A century of Bauhaus and the work of a technology pioneer are the foundations of an Italian pen that will appeal to the fans of the EDC (Every Day Carry), objects that we carry with us every day.
Montegrappa is best known for the production of pens that go far beyond the fantasies - and budgets - of the average writing enthusiast, but the latest collection from the Bassano company sees a return to its more modest roots and the vision of its original co-founder, Heinrich 'Elmo' Helm.
The factory that today produces the most sophisticated pens in the world was among the first, from 1912 to 1928, to commit itself to democratize writing. In those days, portable pens were an emerging technology full of problems and still looking for broad acceptance as knowledge and networking tools.
Helm was the first technical director of the company, a figure with a hard work and an optimism that reminds today's technology entrepreneurs. His know-how and his charisma inspired the young company to give its name to their first products, and Elmo pens would become the cornerstones of Italian offices and schools in the coming years.
The Montegrappa Elmo is a compact, round pen that recalls the international style popularized by the Bauhaus in the 1920s. During that time, Helm led his company away from the archetypes of diving pens and designed new solutions to meet contemporary lifestyles. Portability, reliability and efficiency were his mantra.
In 2019, writing instruments are again sought after as essential objects for everyday use (EDC) and the Elmo model is among the first pens produced in Europe to meet this need. Crafted in resin with stainless steel hardware, it offers robust, all-round performance, honest simplicity and a century of know-how in prestigious stationery.
The Montegrappa Elmo fountain pen comes with a #6 JoWo steel nib and includes a converter and cartridge. Each pen’s pocket clip terminates in a rolling ball to facilitate ingress and egress from one’s pocket. As a final touch, the pen’s cap is subtly engraved with the contemporary logo of Montegrappa.
- Fountain Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Cap Rotations
For pens with a screw-cap closure, how many rotations it takes to uncap/recap the pen.
- Cap Type
How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).
- Compatible inks & refills
Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.
- Bottled inks, Standard international long cartridges, Standard international short cartridges
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Cartridge, Converter
- Grip Material
- Nib Size
- Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.
Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Diameter - Body
- 14.4mm (0.6in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 14.4mm (0.6in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 17.5mm (0.7in)
- Diameter - Grip
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- 10.3mm (0.4in)
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 127.8mm (5in)
- Length - Cap
- 60.5mm (2.4in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 23mm (0.9in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 141mm (5.6in)
- Length - Overall (Posted)
When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.
- 163.2mm (6.4in)
- Weight - Body
- 21g (0.7oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 6g (0.2oz)
- Weight - Overall
- 28g (1oz)
- Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a cartridge.
- Max Ink Capacity - Converter
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a converter.