The Montegrappa Game of Thrones Pen Series

Game of Thrones Pens
Representing the four main houses of the Seven Kingdoms, these fantasy inspired writing instruments are truly wonders to behold. Left to Right: Targaryen, Lannister, Stark, Baratheon
Montegrappa Makes Play for the Iron Throne with New Line of Game of Thrones® Pens
With its epic storylines of treachery and nobility, family and honor, ambition and love, and death and survival the hit HBO® series Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of fans globally and made it one of the most popular shows on television. Montegrappa is proud to announce a series of writing instruments that convey the grandeur of this most remarkable saga. Montegrappa’s collection of writing instruments represents of each of the four key families: Stark, Baratheon, Lannister and Targaryen. Each is available as a fountain pen, rollerball and a ballpoint pen. The desirability of the pens is enhanced by a collective style, each pen individualised for the family it represents through sigils and emblems representative of the clan.All barrels and caps are made with colourful lacquered surfaces, while the trims are fashioned of palladium, 18k gold or bronze plate, with “Game of Thrones” engraved on the cap ring. All of the fountain pens’ nibs are formed in stainless steel, decorated with a sword, and are available in the four writing grades: Extra Fine, Fine, Medium and Broad. The fountain pen is both cartridge and converter-fed. Montegrappa’s Game of Thrones pens arrive in a double box consisting of a rich, black outer carton bearing each family’s symbol. The inner box is covered in material evoking the styles of the historical period that inspired Game of Thrones, with sigils and patterns relevant to the four families.Colored a sombre charcoal, but accented in contrasting yellow gold, the House Baratheon pen features a stag’s head for its pocket clip, with a stag rampant on the cap’s top, above the motto, “Our Is The Fury”. A fleur-de-lis pattern decorates the cap.For House Lannister, a regal red accented in contrasting yellow gold is the dominant color. The House Lannister pen features a lion’s head for its pocket clip, and a lion rampant on the cap’s top, above the motto, “Hear Me Roar”. A floral pattern, reminiscent of the Tudor Rose, decorates the cap.

With House Stark’s northern origins, the colour chosen for the family’s pen is a silvery-white, accented in palladium, conveying winter. The cap is patterned with a runic symbol reminiscent of Norse artistry. A direwolf’s head forms the pocket clip, while the top of the cap shows the direwolf’s profile, above the motto, “Winter Is Coming.”

Only a fiery, metallic red against a coal-black background could represent House Targaryen. Naturally, a dragon’s head forms the pocket clip, while a dragon coils above the legend, “Fire and Blood”, on the cap’s top. A filigree pattern graces the cap.

Available in early March, be the first to get your hands on the Game of Thrones Pen Series. Pre-order yours, and claim your place in the Seven Kingdoms.
Fountain Pen: $350 – Rollerball: $325 – Ballpoint: $295

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How Writing Can Make You Smarter, Richer and More Attractive

Does that sound like a tall order? Sure, it’s easy to see how writing can make you smarter. Writing forces your brain to use neural pathways that normally go unused in day to day operations. The more you write, the more these neural networks strengthen. Your brain is a super computer. The thing is, most people don’t use it to their full advantage.

Creative writing especially engages the imagination and makes you think outside the box. In today’s modern world our ability to imagine has been drastically reduced. Prepackaged forms of entertainment like television and the internet have short circuited your imagination.

These artificial forms of imagination give our brains a prepackaged experience. We don’t need to use our brains to create a reality for ourselves because everything is virtual.

Some people don’t mind not using their brain.

They are happy to simply chug along with the worlds most powerful computer and not even use it.

It reminds me of the old story about the homeless gentleman who never had two pennies to run together. Everyday he would sit on an old dusty chest and beg to the people walking by.

They would ask him what was inside the chest he sat on and he always replied “nothing.”

One day he died and someone opened it up.

There was a small fortunes worth of gold coins inside the whole time but he never bothered to look.

This story is sad because most people will never understand how powerful they are. They will never understand that writing has the potential to awaken a creative force they had no idea existed.

With writing, nothing is impossible. When you write you become richer. You start connecting ideas together. Some of these ideas are worth millions of dollars. The best inventors and the richest men of all time wrote in their journals on a daily basis.

Coincidence? I think not.

