For Montegrappa, the Extra 1930 embodies all of the brand’s strengths and qualities. It is a timeless form that defines all that an ideal writing instrument should be. In its ninth decade, it remains the conclusive statement of Montegrappa’s prowess and stands proud as the symbol of Italy’s oldest manufacturer of fine pens. And classic though it may be, the Montegrappa Extra 1930 has yielded variants which add to its history, by virtue of new materials, new colours, new attitudes.
Since its inception, the Montegrappa Extra 1930 has employed celluloid in its cap and barrel construction. In the modern world, some of the most exciting developments relate to alternative materials and fresh applications. Carbon fibre has changed the way designers consider everything from automobiles to audio equipment, while silicon ceramics and titanium have invigorated the watch industry. In recognition of the appeal – both visual and practical – of cutting-edge materials, Montegrappa is pleased to announce the Extra Hi Tech.
A contemporary version of the classic Extra 1930 made with materials prized for their technological merit, the Extra Hi Tech features a dimpled cap and blind cap in solid aluminium. All trims, including the cap band, grip section, ring, thread and clip, with signature Montegrappa rolling ball end-piece, are fashioned from titanium. The barrel is formed of carbon fibre. The final item exudes a sense of utter modernity.
Owing to the nature of the chosen materials, the Extra Hi Tech offers a lighter weight than its siblings. It thus presents itself as the perfect writing tool for those who write for long periods, for whom any extra heft might be prohibitive. Once experienced, the sense of lightness and balance prove irresistible.
Challenging to manufacture, instantly desirable, the Extra Hi Tech will be offered as a limited edition of 250 fountain pens and 250 rollerball pens only.
Italy’s first pen producer, Montegrappa, began manufacturing pens in 1912 in its factory in Bassano del Grappa in Italy. Utilizing natural celluloid and precious metals,Montegrappa combines traditional methods such as die-casting with more recent innovations as low-relief engraving to form their precious art objects. Whether Montegrappa use colors reminiscent of the master painters or ornamentation suggestive of Baroque palaces, the Italian heritage and romance is infused into each product.