As rictuses go, it’s a joyous one: despite the usual horror connotations associated with skulls, the dominant, deliciously 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. 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. Free of charge are the smiles the pen will inspire.