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.

With this in mind, Montegrappa has expanded their 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 Merry Skull is designed to embrace every writing style. The fountain pen, with the Montegrappa 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.

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The Merry Skull reintroduces the world to the Fortuna pen’s now-familiar form but with a new interpretation of a surface completely fashioned in metal: it is manufactured in either satin silver with a vintage look or in natural copper. The decorative pattern applied to this new surface is a specialty of the brand, contrasting etchings of a range of different smiles on the barrel, complete with a skull on the cap.

A tradition of Montegrappa, the pen is fitted with the company’s distinctive rotating sphere on the 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.

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The Fortuna Merry Skull Pen, by MONTEGRAPPA