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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Introducing the Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule


Timestamps:

  • (:18) - History of Montegrappa Mule
  • (2:25) - Finish
  • (3:23) - Features
  • (4:09) - Weight
  • (4:56) - Nib Options
  • (5:18) - How It Writes
  • (5:47) - Filling Mechanism
  • (6:02) - Additional Features
  • (6:55) - Ink Suggestions
  • (7:19) - Price
  • (7:47) - Comparable Pens

Montegrappa is a brand that we've been representing for several years, though mainly with their ink. The Copper Mule is our first regularly offered Montegrappa pen at GouletPens.com, and it had such a cool story we just had to try it out.

Montegrappa Copper Mule Fountain Pen with Copper Mug
The Montegrappa is a pen company founded in 1912 in Bassano, Italy. They are a luxury brand that focuses mainly on highly themed, limited-edition pens. The story and thought put into their pens is often significant, and this is along those lines.

The Mule is inspired by the American drink Moscow Mule, which has made a recent resurgence from its popularity in the 1940's and 50's. The Moscow Mule is traditionally served in a copper mug. Montegrappa had two mixologist brothers create a drink especially for them, the Montegrappa Mule. Edward and Leone Miotti created several varieties of the drink and had people vote on it in their Bassano-based bar.

The Montegrappa Mule drink is a variation of the Moscow Mule, with the main spirit of vodka replaced by grappa, a popular Italian drink in the brandy family. What really brings it all full-circle is that grappa is traditionally distilled using copper equipment, so it all comes together very nicely. It's evident a lot of thought was put into this theme. They're even including a matching copper mug with the pen for the initial launch, while supplies last.

Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule Fountain Pen

Now for the actual pen itself! There are a lot of interesting things going on with it, and I get into great detail in the video. Here are some of the high points:

Finish:
  • Solid copper and brushed stainless steel
  • Copper will patina over time, can polish with cloth
  • Biostatic, great for culinary and distilled applications
  • Grappa is traditionally distilled with copper equipment
In Hand:
  • Grip size is almost identical to Pilot VP (sans clip)
  • Brushed stainless steel, but isn’t highly textured, feels smooth but isn’t slick
  • Threads are square, not obtrusive
Weight:
Balance/Feel:
  • Front weighted on the body b/c of the stainless steel grip
  • Well balanced when posted, sits deep in the hand
Nib Options:
  • #6 size stainless steel with brushed finish made by Bock in Germany
  • Fine
  • Medium
  • Broad
  • Rollerball
  • Nib slightly toothy, stiff, and smooth flowing
  • Fine and medium are not vastly different from each other, both fairly wet
Montegrappa Copper Mule Fountain Pen Writing Sample
Filling Mechanism:
  • Comes with threaded Montegrappa cartridge/converter
  • Also takes other standard international converters
  • Takes standard international short and long cartridges

Cap:
  • Wide center band with stamped and filled logo that matches darker accents of the nib, threads, and finial
  • Screw cap, push-to-post
  • Cap insert seals nicely, makes threads smoother than if they metal on metal, and protects the pen body better when posting
  • Keeps nib from drying out better than a lot of other pens I’ve used
  • Stiff clip with roller wheel
  • Finial with 1912 on it (when Montegrappa was founded)
Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule Fountain Pen

Inks to match:
Comparable Pens:
Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule fountain pen with copper mug
The Montegrappa Copper Mule is a very well-themed, well-formed pen. I'm quite impressed with all that went into it, and I'm happy to be able to present this pen to you. It's going to be a little on the higher end of what you'll see for a steel nibbed pen at $375 MSRP, though you can see the best price we have available for it at GouletPens.com when you add it to your cart.

What do you think of the Copper Mule? Let me know in the comments below.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

1 comment:

  1. Is that the box? With a matching-the-nib finish? You didn't mention it or show it in the video. It is very interesting-looking! What is it made of? Is it suitable for display or storage? It doesn't look the sort of box one simply throws out, but is it??

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