Saturday, October 2, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 264

 As promised, here's another Italian-made beauty recently acquired by Jerred!

(all photos courtesy of Jerred ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Jerred: "This particular pen is an Invicta Murano. Invicta is best known (or perhaps notorious for) their large, garishly designed watches, though the company also owns the maker Glycine and makes more classic looking models through that brand. For some reason, about 6 years ago Invicta decided to release a series of italian-made fountain pens. They're mostly rather ugly, strangely designed models, but I think this particular one is quite attractive."

"Let's get this out of the way - this is a re-branded Signum Murano. Not only is the pen identical to the Signum Murano, there is a silver hallmark on the cap that corresponds to the maker Signum in Italy."

"The pen has a number of interesting design features. The most striking feature of this pen is the striped, solid glass body. There is a small metal inset that holds the threads for the section, but it only extends 2-3cm into the barrel, and the rest of the barrel is unlined."

"The glass is rather thick and heavy. This particular model also has a sterling silver cap, though in this case it's plated in ruthenium. This is not a design feature that I've seen in any other pen. The section is angular and metal, and also coated in ruthenium. Despite being metal and pretty shiny, I didn't find the barrel slippery or difficult to grip."

 "Finally, the pen has a pretty basic, #6 stainless steel nib. I believe the nib is made by Bock. It's rather simply engraved, and lacks the plating found on the cap and section. The nib is a smooth and very pleasant writer, and on the wet side."

Love the colourful stripes :) Thanks for the photos and write-up, Jerred, and congratulations on another interesting find!

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