Writing is a force you cannot even begin to understand until you take action. Unless you pick up a pen and write, you will never truly comprehend the power that dwells deep inside of you. Simply jotting down your thoughts is enough to spark a chain reaction of ideas. These ideas have been hiding in your subconscious mind, perhaps guiding you in mysterious ways.

Writing frees up your mental RAM and makes way for fresh ideas. Writing can quench your fears and reveal creative solutions to the challenging difficulties of life.

And what about becoming more attractive? Well, intelligence is always going to be an attractive trait in both sexes. Especially in today’s world, smart individuals stand out like a lone wolf making his way across a silent tundra.

I could go on and on about this.

The most important thing for you to do now is start writing.

We have an entire web store where you can select a perfect pen for your new adventure. We have beautiful journals and endless supplies of ink.

Give us a call, send us an email, or stop by our store to ask us questions. We know you will be satisfied with the results that come with the purchase of a fine writing instrument.

 

Bittner, the Pleasure of Writing

 

 

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The Pirates Pen from Montegrappa

The appeal of the pirates life is no mystery. A life chock full of adventure. A life of swashbuckling, plundering, treasure troving, sword fighting, and a little mutiny for good measure. Legendary pirates like Blackbeard sailed the 7 seas in search of ships carrying precious cargo. Jewels, gold, money, and other valuables were plundered mercilessly, especially during the golden age of piracy between 1650 and 1730.

Pirates, despite being portrayed as a wild and directionless bunch, operated under a strict set of rules that all members of the crew had to follow. A pirate was not to steal from another crew member. Women were not allowed on the ship. At any time, the crew members could vote in a new captain of the ship.

And most importantly, the spoils of the days plunder were to be split evenly among all members of the crew. Failure to follow these rules carried heavy consequences – violators were whipped, killed, or marooned on a desert island.

Pirates were perhaps the most inviting bunch of individuals, often times plundering slave ships for their goods and then liberating the slaves – giving them the option to join the crew.

And many did.

Pirates, however, didn’t just wake up one day with the skills to captain a ship.

Many pirates got their chops as privateers – crew members with official orders from the British to attack and plunder enemy ships during the war. After the war, privateers like Captain Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, simply continued doing what he had been doing for the British – attacking ships and taking over their goods.

Except now he was operating on his own. The legendary pirate would plunder booty and then sell his goods to the colonies. Blackbeard, despite his gruesome and brutal personality, was welcomed in the colonies because his goods were always cheaper than what was usually available to towns folk.

And who doesn’t enjoy freshly plundered booty imported straight from the high seas?

Montegrappa delivers (we had a feeling they were pirates!)

The Pirates Pen is a true masterpiece of a writing instrument pulled straight from the treasure chest. Take a look. Adorning the barrel of this pen is the iconic Jolly Roger skull and crossbones.

The legendary power of Jolly Roger right in your pocket.

The spirit of the high seas and endless treasure at your fingertips. This is a one of a kind pen that remains unmatched in both detail and story.

This pen is yours to plunder in both fountain pen and rollerball versions.

 

The legacy and spirit of the pirate lives on.

 

Bittner, the Pleasure of Writing

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The Montegrappa Mule – For the Writer and Drinker

It’s well known the best of writers of all times were voracious writers and voracious drinkers. Something about drink and pen goes together so smoothly, so undeniably. The long hours at the desk with nothing but pen and paper and a bottle of private stock. Night gives way to day – though you do not notice – and words drip from your pen with little resistance.  This under-the-influence style of writing gave way to classic works of literature. Coincidence? I think not.

I wonder what Ian Fleming, the genius mind behind secret agent 007 would have to say about this? He notoriously enjoyed a stiff drink while he worked – gin and martini to be exact – shaken, not stirred.

Montegrappa has connected the dots, and being an Italian pen company, it only make sense to dedicate this pen to the classic Italian beverage – Grappa.

Grappa is produced in distilleries using leftover grape skins and seeds from the wine making process. The materials from the equipment used to create this signature beverage – the distillery itself – has been worked into the very aesthetics of the pen.

But why “Mule” you ask?

In fact, the original inspiration for this pen came from the infamous “Moscow Mule”, a strong drink made from Vodka. The original Moscow Mule was reimagined in Italy and is now made with Grappa but still served in the traditional copper mug.

Available in three versions, the Montegrappa Mule will suit the user of fountain, roller or ballpoint pens. Further individualizing the Mule is the choice of writing grades to suit the owners of the fountain pen, with nibs in Fine, Medium and Broad, and carry its ink supply with either a cartridge or converter.

