Normally we use writing instruments to record down our stories, but what if the pen itself told a story? Crafted using some of the finest materials and techniques these fountain pens feature design elements that tell intricate tales of prominent figures from human history and lore.
Joining Montegrappa’s Ancient Civilisations series, the Thoth fountain pen enjoys a special presence, for Thoth was the Egyptian deity ascribed with the invention of the alphabet and writing. The Thoth writing instruments are imbued with the design language of ancient Egypt. The pen’s shape, possesses curves recalling a mummy’s sarcophagus, the decoration emphasising the likeness. The burnished laser-cut engravings recreate the atmosphere of highly-adorned walls in an Egyptian throne room. Hieroglyphics encircle the bottom of the cap, while motifs inspired by period Egyptian clothing may be found on the upper part. On the bottom of the barrel is the symbol of Thoth, a stylised ibis, while the barrel is engraved with the inscriptions from one of Thoth’s emerald tablets, believed to be written in the ancient language of Atlantis.
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY LIMITED EDITION 1931 BY MONTBLANC
With a limitation number of 1931 in reference to the year Saint-Exupéry earned international acclaim as an author for Night Flight, the pen revisits the theme of aviation that is central to the novel with rivet engravings and cockpit-inspired fittings. Reminiscent of a cockpit window, the skeletonized cap features a clear covering through which the nib can be seen. A reminder that Saint-Exupéry was also a skilled illustrator, the engraving on the cap is one of his self-portraits and his hand drawing for “Le Petit Prince” inspires the engraving on the barrel, while the bi-colour nib features Saint-Exupéry’s own star illustration from “Le Petit Prince”.
EMPEROR DRAGON BY NAMIKI
In Japanese mythology, the dragon is highly-regarded as the Guardian of the East and symbolises strength, power and protection. The pen features both of the two types of Japanese dragons; one belonging to the sky while the other is found in bodies of water as illustrated on the cap and barrel. The illustrations are done using the Taka (raised) Maki-e technique – the highest level of advanced Maki-e techniques which requires Namiki at least three months to produce. The sky dragon depicted on the cap of the fountain pen is seen fiercely guarding a pearl within its three-clawed grasp, believed to be the wish-fulfilling pearl jewel. In Japanese culture, dragons are also considered benevolent and the bringers of wealth and good fortune.
COUNT CAGLIOSTRO BY MONTEGRAPPA
Count Alessandro di Cagliostro (1743–1795) was the alias of the occultist Giuseppe Balsamo – a controversial figure encapsulating a mixture of notions from Hermetism, Alchemy, Kabbalah and Freemasonry. To convey the trappings of the occultist, the Count Cagliostro Pen is decorated with images associated with the various mystical arts. The pen’s clip is crafted with the lost-wax casting technique representing the Caduceus and Cagliostro’s personal seal symbols, while the pen’s barrel and cap are a mixture of silver or gold cutwork and micro-milling. Among the sigils engraved on the pen are the “eye in the pyramid” associated with Illuminati, the square-and-compass of the Freemasons and the grid that represents the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah. While Montegrappa ascribes no mystical powers to the Count Cagliostro Pens, those who write with it will undoubtedly experience its charms.
GAME OF THRONES COLLECTION BY MONTEGRAPPA
With its epic storylines of treachery and nobility, family and honor, ambition and love, and death and survival, Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of fans everywhere. Montegrappa’s collection represents of each of the four key families: Stark, Baratheon, Lannister and Targaryen. The House Baratheon pen features a stag’s head for its pocket clip, with a stag rampant on the cap’s top, above the motto, “Our Is The Fury”. The House Lannister pen features a lion’s head for its pocket clip, and a lion rampant on the cap’s top, above the motto, “Hear Me Roar”. A direwolf’s head forms the pocket clip of the House Stark pen, while the top of the cap shows the direwolf’s profile, above the motto, “Winter Is Coming”. On the House Targaryen pen a dragon’s head forms the pocket clip, while a dragon coils above the legend, “Fire and Blood”, on the cap’s top.