Stipula is a great pen company. Luca Viti, the owner of Stipula, is also delightful. I always enjoy seeing him when he visits the U.S.! Stipula pens are high quality, and made in Italy. The ingenuity of their designs is incredible. I’ve got several of their pens in my collection – from regular editions to great, imaginative limited editions. And they all write like a dream for me! That’s why when I saw the announcement for the new Stipula Adagio Fountain Pen, I knew to be ready for the next generation of genius.
As my other passion is music, I love the origin of the name “Adagio”. “Adagio” in Italian, means “slowly” in English (directly translated). Yet in music, it refers to a tempo marking, indicating that music is to be played slowly. It is in this slow, relaxed way that the Stipula Adagio fountain pen mirrors its name with slow and relaxed swirls of the beautiful, translucent resin comprising this pen. It comes in three finishes: Light Blue, Seagreen, and Amber. Though the names Stipula gives these colors are far prettier: Pisan Sunset (Amber), Fountains Of Poggi (Seagreen), and Dawn In Fiesole (Light Blue).
Notably, the cap is massive. It extends almost halfway down the pen. I don’t consider it to be a good or bad thing, just an interesting aesthetic. It also means you’re able to have a larger and more comfortable grip section. It’s unencumbered by threads since they sit higher up on the barrel. Speaking of the threads, I love how they’re all metal – even inside the cap! And they screw together nice and smooth!
The filling system is easy to use. It functions like a piston, with the knob turning at the back of the barrel. Yet, it’s not a true piston filler since it’s a fixed converter attached to the knob. This also means that it fills with the traditional turning the knob clockwise to fill the pen – not like other Stipula fountain pens with a true piston filling mechanism.
Finally, the nib options on the Stipula Adagio fountain pen are awesome! You can choose from steel, titanium, or 14k gold nibs. The steel nib is available in fine, medium, and Italic 1.1. The titanium is a t-flex nib, so it’s “one size fits all”. The 14k nib is available in ultrafine (EEF), extra fine, fine, medium, broad, stub .9, and stub 1.1. As usual, with the more specialized nibs please allow extra time for orders to arrive.
What do you think? Do you have yours yet? You can check it out here.