About This Model
Montegrappa, actually Elmo & Montegrappa, is one of the oldest continuous fountain pen manufacturers in the world, having been in business since 1912. Its history is complex and largely undocumented since the 1950’s, but the fact remains that it flourished during the golden years of fountain pens, survived the lean years, and is now back as a major manufacturer of luxury fountain pens. These pens, from the Symphony Collezione are 1996-99, a second edition of the famous, elegant 1912 and Reminiscence lines.
The Symphony line are all octagonally faceted like the Reminiscence line and many 1930’s Montegrappas, with a threaded barrel cap to enable posting, and silver cap rings and section. These are very substantial pens. Their imprints are all on the cap rings, with “1912” and the Montegrappa crest.
About This Pen
Symphony Brier fountain pen: This pen is actually made from a type of briar, from the Erica tree root, a species of heather found in the Mediterranean climate. The root, according to Montegrappa, is harvested when it is 30-60 years old and then dried for months, yielding a beautiful and very hard wood. It is filled with a modern piston/converter. The nib is probably rhodium plated. It writes a full wet medium, with some softness. This pen has had a stabilizing repair to the inner cap, but is otherwise in excellent condition. The trim is all silver, and without marks or blemish. An understated, truly elegant pen.
Note: A third Symphony rollerball, a Brier that matches the Brier Fountain Pen, was sent to the Montegrappa factory for repairs. Except for the brier material, it is identical to the two Rollerballs listed here. It will be available as soon as it returns. If you are interested in purchasing both of the Briers as a set, an increased discount will be available.