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.
Notable amongst the friends of Montegrappa are the great racing driver Jean Alesi and actor, writer and director Sylvester Stallone. So deep is their affection for the brand that both are now shareholders and board members.
Celluloid - The American inventor John Hyatt created celluloid in 1869. It is a colourless, transparent and inflammable plastic obtained by gelatinising nitrocellulose with alcohol and camphor. Celluloid is highly elastic, shock-resistant and pleasant to the touch. Its characteristic colour is due to the presence of multiple streaks. The material is produced in sheets, and turned into bars that require a maturing and processing period of twelve months. After this period it undergoes a drying phase during which the bars are cut to size according to the objects that will be manufactured. To accelerate the drying process, the material of the rough-hewings is perforated for better ventilation and left to dry for a period of six months during which Montegrappa carry out thorough chemical tests to control the humidity of the material of six months during which Montegrappa carry out thorough chemical tests to control the humidity of the material to guarantee perfect celluloid.