THE HISTORY BEHIND THE BRAND Since 1912, Montegrappa has been manufacturing writing implements in the same historic building on the bank of the River Brenta. The river winds through one of the most picturesque areas in the prosperous North-Eastern part of Italy, through the historic town of Bassano del Grappa. Its Italian heritage is an important component of the company’s persona: that it is the first Italian pen manufacturer. “Italian-ness” is at the heart of Montegrappa tradition. It guides the company’s philosophy. Montegrappa was among the first to use celluloid and galalith, elevating it to the material of choice for superior pens. The company’s skilled craftsmen were able to perfect the manufacturing process with original and precise technical solutions, which served as the platforms for the artistry of the pens’ designers. Through the ensuing decades, Montegrappa would produce numerous models, now highly collectible. Montegrappa pens, part of history Montegrappa pens have played their part in history, for signing documents during key moments in the 20th Century. Famed Italian leaders including Victor Emmanuel III and Benito Mussolini used Montegrappa pens. Amongst the Russian leaders of the last part of the century, Boris Yeltsin gave his Dragon pen to Vladimir Putin on 2nd January 2000, and with this pen he symbolically handed over his power to him. Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev signs all official documents with the Montegrappa Extra 1930. Limited editions Giuseppe Aquila, CEO Montegrappa Consolidating its position as the premier manufacturer of luxury pens, Montegrappa has produced a continuing flow of limited editions, commemorating events, locales and individuals. Amongst the subjects embodied in Montegrappa writing instruments have been the America’s Cup, the scintillating town of St Moritz, La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Formula One Legend Ayrton Senna and many more. More recently, Montegrappa has established a series of pens that will yield elegant, portable tributes to the highpoints of its first century, the “Icons” models honouring cultural giants Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee and Nelson Mandela.