PAINTING AND ENGRAVING
Originally used as a printing method, hand-engraving is an ancient and noble technique, which evolved over time into a true decorative art. It requires incredible human skill and precision. Engraving with a burin is made entirely by hand, and the unique aspects of the final artistic output are unreachable even for modern technologies such as laser and diamond-cut etching.
Low-relief hand engraving is also the technique of choice for the fine decoration of Montegrappa bespoke pens. It transforms personal images as people portraits into luxurious sterling silver or solid gold replica-surfaces that eventually embellish the pens’ barrels and caps.
This often requires long months of meticulous work with the help of a microscopic lens, in the effort of making reality and design meet.
Decorating the initial letters of manuscripts in scarlet red and painting tiny-size pictures onto the pages of the holy books is an art form that has centuries of history. Montegrappa hand-painted pens represent a magnificent tribute to this ancient craft, also known as "miniature".
Equipped with miniature-drawing brushes and a palette of acrylic colours, any kind of image one may wish to be reproduced on the resin surface of his or her bespoke pen is possible, thanks to the incredible talent of our highly-specialised craftsmen. Once the work is completed, a creative process that may take even months, the drawing is sealed with three protective layers of transparent gloss to obtain brilliance and durability over time. The customer also has the option to choose a matt finish.
Since 1912, for more than a century, Montegrappa has been manufacturing high-quality writing instruments in the same historic building in Bassano del Grappa, North East Italy.
Amphora fountain and rollerball pens possess the curvaceous, almost human form that is rounded in ways which ensure that the pen falls naturally to the hand.
Using ages-old techniques and traditional tools, our craftspersons translate the customer’s chosen image into a pattern to be hand-engraved or hand-painted on both precious metal or resin, at the client’s behest.
For such a truly personal object, one that is held in the hand and controlled entirely by the user in a manual fashion, there can be no more individual a presentation than ARTE.