the story goes on
Our family’s legacy continues.
Our traditions are made new.
Leonardo Officina Italiana was forged in a laboratory where heritage and craftsmanship combined to give life to the pleasure of writing. With over 45 years of experience, the art of creating and manufacturing innovative, fine writing instruments, has now been handed down from father to son.
This is not an ordinary story of passing down traditions from one generation to the next, but an extraordinary one.
Ciro Matrone, the father of Leonardo co-founder and CEO Salvatore Matrone, was the co-founder and only production manager of the storied brand Delta - Artigiani della Scrittura. He led the production department there for thirty-six years. During that time, he produced and designed many of Delta’s most notable and successful writing instrument collections. From his mind, heart, and hands came the Dolcevita, Dolcevita Colosseum, Astra, Venice, Pompeii, Napoleone, Roma Imperiale, Caruso, Vespucci, Puccini, Rediscover Pompei, Gallery, Fusion 82 and many other legendary Delta collections.
He was instrumental in reviving long forgotten filling systems such as the lateral level and button filler. He was also on a never-ending quest for the most interesting and exclusive materials, creating proprietary resins and acrylics, while also singularly researching and creating the unique celluloids that distinguished the Delta collections.
In the photos above, from left: Ciro Matrone in Hamburg on the "Dolce Vita" tour, the occasion on which, Ciro traveled to shops in Germany with his lathe. There he showed collectors and fans how a handmade pen is made. He did the same in Japan in 2006 and then again in Salerno, Italy in 2010.
This means creating pens that pay homage to vintage filling systems, materials and traditional techniques. Each pen is made using carefully selected materials such as ebonite, wood, resins and precious metals, and every piece we make bears our name. Solely crafted in Italy, we strive to differentiate our brand globally.
Our pens celebrate place.
Italy’s landscape, waters, flora and fauna. Our country’s films, art and history from ancient times to present day.
Most importantly, each Leonardo pen has a soul and imbues the warmth that only our passion for making pens can bestow on it. We seek to shed light on Italian artistry in a way that expresses innovation and modernity coupled with our rich heritage. These are the common threads expressed in every Leonardo collection.
This is our story.
This is our legacy.
These are the traditions that have inspired us to create new ones.