Montegrappa Limited Edition Mia Carissima Malachite Green & Silver Fountain Pen
A company born just before the First World War, Montegrappa is especially sensitive to the significance of that great conflict. The company's home region of Northern Italy was engulfed by it, while Montegrappa's pens were part of the material, which participated in the confrontation and recorded the saga. The great Ernest Hemingway used a Montegrappa pen during his war-time exploits as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in Northern Italy, as did John Dos Passos. 2018 marks a century since the end of the war, an anniversary that is being observed in every country embroiled in the campaign. For Montegrappa, the occasion is particularly moving, for it knows that soldiers sent hand-written missives from the front lines to their loved ones back home, many using Montegrappa pens. Their letters would often open with "My darling...". In Italian, the greeting is translated to "Mia Carissima", the name chosen for the commemorative pen produced to remind us of what our forefathers endured 100 years ago.
Mia Carissima is fashioned from shiny Malachite Green resin with black swirls and sterling silver trim. It is a reinterpretation of an historic Elmo pen that was available a century ago, and originally produced entirely in ebonite. The new pen possesses a voluptuous form that presents a simple silhouette - a shape that fits perfectly in the hand. The clip is slightly fan-shaped, and features a design with linear etching, recalling the designs that would become what we know as Art Deco. Mia Carissima's nib is made in 18k gold, adorned with filigree decoration. It also possesses a secret - a technical innovation that still excites pen connoisseurs thank to complexity that precludes its usage from becoming widespread, even a century later. True to its vintage inspiration is the pen's "safety nib system." Through a special rotating mechanism positioned inside the barrel, the nib is exposed when being used or retracted when not required. The original pen that inspired Mia Carissima, however, had to be filled with an eye-dropper, thus making the filling ritual rather laborious. It is for this reason that Montegrappa's engineers developed a new filling system: for the new design, the ink supply is accommodated by an easy-to-replace, single cartridge. Every special edition produced by Montegrappa is dear to the company, but few evoke so strongly the company's formative years. Mia Carissima embodies the era of Hemingway and Dos Passos, the war that engulfed Europe, and the many thousands, or even millions of letters that allowed soldiers to communicate with those they left behind.
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Comes fitted with an original Montegrappa 18K white gold Medium (M) nib. Other nib sizes may be available. Please inquire prior to ordering if another nib size is available, and we will do our best to accommodate!