Calligraphy is becoming more and more popular day by day, it seems, with professional lettering artists and novice calligraphers showing off their skills whenever and wherever possible. And younger ones, like young adults and teens, are joining the trend, discovering calligraphy nibs and colorful inks to exercise their creativity.
But this seemingly new art form actually has its roots in the distant past. Brush calligraphy dates back to ancient China and the Shang Dynasty, eventually moving through Asia and ancient Greece. In fact, the word itself comes from the Greek: “beauty” (kallos) and “to write” (graphein).
Adding luxury to the theme, Montblanc – which has championed the handwritten word since its inception in 1906 – presents the Meisterstück Calligraphy Solitaire Bourgogne, partly in response and partly to encourage beautiful writing.
Many agree that this increase in interest in calligraphy may have been due to having more free time to indulge in such interests, which may have been on the back burner for years. And interesting – to me, at least – is the simultaneous rise in fascination with newspapers, which obviously serve as the canvas for all these fanciful writings.
Chris Sullivan, president of Fahrney’s Pens in Washington, DC, says: “We’ve seen a lot more newspapers come out. [this year]. “And it seems to me that there are many brands that are responding to the growing demand, offering high quality examples in a variety of price ranges, styles and coverage options.
Calligraphy collection of the great Meisterstück masters
Montblanc’s Meisterstück Great Masters calligraphy collection focuses on more flexible nibs that allow expressive calligraphic writing governed by the amount of pressure exerted on the nib. In this way, variation in line and character width is achieved, often with amazing results.
These nibs are based on Montblanc pens from the 1950s and are hand carved from 18k gold by a master craftsman who participates in the 35 steps necessary to make it. The flexible nib is engraved with the calligraphy symbol “888”.
Now the flexible nib makes its debut on this Meisterstück Calligraphy Solitaire Burgundy Laquer model. And in a dramatic nod to the tradition of calligraphy in Japanese art and culture, the writing instrument is dressed in red, one of the most symbolic colors in Japanese culture.
Combining heritage and contemporary styling, the body of the pen features a modern ombré decor, achieved using a new gradient lacquering technique that is applied to brushed metal. The translucent burgundy lacquer is complemented by champagne gold fittings and a flexible 18k champagne gold-plated nib.
The Meisterstück Calligraphy Solitaire Lacquer Burgundy is also available as a fountain pen with a standard nib, as well as a rollerball pen.
More Montblanc Flex
Last year Montblanc launched the Meisterstück Maki-e Calligraphy Tribute to Kyoto Fine Craftsmanship Limited Edition 88 with urushi lacquer and maki-e at its best. Its design highlights the traditional maiko, an apprentice geisha from Kyoto, wearing a colorful kimono.
Montblanc has also developed a curved nib for this model, with a tip that presents an angle of 45 °, making it possible to create lines of different thicknesses at different angles: from thin vertical lines to broad horizontal lines.