The ubiquitous BlackBerry and super slim laptop may have made using old-fashioned stationery déclassé. But a rare, expensive pen is as much an expression of affluence and taste as any pair of Bally shoes or Panerai watch.
And there is more to premium pens than a Cross or a gold-plated Parker fountain pen.
Limited edition luxury pens are mostly handcrafted to order, using moulds that are destroyed after the last piece is made. So, when you whip out your pen to initial that credit card slip, you can be sure to grab attention.
Their rarity and craftsmanship make these pens collectors’ items with rapidly appreciating prices. Owners also cherish pens they perceive to be lucky. If a deal hits gold, then the pen that signed on the dotted line may accompany the superstitious owner forever.
Look out for craftsmanship, exotic materials and attention to detail when you go shopping. Here are our favourites:
1.The 1010 from Caran d’Ache has 500 silver pieces and 100 gold pieces. Each pen is handmade, and the piston pump is set with a ruby and a sapphire crystal dome. The pen has an 18-carat gold nib and is built to resemble the mechanism of a watch. It comes in a black lacquered box with a glass bottle containing blue-black ink and a palladium-plated silver stopper. Rs7 lakh
2. The Arita from Sailor is made from high-fired porcelain, with intricate designs inspired by the landscape, flowers and geometry of Japan. Each pen takes 2-6 months to craft. Rs1.2 lakh
3.The Santos de Cartier fountain pen is crafted from 925 sterling silver with solid gold screws and gold-plated detailing. The pen comes equipped with an 18-carat Rhodium plated solid gold nib. Cartier makes only 1,904 individually numbered pens. Rs1.5 lakh
4. The Copernicus 4810 from Montblanc is a model that represents Nicolas Copernicus’ view of the universe. Nine rings in 925-sterling silver encircle the anthracite-coloured lacquer barrel. The sun is symbolized by the glowing stone that decorates the clip. Rs1.27 lakh
Available at William Penn outlets, Montblanc boutiques and Ethos outlets.