Joining Montegrappa’s Ancient Civilizations series, the Thoth collection of writing instruments enjoys a special presence, for Thoth was the Egyptian deity, among many other roles, to whom is ascribed the invention of the alphabet and writing. There can be no more appropriate a figure to honor with a family of fine pens.
The ancient Egyptians regarded Thoth as the master of both physical and moral law. He is also credited with making the calculations for the establishment of the heavens, the movement of the stars, Earth and everything in them.
With Egyptian lore determining that Thoth was the inventor of writing, as well as the scribe of the underworld, Thoth was universally worshipped by ancient Egyptian scribes. As many Christians kept icons of Jesus or of saints, so did many of these artisans in Egypt place a painting or a picture of Thoth in their workplace. The ibis, associated with Thoth, became one of the symbols for craft.
The Thoth writing instruments are imbued with the design language of ancient Egypt. Even the pen’s shape, though as slim as a pen needs be, possesses curves recalling a mummy’s sarcophagus, the decoration emphasizing the likeness.
So, too, do the patterns tell a story, the burnished laser-cut engravings combining top recreate the atmosphere of highly-adorned walls in an Egyptian throne room. Realized in Charcoal Black celluloid, with contrasting elements in either and Sterling Silver or 18k Gold trim, the Thoth pen bears the god’s ibis head on the top of the cap, segueing into a pocket clip. Hieroglyphics encircle the bottom of the cap, while motifs inspired by period Egyptian clothing may be found on the upper part.
On the bottom of the barrel is the symbol of Thoth, a stylized ibis, while the barrel is engraved with the inscriptions of one of Thoth’s emerald tablets, believed to be written in the ancient language of Atlantis. Thoth’s ibis symbol also appears on the 18K gold nib of this beautiful piston-fed fountain pen.
Issued as both fountain and rollerball, the Thoth collection is limited to 365 Fountain pens in Sterling Silver and 365 Rollerball pens in Sterling Silver to represent Thoth’s creation of the calendar, with 5 Fountain pens in Solid 18K Gold and 5 Rollerball pens in Solid 18K Gold to recall the five days he won from the Moon.
Montegrappa – Ancient Civilization “Thoth” Fountain Pen, Silver – Model: ISTHN_SC – $3,950
Montegrappa – Ancient Civilization “Thoth” Fountain Pen, Gold – Model: ISTHN_GC – $58,250
Montegrappa – Ancient Civilization “Thoth” Rollerball, Silver – Model: ISTHNRSC – $3,350
Montegrappa – Ancient Civilization “Thoth” Rollerball, Gold – Model: ISTHNRGC – $59,950