Italy’s first pen manufacturing company has quite an impressive history and is located in Bassano del Grappa, in Northern Italy. Since 1912 Montegrappa has been known for crafting high quality pens, and was started by Edwige Hofmann of Austria. He started the company to create fountain pens with gold nibs. In 1927 the company was sold to Alessandro Marzotto and Domenico Manea and changed the name of the company to ELMO. In 1947 the name was changed again to ELMO-Montegrappa.
During this period the company became quite successful selling pens to the army. During World War I the area was a center for military operations and famous writers Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos came to the area to volunteer and support the Red Cross. The pair used Montegrappa pens and helped form a very important history. In 1981 an Italian family named Aquila purchased the company and changed the name to Montegrappa 1912. Changing hands a number of times, the company continued to grow and produce the finest pens, and so in 2000 the company was sold to the Richemont Group, a luxury goods company that is also home to the Montblanc brand. Then in 2009 the Aquila Family once again acquired the company.
The exquisite quality and impressive value of Montegrappa pens has been engrained in the brand from the start. The classic designs, clean lines and functional creations have all been inspired by Giuseppe Aquila and his involvement in the pen business. As President of the company he brought many of these impressive and limited edition pens to market and worked on design and creation of some of the most famous, like the Limited Edition Vatican 2000 Papal Pen. As a celebration of the Grand Jubilee the pen was engraved by hand and decorated with symbols of Christian iconography and then finished with the signature of John Paul II.
All the people who work with Montegrappa are committed to quality and carry a sense of pride for each pen they have created. Known around the globe for its celluloid pens, the material allows for a range of colour and pattern options, and it is light weight, and when cured properly it is also a very sturdy material. Celluloid and silver are the DNA of the brand and the processes and skills are in the hands of those in charge of creation. The details of work, the coordination of the various stages of production, the overall quality that is in each pen comes from the heart of the brand factory, where every part with the exception of the nib if produced. Those pen nibs are crafted in Germany to the exact specifications of the brand.
The time to craft celluloid for the pens takes about 16 months. Proper curing times is almost 12 months and takes a very clear process. The production process takes cutting, drilling, and baking in special ovens and that alone can take four to six months and is all subject to proper testing and quality procedures. Hand polishing and finishing lies in the final procedures and then detailed engraving is most important to create the Montegrappa pen. The skilled processing and attention to detail is most impressive. Some of the limited edition pieces and others have a serial number as well engraved on the pen and of course the brand logo is placed perfectly to align with the nib and other pen engraving.
Manufacturing and overall quality of these Montegrappa pens are impressive and the exquisite beauty of each one is what keeps collectors writing the history of this amazing brand.
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