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Montegrappa Extra Otto, Zebra

My annual visit to Novelli Pen in Rome has traditions. I walk around the store with Marco. He opens each of the pen cases, talks about the pens, and he watches my reaction. He is pretty skilled, or I am very bad a hiding my emotions, but in no time there is a tray full of pens to take back to the counter and try!

In September 2015 we had viewed the Montegrappa counter in his store and there was no pen to which I was drawn. But Marco said wait, come here, and we went to his outside display window and there I saw the new Montegrappa Otto line. There are thre distinctly different pens, a Shiny Grey, Malachite Green and black and white Zebra. (See image to the right).

I was almost speechless. As as soon as I saw the black and white model, the Zebra, I know that pen was coming home with me!

I have always been a fan of the Montegrappa Extra 1930 model. To me, this model reflects the sheer high standard of design in a fountain pen. But the Otto and a slightly larger pen, and therefore even better for my hand.

The Otto is the eight-sided, octagonal version, of the Extra 1930.

The pen is made of celluloid with sterling silver trim. Classic Montegrappa. If I could have two pens? The Shiny Grey would be a "sister" for my Zebra model. But the delicate and repeating lines of white on the black body made the Zebra stand out as the clear choice for me.

Montegrappa Extra Otto, Zebra


Montegrappa Extra Ottp. Zebra





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