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 after trying a number of pens, my choice was the elegant Etruria.
Made from Stipula's cellulose acetate. Each pen is hand-turned from a solid rod of celluloid.
The pen has a soft appearance because of the oval shape to the cap. It is a very comfortable pen to hold.
The body is a rich amber-brown tone and the light catches silver, gold and red undertones. The pen is considered a large but sits in my hand 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 body has engraved, Stipula, Etruria 2083 - the number of the pen. While subsequent models were issued with their own names, this is simply the first, the Etruria.
The pen is piston-filled and holds a reasonable amount of ink. I can go almost over an hour in a meeting with solid non-stop writing.
The pen is available in a variety of nib styles and I was able to select an 18 kt gold 1.3 oblique nib. Writing with this nib is a real treat for me.
The clip of the pen is a single flat piece of gold-plated metal. It has the Stipula design, wheat grass, one of the iconic images of the company at the end of the clip.
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
Renzo Salvadori, President
This pen remains one of my classics, and the line is no longer in production by Stipula.
My 2001 Christmas was exceptionally rewarding. Thanks to Todd and the staff at Seattles' World Pen, then Worldlux, and sadly now closed, for helping my wife buy for me the superb Stipula Etruria 991 fountain pen for an Christmas Gift. The good news is that Karen was so impressed at how easy it was to order the pen and for it to arrive the next day she says if she knew shopping was this easy.
I had first viewed the pen while visiting Simply the Best in Victoria. Jim has the pen as part of the roller ball and fountain pen set. The first 391 pens produced included a matching roller ball pen. The pen caught my eye at that time. It was quite a surprise to see it turn up in December.
The pen is stunning with its brown celluloid, streaked with dark and light tones of brown and mother-of-pearl highlights.
The large central ring at the base of the cap is in sterling silver with a narrow ring of gold on each side.
Todd was able to arrange for a broad nib, it is a smooth-writer.
The Stipula Etruria 991 is made by Stipula, and pen company based in Florence, Italy. The Etruria 991 is a special edition of the Etruria, a fountain pen the company first commenced production in 1991 and was made for a number of years but is no longer in production. The 991 was released in 2001 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Etruria line. There were 991 pieces produced.
The pen is available in a variety of nibs, and the nib for this pen is the same as used on the Etruria, Iris or Duetto models. It is a smooth writer. Ink just flows from the pen. As I passed the pen around, amongst the "don't you have enough pens already comments" there was an unanimous response: this is a great writing pen.
The Stipula Etruria 991 is inspired from the polychromatic art of the Etruscans. The soft, rounded lines are based on the typical shape of Etruscan amphora. The decorative work of finely tooled silver leaves made using the lost-wax casting process will bring memories of any trip to Tuscany!
The rounded oval end and top of the pen make it very comfortable to hold. Light catches the pearl highlights so the pen is an eye catcher without being one that you feel needs covering up in a business meeting.
The filling mechanism for the fountain pen is interesting. It has converter system that uses either Stipula's classic large-capacity piston filler or an ink cartridge - the small international size. Not being a cartridge fan I can't see using one, but I guess it is nice to know I could!
The pen is limited to 991 fountain pens and I am the proud owner of number 503!
This is one of those pens that you will receive compliments when it is used in a meeting. Luckily I bought this before Stipula introduced it new much higher price structure. The pen is stunning.
One of the Etruria models, the pen has classic style and shape.
Take note, that the piston system used in the Alter Ego is different from other Stipula pens on two counts. It has what Stipula calls a Self Cleaning System, and, it turn the opposite to what you may expect.
To fill the pen, you turn the top counter clockwise. To empty the pen you turn it clockwise. Why they would change this is not sure.
The pen has has what Stipula calls a Self Cleaning System (SCS). That means the mechanism cleans the reservoir every time it is filled. This is due to a spinning of the piston head. Be careful, the Self Cleaning Piston operates differently from others.
I have the pen with the 1.1 Italic nib. The two-toned 18kt gold rhodium-tipped nib is large and writes smoothly - this pen is a real pleasure to write with.
The pen is made by a lathe-turned process of a solid gold brown celluloid, there is streaks of blue with some silver and gold detail. The pen is very attractive, and when light hits the celluloid, it is quite dramatic.
The pen is a good size for my hand. When the cap is posted onto the pen it has a good 6.5" in length. When closed, it is 5.6 inches long..
The body is of celluloid and is in rich orange/tan colours with veins of darker tones running through the celluloid.
The trim on the pen is sterling silver. The pen has more weight than the Etruria Amber,
So this is the newest if the Etruria line to be added to my collection, and a welcome member it is.
It was in September 2011, when I visited Mora Stylo in Paris I was asking Christine Regnault to show me some fountain pens with a broad nib. She assembled a selection of pens to try, and when I saw and wrote with the Stipula Etruria Fiesole the selection process was quickly concluded.
This is a limited edition pen, with only 193 pens produced. I am very pleased to have pen 124 of 193.
I have always liked the style of the Etruria pen. The Fiesole is hand-turned with rich gold-brown celluloid with veins of rich blue tones. I immediately liked the look of this pen. The Fiosole has a 18 k two tone gold nib and it provides a smooth writing experience.
The trim (clip, rings) are hand-cast, solid sterling silver with the classic Florentine decoration. Together they give the pen what I consider a classic look.
The Etruria has a soft, easy to hold design. The slightly rounded ends are very comfortable to the hand. Closed the pen sits a 5.67 inches, open it is 6.38 inches. The diameter of the body is .41 inches.
The pen uses a piston ink filling mechanism.
Stipula issued the Fiesole in 2008, so this is a pen that is nearing the end of availability. It is a limited production with 193 pens produced. I have pen is number 124. I particularly like the handwritten certificate of limited edition Stipula provides with the pen.
The first 88 pens were produced with matching .7 mm mechanical pencils.
Writing with this pen is a very satisfying experience. The nib is listed is listed as a specialty nib, 1.4 just a little larger than the standard broad nib produced by Stipula.
The pen is no longer in production by Stipula.
I am so fortunate to have four of the classic Stipula Etruria fountain pens. Starting in about 2010, Stipula replaced the 18 kt gold nibs with a Titanium T-Flex nib. While that nib has its fans, it just was not right for me.