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  • Montegrappa Pens and Their History

    Founded in the prosperous North-Eastern area of Italy in 1912, Montegrappa was Italy's first pen manufacturer.

    Their factory sits on the banks of the river Brenta in the town of Bassano del Grappa, where the company first began trading under the name of ELMO: a 'Manifattura pennini d’oro e penne stilografiche' - a manufacturer of gold nibs and fountain pens.

    In the First World War Bassano was a key position of the Southern Front, as a result seeing much fighting and conflict. One benefit of this was that there were many war correspondents and writers in the area who would use ELMO pens to write home or write reports. Ernest Hemingway was working as a volunteer ambulance driver on the front and sent many of his communiqués with writing equipment produced by ELMO in Bassano.

    Throughout the next few years Montegrappa pens came to be recognised as leaders in fountain pen design and style. They were the first company to use celluloid and galaith in their pens and their craftsmen were able to produce original and technical solutions to the manufacturing designs, elevating Montegrappa pens to the prestigious level they still maintain today.

    Montegrappa's pens have their own place in history, with many world leaders and figures known to use them. Benito Mussolini is just one famous Italian known for his use of pens from Montegrappa, along with Russian President Boris Yeltsin who symbolically passed his Dragon pen to current President Vladimir Putin to transfer power to him. In more modern times there have been many celebrities who use Montegrappa pens, from Royalty such as Pope John Paul II to Al Pacino and Bill Cosby, putting you in a very special club if you use one too. Sylvester Stallone likes the brand so much that he is now a shareholder and a Director of the company!

    To celebrate it's first century, Montegrappa released a range of pens to celebrate events and iconic figures that were present during these times. Montegrappa pens ion this range include tributes to Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee to name but a few.

    Montegrappa continue to release limited edition Montegrappa pens and new ranges of all kinds of pens including fountain pens and rollerball pens. They even have a range celebrating DC comic characters including Superman, Batman and Wonderwoman.

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