm MST through our toll free #-855-565-1818 http://www.airlineintl.com/files/41/products41850.jpg
  5. Hey all, I have a Montegrappa NeroUno Linea that I bought a few months back for my birthday. I had a few flow issues with it, but I put it down to my writing style (I'm a lefty and write hooked) and that the pen just needed flushing and/or getting used to my writing style. Fastforward to now when I took a serious look at the nib. I realised that there is an obvious gap between the tines on the nib. I'm not sure if this is normal, as the nib itself doesn't have a breather hole, but there is a definite gap between the tipping material on the nib.. I'm fairly certain that this isn't normal. I'm not a nibmeister or at all experienced with fountain pen repair. Being that this is an expensive pen (~£450), I certainly don't want to void the warranty or anything like that. There is no flow of ink between the tines unless I prime the feed, and even then it sometimes runs dry (I have flushed the pen numerous times). While it is a solution, it's not a permanent solution. Any help, guys? Really would appreciate any thoughts.
  6. When my wife and I first met Marcel Vermeulen (www.marcelvermeulen.com) it was because we were looking for a special ring. When looking and selecting a ring, it soon became clear that Marcel not only makes wonderful jewelry, he is also very passionate about the precious stones of which many he buys at the source from where these are found and then has them cut to get them looking at their finest. Soon we got to talk about my passion, pens, and both of us had the idea that it would be great if we can combine the two. Make or customize a pen with precious stones to make it even more beautiful. A pen we both liked very much to customize is the Montegrappa Kazan. This pen honors the city of Kazan and has design elements originating from there. The pen is already very limited with just 300 pieces made, and we made an even more limited edition with just one pen made. The dome is replaced with a 18 / 750 carat golden dome, set with 1,92 carat of VVS rare white high quality brilliant cut diamonds. The cutting and setting of the diamonds is all done by hand and took place in Antwerp Belgium. The pen features an 18k gold nib, with the shield of Kazan in yellow gold and a piston filling mechanism. The material is green precious resin with sterling silver decorated sleeves around the cap and barrel. The gold and diamond dome make this pen an eye catcher and will decorate any breast pocket, desk and hand. This pen is limited to 1 piece only. http://fontoplumo.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Montegrappa_Kazan_1S.jpg http://fontoplumo.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Montegrappa_Kazan_5S.jpg
  7. Montegrappa is the official licensee of UEFA Champions League since July 2015; and they're releasing a new Limited Edition to celebrate 60 years from the first UEFA European Champions Club Cup. The pen is all made in sterling silver, with blue resin details, and decorated with symbols of Champions League everywhere. Cap and body are decorated with a low-relief torchon motif in sterling silver, declaring name and year of every champion of the competition since 1955. The clip reproduces the profile of the cup's handle. The cap top ends with the UEFA Champions League Starball, gold plated inside just like the true cup. It will be ready - hopefully - in a couple of weeks, maybe less; and the list price will be approx 3000 Euro (VAT included). (There is also a solid gold version, but I'd like to forget its price ).
  8. Hi, After a long time contemplating I finally bought the Montegrappa NeroUno with the Fine nib. I made the purchase online but before that I saw quite a few pens in my local shop. The pen and the nib I expected to receive is this: http://www.lacouronneducomte.nl/webstore/main/images/montegrappa_nerouno_fp_all.jpg But the one I received is this: In my local shop I tried both, and the one I expected to receive (first one) I liked way more. The shop also told me that the one with the hexagonal design is the old design and an older nib, and the clear clean one is the new one. However now the online merchant is telling me that they talked to Montegrappa, who are confirming the hexagonal one is the new one, and the clean one is no longer available. This sound strange, as all the official materials from Montegrappa still display the clean one, even the website: http://www.montegrappa.com/product-category/writing-instruments/regular-edition/nerouno/ I'm hoping someone here will be able to help me determine what is the truth, and is the merchant trying to *screw* me? Best regards, Alari
  9. Hello, Have you seen the latest interviews with these companiess? Interestingly Stipula was called Alba at the beginning and Aurora is building a huge pen museum. I wonder if anyone knows more about this. Some interesting pics from the factories. Especially the nib production steps i think. http://penficionado.thepengallery.com/ Louise
  10. These items will not come with a box and are sold as is. Each item will come with the full manufacturer warranty. SALE ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 10/22/15 AT MIDNIGHT!