With your purchase you will receive a traditional copper mug emblazoned with the Mule itself and the secret recipe to mix your very own “Montegrappa Mule.” (Grappa not included!)

So…

Sit back, let the good drink flow, and allow the words to follow suit.

 

-Bittner, The Pleasure of Writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Introducing The Montegrappa Grappa Pen

Grappa – an Italian alcoholic beverage made exclusively in Italy. Many hold this unique beverage in higher regard than the finest fines. It is indeed, just as complex and fun to drink. The distillation process of Grappa makes use of the remaining grapes and seeds left over from the wine making process. You could say Grappa is all about efficiency and leaving nothing to waste. Grappa was born from this leave-nothing-to-waste value system and pays homage to the days where what you owned had to last.

Montegrappa has captured the essence of Grappa with a remarkable addition to their signature cult collection. The Grappa pen draws direct inspiration from the history of the beverage. Copper, stainless steel, and brass – the same materials found in the original distillation vessels – have been forged together to give this pen the aesthetics of the original distilleries.

Attention to detail and unique features line this pen from top to bottom. On the top of the cap is a disc made of the same cork material used on the finished bottles – and taking it one step further – dipped in aged Grappa. This pen even smells like a bottle of Italy’s finest.

It’s the perfect pen for the Grappa drinker.

Imagine, sipping the finest Grappa and writing a hand written letter to an old friend with this pen. Classic experience.

Alas, the pen is more than just a beautiful throwback to Italy’s most popular beverage.

The pen is a smooth writing machine. Not surprising when you use an 18k gold dutone nib. You will notice the nib is embellished with a bunch of grapes on the vine.

If you like Grappa, you’re going to love this pen.

And, of course, the final finishing touch – this pen is a limited edition.

In a final display of homage to Italy’s finest, Montegrappa will only be rolling out 1,912 of these pens.

Grab one today before they get snapped up into the hands of a Grappa drinker who probably shouldn’t be using the internet under such influence.

 

Bittner, the Pleasure of Writing

 

 

 

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The Momo Design Alumina Collection

Let’s talk about strength. Let’s talk about durability. It used to be that we made great things in this world. Everything we touched started with the foundation of strength and durability. Nowadays you can’t buy anything that lasts.

Well, that’s not exactly true.

Momo Design has manufactured one beautiful, one strong pen. This pen? Built to last. Machined out of solid aluminum, you can roll a tank over the barrel and turn around to write your lover a delicate note.

Yes, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword but this Momo could be used as both.

Step aside James Bond, I’ll be cutting the checks from now on.

A litte known fact:

Momo teamed up with Delta to create this pen.

Now, we’re talking about two leading companies comitted to style coming together to create.

Effortless creation, seamless design.

The details…

The pen comes in three distinct modes: twist ballpoint, capped rollerball and fountain pen. Load it up with ink using the standard international cartridge or converter. Stainless steel nibs are available in fine, medium and broad and choose a color too: black, titanium, or blue.

Choose one for your pocket today.

To a strong future,

 

Bittner, the Pleasure of Writing

 

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Introducing The Visconti Homosapiens Dark Age Edition

The dark ages aren’t exactly known for being the best of times. Yet, through the ashes of this dark history we can see how far we have come and experience the greatness and determination of our ancestors.

This special edition of the Visconti Homosapiens Pen pays tribute to our ancient ancestors in a way that no other pen has. Forged with lava from one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, Mount Etna, this pen puts ancient materials in your pocket and fire in your words.

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The Visconti Homsapiens Pen is made with real lava from Italy’s largest active volcano – Mount Etna

Yes, you heard that correctly. The Homosapiens Fountain Pen contains over 50% of pure basaltic lava catalyzed together with a patented resin formula. This lava has a number of powerful characteristics that make it a must have for any pocket.

Thanks to the lava, the grip is something out of this world. The texture of the lava rock makes you feel the words as you write them. This pen is a pure joy to write with.

But how about the indestructibility? Lava rock is well known for it’s strength and the material is virtually fireproof. No need to worry about breaking this pen. Its hygroscopic characteristics allows the material to absorb sweat from your hands, giving you a custom one-of-a-kind grip you will not experience with any other pen.

There is a reason why this is one of our favorite pens in our store.

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But, with these unique features pen aficionados still have one question to ask:

Yes, the Visconti Homosapiens is a pen with historical significance.

