The Montegrappa Extra Otto builds on the Extra line, and with an octagonal body and cap, the Extra Otto (eight) is a new limited edition line from Montegrappa (2015). Pen 319 of 888.
Even the rhodium plated, 18th k gold nib has an octagonal design. The nib is incredibly smooth.
The pattern on the band at the base of the cap is updated - classic meets 2015.
I needed my passport to pick up this when when I was at Novelli Pen in Rome. The moment I saw it in the window, I knew this was my selection.
Holding and writing with this pen is pure pleasure.
Montegrappa Extra Otto
This is a Limited Edition, limited to 888 pens per colour, the Extra Otto line comes in three different celluloids: a green-hued Malachite which looks like a pen made from a precious stone. Shiny Lines that has glistening gray tone lines running the length of the cap and the body. This was my second choice, but the Zebra has stunning horizontal lines of white celluloid in a beautiful black body and cap. This was it.
Montegrappa says the octagon is an example of geometric perfection.
As with the Extra 1930 collection, the pen comes in an impressive solid work presentation box. There is a slot to hold a bottle of Montegrappa ink. A leather pad for the pen to rest, with the warranty card and papers beneath. Montegrappa even encloses a piece of leather to lay over the inside of the box, across the wood slot that holds the ink, so that you have an even surface for a pen box. Mine sits on my desk as just that.
The clip has a roller ball at the end, to help with the smooth fit over a shirt pocket. It is Sterling Silver. There is a backing of red lacquer on the clip.
The cap has a band at its base, again in Sterling Silver it is along the line of the traditional geometric design used by Montegrappa, but the band has octagonal shapes. Very updated.
The nib, 18k gold is one of the smoothest nibs I have ever written with. Full stop. As friends have tried my pen the surprise of the smoothness of a fountain pen nib is one of the most common comments I hear.
I particularly like the sterling silver nib section. This helps to prevent any ink from staining the end of the body.
The pen is light, but has a well balanced weight in the hand. It is a bit larger in width than the Extra 1930 line, and for me, that is a plus.
The Extra 1930 line has been a long time favorite. What a surprise when I found the pen was redesigned, a little larger, and with an octagonal body and cap.
This is classic Montegrappa - celluloid and sterling silver.