Long long ago and in a land far far away I happened to see a pen in a dark green clam shell box sitting in the back corner of a display counter. It was kinda brown-black, looked pretty forlorn and definitely unloved and forgotten.
Even longer ago and even farther away one of my duties was polishing the Thanksgiving Silverware and I thought I recognized that color, so I asked if I could take a look at it. The owner of the little shop said that it was one he'd had for a long time and if I'd take it as it is he'd price it right.
"How right"; I asked?
"How about $20.00"; he said?
"I don't know"; I replied; "would that include a bottle of ink"?
"Yes, for $20.00 I'll throw in a bottle of ink".
And that's how I got my first Montegrappa.
Back then in those days before the World Wide Web the name "Montegrappa" meant very little to me, the pen was just a pretty pen and I had no idea of what the model was or even what pens Montegrappa made. I knew about Sheaffer and Parker and Waterman and Esterbrook and Wearever and Venus and Eversharp and even a few foreign pens like Onoto and Conway Stewart and Swan. I knew there were pens from Germany and Japan but never really considered that there might be Italian pens too. I had accumulated a bunch of pens over the years, some hand-me-down Parkers and Sheaffers and bought a few pens myself, but I certainly was more just a pack rat than a collector.
Since that time I've been lucky enough to find other Montegrappa pens and about a year ago I realized that I had at least one example of almost every modern Montegrappa regular line model. Now, let's take a look at the pens produced by Montegrappa during the last 40 years or so.
If you look at the modern Montegrappa pens the basic forms evolved over time. Before going into detail on the models, here is a quick look at the family tree.
For those of you who just can't wait, here are the :