Actually it has been ages since I reviewed this pen but it is his turn to be published. Finally! Montegrappa Amerigo Vespucci is a special pen, custom made. It is big and heavy and of course it is not mine 🙂
Loaned, reviewed (actually inked by me for the first time) and returned. (sad face) There are two versions of this pen, gold and silver. This is gold version obviously and I have to say without mentioning a number, it is very very expensive. The golden version of this pen is produced 267 copies due to the crew’s number and the silver version was produced 1931 copies due to the year of launch of the ship. And when you consider that, it was produced in 2002, this pen can be easily classified as a rare gem.
The pen comes in this great shade of green. However, there is no special occasion with the box. It is just a beautiful pen laying down on a satin bed. I was actually hoping for a ship model or something. However, when I conducted a brief research on the net, I have seen a different box coming along with this pen. Maybe it is the Turkish distributor who put the pen in this very box.

Oh God, it is a heavy pen. Maybe one the heaviest pens I have used so far. As you might already know, those pens are not a writing gadget but mostly an item to gift or a statue to exhibit on your desk. Nevertheless I have to admit that pen has a great craftsmanship. This pen bears the enamel illustration of a ship Vespucci which is considered as the “most beautiful ship of the world”. This porcelain looking illustration requires a hell of a master work. This black and white stripes on the cap is inspired from the black and white stripes of the ship’s hull. On the clips, there is a hand carved miniature of Amerigo Vespucci whom the ship named after. Besides this statute was also the figurehead of the ship Vespucci. The top jewel of the pen is this rig called Jack Flag which is made of enamel. This is a cool piece. The nib has a nice and detailed decoration in parallel with the cap band. Under the initials of Amerigo Vespucci, you can see the branding and the 1912 the year Montegrappa established. On the left wing, you can see the nib size. As I said before, I inked this pen for the first time. In case you wonder, it is a pistonfiller. For this pen, I choose Graf von Faber Castell Cobalt Blue which is quite matching with this pen with its elegant bottle and deep blue color reminding me the blue seas. This heavy and flamboyant pen is a result of real craftsmanship. It is debatable if this is a pen for a long writing session but it can solely trigger a discussion about the whether a piece of art should also have a function. What do you think about those pens? Do you think that those pens can be considered as a piece of art or an investment tool?

Zeynep Brokepen