The Alchemist: A Novelist's Pen, by Montegrappa
Imagine a novel translated to a pen? And that too, by one of the world's largest selling bestsellers. Montegrappa, as a part of its 100th year celebration, has done just that by launching a pen in Baselworld 2012 called The Alchemist pen honouring this great piece of writing by Paulo Coelho.
To embody the spiritual nature of the novel, artisans at Montegrappa created a form encapsulating the various symbols embedded in the story. With the lost wax technique of casting, the pen has representations of the sun and the moon on the cap. Physically, the pen communicates the experience of the practice of alchemy by incorporating actual pieces of the seven metals of alchemy; quicksilver is also represented by its chemical symbol. The pen's pocket clip opens as does a cartographer's drawing compass. The Alchemist operates on various levels and the owner of it can discover these minute details with subsequent study, just like the book.
Coelho himself was involved in the design of this unique pen. The pen will be issued in a limited edition of 1,987 pieces. Incidentally The Alchemist, the novel, was published first in 1987 with only 900 copies. Later Coelho republished the book through a different publisher. The series consists of 71 pieces in solid gold celebrating 71 languages that the book has been translated into; 900 pens in resin and sterling silver; and a further 1000 pens will be in sterling silver; and the final icing: another 16 pens will be produced in gold with diamond enhancements, the precious gems representing the riches of this prominent novel.
So, if you want to write history, literally speaking, this pen is something to aspire for sure!
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