  11. A CULT tribute to this distinguished palate delicacy as well as to the homeland of both the beverage and our company itself, this homely collection turned out to be a break-through phenomenon in the industry. Innovative for its steampunk design and local-roots idea, it is already setting up a trend on the market. The hand-made hammered copper body and the stainless-steel trim, culminating into a cork cap top, are as fantastically uncommon for a writing instrument as only Montegrappa can be. The Grappa collection will be offered as a fountain or a rollerball pen, limited to the Montegrappa’s foundation year-number 1912 for each of the two modes. The Grappa fountain pen is fit traditionally with a customized 18k gold nib, and is both cartridge or converter-fed. Montegrappa delivers the Grappa collection in exclusively designed boxes, as much impactful as the product itself, with the writing instrument to be exhibited within a real blown-glass grappa bottle!
  12. This is my first attempt at a review, probably far too long and far too boring but I’ve not seen one for this pen so it's better than nothing, or is it...! I’m not giving out scores, I’ve read plenty of reviews on here and not seen many where it adds anything, it often just makes you wonder how they possibly came up with what they did. Sorry but only phone pics, I've not the time to set anything more fancy up at the moment. Preamble This is my first Montegrappa and the most expensive pen I own. Whilst I’m no boxing fan I doubt there are many people anywhere in the world who don’t know the name Muhammad Ali, but I bought it for its looks and not the name association. It is part of their icons series, I'm not sure he would be my idea of an icon but that’s really neither here nor there. There have been 1942 silver fountain pens made corresponding to his year of birth. Presentation Whilst I’m not too concerned about the packaging, considering the retail price is around $2600/€1800/£1275 it does look rather low rent compared to many I’ve seen in that price range or even a fair amount less. The made in China box is smart enough just nothing special at all. Black outside, black inside with the odd graphic. It’s boring enough not to go in to much detail on. It doesn’t even smell of leather so I’d guess faux leather (plastic) over card and thin plywood. Of course you’re paying for the packaging so perhaps a better way of looking at it is, in this instance, practically all your money is going on the pen rather than split between the pen and a fancy box. Some might knock it down a point because of this, it depends on your expectations. First Impressions When you first open the box for something like a pen you experience that initial impression which is on the scale of yuck! through to wow!, obviously you're hoping for something closer to the latter. Well opening the box was definitely a ooh that’s nice bordering on a wow moment. It might have been a bit higher if I’d been fully awake but the post arrived very early. It does look impressive, it really stands out against the black interior, so they did do something right with the packaging, and picking it up it just feels like quality. It comes with an authenticity certificate and a booklet that tells you the usual about the company and the pen but also tidbits about Ali. It also includes two ink cartridges. Two, really? Couldn’t stretch to a whole pack, that’s just cheap. Appearance & Design Many limited edition Montegrappa pens that I’ve seen photos of are just too over the top for my tastes. However I think this pen stays on the tasteful side of the fence, I might even be tempted to call it classy looking. It has just enough design touches to be interesting without going overboard or being garish. The pen is created from celluloid with 925 sterling silver trim. The black and white on the body is inspired by the colours of his shorts and socks. The clip take its and design shape from the seams from his gloves. The cap shape is inspired by a punch ball, or so they say, perhaps they mean punch bag? The cap and the very bottom socks section on the body have a more grey tone to them with a lot more swirls than the whiter shorts main body area. In a way I’d have liked the body to be the same as the cap, the swirls really catch the light, but I understand the reasoning. The cap has Ali’s signature on one side, personally I’m not sure it adds anything to the pen, all the other design cues were probably enough. On top of the cap is a stylised version of his ring which reads “Ali The Greatest Of All Time”. From the photos I had worried that it might look a bit tacky but it’s quite low key in person. The only two silver parts that are stamped 925 and a code, don’t think that counts as hallmarks but am no expert, are on the lower cap and lower body bands. None of the metal parts are magnetic so looks like they're all silver, I had thought the clip might have just been plated but seems not to be the case. Finally the edition number is on a silver disc on the bottom of the body. Construction & Quality I can’t really fault anything about either the construction or