Delta Dolcevita

Delta - Dolcevita

A relatively young pen company, Delta, was founded in 1982. They have created a line of pens that are iconic in terms of the what one thinks of the classic Italian fountain pen - the Dolcevita.

We travel frequently to Italy. It is only fitting that I have the Delta Dolcevita fountain pen in my collection. The term, La Dolcevita, means the sweet life. Yes, owning this pen is sweet.

Good quality here, the pen is turned from solid bar of orange resin for the body, and black resin for the cap. The solid black cap with the rich orange marbled resin makes for a stunning combination of colours.

There is a range of size options so this pen could be right for a a wide range of users.

I like the classic orange and black. I also have the Dolcevita Oro, where the cap and the body are in orange resin, but I must admit, I find the black and orange a great colour combination. A version with black and yellow was produced as the Sole which also a real looker.

Delta Dolcevita - CapNear the bottom of the cap, the bands are sterling silver, or, as with the model I have, in vermeil which is gold plate on sterling silver. I like the look of the gold plate on sterling silver with the orange body.

The pattern on the ring is said to be a pattern found in old paintings from Pompeii.

The pen is a regular production model, that is it is not produced in limited production. Nevertheless, Delta imprints the name: Delta Dolcevita on the back of the pen as well as its production number. Nice touch.

I think of terra cotta as being a duller orange but I do like the rich orange colour of the pen.

There are four basic body sizes in the Dolcevita series:

  • Mini,
  • Mid-Sized,
  • Oversized and
  • Stout.

The Dolcevita series come in either a piston or cartridge/converter ink fill mechanism. Mine is a converter and I find it pulls enough ink into the pen to be quite functional.

And finally, the most important part of the pen, the nib.

On my pen this is a beautiful 14 kt gold, solid tone nib. Many of the pens I see have two tones, but mine is single gold tone.

I was able to get an oblique medium, like a stub, so this pen seems to be made just for me.

The nib creates a very solid line of ink and the oblique style gives the shaping of letters that extra personal touch as its responds so well to the nature of each person's writing.

An Exclusive, the Dolcevita with the Fusion Nib

In June 2012, I had the pleasure of visiting Delta Pen at the headquarters located just outside of Naples, Italy. My write-up of the visit and the tour of their factory is included on the site. It was a very informative day. I enjoyed talking with the folks at Delta, and they went out of their way to make us comfortable and to talk about their approach to the design and craftsmanship of their pens.

Delta Dolcevita FusionDuring the visit we talked about the exciting new nib the Delta as designed, the Fusion nib. I was presented with a Delta Dolcevita pen fitted with the new Fusion nib that I describe in the write-up. The Fusion nib is new technology for Delta. It fuses the qualities of steel and gold to create a metal with the qualities of steel and gold that influence the flow of ink.

The Dolcevita pen is the medium-sized model - the pen comes in various sizes. This model uses a converter-cartridge ink fill system.

The pen is a great addition to my collection of Delta pens and especially important to me because it was a gift, it includes the new nib and the Dolcevita itself is an iconic pen of Italy, a country my wife and I visit regularly.

Being on a month-long holiday in Italy at the time, I used the new fusion nib extensively for writing in my travel journal.

Fusion Nib - Delta PensI found the nib to be very smooth and the ink flow very consistent and responsive. The nib is a medium, as I was told the first production of the new fusion nib would be first for fine and medium nibs. I typically use a broad nib, but despite being a medium, I found the pen a pleasure to write with.

Right: A close-up view of the new Fusion Nib by Delta.

The pen a mid-size model has good overall size and fit to my hand. With the cap posted, or not posted, the pen is the same length as the Pelikan M800 - which has always been a good size for my hand. I reference the M800 as a benchmark reference in terms of pen size. The body is wider and there is where for my hand, the real comfort comes to play.


Delta Dolcevita


Founded in 1982 through the partnership of Nino Marino, Ciro Matrone and Mario Muscente.

Delta produces their pens at the facility, located just outside of Naples, Italy.

I had the pleasure of visiting with the folks at Delta at their factory, located just outside of Naples.