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Stipula Etruria

It was in September 2001 that I purchased my first Stipula fountain pen, the Etruria at Novelli Pens in Rome. Marco Parascenzo helped me view the various models and my immediate choice was the elegant Etruria.

Each pen is hand-turned from a solid black of celluloid. The pen has a inviting soft appearance with the smooth oval shape to the cap and the body. The colour tones of the body are rich amber-brown and the light catches silver, gold and red undertones. The pen is considered a large sized pen, but it sits very well in my hand. A pen I can write with ease. The gold band on the cap reminds you of Tuscany because of the Florentine-look to the gold ring around the cap barrel and the workmanship of the clip. This gives the pen an elegant look, but does not go over board into what I refer to as jewelery models of pens.

The pen is piston-filled and holds a large amount of ink. I can go four hours in a meeting with solid non-stop writing. The pen is available in a variety of nib styles and I was able to select a 1.3 oblique nib. This was a real treat for me. The clip of the pen is a single flat piece of gold-plated metal. It has the Stipula design at the end of the clip.

This is the classic Etruria. Stipula released a new version in 2014 which in my view not as attractive. The classic rint at the base of the cap with the wheat-grass leaves has been replaced with a series of rings and the body facetted, with sides, rather than the smooth round body of the classic.

As Stipula released new models they have been focusing on their Titanium T-flex nib. For some this nibs works well and produces an interesting stroke, but I prefer the 18 and 14 kt gold standard nibs in 1.1 or broad widths.

It was 1991. Sitting at the desk in my office, I raised my eyes for a moment to the window and let my gaze run over the surrounding countryside: slopes traversed by interminable rows of vines still weighed down by grapes, the studied geometry of the vineyards interrupted here and there by farmhouses and cypress trees. I experienced a profound sense of admiration and satisfaction with the land, which is also my land. I was struck by the idea of making a fountain pen that would pay homage to Tuscany in all its facets, beginning with the name: Etruria




Stipula Etruria


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