Yes, no other pen company has attempted to create a pen using raw volcano materials.

But how does it write?

In a word, beautifully.

Visconti uses their legendary 23 kt Palladium “Dreamtouch” nib to give this pen the classic Visconti writing experience.

That means a smooth drag and effortless flow across your paper.

You can easily see why this pen is flying off of our shelves.

In fact, we are always getting positive feedback from our customers:

This is by far my favorite pen! The lava is so smooth and grippy, I find myself using it more and more for my day to day writing. I particularly love the locking system for the cap!

Speaking of the cap, Visconti has pushed the envelope once again to create a patented bayonet locking system. This unique design secures the cap with a push-and-twist engaging system, making it easy to remove but unlikely to accidentally fall off in your pocket.

We guarantee that you will find this pen to be of superior quality and expert craftsmanship. The pen also comes in the ballpoint and rollerball varieties. Order one today from our store!

 

Best Regards,

 

Bittner, the Pleasure of Writing

 

 

 

 

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Bittner graces The New York Times

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The New York Times recently did a piece on the best places to shop in Carmel. We were excited to see our name printed next to our friends at The Cheese Shop, The Hat Shop, Eco Carmel, and Weston Galleries.

Here is what they had to say about us:

Detlef Bittner, the owner of this 25-year-old shop, is passionate about keeping the art of old-fashioned writing alive. He carries about 30 brands of pens from countries like Italy, Germany and France, but the ones from Japan, like a black lacquer emperor pen, are particularly notable. The international selection of cotton paper is the ideal accompaniment.

– The New York Times

Good on the New York Times for mentioning our quaint little corner of the world.

Carmel packs a big punch in a small space that simply cannot be ignored.

We extend a big thank you to the NYT.

But here is the interesting part…

As we read the article we realized that we have a lot in common with the New York Times.

If it’s one thing that the New York Times understands it is the importance of the written word. Writing is a core part of what they do and it’s a core part of what we do.

But it’s not just about writing.

It’s about writing with the best possible instruments. It’s about respecting the sacred act of taking a thought or idea and bringing it into the light of the physical world.

It’s also about your personal style and knowing that wherever you go you probably have the coolest pen in the room.

Writing is all these things because it is multi-dimensional. Multi faceted.

It is true, nothing beats the smell of fresh journal paper or the sound of a fountain pen dragging effortlessly across the page.

And what about the deep colorful hues in a bottle of fresh ink you ask?

Yes, it’s all part of the subtle pleasure of writing.

If you haven’t already you must visit us at our shop in Carmel By the Sea.

However, if California is too far you don’t have to miss out on our collections of fine writing instruments.

We have built a web store to bring the Bittner experience to you. It is packed with all of our finest pens, ink and stationery.

We know that we have something that you will fall in love with. A pen that adds to your unique character. A pen you will find excuses to use.

The old saying is true…

The right pen could be the one thing missing from your life, or at least your pocket.

We would like to thank the New York Times for featuring us in their paper.

We would like to thank you for supporting us for the last 25 years!

2016 is going to see some seriously awesome stuff in the world of fine writing.

Subscribe here to stay updated.

 

Sincerely,

Bittner, the Pleasure of Writing

 

 

 

 

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We made it into Pen World Magazine

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You might know that Bittner the Pleasure of Writing has been stocking the finest writing instruments for over 25 years. In those years we have learned a few things about the business of fine writing.

We learned that consistent and quality work pays off. Has it been hard? Of course it has.

But the journey along the way has been well worth it. Plus, it’s easy to keep going when you love what you do.

When you love what you do the word spreads.

Sometimes it spreads to the premiere magazine for fine writing instruments.

Pen World magazine has been around for just over 25 years and showcases the best of the best.

The 4 page article dives deep into the heart of Bittner The Pleasure of Writing and showcases our humble beginnings and our passion for the world of fine writing (along with spectacular photographs of our store.)

“…Bittner’s business has never been just about pens. Over the years, as it has evolved, it has remained a store for writers, pen aficionados, and collectors – a place where customers are invited to try pens, where one can find not only pens but fine writing papers, journals, calligraphy supplies, and desk accessories.”

-Pen World Magazine

It is certainly a surreal experience to see everything you have built recognized by the magazine that sets the standard for fine writing.

Of course, getting into Pen World Magazine is spectacular but it was never part of our mission statement.

