The culmination of a collaboration between Montegrappa and Sailor, the Ammiraglio 1939 fountain pen collection features a beautiful celluloid body, sterling silver trim, a piston filling mechanism, and an 18kt gold Sailor nib. It is presented in a beautiful gift box with a bottle of ink, and each of the five colors in this collection are limited to only 80 pieces worldwide.
Italian-Japanese fusion is a notion that immediately conjures ideas of refinement, rarity and singular flavor. Whether in architecture, fashion or cuisine, collisions of Eastern and Western sensibilities are seldom more compelling than when these two cultures intersect.
Collaborations across cultural divides often require the more established partner to reveal the context for partnership and provide their audience with a sense of discovery. But for insiders, Montegrappa and Sailor are names that require neither introduction nor justification. This comes as no surprise.
Born only one year apart, each has spent more than a century defining pinnacles of craftsmanship in its own right. Both have come to embody standards universally admired by discerning writers and pen owners. Now, for the first time, two complementary ideals arrive fused into one product.
On the surface, the Ammiraglio 1939 is a professional-class Sailor nib in fine Italian attire, tailored with customary Montegrappa flair. But its design and craftsmanship are more than skin-deep. Along with two parallel centuries of tradition come two highly evolved sets of standards, each finely tuned for proprietary use. As a consequence, the technical teams in Bassano del Grappa and Hiroshima faced challenges to deliver a writing instrument capable of living up to its own lofty promise. Nicknamed ‘the Admiral’, we’re confident you’ll agree it truly embodies the best of both worlds.
The creation began with a gesture of friendship and Montegrappa’s constant desire to defy conventions. A 2017 meeting in Hiroshima revealed the deep levels of empathy and respect between two companies, and a common emphasis on nuance as the source of superlative writing experience.
The reverence many connoisseurs harbor for Japanese calligraphy and nibs often approaches mythical proportions. Sailor’s pre-eminence and its cult status is deeply intertwined with the legacy of master nib designer, Nobuyoshi Nagahara. Today, his son Yukio oversees production at the Sailor Pen manufactory, and it is under his personal supervision that an extremely limited consignment of special nibs was created for this first-ever collaboration.
This 1939 design from Montegrappa’s private museum collection has been carefully recreated by hand and enlarged to accommodate a range of exquisite, six-millimeter ultra-precision Japanese nibs. Realized in 18k gold – a rarity in Sailor Pen’s repertoire – they are serviced by Montegrappa’s patented piston-fill system in a true dream-team combination. For devotees of Italian writing style, the enigmatic Medium-Fine and Zoom grades promise a delightful departure from the norm.
No detail has been overlooked in the exterior of the Ammiraglio 1939. Richly ornamented, 0.925 sterling silver trims decorate a luxurious body hand-carved from premium Mazzucchelli celluloid and emblazoned with the period-correct Monte Grappa insignia. Weight, balance and finishing have all been realized to Montegrappa’s exacting standards.
As is to be expected from a pen more than a century in the making, availability is extremely limited. Referencing eighty years since the model’s introduction, the Ammiraglio 1939 fountain pen is available as a limited edition of only 80 units in each of the following celluloid colors: Butterfly, Glittering blue, Charcoal, Malachite and Turtle brown.
- 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).
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Grip Material
- Nib Size
- Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium, Zoom
- 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
- 14.3mm (0.56in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 16.6mm (0.65in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 20.0mm (0.79in)
- Diameter - Grip
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- 10.2mm (0.40in)
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 129.2mm (5.09in)
- Length - Cap
- 67.5mm (2.66in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 21.9mm (0.86in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 144.2mm (5.68in)
- 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.
- 180.4mm (7.10in)
- Weight - Body
- 31.0g (1.09oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 14.0g (0.49oz)
- Weight - Overall
- 45.0g (1.59oz)
- Max Ink Capacity - Piston Vac
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using the built-in piston or vacuum filling mechanism.