In yesterday’s blog of the Philly Pen Show 2022, I promised a review of all the pens I brought back. To start with, the Montegrappa Elmo 02 Pen Collection is quite impressive. Montegrappa began revamping the Elmo line with the Elmo 01. As an all black, mid-size pen, it’s simplistic and streamlined. It’s a great everyday writer. Next up is the Montegrappa Elmo Fantasy Bloom Collection (see my blog review of that here). As you can see, Montegrappa went from one solid color to having a more contemporary selection of colors. Both models have the same body shape and style.
First of all, this new Montegrappa Elmo 02 Pen Collection is completely different from its predecessors. Sure, it still comes in fountain pen, rollerball, and ballpoint modes. Yet the shape, size, and material style is so different. Previously, the Elmo 01 and Fantasy Bloom models are all streamlined where the cap is seamlessly integrated with the barrel. In the Elmo 02, the cap is larger and slightly covers the barrel. These are also a more traditional shape with flatter ends vs the completely rounded, oval shaped Elmo 01 and Fantasy Bloom.
Secondly, these Elmo 02 pens are available in the best of both worlds – black and swirls of color. The beautiful shiny resin finishes are: Jet Black, Asiago, and Sorapis. To be clear, the Asiago is red and the Sorapis is blue. They both have white swirls throughout. I love the unique personality of each pen, as no two patterns are alike.
Importantly, the fountain pen is equipped with a cartridge/converter filling system. I can imagine filling the Jet Black with Monteverde’s Sweet Life Iced Cookie ink. That blue ink would contrast nicely. I’d fill the Asiago with Monteverde’s Red Velvet ink. I like how that red ink matches the depth of red in the pen. Last, I’d fill the Sorapis with Monteverde’s Caribbean Blue ink. It’s a light blue ink to match the light blue swirls on the pen. As for the nib, this fountain pen is equipped with a high quality, smooth steel nib and feed. I love how many nib sizes are available. Choose from: extra fine, fine, medium, broad, 1.1 stub, and 1.5 stub.
Finally, all three modes are equipped with a strong steel clip. The tension on that clip keeps your pen securely fastened no matter what. To refill the rollerball, use Schmidt 888 or 5888 refills. Last but not least, the ballpoint has a smooth twist-action retraction mechanism. Enjoy your favorite Monteverde ballpoint or gel refills.
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