Memoria is the Italian word for memory, a name chosen for the evocative strength of a bygone era, when the importance of the written word was crucial for the development of a more educated and civilized society. The source of inspiration for this collection is a model of the 1990′s, re-styled according to the most recent design criteria.
The top of the cap boasts the typical Montegrappa crown derived from the iconic NeroUno, with the Montegrappa logo proudly showing when the pen is placed in one’s pocket. Made in a full sterling silver pinstripe model, the pens are also available in versions with solid black or ivory resin barrels with caps of sterling silver (your choice of pinstripe or satin finish). The Memoria pens are available as fountain pen, rollerball, ball pen and mechanical pencil. The fountain pens are fitted with rhodium plated solid 18kt gold nibs, available in Medium width only and feature a converter/cartridge filling system.
The Montegrappa Memoria line has been available for while but it’s such a departure from their obscene, over-the-top pens I’m so used to seeing I couldn’t help but feature it here. This is the kind of elegance I expect to see from a brand like Montegrappa. If it had a different filling system this pen would go on my short list of pens to acquire, but I’m not going to rule it out until I can actually get my hands on one. With street prices of around $600 (MSRP $795) for the black or yellow resin pens and about $750 (MSRP $995) for the solid silver pieces, they’re not too far into the stratosphere to be unobtainable.