Leonardo Momento Zero fountain pen, made from resin, in the color vintage brown with gold plated trim / details, a classical designed pen with steel nib and a cartridge converter filling system (converter included)
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Leonardo Officina Italiana
A family tradition continued. With over 45 years of experience in the field of writing instruments, handed down from father to son, from generation to generation.
Today Leonardo Officina Italiana works on emotional and vintage projects, taking up the old loading systems, the materials and the working techniques that once characterized the craft of the craftsman. The Leonardo pens have a soul, a human warmth that only passion can give.
Each Leonardo collection is manually made in Italy, and all pens are guaranteed for life against any manufacturing defect.
As the material has a lot of colors and flakes. The image is one example, no two pens will be the same.
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Leonardo Momento Zero fountain pen, made from resin, in the color vintage brown, a classical designed pen with steel nib and a cartridge converter filling system (converter included)
Leonardo Pen Review
I was initially drawn to this pen because of the material (which in person is quite gorgeous) and because it was a hand turned Italian made pen. I wasn't actually expecting to get a pen that would be a great "out of the box" writer but mainly just a pretty pen with the usual steel nib. I was actually blown away by how smooth the pen writes and the fact that I didn't even have to micro mesh or otherwise play around with the nib. It just worked perfectly from the first line I wrote and puts down a very precise line. The line of sight to point of the nib is perfect. The medium is a true Western Medium and considerably less of a gusher than say a Pelikan M800 Medium. I haven't been this happy with a new pen purchase since I bought my Pilot Custom 823. In fact, if you like the writing experience of the 823, you will really like this pen. It has what I believe to be a #6 Bock nib and while I realize getting a good nib can sometimes be the luck of the draw, my particular example was flawless. Even though this model has a steel nib (they also make solid gold nib models), you do get some flex out of it and you can squeeze out some line variation if that is your thing. It is by no means "a nail" but has a nice spring to it without being too soft. The writing experience on 90g. Rhodia paper is just sublime.
In regards to the looks of the pen, the resin is deep and smooth and well patterned throughout. The gold furniture is understated and well made. I like the wheel feature of the clip and it gives it a very upscale look. The pen posts securely and it just feels lovely in the hand. The polishing of the material throughout the pen is first rate. The threads are smooth and out of the way, and the section is perfect. I also very much appreciate that the section is also made of the resin material and not metal or black. Gives it a wonderful vintage look. Even the converter is well made and stylish with the Leonardo name and logo engraved on a gold turning knob.
If you are considering something like an Aurora Optima Auroloide because you like the look of the material but don't want something that expensive or perhaps you want a more understated look, you should seriously consider this pen. I have an Optima in Green Auroloide, and while it is a beautiful pen and also feels lovely in the hand and has a solid gold nib, etc, it really doesn't provide a better writing experience than this pen and costs 3x as much. Also, unlike my Aurora (which I will eventually give to a nibmeister to improve), this pen virtually has no sweet spot that you have to hit while writing and has considerably less feedback. I esteem the Optima rather highly, so that just tells you how good this pen really is.
Finally, because of searching for this pen, I was led to the Fontoplumo store and website, and the purchasing experience has been first class. Frank provides great service and will patiently answer questions and quickly returns emails. I highly recommend Fontoplumo and hope I can someday visit the shop personally and perhaps pick out my next Leonardo pen!.