The new Montegrappa Hemingway collection is segmented into “chapters” in a nod to its namesake: the Soldier, the Writer, the Fisherman and the Traveller —each representing a facet and stage of Hemingway’s life. These chapters are in turn embodied in a pen collection that includes 100 each: fountain pen, rollerball pen, and ballpoint. Celluloid, a material Montegrappa has employed for pen making since its earliest years, is used in the creation of the pens, which are trimmed in diamond-cut sterling silver. An additional ultra-limited edition of ten pieces in each mode and for each chapter are trimmed in 18-karat gold.

The colour of celluloid for each chapter was carefully chosen, with the goal of creating a specific mood. Bamboo Black was used for the Solider, while Turtle Brown is the choice for the Writer, Mediterranean Blue for the Fisherman and Charcoal Black for the Traveller. Shown here is the newly released Soldier, whose barrel culminates in an engraved depiction of Bassano del Grappa’s famous bridge and city landmark, the Ponte degli Alpini. The Red Cross ambulance is also visible, accurately recalled as a Ford Model T as driven by Hemingway. Monte Grappa, the mountain, serves as the backdrop, and Montegrappa Tu Sei La Mia Patria—the title of a song written in 1918, the year Hemingway stayed in Bassano del Grappa—is engraved above. Hemingway’s initials grace the fountain pen’s nib, while the pocket clip features an Alpine edelweiss motif. The cap crown is decorated with a likeness of the medal for valor, which Hemingway received when injured in Italy. In keeping with the literary theme, the pen comes in special packaging reminiscent of a reporter’s notebook like those used during the First World War.