Montegrappa Extra Otto Malachite Green Limited Edition Fountain Pen

MSRP: $2,645.00

$2,116.00 $1,195.00

Only 1 left in stock (can be backordered)

Among the many signature details of Montegrappa products, including the pocket clip with roller for easy ingress to and egress from pockets, the octagonal shape has long been a part of the Italian house’s design language. In 2012, the year of its centenary, Montegrappa revived the use of the eight-sided geometric shape that recurs throughout its designs.

Octagon now characterizes numerous Montegrappa writing instruments, including the Reminiscence, the Privilege, the Symphony, the Emblema and the NeroUno. For 2014, the octagon has been applied to the most enduring of the company’s pen ranges: the Extra 1930.

In adapting an octagonal cross-section to the legendary Extra 1930, Montegrappa has created the Extra Otto. The octagon is the example of geometric perfection that has long provided Montegrappa with a timeless motif, one that also provides its own unique feel and level of comfort for writers who bond with their favorite pens.

Made of celluloid, the natural material that is employed in the manufacture of the finest pen barrels and caps, Extra Otto is offered as a fountain pen in three exceptional new color patterns: green-hued Malachite with the look of a semi-precious stone, Shiny Lines with glistening grey-hued stripes and the metallic look of the black-and-white Zebra.

All Extra Otto fountain pens are fitted with 18k gold nibs, and can be ordered in the four writing grades of extra fine, fine, medium, and broad. The trim on all Extra Otto writing instruments is made from sterling silver, and Montegrappa’s signature octagonal motif is engraved on the cap’s band. Extra Otto’s clip, fitted with the company’s roller, also boasts its own secret: a red lacquer backing.

Available as a limited edition of only 888 fountain pens in each color.

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Description

Extra Riverwood – Truly Organic

Montegrappa has long championed the use of natural materials, excelling especially in the use of celluloid for its most desirable writing instruments. One particular Montegrappa creation noted for this is the Extra 1930, which has evolved over the decades to incorporate a variety of metals, finishes and sizes. To address the world’s ever-increasing concern for recycling, as well as the use of renewable materials, the new, premium Extra Riverwood collection looks to the past to ensure the future.

Starting with the much admired Extra 1930 design, Montegrappa has retained the classic shape, the use of sterling silver trim, the signature clip with rotating sphere and the Greek fret design etched onto the cap’s silver junction. From there the Extra Riverwood departs from the use of celluloid or resin. Instead, Montegrappa’s craftspersons have worked with a truly organic substance: a rare, aged oak log. This exceedingly precious timber is found buried in the earth, often under the river beds.

Choosing an archaeological, organic material that has been perfectly preserved for thousands of years creates a pen of unique tactility and beauty. When found, the wood is, for all intents and purposes, in an advanced phase of fossilisation, but not yet carbonised. The aged wood is characterised by its brownish-black colour, with small, natural irregularities establishing the validity of its authenticity, its origins and its history.

Such woods have been used for tobacco pipe-making because of inherent fire-resistance and neutral taste. It is a cherished material for the manufacture of custom jewellery, sculptural artefacts and even furniture admired by royalty, such as Peter the Great’s throne, and the bedroom suite of Louis XIV.

Montegrappa has chosen to use for its Extra Riverwood line a wood that is approximately 4.200 years old. The dating is established by the supplier, the leading specialist in the field, the T. Riverwood Company. The company owns the certificate of origin, attesting to the wood’s age and genuineness.

Both fountain pens and rollerballs form the Extra Riverwood collection. As with all Extra 1930 pens and their derivatives, all trim is in sterling silver, while the fountain pen has its 18k Greek fret motif-etched nib. The following writing grades will be available to match the owner’s writing style and preference to the nib type: Extra Fine, Fine, Medium and Broad. The filling system is piston-fed.

For this inherently limited run of writing instruments, the production numbers will be determined by the availability of the oak log material. Montegrappa anticipates the availability of 100 fountain pens and 100 rollerballs. Like diamonds and amber, this rare timber is a material whose creation is dependent on the passage of time. As the years pass, too, each pen will develop a unique patina at the hands of its users, the natural oils of both the writers’ hands and the wood itself creating what is – in modern parlance – a perfect example of interactivity.

ABOUT MONTEGRAPPA
Since 1912, for more than a century, Montegrappa has been manufacturing high-quality writing instruments in the same historic building in Bassano del Grappa, North East Italy.

Additional information

Weight 3.0 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 6 × 4 in
Nib Size

Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad

Nib Material

Rhodium Plated 18k Gold

Nib Color

Rhodium

Filling System

Piston

Compatible Refills

Bottle-fill Only

Ink Capacity

0.8mL

Material

Celluloid

Body Color

Green

Trim

Silver

Cap Type

Threaded

Postable

Yes

Retractable Nib

No

Weight - Capped

TBD

Weight - Uncapped

TBD

Length - Capped

TBD

Length - Uncapped

TBD

Length - Posted

TBD

Diameter - Cap (w/o clip)

TBD

Diameter - Cap (w/ clip)

TBD

Diameter - Body

TBD

Diameter - Grip

TBD

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