Florentine Ink Pen Made Of Lava

2010-02-09 18:30:39

Published on 2010-02-09 18:30:39

Florentine ink pen 'made of lava'

An Italian fountain pen maker has created an ink pen made from solidified lava.

Named Homo Sapien, the pen is made with a palladium nib to avoid corrosion and is virtually indestructible, according to creators Visconti Pens.

Dante Del Vecchio, founder of the Florentine company, said: "The Homo Sapien has a feel unlike any other fountain pen. It is virtually shatter proof. You can even boil it. The pen can withstand heat up to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) without being melted as would be the case with regular resin or celluloid.

"Because the nib contains virtually no alloy, it is significantly less susceptible to corrosion from ink. As a result, you will feel like you are writing on a cloud … As a result, fountain pen users will have the capability to add calligraphic flair to their writing."

Visconti said that the lava used to create the collection of pens comes from Mount Etna, situated on the island of Sicily and known as "the largest active volcano in Europe".

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