Our mission is still deeply connected to preserving and reinvigorating the world of fine writing.

This means putting a pen in your hand.

This means providing you with the best materials possible to take part in the lost art of putting pen to paper.

Every word you write with a pen from Bittner brings us one step closer to reconnecting with the core of what makes us human.

Writing on the stone journal is a classic Bittner experience!
Writing on the stone journal is a classic Bittner experience!

25 years in the writing business has proved that many of you still see the value of the written word. But, despite this serious mission we know that not everyone cares as much as we do.

Some simply want a stylish pen that sets them apart from people who like to clutter their office with fist fulls of cheap Bics that barely muster their way through a check.

This is fine. We have no shortage of pens that will add to your unique style and tastes.

We also know that not all of you can make it out to our store in Carmel California.

This is why we have made all of our pens available through our online store. With a few clicks you can put a pen in your hand that won’t require an hour of chicken scratching your paper before it will write.

Delivering the best of the best is what we do.

We would like to thank Pen World Magazine for recognizing the work that we have done in the world of fine writing.

We would also like to thank people like you who see the value in what we do every single day.

Sincerely,

Bittner, the Pleasure of Writing

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Bittner Pops The Hood At The 2015 Concours d’Elegance

The Concours d ‘Elegance is the worlds premiere vintage car show and boasts some seriously old-school-cool autos. On August 11 the city of Carmel-By-The-Sea, home to our pen store, blocked off the main strip on Ocean Ave to roll out the cars and host the entire spectacle. Waves of car lovers, gear heads and families flooded the streets for a day of perusing, shopping and moseying about the street with big eyes and dropped jaws. Fans circled the cars listening attentively to the proud owners give dramatic orations on the many custom features of the car.

15 year old Horatio Fitz-Simon driving a Ferrari with a fresh permit!

Of course, the potent mixture of seasalt and gasoline hung thick in the air. Frantic onlookers looking for a quick escape from the madness seeked solace in the shelters of the shops and stores – grabbing a quick bite or a coffee before moving to the next scene of the action.

At Bittner we were ready for them with shelves stacked to the ceiling with premium car pens modeled after the classic cars they came to see. The Ferrari. The Bugatti. The Porsche. The Bentley. The Pininfarina.

We outfitted the entire store with an exciting racing themed set up with Ferrari posters backdropping our showcases and custom photo printouts highlighting each individual car pen in the shop. Customers walked through a checkered flag on the way in before being greeted by Detlef Bittner himself.

 

Stylish Car Pens For The Auto Enthusiast

 

These pens naturally draw the eye of the driver and look like they came out of the same machine shop. The customers who bought them were stunned by how many subtle similarities were worked into each pen. When we told them that some of the car pens were created by the same designers who designed the cars, they were hooked.

Pininfarina, the legendary design powerhouse that designed the classic look of the Ferrari, worked closely with Visconti to create the Pininfarina pen. Two genious visionaries came together to create and the results were impressive.

The Pininfarina Nanotech fountain pen
The Pininfarina Nanotech fountain pen

 

The Porsche pens were a smashing success. Each Porsche designed pen implements features from the car. The Tec Flex for example uses the same material used to shield the high pressure brake lines on the Porsche braking system. Porsche pens push the boundaries on what the pen world thought was possible and crafted some seriously stylish and functional pens.

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The Porsche designed Tec Flex is made of the material used to shield the high pressure brake lines in the Porsche braking system

The Bentley GT writing instrument takes after the handsome and classic features of the Bentley Continental GT. Modestly smooth on the nib with a touch of class, you need only reach in your pocket for that luxury feel. The GT comes in Bentley’s four signature colors for a well rounded pen that stays true to the timeless Bentley style.

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The Bentley-GT

The Bugatti DNA reimagined in a high powered writing instrument. Key elements of Bugattis Veyron form this new and exciting writing line.

The Bugatti Pur Sang Duotone Pen
The Bugatti Pur Sang Duotone Pen

 

Ferraris very own writing instruments embody the fierce speed and fiery passion of the Ferrari brand and racing team. Emblazoned with their logo and colored with their signature red, this pen screams across paper and compliments the pocket of the true Ferrari fan.

The Ferrari 300 fountain pen
The Ferrari 300 fountain pen

If you missed out on the action this year be sure to stop by next year. In the meantime, grab yourself one of these stunning car pens from our web store!

 

 

 

 

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