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Limited Edition Fountain Pen
This is another edition of
Martini pens unlike any other made so far and is made by Danitrio.
The design, a spider in pursuit of a dragonfly, uses the antique
process of Raden, with steps requiring hand work from beginning
to end. Pieces of sea shell, egg shell and other materials are
carefully placed into the hand grooved hard rubber. After the
lacquer is set, the surface of the pen is hand finished in progressively
finer stages. This pen is approximately 5 7/8" long capped,
has a barrel diameter of 19/32" and weighs 29 1/2 grams
without ink. It fills with a converter and takes a standard
The captivating part of this
design is the swirl of the spider legs. As the pen is turned,
the legs seem to extend.
The body of the spider is
reflective with abalone, a shell that refracts different colors
as the pen is turned. The final polish appears to have been
done on a spindle with the results visible under a loop, and
visible on the bottom close-up seen below. We suspect that this
technique was employed to avoid damage to the variety of inlays.
Large areas of
the barrel and cap are free of design, leaving one to conjecture
whether the spider has lunch.
The Spider pen
is presented in a lovely moderate sized, black lacquered wood
box with a magnetic clasp.
The 18k nib is the same one used on the Martini
Blue Sky. It has a platinum plating over the solid gold
and is available in Fine, Medium, Broad, 1.3mm Stub and two
new styles: Fine Flexible (FF), and Medium Flexible (MF). Note:
Every flexible nib that we have tested so far was poorly set
at the factory and has needed resetting here before it would
write well. We guarantee every pen and nib that we ship.
Each pen has a hand carved signature on the
top of the section and the edition number, --/50 hand engraved
on the underside.
We believe that these
will not be available for long.
Retail Price: $800.00
Our price: $720.00 - SOLD OUT