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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    Chrissy, some materials were used first in limited editions for one or another pen shop. Later, the same material was used for a "numbered (but not limited) edition" which was distinguished from the limited edition by a different number of cap bands. The Blue Hawaii material was first issued in a LE of 15 for StilographCorsani in Rome. The LE was called "Blue Striated" in English.

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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    I enjoy mine so much that I bought the new Coral Red version. I love the design of these pens. Chunky, good looking, reasonably priced, and much more comfortable than I would have predicted.

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    Yes, I have 8 of them. I didnít like them at first. I think it was because of the name. I just dislike the name. That was 8 Leonardoís ago.


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    Wow, all of the poor reviews. Iím very surprised. Iíve bought 8 Leonardo pens from PenChalet. Theyíre all gorgeous and they all write just as well


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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    I've had one since early December, when endlesspens.com was running a silly sale, selling the Momento Zero for $99.00. I purchase one in the Perla Marina acrylic and I've rarely been more pleased with a purchase. Even at it's normal retail, the pen brings a feeling of Italinate quality beyond the price point. Handsome, perfect writer out of the box, this pen has really become a very favorite of mine, pushing a number of pens aside in my rotation. I've been meaning to do some photos and I'll get around to it soon, as I only have the following quick and dirty shot from the first inking.



    As an addendum, I came home from the LA Pen Show with a very, very special Leonardo. I'll put that in a separate thread when I can get some time.
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    I've had 4 Moments Zeroes but now have three. The first was a Blue Hawaii that I later sold to make room for a Pietra Marina. I liked it enough that I bought a black and orange special edition for Pen Chalet. It reminded me of a Delta Dolce Vita. This two were and are fine.

    More recently I bought the Turquoise special edition from Pen Chalet. While the pen is lovely, the nib is total garbage. I got the stub, which apparently is a 1.5. It skips something awful, and it appears to me the two tines are different widths, meaning maybe the slit wasn't put exactly in the middle. I'll probably try having it ground a bit by a nibmeister at the next show, which is perhaps as inexpensive and less risky than requesting an exchange at Pen Chalet.

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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    I've been almost tempted to buy one but have been led to believe that the stub steel nib has no tipping. Whether that's right or not I don't know, but I wouldn't buy one without tipping for such an expensive pen.

    Edited to add the word "steel" that was missed out originally.
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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    Which nib doesn't have tipping?
    The steel stub doesn't, and doesn't need it. I have stainless italics with decades of use and no wear (vintage Osmiroid had softer steel that wears out).

    My gold Leonardo stubs have tipping. Do they make italic nibs that don't appear to be tipped? I want one.

    I have a couple of the Omas italic nibs that look like the tips are lopped off with no tipping. I've used them quite a bit with no wear; they must be hardened in some way. I've written with untipped gold. It wears down quickly, even leaving traces of gold on the page.

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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    Quote Originally Posted by broadoblique View Post
    Which nib doesn't have tipping?
    The steel stub doesn't, and doesn't need it. I have stainless italics with decades of use and no wear (vintage Osmiroid had softer steel that wears out).

    My gold Leonardo stubs have tipping. Do they make italic nibs that don't appear to be tipped? I want one.

    I have a couple of the Omas italic nibs that look like the tips are lopped off with no tipping. I've used them quite a bit with no wear; they must be hardened in some way. I've written with untipped gold. It wears down quickly, even leaving traces of gold on the page.
    Leaving traces of gold on the paper, Okay.


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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    I've been almost tempted to buy one but have been led to believe that the stub nib has no tipping. Whether that's right or not I don't know, but I wouldn't buy one without tipping for such an expensive pen.
    There stubs have no tipping to speak of


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    I didn't communicate that very clearly. The Omas that looked untipped have lasted with no wear.
    Other untipped nibs that I've acquired, that look like somebody just cut the tip off of, were the ones that wore badly.

    This Omas I'm using today has many miles on the nib with no wear at all.

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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    Has the vendor not advised you how to replace the nib?[/QUOTE]

    Oh yes. The vendor has told me how to remove the friction fit nib unit on the Leonardo Positano. We are still trying to pull it out without success so far.[/QUOTE]

    Me too. Tom at Goldspot told me to just pull it out. He also said itís easier said than done.


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    I began with the Positano and now have 6 Leonardos; a clear sign that I've been smitten.
    I have had no issues with rattling and the reverse of issues with nibs: I have been impressed by just how good they are! Every one of my Leonardo's has been superb! I reviewed the Positano on my blog here: https://quillidyllic.blogspot.com/20...tic-smile.html

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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    I just opened the box of my first ever Momento Zero in fabulous purple ebonite:

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    This is a classy looking pen about the size of a Pelikan M800.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    I just opened the box of my first ever Momento Zero in fabulous purple ebonite:

    Momento Zero.png

    This is a classy looking pen about the size of a Pelikan M800.
    wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    I just opened the box of my first ever Momento Zero in fabulous purple ebonite:

    This is a classy looking pen about the size of a Pelikan M800.
    Carlos, I am a sucker for ebonite, so this is a joy to behold.

    Sarj Minhas has one in this exact material that has his logo engraved. It's a special edition collaboration between him and Leonardo.
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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    I had been holding back on buying a Momento Zero (or any other pen) but the fact that this one was purple ebonite finally won me over. It is a limited edition numbered 020/250 which is way cool.

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    way cool and f-ing beautiful.

    I can be prone to hyperbole occasionally, but that pen is just stunning in your photo.

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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    Purple ebonite? Nice! Where did you find this beauty?

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    Default Re: Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    I had been holding back on buying a Momento Zero (or any other pen) but the fact that this one was purple ebonite finally won me over. It is a limited edition numbered 020/250 which is way cool.

    That's purty!

    You mentioned M800 size - is your purple MZ a Grande model?

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