quality of the materials. The cap takes about 1⅓ turns to unscrew and seems to have just the right amount of “stickiness” to stop it accidentally opening. The clip doesn’t feel too tight or too loose, just about right, having said that I never use them. One really nice thing is that neither the threads on the body or the ridge where it transitions from the grip section to the main body have any sharp edges to dig in, which means you can grip it anywhere and it’s comfortable. That seems to be overlooked by quite a few designs. Weight & Dimensions It has a decent heft to it without unduly heavy. When you pick it up it feels substantial and you automatically think quality. To give you an idea the body’s slightly lighter than a whole TWSBI 580. Neither is it too wide or too skinny, just feels nice. Again comparing it to the 580, holding the grip section is about the same as holding the 580's filler knob. I don’t like to post my pens which is fortunate as it isn’t ideal with all the metalwork on the cap. It will post but, unsurprisingly, feels top heavy. The Nib The 18k gold nib is plated with white gold which, compared to many, is quite plain but in a good way, with no extraneous scroll work or text, so the design really pops out. The picture of Ali together the the "Ali" text shows through the yellow gold whilst the nib details are discretely printed. It seems to have just the right amount of wetness, no puddles but certainly no dryness. There has been no hard starts, no skipping and it’s just nice and smooth. I guess you could say that it floats like a butterfly. But, whilst there’s some springiness to the nib, which makes it more enjoyable to write with, there really isn’t any line variation worth talking about. So it’s just a fine nib which seems to write more like a medium probably because of the wetness. Certainly quite a bit thicker than the fine on my Omas. Filling Filling is via the supplied converter and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I can’t help thinking it seems a bit cheap even though I know that much more expensive pens use the same system. Montegrappa do have piston fillers so it’s not as though they don’t have the choice. Anyway the converter works so I guess it’s fine although the capacity obviously isn’t great compared to some pens. Cost & Value If it wasn’t for the fact I managed to snag it for a steal I wouldn’t own it, not even at sale prices, it would have been too rich for my blood. It's certainly not a cheap pen however that’s not to say it’s not worth the asking price. One person’s good value or affordable is another persons “how much!”. Put it this way, there’s nothing on the pen that says cost cutting, OK perhaps the filler, or anything that’s not of top notch quality. Final Words So as you can tell I think it’s a really nice pen. If I had to be pressed for 3 things I’d have done differently then I would have made the packaging look as high end as the pen, thought about dropping the signature and perhaps change the filling system or if not at least throw in a full pack of cartridges. So really not much to complain about at all. However, as nice as the pen is and in no way do I regret buying it, it has made me realise, or rather confirmed, that I much prefer a vintage nib. Both this and the Omas Alma I recently acquired have nibs that you can’t fault for smoothness or writing performance, but even compared to some modest vintage pens are missing something. I bought a sub £20 Waterman at the same time, it’s tiny and the body feels extremely cheap, you wouldn’t expect it to be mentioned in the same breath as this pen. But it’s such fun to write with, while this and the Omas are, for want of a better word, workmanlike. They’re not without soul just that modern production techniques seem to have sucked most of it out of them. So I’m coming around to thinking that my “grail” pen, not that I really have one, would be a lovely vintage nib on a lovely modern body. If you're still awake, Specifications The lengths are just measured with a ruler, so +/-1mm’ish, but close enough to give you a good idea. Weight (empty): Complete 52g, Body 26g, Cap 26g Length: Closed 144mm, Body 133mm, Cap 59mm, Posted 166mm A Few More Pics [/url
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  14. Here is a review of a pen that does not get a lot of love, for some legitimate reasons, and some nitpicky (even snobby) reasons. This was my first Italian pen. I bought it a few months ago simply because I liked the way it looked. All I knew about Montegrappa was the obnoxious Stallone skulls-a-plenty pen. http://s16.postimg.org/lwlbd0845/IMG_4748.jpg The Fortuna line, as I understand, represents a move toward creating an "entry level" product in their range, to appeal to younger users and newer fountain pen users; users who may not be interested in traditional (read: boring) black-and-gold cigar-shaped pens or who can't afford any of Montegrappa's other offerings. (Get them hooked when they're young, eh?) The pen comes in black or white polished resin with rose gold, rhodium or ruthenium trim choices. (There are also some limited versions that