In 2013, Montegrappa commemorated the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Snake with its , “Snake Pen 2013”. To compliment the collection, Montegrappa will issue a special version
of the “Water Snake” hand painted with the exclusive Limoges painting technique, individually decorated by Montegrappa’s in-house artist, Lorena Straffi. Every pen in the Snake Limited Edition is adorned with stunning die-cast overlays, of a quality and creativity familiar to those who have examined the Dragon and Chaos pens that are so highly prized by enthusiasts. The metalwork encircles a barrel in a deep red-brown hue, made of a special pearlised resin called‘Pietra’, which is Italian for ‘stone’. The clip terminates in the signature Montegrappa ball. For the Snake, it is fashioned from the semi-precious stone Carnelian, its colour matching the cap and barrel.
For the Water Snake, Lorena Straffi uses enameling methods with a multi-stage approach creating an effect which allows light to penetrate the material and reflect off the surface. This gives the painted surface a‘wet effect. The enamel is baked to give a protective and durable and beautiful finish.
Since 1912, Montegrappa has been manufacturing high-quality writing instruments and as with all fountain pens in The Snake 2013 Collection, the special hand-painted Water Snake editions are fitted with ebonite feeders and 18K gold nibs, fed by a piston filling system. All pieces are numbered and offered in an elegant wooden box. Because of the time required to prepare each pen, the hand-painted collection is available as a limited edition of only 88 silver fountain pens and 88 silver rollerball pens.