HISTORY OF MONTEGRAPPA 1912

HISTORY OF MONTEGRAPPA 1912

Since 1912, Montegrappa manufacture stands in the same historic building on the bank of the River Brenta, in one of the most picturesque areas of the historic town of Bassano del Grappa in the prosperous north-eastern part of Italy. Located in the Vicenza district, one of the most ancient and prestigious areas for the goldsmith's tradition, the region is also home to “fair Verona,” setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Venezia (Venice), “city of water,” “city of lights,” home of the gondola. This Italian heritage is an important value for a Brand that was the first Italian pen manufacturer: it is, at once, the goldsmith’s heritage and legacy. Since 1912 Montegrappa pens have embodied the Italian flair.

Founded as a "Manifattura pennini d'oro e penne stilografiche” (Maker of gold nibs and fountain pens), the Bassano factory found itself in a key position during World War I. In addition to the many soldiers who used Montegrappa pens (then known as Elmo) to write letters home, there were also two celebrated American writers, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, who were both volunteer ambulance drivers at the front.

Montegrappa's pens are reserved for those who can't live without the emotions inspired by the feel of a finely crafted writing instrument between their fingers, responding to their delicate movements. As they guide the Montegrappa pen across the paper, the eye follows the ink as it seeps in. Such demanding chirographers long ago learned that, “the instrument with which one writes, greatly influences what one writes.”

Whether it be the colors reminiscent of the master painters, or the ornaments of Baroque palaces, it is all part of Montegrappa's Italian heritage. In the land known for drama and love—where the Montagues and Capulets feuded—where writers especially have come to get a taste of romance, no object is too small or too practical to strive for beauty. To display the depth of this rich, cultural lineage, Montegrappa employs an equally ample array of artisanal techniques. But a few are the following:

Montegrappa craftsmen are bound to the refined art of low relief engraving, introduced in 1992 with the commemorative fountain pen for the Eightieth anniversary of the company's foundation.

The magnificent achievement of hand etching begins with the artist's design, reduced exactly to the finished size.

Vitreous Enamelling:
Enamel is a vitreous substance used since the 6th century B.C. in goldsmith's and silversmith's crafts as decorative material much appreciated for its color range and excellent conservation.

Acquired in 2000 by one of the great world leaders in the field of luxury goods, the Richemont group, based in Switzerland, Montegrappa today continues its tradition of artistic innovation, supreme excellence of craftsmanship, and total commitment to satisfying the most educated and discriminating of patrons. Freely inspired by great moments of history, and the most ancient passions of mankind, Montegrappa produces a regular range for those who wish to indulge in a daily luxury.

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