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Cervinia Trasparente

Cervinia Trasparente

Starting with the story, it is fascinating. The the early 30's, Giuseppe Carboni starts a workshop for safety pens in Turin Italy. By 1936, his company is open under the name Ceervinia (this is the name of one of the highest peaks of the western Italian Alps. His company progresses from a store to a factory with 40 employees.

There were about 30 colours of celluloid pens made. The war ended pen production. Careboni hid the raw materials for the pens, and semi-finished parts. There were six boxes of celluloid pens and hard rubber in rods stored in the basement of the Carboni family store on via Nizza in Turin. Someone report to the German SS the movement of materials. Could it be ammunition? The Germans came and checked out the basement of the store. Finding no ammunition, the officer left.

Ten thousand pens by Cervinia and Royal (theother brand registered by Carboni) are found. Some pens were incomplete, other complete. Refurbishment was required for the pens.

The Trasparente has a semi-clear celluloid body, piston fill, ebonite feed and a 14 kt gold nib.

About the Pen

This pen was made in 1936. It reflects the simpler designs of pens of that time. It is smaller in terms of body and the nib, than the larger pens being produced today. What you have is an eight-year old celluloid pen. The look and size of the pen is appropriate to the time period.

The look of the pen is very pleasing. It has a sleek common width body and cap. The celluloid is semi-translucent with subtle colour tones. I was worried the pen may be too small for my hand, but the length of the pen nicely clears to top of my hand as as write, with the pen posted.

The pen looks new as the Italian pen company, Stipula, took on the task to refurbish the pens. They did an exellent job.

The pen is fitted with a smooth 14-kt gold Globus nib that is crafted on the original Globus tooling equipment which were restored and put back into operation by Stipula at their workshop in Florence, Italy in 2014. Yes, this is a multi-year project.

Each pen in unique and numbered. I am so fortunately to have pen 45 of the 138 pens that are available.

The overall Cervinia Restoration Project has various models and colours of pens. Of the models I am away of they include the Model 57 -- a grey/green celluloid, button filler; the Regina Elena -- a balck with organge tones celluloid, button filler; the Savoia -- a black celluloid, button filler; and my pen the Trasparente --a semi-clear green/black celluloid, piston fill.


Of course a pen hold beauty in its appearance, and pleasure in how it fits the hand, but the utlimate aspect is how it writes. There is no dissapointment in this aspect of owning a Cervinia Trasparente. From the moment Marco at at Novelli in Rome showed the pen I was taken with the appearance. Marco brought out a bottle of ink, the pen was dipped and I was immediately taken with the smooth writing characteristic of the pen. In a store, of course you write on pads of high quality paper. At home, and at my office, the pen delivers the same performance.

The pen performs well on a variety of paper, from Fabriano, Clairefontaine, Rhodia or other quality note paper the smoothness, flow of ink and quality of the line of ink on the paper is excellent. Even writing on office copy paper, this pen performs very well. I can leave it, and come back a day or so later and the ebonite feed instantly delivers a quality line of ink.


Cervinia Trasparente


Cervinia Trasparente


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