Immortalised by writers including Robert Louis Stevenson and Rafael Sabatini, in films including The Buccaneer and the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean series, and emulated by any child with a toy sword and an eye-patch, the pirate is one of villainy’s most appealing characters. Heroic, or likeable pirates have been exemplified on-screen by Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Errol Flynn’s Captain Blood.
Despite the undeniable criminality of the pirates, their wanderlust, independence and rebelliousness have combined to create a fabled period, encapsulated in the past through literature – both fact and fiction – and film. Their look has been emulated by popular performers, defining the style of Adam Ant in the 1970s and the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards long before he portrayed a pirate on-screen. And while piracy remains a real concern in the 21st century, there is no doubt that the buccaneer will forever fascinate lovers of adventure.
Offered as a piston-fed fountain pen or rollerball, the Pirates writing instruments of Montegrappa are made in Charcoal Black celluloid and a die-cast Sterling Silver or solid Gold barrel and cap. This impressive masterpiece of a pen has been designed with an array of symbols that have defined the buccaneer for six centuries.
Brimming with intricate details, the Pirates precious metal body bears the legendary “Jolly Roger” sign with grinning skulls and bones, cap top culminates into a corsair’s hat, and a sword serves as the pen’s signature clip. Festooned with ropes and chains essential to seafarers, the Pirates pens also feature guns, treasure maps and doubloons, as well as ships in full sail and a sinuous representation of the mermaid Syrena, whose fate was romantically interwoven with the notorious pirate, Blackbeard.
Limited to 399 fountain pens and 399 rollerballs in silver, and nine of each in gold, the number recalls the nearly 400 tons of gold treasure that William Kidd, one of the most famous of all the pirates, is believed to have buried in various spots around the globe, from Gardiner’s Island in New York to Île Sainte-Marie in Madagascar.
Fitted to the Pirates fountain pen is a nib made of 18 k Gold, offered in the three writing grades of Fine, Medium and Broad.
Each Pirates pen arrives in its own “treasure box” finished in red lacquered wood, with black interior.
The pens in this collection are priced around $5,000 USD
View the full collection at: Montegrappa Pirates Collection
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