Leonardo Officina Italiana has boomed in recent years as a popular fountain pen brand, and it isn’t difficult to see why. It boasts beautifully made pens inspired by colors of the Italian coastline and countryside, all made with close attention to detail and quality. The brand is also known for its Italian heritage as it was passed down from one generation to the next for continuity and to keep its vision alive.
Fountain pen enthusiasts can expect a beautiful writing experience from these fine handcrafted pens, but each model will have something different to offer. Here, we’ll explore the best fountain pens that Leonardo has to offer.
Designed towards the end of 2017, the brand’s inaugural pen, the Momento Zero, quickly became a staple in many pen enthusiasts’ collections. Aside from its Italian DNA and vintage details, the Momento Zero is also revered for its size and balance. It is made from high-quality acrylic and special resins and comes in various colors as well as an alternative model with a gold nib for those who prefer it. Each Momento Zero is turned from a solid bar, which is numbered on the body of the pen. This pen has a cartridge-converter filling mechanism.
The Momento Zero Grande 2.0 was released as a new incarnation of the well-known Momento Zero Grande (MZG) and has a few key differences from its predecessor. First is the ink window located on the grip section which allows one to see how much ink is left while writing. The section itself is also shaped differently. Instead of the milk bottle shape on the MZG, the 2.0 has a larger barrel shape with a slight taper and a small flare towards the nib. Depending on your pen grip, you may prefer the MZG 2.0 over the original. Both are the same size and write beautifully.
If you prefer a more classic-shaped fountain pen, then the Furore is a great option to go with from Leonardo. It is a cigar-shaped fountain pen that is built very similar to the Momento Zero except for its bullet-shaped ends. It comes in a range of vibrant colors inspired by the Amalfi coast and has a flexible clip with a rotating washer for carrying it in a pocket or a pen loop with ease. This pen has a cartridge-converter system that makes it very easy to fill your pens and take them with you on the go.
For Leonardo fountain pens with a greater ink capacity, we have the Furore Grande. This is essentially a larger version of the Furore with the added benefit of being a piston filler fountain pen. It has a capacity of 1.5 ml, making it perfect for writers who are always scribbling and do not have as much time for constant refills. It comes with the standard Leonardo steel nib but is also available in a version fixed with a 14-karat gold nib.
The Bottom Line
Leonardo Officina Italiana is a brand that produces well-balanced, exceptionally well-made, beautifully finished fountain pens that are a wonderful addition to any pen enthusiast’s collection. You get a variety of nibs and trims and colorful, unique resins that are distinctly Leonardo, as well as a rich heritage full of expertise, history, and knowledge. The brand represents some of the best fountain pen manufacturers on the market, and continues to be highly sought after.
Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting