Montegrappa, the ﬁrst Italian manufacturer of writing instruments, opened in Bassano del Grappa in 1912. Nearly a century of superb craftsmanship has passed for this Italian brand known around the world for its Italian creativity and style. In the same historical building since 1912, Montegrappa has been a part of the lives of great men, and it has also witnessed moments of intense creativity and innovative breakthroughs. Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, both Red Cross volunteer ambulance drivers during World War I, crossed the threshold of the original factory entrance on Via Cà Erizzo that was recently restored. That same entrance was among the ﬁrst in Italy to see the arrival of celluloid, a precious material obtained from cotton that was already a protagonist of Montegrappa collections in the thirties.
Starting in the late thirties, the modern fountain pen became more than just a writing instrument and was transformed into an accessory that made a fashion statement. Thanks to the wide variety of colours, tasteful design, and special jeweler’s techniques (for which the Vicenza area is famous), Montegrappa became a recognized symbol of excellence. Although shapes and materials may change, all Montegrappa pens possess distinctive features: the octagonal shape, the rotating sphere on the end of the clip, and precious materials such as gold, silver, gems, and celluloid are the unique elements that have made history. The entire Montegrappa range is divided into two large families: the Regular Range, composed of glamorous, beautifully designed accessories that make the daily task of writing much more enjoyable, and the Limited Editions, an extraordinary blend of craftsmanship and beautiful design inspired by the passions and myriad expressions of human creativity and coveted by collectors and connoisseurs. Montegrappa was acquired in 2000 by Richemont Group and is now distributed in nearly 60 countries. Much admired and appreciated for its outstanding quality and traditional craftsmanship, Montegrappa has become a world ambassador of Italian style and elegance.