Mightier Than the Sword: Montegrappa pays tribute to Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway: a writer who words proved mightier than the sword

“My life used to be full of everything. Now if you aren’t with me I haven’t a thing in the world.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Montegrappa has added a new series of pens to its Cult and Icon collections.

Mightier Than the Sword aims to honour a person who has contributed to mankind through philosophy, politics, the arts and other fields.

It debuts with a range saluting the life and works of Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century who, coincidentally, wrote with Montegrappa pens.

Montegrappa said its limited-edition pens are conceived to provide their owners with “a taste of Italy, to feel the presence of the great masters who passionately breathed life into their works and made them immortal”.

The Hemingway Pens range is divided into four ‘chapters’: The Soldier, The Writer, The Fisherman and The Traveler, each featuring fountain, roller and ballpoint pens. “Each of these chapters of his life is embodied in a pen,” Montegrappa stated.

The Hemingway pens “invoke the spirit of the writer who single-handedly transformed modern writing”

Each model is a limited edition of 100 pieces, totalling 300 pens for each subject. All pens in the series are in celluloid with sterling silver trim.

In addition to the silver editions, ten examples of each of the three pen types, in each of the four chapters, are trimmed with 18k gold. All, according to Montegrappa, “invoke the spirit of the writer who single-handedly transformed modern writing”.

Packaging has been inspired by the notebooks used by reporters during the First World War.

The Writer edition celebrates Hemingway’s unique style and originality. He was known for his straightforward style and deceptively simple sentences and Montegrappa has taken that ‘deception’ a step further in The Writer’s motifs.

On the barrel ring, an Underwood typewriter features below the dates 1951, when the author received his Pulitzer Prize, and 1954 when he was honoured with the Nobel Prize.

For the cap top, two ornaments create an art deco pattern to symbolise clean and straight writing style. The clip is engraved with a fountain pen to show Hemingway’s early connection to Montegrappa and to Bassano, the Italian city where Hemingway spent time as an ambulance driver in World War I, and the inspiration for his classic A Farewell to Arms.

The Writer comes in Turtle Brown; its woodiness, says Montegrappa, echoes the source of paper.

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Down to the last detail: The Writer celebrates Hemingway’s unique style and originality


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