Classics never go out of style. Such is the case with Montegrappa’s Elmo02, whose retro 1920s design has been refined for modern times, but still retains some of the vintage flair of Helm’s era. To complement the current models in the series – Jet Black, Asiago and Sorapis, Montegrappa has recently introduced the Elmo 02 Cortina, a new version in marbled green. Let’s discover it below!
What I have always appreciated about Montegrappa is the respect they pay to their past. Their impressive archive houses some of the most iconic models that have established the brand over the years including the ‘Elmo 02’, a popular model developed at a time when Heinrich Helm was the technical director of the Italian manufacturer. Helm’s creative and innovative spirit still resonates today and lives on through the new Elmo 02 model, which has been given a new lease of life.
Elmo 02 Cortina follows the same design line as the other models in the series, but boasts a fresh look due to its unique shade of marbled green. Besides the timeless shape, the pen stands out for its iconic ‘cummerbund’ clip made of brass, with traces of early art deco. The stainless steel nib is also beautifully adorned with a fine filigree and comes in extra-fine, fine, medium, broad as well as stub 1.1 and stub 1.5 to meet as many users’ tastes as possible.
One will find this pen very comfortable to write with, especially during extended writing sessions, for its ‘ski-jump’ grip section. Speaking of comfort, I find the pen to be well balanced as well as super portable as it weighs around 30 grams and has 142 mm in length. It’s the kind of pen that I, personally, would always carry in my bag, knowing it would not only write flawlessly but also look good.
The new Elmo 02 Cortina is offered as rollerball pen and ballpoint pen as well and is available on montegrappa.com or at any authorised retailer.
Fountain Pen: € 295
Rollerball Pen: € 285
Ballpoint Pen: € 245