On my September 2019 visit to Novelli Pen in Rome I was taken with a truly unique pen. In the current times when new many of the new pens are re-releases of existing pens, just in different colours or finish, the Trasparente is unique. The attractive look of the pen drew me in. The story captivated my interest. The writing experience absolutely made this a pen I just had to have. Well, it is now part of my collection.
Starting with the story, it is fascinating. The the early 30's, Giuseppe Carboni starts a workshop for safety pens in Turin Italy. By 1936, his company is open under the name Ceervinia (this is the name of one of the highest peaks of the western Italian Alps. His company progresses from a store to a factory with 40 employees.
There were about 30 colours of celluloid pens made. The war ended pen production. Careboni hid the raw materials for the pens, and semi-finished parts. There were six boxes of celluloid pens and hard rubber in rods stored in the basement of the Carboni family store on via Nizza in Turin. Someone report to the German SS the movement of materials. Could it be ammunition? The Germans came and checked out the basement of the store. Finding no ammunition, the officer left.
Ten thousand pens by Cervinia and Royal (theother brand registered by Carboni) are found. Some pens were incomplete, other complete. Refurbishment was required for the pens.
The Trasparent has a semi-clear celluloid body, piston fill, ebonite feed and a 14 kt gold nib.
The comes in a very large metal box. At first I questioned the box, or tin, and then I think the linkage is to a basic storeage item, afterall, these pens were found in a basment stores in boxes. In side the tin box is the pen resting inside a simply designed cardboard box, three 35 ml bottles of Cervinia ink (rose, green and grey) and a book with the history of the pen and reproductions of various documents found with the pens.
This pen was made in 1936. It reflects the simpler designs of pens of that time. It is smaller in terms of body and the nib, than the larger pens being produced today. What you have is an eight-year old celluloid pen. The look and size of the pen is appropriate to the time period.
The look of the pen is very pleasing. It has a sleek common width body and cap. The celluloid is semi-translucent with subtle colour tones. I was worried the pen may be too small for my hand, but the length of the pen nicely clears to top of my hand as as write, with the pen posted.
The pen looks new as the Italian pen company, Stipula, took on the task to refurbish the pens. They did an exellent job.
The pen is fitted with a smooth 14-kt gold Globus nib that is crafted on the original Globus tooling equipment which were restored and put back into operation by Stipula at their workshop in Florence, Italy in 2014. Yes, this is a multi-year project.
Each pen in unique and numbered. I am so fortunately to have pen 45 of the 139 pens that are available.
The overall Cervinia Restoration Project has various models and colours of pens. Of the models I am away of they include the Model 57 -- a grey/green celluloid, button filler; the Regina Elena -- a balck with organge tones celluloid, button filler; the Savoia -- a black celluloid, button filler; and my pen the Trasparente --a semi-clear green/black celluloid, piston fill.
It was the elegant look of the semi-transulcent stripes that caught my eye in the first place.
The nib is simple and understated. Back in 1936 pens were not made with the size of nibs found in pens today. This is an extremely smooth nib. My pen is fitted with a broad width nib. The nib widths include from Extra Fine, to 1.1 italic.
Of course a pen hold beauty in its appearance, and pleasure in how it fits the hand, but the utlimate aspect is how it writes. There is no dissapointment in this aspect of owning a Cervinia Trasparente. From the moment Marco at at Novelli in Rome showed the pen I was taken with the appearance. Marco brought out a bottle of ink, the pen was dipped and I was immediately taken with the smooth writing characteristic of the pen. In a store, of course you write on pads of high quality paper. At home, and at my office, the pen delivers the same performance.
The pen performs well on a variety of paper, from Fabriano, Clairefontaine, Rhodia or other quality note paper the smoothness, flow of ink and quality of the line of ink on the paper is excellent. Even writing on office copy paper, this pen performs very well. I can leave it, and come back a day or so later and the ebonite feed instantly delivers a quality line of ink.