Montegrappa Creates New Pen To Celebrate Bruce Lee
With a new version of "The Green Hornet" about to hit theaters a lot of people are remembering Bruce Lee and his portrayal of Kato in the short-lived television series. Italian pen manufacturer Montegrappa has created a re-interpretation of one of the company's most coveted pens, "The Dragon" to honor the star on what would have been his 70th birthday.
Montegrappa first produced the original "Dragon" 15 years ago in 1,912 pieces to celebrate its founding year. It was produced in black mother-of-pearl celluloid and sterling silver. Only 100 fountain pens were issued in 18K gold. "The Dragon 2010 Bruce Lee" limited edition series has been distinguished from the 1995 release by a change in the design of the pocket clip, a new color, the detail of the Dragon's tail on the pen barrel, the fountain pen nib and the top of the cap.
The pen also features a body and cap made of red celluloid with black veining, referred to as "cinnamon." Topping the cap is the yin-yang symbol, representing balance. The cap and the barrel are both embraced by exquisitely carved dragons, their eyes highlighted by rubies on the sterling silver version and by matching precious stones on the fully-encrusted versions. The nib itself features the profile of Bruce Lee in a famous move - foot and fist extended, suspended in air.
Montegrappa will produce a total of 2010 pieces, consisting of the following: 888 sterling silver fountain pens, 888 sterling silver roller balls, 88 solid yellow gold fountain pens, 88 solid yellow gold roller balls, eight fountain pens in solid yellow gold with black diamonds, eight roller balls in solid yellow gold with black diamonds, eight fountain pens in solid yellow gold with rubies, eight roller balls in solid yellow gold with rubies, eight fountain pens in solid yellow gold with emeralds and eight roller balls in solid yellow gold with emeralds. There will also be 10 ultra-rare, three-piece sets consisting of fountain pen, roller ball and inkwell in solid gold with white diamonds.The first pen in the "Icons" series was dedicated to legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali. Prices for "The Dragon 2010 Bruce Lee" limited edition series range from $4,675 to $102,200 with the ultra-rare, three-piece set retailing at $290,550.