are festooned with skulls because...of course it's festooned with skulls.) Mine is the white version with ruthenium trim. Packaging The Montegrappa packaging is pretty neat. A blue-gray slipcover reveals a blue-gray box, which holds a blue-gray leatherette-feeling hexagonal case. The Montegrappa "repeating-tile" motif is present throughout. The pen case has a thick, metal plaque on it and has a magnetic closure. Inside is the pen, a converter, a pair of cartridges (in blue-black and black) and some paperwork. All in all it's a pretty classy affair that lets the user feel like they're buying a luxury product. http://s2.postimg.org/4tcmb3w89/IMG_4742.jpg http://s29.postimg.org/y8mk71jef/IMG_4743.jpg Dimensions Length, capped: 13.6cm Length, uncapped: 12.5cm Length, posted: 16cm Width, at section: 11.1mm Width, max.: 13.5mm Weight, capped: 38g Here it is alongside two other relatively common pens: a Pilot Capless and a Montblanc 146 http://s27.postimg.org/3se7lfbyr/IMG_4739.jpg http://s9.postimg.org/z0dvu8jqn/IMG_4740.jpg http://s27.postimg.org/hnci3w6dv/IMG_4741.jpg Impressions & Design It's definitely a unique-looking pen. That's part of the appeal. It has a very stark aesthetic, simple black and white. I've heard more than one person comment that it looks like the pen Apple would design (but the Apple pen would only work with Apple ink on Apple paper). Its shape is unusual as well. The barrel is a slightly tapered cylinder that truncates rather abruptly. The cap is massive and has a badge on top that reads '1912' along with a massive cap ring with 'Montegrappa' engraved on it. The clip, which has a neat little roller, is incredibly stiff and is also black. Everything visible that's not white is black, including the nib. Of particular note are the heavy, square-cut threads on the section. They give the pen a quasi-industrial feel that is a little at odds with the futuristic look of the rest of the pen but does go with the chunky aesthetic. They secure the cap securely, though, which screws off and on in one-and-a-half twists. When using the pen, it feels nice and balanced, but very heavy when posted. While the barrel is white resin, the section feels like it's white-enameled brass. It is cold to the touch. When loaded with a red ink, Diamine Oxblood, in my case, it makes a major impression. To quote one of my colleagues, "That's like the kind of pen a vampire would use." Nib http://s4.postimg.org/53oczzvgt/IMG_4749.jpg The nib is steel, which is a major point of contention about this pen. It is, you guessed it, black. It has 'Montegrappa' engraved on it along with the tile pattern from the packaging. The feed is plastic. It is nicely proportioned to the length and width of the pen. It's a handsome nib, though. I believe Montegrappa now outsources nib production to Bock, but I'm not sure. What I am sure about is that this is the best steel nib I've ever used. Out of the box, its flow was perfect and it writes ridiculously smoothly. It doesn't skip or hesitate. It was tuned perfectly. It really sets a high bar for other companies to follow. In terms of performance, it's pretty stiff. There's some spring to it, but not a lot. I'm a lefty hook-writer with a very light hand, so any kind of flex is lost on me anyway. One thing to note, however, is that this nib is also extremely narrow. I have a medium, but it lays down a finer line than my extra-fine Pelikan M800. I checked to make sure. Yeah, it's a "medium". Go figure. http://s14.postimg.org/5tsgphkap/IMG_4738.jpg Filling System Standard international catridges. The converter is a screw-in type. Yup. Nothing new here. One thing to note is that if you fill the converter via the nib, you will get ink on the white section. That's just a pain in the neck to keep pearly white. http://s27.postimg.org/f65cadbv7/IMG_4744.jpg Value So here's where people start complaining. The MSRP for this pen is 290USD. That's an awful lot for a c/c pen with a steel nib. (People like gold nibs.) For me, though, the amount of tuning that this nib obviously received at the factory makes that argument fall flat. How many times have you had a way out-of-tune gold nib on a new pen? Tune is more important than material. Similarly, people want a piston-filling system and not cartridges. That's more of a design choice than a cost-cutting choice. Cartridges have as many pros as cons and pistons certainly aren't perfect. (Also, Nakayas are c/c pens. So there.) The rest of the high cost is, I think, simply because of Montegrappa's positioning as a luxury product, no different than Montblanc or OMAS or Cartier etc etc. Ultimately, this pen can be had for much, much less online. I got mine for around 150USD, new. That changes the whole equation regarding the steel nib and c/c complaints and, actually, makes this pen a pretty good value. Final Thoughts It looks cool as all get-out, it was reasonably priced, it's got the best out-of-the-box steel nib (and one of the best nibs of any material) that I've ever used, it's Italian. It's a pen that stands out. It's a pen that's meant to stand out, but it does so without looking comical. What's not to like?
  15. Hello to one and all, I have found your lovely forum here after coming into possession of what appears to be a rather rare item today. I own and operate a forum myself for my US sports team and so place a lot of value in the opinions and efficacy of forums as a place to speak with the REAL people who know what is what on a particular subject. This one is very much new to me, hence why I was delighted to find the forum here as hopefully a way to get some advice. So.....to the meat and potatoes. Today I stumbled across a presentation box for the Montegrappa, Ali vs Frazier, Thrilla in Manilla Limited Edition Fountain pen box set, limited to 350 made. Of course, I have found various listings and information about the complete set, with pen/s, certificates of authenticity and all the things that came with this originally but I only have the presentation box right here. So, I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on and assist me with how I could potentially find someone who would want this? I am aware that there is a large amount of stock placed (in collectors circles/markets) on the boxes for high value pens, and so if someone just has the pen for some reason then they would be the person I would need to be in touch with. I am in the UK (on the south coast in Brighton) but if perhaps someone around the world wanted this very rare presentation box to complete their pen set, then would be more than happy to properly, safely and securely send it anywhere in the world. I have spoken to a couple of pen collector experts here in the UK and they have given me an indication of value and desirability but as I said, I would very much like to hear some of your takes in the situation I find myself in with this......hoping not to end up losing out to some thrifty dealer who convinces me to sell it to them for much less than it is worth to the right buyer. Many thanks in advance, really glad I have found your site here and hope to be chatting with some of you soon. J
  16. I got, a while back a Montegrappa Shema....beautiful pen, lovely writer, and I've been using it with small cartridges. Decided I wanted a converter, was looking online, as I thought that one hadn't been included, and then noticed a sound under the lining....there was a converter there all the time, under the inner lining if the box, which I hadn't noticed (d'oh....) When I looked at it I noticed something odd: I've seen converters with a tiny ball which rattles about, presumable to help the ink flow, but this has a little wire coil which moves on its own. Pictures below.....what I'd like to know is.....is it meant to be there/move about? (Also....in case I need to buy one...is there a universal type converter which would fit? This one screws in tightly. I've not tried using it yet) (In the photos, I've tried to show it in the middle, top and bottom. Harder to describe than to show) Thanks Alex
  17. Hi - I am a dedicated fountain pen user but couldn't resist buying this ball point pen (for $0.25) at a neighbor's estate sale. Paradise Pen of Portland thought it might be Montegrappa, but did not recognize the model. A Montegrappa refill fits perfectly and looks exactly like the empty one it came with. So here is the description: Metal body with shiny dark bronze finish; six rubber or neoprene rings at mid-point of body; it feels heavy . . . weighing in at 2 oz or about 58 grams; it's 5.1 inches long; the rounded ends can be screwed off; The lid nests on the body tightly, so almost no line when writing. The finish has been scratched or worn by the cap being nested on the body. No writing of any kind that I can see. Thanks for the help. Jerry (aka Archcoug, Portland, Oregon)
  18. Hi - I just joined in the hope that someone will recognize a pen I recently bought. It is a dark bronze colored very thin metal ball point pen. I went to Paradise Pen and they thought it was a Montegrappa but did not recognize the model. I bought a refill cartridge made by Montegrappa and it fits perfectly. The pen had a metallic finish and weighs about 2 oz. It has six neoprene or rubber rings at the middle. The rounded ends can be unscrewed. So . . . .does anyone know the model and date of manufacture?
  19. Hello, Does anyone know how to replace the nib of a Montegrappa Symphony? I have looked at it and I can't seem to take the feeder and the nib out. They don't seem to be screwed in, like the Miya is for example... Any thoughts on this?
