Pens and notebooks that turn handwriting into art
‘Calligraphy’ is the Ancient Greek word for ‘beautiful writing’ – giving handwriting and text a graceful, artistic appearance. Different cultures across the world take this very seriously indeed.
With its new Meisterstück Calligraphy Collection, Montblanc is using its know-how to celebrate the art in its own way – most notably with its new Flex nib. Made from gold to bend and spread more easily, it allows for more elaborate and expressive calligraphy, with vertical lines varying from just 0.3mm to 1.4mm thick, depending on the pressure applied.
The Meisterstück Yellow Gold 149 is one such pen making use of this innovation. Due to the slenderness and special geometry of the nib point, a high level of precision can be achieved. The Flex nib wings close rapidly when writing pressure is reduced, while the variation of line breadth is achieved by exerting pressure, also resulting in different hues.
With the Meisterstück Calligraphy edition, Montblanc celebrates the manuscripts prized by kings, princes, cardinals and noble families, with radiant colours and gold leaf applied to enhance the lettering of the scribes. Real gold leaf is featured on the black lacquer cap and barrel, then covered by a translucent lacquer. The gold leaf is applied by hand, giving each pen its own character.
With fittings in black PVD, the edition is available as a Fountain Pen with the 18k solid gold flexible Expression Nib, as a Fountain Pen Le Grand with the standard Meisterstück 18k ruthenium-coated nib, or as a Rollerball Le Grand.
To complete the Meisterstück Calligraphy experience, Montblanc has three different notebooks in black leather with gold or silver foil, as well as a red-coloured metallic. The paper inside each is by Awagami, a manufacturer that has made paper since 1825. Each notebook tells the historical evolution of calligraphy in three chapters – Western, Islamic and East Asian – with different writing exercises.
A tribute to Japanese artistry, the Meisterstück Calligraphy Maki-e Limited Edition 88 brings together a number of crafts. In a process that takes three months to complete, the ancient ‘urushi’ lacquering technique has been used on the cap and barrel, applying, smoothing, sanding and polishing many paper-thin layers of blue semi-transparent lacquer by hand. Gold powder and tiny particles of cracked abalone shells are then skillfully interspersed between the layers.
The cap is decorated with an Au 750 white gold inlay in the shape of the full moon, with delicate cherry blossom twigs in Au 750 gold, while the barrel is decorated with yellow gold inlays. Just 88 are available, in reference to the lucky number 8 in Japanese culture. The Meisterstück Calligraphy Maki-e Limited Edition features an 18k rose gold rhodium-plated flexible calligraphy nib, with a special blossom design.
Also look for the Calligraphy Kara-Kami Fine Stationery notebook, featuring premium handmade Karakami paper with gold leaf, thin washi paper dividers and traditional Japanese binding on the backbone. Precious objets d’art for any calligrapher’s desk, Montblanc has commissioned a Gold Leaf and Black Urushi Lacquer Box LE3, and a special Cracked Shell, Gold and Urushi Lacquer Box LE1, made in the great Japanese tradition with urushi lacquer, and featuring artwork made of precious gold and shell inlays.