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Montegrappa, Italy’s oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments, is proud of its heritage and has honoured all manner of Italian cultural touchstones, from grappa production to soccer to the Tricolore. With the contemporary classic, the Fortuna pen, as its base, Heartwood pays homage to that most Italian of values: a love of organic materials and the gifts of Mother Nature. As Heartwood pens explore the relationship between man and nature, a precious link that must never be undervalued it was immediately apparent that real wood should be the material of choice for barrel and cap. Joining the initial three versions of the Heartwood pen, chosen to represent the range and variety of woods that hold special appeal for the connoisseur and the aesthete, is another wood of deep importance and universal meaning. As much as any wood with a special significance for the great tradition of Italian woodworking, olive wood also embodies the essence of the Mediterranean. Its colour complements the hues of the teak, pear and walnut Heartwood pens that launched the series. It is the heart of the tree that produces the fruit which defines the region’s diet, which accounts for its inhabitants’ health and longevity. More relevant in this era is the greatest historical and literary import of the olive branch: it stands for peace. With its light, golden-brown colour and fine grain, the Heartwood in olive exudes both timelessness and modernity. The natural olive tree wood used for the caps and barrels is complemented perfectly by trim in satin stainless steel, its cool hardness contrasting with the wood’s soft, organic textures. As with the existing Heartwood pens, each one the beneficiary of Italian excellence in working wood for furnishings, in boats and musical instruments, the Heartwood Olive will be offered as a fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint. With one’s own personal olive branch always to hand, the newest Heartwood pen reminds us that – even in an age of wireless communications and high-tech materials – handwriting with instruments fashioned from elements provided by nature will always embody the finest qualities of humanity.
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