  20. Dear colleagues, my husband left me a few pens. You must remove the nib from the threaded sleeve Montegrappa Miya for repair. Search this Forum does not help: I know bad language and images not found. In Italy I do not want to send. Help!
  21. Hi there! Montegrappa Piacere seems to be a new model: many offers on ebay and shops but no reviews at all. Since I prefer slim pens like Parker Vector I like the design of the Piacere. Are there any owners of this pen here? Could you please give a brief review or share your opinion on this pen?
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    Montegrappa Ducale

    I'm not sure if this has been reviewed before so I decided to jump in and provide an opinion just in case anyone is considering a purchase. This is a review of the Montegrappa Ducale in rose gold with a fine nib. I've never had a Montegrappa before so this purchase was a bit of a risk for me, but it was on fleabay for very little money and I thought it might be worth the risk. I tend to associate the brand with a bit of 'hit and miss' design; some of their pens look very beautiful, while others are the epitome of bad taste. Thankfully I find this one rather beautiful and understated. I think the Ducale comes in a selection of two or three colours and you can also buy a different trim, this one is rose gold in a tortoise shell effect with nice deep colour and sheen. It is quite a big pen - at 5.5 inches capped and 7 inches posted (can be posted securely). The rose gold trim is plated and is very nice. At the top of the large cap is a large band (giving a curious crown appearance) with Montegrappa's brand name engraved into it and a wide banded wave clip that terminates in a roller ball. The other end of the cap has a thin gold band. The pen body itself has a thin gold band towards the top, giving the appearance of a blind cap for a piston filler, but this pen is converter. Towards the grip the gold band also houses the threads to screw the cap on. The converter is a screw in converter with silver trim - again emblazoned with the Montegrappa name - and it holds a decent amount of ink. The feel of the pen is very nice; it is warm to the touch and the grip is especially good and very comfortable. I really dislike pens that have a large 'step' towards the grip as I find it irritates my fingers and distracts me when I'm writing, but this is very comfortable and very pleasant to write with. It feels like it is a quality pen, although I do have a couple of niggles with it which may be deal-breakers for some. The nib is beautiful. It's quite a large nib engraved again with the Montegrappa name and a honeycomb effect. It is not a solid gold nib, which for some might be off-putting considering the normal retail price of this pen. I have to admit that the nib surprised me. It is very smooth, but it also has a strange sweet spot. It suits me, but for some they may find writing with it a little distracting - it feels like the pen is training you to use it, but when you do hit that sweet spot and get used to it, it is a lovely thing (it didn't take long to train my hand!). It lacks any of the pleasing spring of a solid gold nib, but doesn't forgo any of the smoothness. Part of the feeling of getting a sweet spot may be that this is a fine nib, but to me it feels a little more like a medium as it writes rather wet (the ink I used was Kobe's Wadimasaki Blue). To try and give you some idea of what the nib is like, I would compare it in smoothness to the Conklin Mark Twain, although it doesn't feel nearly as stiff as that. Apologies for the nasty paper! Now for the niggles - and they are just that for me anyway. They both concern the cap. The cap is large - which I don't mind at all - but it is heavy. For some people I could see this being an annoyance, especially if like me you like to post your pen when writing. Unposted the pen feels a little on the light side, but posting it makes it feel a little unbalanced too, with quite a bit of weight to the top. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but with continued use I have found that I have become quite used to it. The other niggle is the interior of the cap. This one is a little more serious. The cap is lined on the inside with a metal insert, which is obviously what is providing such weight, but I have no idea why they didn't make it thinner. When capping the pen it screws in with a nicely cushioned feeling, but every now and again it is possible to snag the nib on the inner insert. I would be really annoyed if it were to damage the nib at some point, but I will have to remind myself to be cautious. Overall I like the pen. It is beautiful and understated and writes very nicely. To me the niggles are just that - niggles. I would recommend it to anyone with the added caveats about the cap. Even if I had bought this pen at full retail price I would not have been disappointed, it's a very stylish and good pen but for some the niggles I have might be of greater concern. 9/10
  24. Dromgoole's Pen Event featuring Montegrappa, Aurora, Omas, and Sheaffer. Today, October 1 from 3:30-7pm. Come by and enter for a chance to win a Montegrappa Skull Pen! (Drawing at 6pm - must be present to win)

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