Front Runners November 2015: A Toast to Grappa

The new and noteworthy Montegrappa Grappa Pen ( pays tribute to grappa, the grape-based spirit that put Bassano del Grappa, Italy—the town the Italian pen maker has called home for more than 100 years—on the map. The materials employed in the construction of the pen (stainless steel, brass, and hand-hammered copper) echo those of the […]

FrontRunners: High Note

Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s birth is the release of the Montegrappa Rigoletto ( The pen is part of the Italian company’s Emozioni in Musica series of writing instruments, which pays tribute to the great operas. The pen is styled after the costume of the court jester Rigoletto, the […]

FrontRunners: King’s Write

The latest edition of a pen series that previously has celebrated the pop-culture figures Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, and Bruce Lee is the Montegrappa Icons Elvis Presley ( The pen is available in four versions, each of which celebrates a different era of the King’s career. The green pen shown here references his time in […]

Pens: Writes of Passage

During World War I, as fighting spread to northern Italy, the 15th-century Villa Cà Erizzo Luca in Bassano del Grappa became a barracks for Red Cross ambulance drivers. Montegrappa, a then-new writing-instrument manufacturer located adjacent to the villa, started supplying the drivers with pens so they could write letters to their loved ones back home. […]

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