Mini Mule Pen Details
More than a century after it began producing pens, Montegrappa speaks to new fine writing enthusiasts by leveraging associations beyond the classical domains of art and literature. As a fixture of Italian culture, gastronomy has been a frequent point of reference for the brand. The idea for the Montegrappa Mule cocktail came from collaborating with Danieli Bar just as the writing company was making its first foray into producing pens from copper – the material that features so prominently in artisanal kitchens and distilleries.
Three years on, the Mini Mule sees Montegrappa returning to copper, this time with a considered design that interprets the material’s unique properties for modern requirements. Measuring in at 128mm (5”) and weighing only 33g (1 1/6 oz.), the Mini Mule’s compact size is made to be taken anywhere. By reengineering the internal chambers of one of its most popular silhouettes, Montegrappa has managed to give the Mini Mule the same ink-capacity as much larger models.
The all-rounder pen’s copper exterior is designed to do much more than provide durability and rustic warmth. As well as possessing natural antimicrobial properties, copper develops a patina that reacts to use over time. It’s this ability to record the evolving relationship between tool and user that Montegrappa C.E.O., Giuseppe Aquila, found captivating. “Pens have recently come back into vogue as people tire of digital alternatives,” he explains. “Many are rediscovering the true value of pens as tools of expression and personal identity. A pen that evolves to fit the user only deepens this relationship.”
Handmade in Italy, the Mini Mule is available from Pianki. Writers can select from steel-nibbed fountain pen (converter or cartridge-fed), rollerball and ballpoint modes, and receive a presentation box containing the recipe for Bassano del Grappa’s own signature cocktail.