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Life's Fine Points

The World's finest pen makers are crafting works of art that fit in the palm of your hand
Edward Kiersh
From the Print Edition:
Susan Lucci, Sep/Oct 99

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The firm has already immortalized Czar Nicholas II with the "Coronation Yellow," a gold plate or sterling silver ensemble with 14 layers of translucent enamel. Now there's the "Blue Serpent" pen. Modeled after Faberge's fabulous Blue Serpent Clock Egg, the $3,900 pen from the "Michel Perchin" line is a sweet-stroking medley of cobalt-blue enamel over guilloche with a white metal serpent coiled over the clip. The hard-fired glass "Fleur-de-Lis" and sterling silver "Blue and Gold Ribbed" are in a sense, "revolutionary."  

For pens that just might be mightier than any sword, Renaissance presents its "Couture Collection." An assemblage of solid 18-karat gold and pavé-set diamond collectibles, these one-of-a-kind trophies are all glorious, particularly the $160,000 "Crown Jewel." Patterned after the Vatican's papal crown and studded with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, pearls and rubies, the "Crown Jewel," due out next year, is guaranteed to signal heavenly wealth.  

Even the finest pens, however, are fragile, and must be treated as delicate objets d'art. They can be stored in velvet-lined chests or leather cases, if desired. If you're not the type to give such meticulous care to life's finer points, Alfred Dunhill has borrowed a page from Superman: it claims that its black, carbon fiber pen with a white gold nib is virtually indestructible.  

If savoring life's pleasures is more enticing than soaring over tall buildings, light an A. Fuente Hemingway (not the pen), and describe your blessings in earnest with an Omas, Namiki, Montblanc or other fine example of the penmaker's craft.

Edward Kiersh writes frequently for Cigar Aficionado.

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