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If you love fountain pens, the chances are you own quite a few of the cheaper models and perhaps occasionally treat yourself to a mid-range piece. So, this month I wanted to introduce you to three of The Pen Company’s most expensive fountain pens — the pens of dreams!
Join me as I explore these fountain pens and what makes them so special and collectable.
Jack Row Jaali fountain pen in gold with petrol blue diamonds
Inspired by the stunning intricacy of Islamic art, the Jack Row Jaali fountain pen has a rhodium-plated sterling silver inner barrel and a solid 18 carat yellow gold outer filigree, and is studded with approximately 1.8 carats of petrol-blue diamonds.
This beautiful writing instrument also features an 18 carat yellow gold nib (iridium tipped) of medium width for a divine writing experience, and is supplied with a converter but also accepts ink cartridges — offering you complete writing freedom.
This 118g fountain pen is crafted in Great Britain, and each piece is made to order especially for you. The Jaali is limited to just 88 pieces worldwide, and is supplied to you in a solid oak presentation box.
This pen is pure luxury with a twist of Arabesque style and colour.
Caran d’Ache Astrograph fountain pen
£17,955 (RRP £19,950)
The Astrograph fountain pen by Caran d’Ache is an intriguing writing instrument which celebrates exploration and childhood dreams, and would make an incredible gift for a loved one who adores all things space and the universe.
This is a limited edition from Caran d’Ache, made in collaboration with the Swiss watchmaker MB&F, and there are only 99 pieces worldwide in each finish. There are three available finishes, which are: ruthenium, rhodium and matt rhodium.
This pen took five years to develop in total — four years on the design, and one on the final model. The Geneva-based manufacturing process to create this unique fountain pen involves more than 500 manual steps. In the Astrograph, structural complexity has been perfectly combined with writing comfort.
This Caran d’Ache pen comes with an 18 carat gold, rhodium-plated nib, for a beautifully smooth writing experience. A launch pad case houses the slim space-vessel shaped body.
Also included is a leather carrying pouch with nubuck lining to keep your pen safe and sound. Let’s not forget the accompanying astronaut too, ready to explore the universe!
Each pen’s unique number is engraved on a foot of the launch pad.
Cross 21st Century fountain pen in gold
£5,525 (RRP £6,500)
Cross 21st Century is a celebrative special edition collection, commemorating both the 170th anniversary of Cross itself and the 70th anniversary of the iconic 1946 Century range. The result is simply breath-taking.
This incredible, distinguished fountain pen by Cross is created using 21 carat solid gold, and crowned with a sparkling diamond. It features an 18-carat solid gold nib also, for delightfully smooth penmanship. You can choose between a fine or medium nib, for whichever suits you best.
Limited to just 170 pieces worldwide, the range is handmade in the United States.
This pen accepts Cross ink cartridges, or you can use an inkwell with the supplied converter.
The Cross 21st Century fountain pen is housed in a polished black-lacquer, velvet-lined presentation box.
Another version is available in this collection, at a different price point, which features a polished black grip instead.
Which is your favourite of the above fountain pens, and why? Let us know in the comments!