Italian luxury goods manufacturer Montegrappa was founded in 1912 with the slogan, “Maker of gold nibs and fountain pens.” Products today are still made in the original factory on the river Brenta (northeast Italy). The brand’s pens were well regarded during World War I with legendary writers Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos among passionate users – both were volunteer ambulance drivers. One of the first to use celluloid and galalith for construction, Montegrappa expanded rapidly in the 1930’s with fountain pens in a variety of colors. Watches, cufflinks, leather goods, fragrances, and accessories have since become brand collections. Company partners include Sylvester Stallone and former F1 Ferrari driver Jean Alesi.