Name: Montegrappa Espressione Fountain Pen
Maker: Montegrappa, Italy
Colour: Blue Pearl Resin / Silver
Material: Acrylic / Sterling Silver
Nib: 18k Rhodium Plated Nib: Medium
Filling System: Montegrappa Ink Converter / Cartridge Compatible
Length: 134mm (full measurements below)
Condition: Near Mint
This pearlescent blue fountain pen is from the Espressione collection by Montegrappa, which was manufactured between 2000 and 2005. 'Espressione' is synonymous with self expression.
This is a large and girthy elegant pen, with the option to post the cap to the barrel for a full length of over 17cm. The cylindrical barrel is simple and comfortable and the clip and trim are made of sterling silver and complement the pen perfectly. The blue turned resin features different depths of colour and shine that change as you move the pen.
The cap has a sterling silver clip, which is unique in design and strong to keep your Montegrappa pen safe in your pocket. The clip complements the other silver trims perfectly and stands out beautifully against the blue resin body. On the top of the cap is a silver ring inlaid with black resin and features the Montegrappa 1912 silver signet set onto the resin. The sterling silver hallmarked cap band is engraved Montegrappa
The section end of the barrel also has a silver band, engraved with Greek Keymotif around the circumference. The rear of the barrel has a silver thread which matches the section thread, making rear posting of the cap firm and secure, the end of barrel is inlaid with black resin. The grip section of the pen, which is also hallmarked sterling silver, tapers to make writing easy and comfortable. This is a solid pen, weighty but well balanced, with the option to securely post the cap to the barrel with a turn of the wrist. It comes boxed with warranty card, papers, one cartridge and a standard international ink converter
There are no major imperfections to note, no chips splits or engravings. The converter is a standard international converter, not a Montegrappa threaded one, both work well.
There are some very minor hints of brassing to the trim, and micro-scratches on the cap and the cap band, and the box has an ink stain and is a little tatty at the back. Otherwise a superb near perfect example.
Why not pair with a bottle of Herbin ink? Bleu Ocean or Kyanite Du Nepal ink would suit this pen very well
Length capped: 134mm
Length posted: 172mm
Barrel length inc nib: 124mm
Cap length: 52mm
Barrel diameter: 14mm
Section diameter: 12mm