Artistic Penmanship: 5 Writing Instruments That Inspire Great Works

By Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.
December 20, 2021 Updated: December 20, 2021

The mark of a master artisan is transforming a mundane object into a breathtaking work of art. This selection of pens is ready to inspire soaring essays and great novels or simply make preparing the weekly grocery list a lot more enjoyable.

Cartier Dragon Pen
(Courtesy of Cartier)

A Mythically Marvelous Pen

Cartier Dragon Décor Pen
$174,000

Inspired by traditional Chinese design, a glittering, bejeweled gold dragon wraps around the burgundy cap, which is accented by clouds and dazzling emeralds, one more of which is set at the tip of the clip. The body features tastefully alternating bands of black and gold, enhanced with tiny diamonds at the base.

Visconti
(Courtesy of Visconti)

Marbled Masterstroke

Visconti Il Magnifico Black Marble Fountain Pen
$2,381

Inspired by the marble artworks of Renaissance ruler Lorenzo de’ Medici, black Portoro marble with gold veins from Italy’s La Spezia Province is used for the barrel to complement the aged bronze cap and trim.

Montegrappa-Dante-Alighieri-Purgatorio--FP
(Courtesy Montegrappa)

Journey to Redemption

Montegrappa Dante Alighieri: Purgatorio
$6,196

The artisans at Montegrappa chose sterling silver and 18k gold to illustrate the seven deadly sins and Dante’s ascent. From the cap to the nib, this is a pen that tells a story every time it’s viewed.

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(Courtesy S.T. Dupont)

Paris Under Glass

ST Dupont From Paris With Love Collector’s Kit
$8,499.99

Celebrating Paris’s iconic Haussmann architecture, a Line D pen features details of a building from rooftop to street-level entry. The pen and a Line 2 lighter reside under a protective glass dome.

Montblanc
(Courtesy Montblanc)

Speed Writing

Montblanc Enzo Ferrari Rollerball Pen
$930

The latest entry to the Great Characters line, this stunning pen honors Enzo Ferrari. Engraved with Ferrari’s logo and his signature, the red resin body and cap house a rollerball mechanism.

Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.