Despite the usual horror connotations associated with skulls, the ironic image embracing everything from the pirates’ Jolly Roger to heavy metal band logos to military squadron patches is the laughing skull. It says much about the human anatomy that, removed of its covering, the bare skull is frozen in a smile. Montegrappa has expanded the Fortuna Skull range to include a new model that celebrates the light-hearted aspects of the skull, with Merry Skull. Offered in the three popular formats of fountain pen, rollerball and a ballpoint pen, the appeal of the Merry Skull will embrace every writing style.
The fountain pen, with the Montegrappa octagonal filigree motif on the nib, is both cartridge and converter fed, and available in the writing grades of Fine, Medium and Broad, to ensure its universality.
Merry Skull is innovative, introducing to the world the Fortuna pen’s now-familiar form but with a new interpretation of a metal surface completely fashioned in metal: it is manufactured in either satin silver with a vintage look or in natural copper, also called Skull Mule. The decorative Merry Skull pattern applied to this new surface is a Montegrappa specialty, contrasting etchings in a multiplicity of smiles on the barrel, and a maxi-design skull on the cap.
As are Montegrappa traditions, the Merry Skull pens are fitted with the company’s distinctive rotating sphere on the signature clip, and the cap tops display the 1912 Montegrappa monogram, a reminder of the company’s 105 year history. As the oldest manufacturer of writing instruments in Italy, their products are still made in the original factory by the shores of the River Brenta, in the North-East of Italy.
. The pens of the Merry Skull collection are available in either satin silver or copper and will cost between $325 and $425, depending on the version you prefer.