Fortuna was the Goddess of Fortune, the personification of luck according to the ancient Romans. Fortuna’s identity as the embodiment of chance events was closely tied to virtus, or strength of character. Public officials who lacked this quality invited ill-fortune on both themselves and Rome.
At Montegrappa, we believe that luck is indubitably linked to virtue, while education is the foundation onto which an individual develops and nurtures his or her innate talents. We also believe that hand-writing is an essential element of the education process and an indispensable function, even in today’s hurried, digitized society.
For this reason, we have created the Fortuna collection, with an eye to those who still indulge in the pleasure of writing. It is our wish that these pens will engender the good luck that they deserve. With Fortuna Credo, Montegrappa has applied the same sense of destiny to the great monotheistic religions that supplanted those of the ancient civilizations.
Credo Shema Yisroel pays tribute to the prayer as a part of religious culture. The barrel of the writing instrument is decorated with engraving of the prayer Shema Yisrael (Hebrew ,עַמְׁש`Listen ‘), proclaiming the main idea of Judaism – the unity of God and the indissoluble union of the Jewish people with God. It translates into, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord Our God, The Lord In One.” On the cap is the Star of David. Opening it reveals the word for life in Hebrew and a pattern of interlaced Stars of David, while the barrel also features an engraving of a palm branch, a classic symbol of peace. The nib of the fountain pen is decorated with engraving of the Star of David.