What Makes These Most Costly Pens So Valuable?
As we surveyed the most expensive pens in the world on this list, the materials tend to be precious (and expensive) in nature. Precious metals like gold and platinum cost many hundreds of dollars per ounce. Diamonds, a common component for most of the priciest of pens, cost at least $5,000 per carat weight.
Tibaldi, Montblanc, Aurora, Caran d’Ache, and Montegrappa are all established brand names in the pen world with decades of experience in crafting luxury writing instruments. While their resumes are long, their image is also as important. It’s why the Montblanc “snowflake” is instantly recognizable, even if the average person doesn’t know anything about fountain pens.
Luxury brands like Montblanc allocate significant resources from their marketing budget to associate their writing instruments with iconic figures. Having the image of renowned Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh attached to their brand is a powerful connection that vaults the prestige of Montblanc. Influential people set the trends for the rest of us who desire an increase in status.
Fine pens, especially the most expensive pens in the world like those we described in this article, are status items more than they are functional writing tools. The pen, and the brand, say something about its owner.
Although pens are available in all shapes and sizes, most pens conform to the basic structure of having a long, cylindrical body with a cap and a nib. At its minimalist core, a pen is a stick that makes marks on paper with ink. So, when a manufacturer can elevate the design of a pen beyond our wildest imagination, they are usually rewarded with a higher perceived value.
Looking at the most expensive pens in the world, it seems like all you have to do is encrust a tube with diamonds and attach a nib. Slap a million-dollar price tag and you’re set, right? In addition to the brand value, the pen’s design and inspiration factor greatly in the perceived value of the writing instrument.
Take the Caran d’Ache 1010 Diamond limited edition, for example. Not only does it have diamonds, but three different types of cuts and a barrel sculpted to appear like the inner workings of a watch. Those who already collect expensive watches will understand the reference and appreciate the fine attention to detail in expressing the pen’s theme and design.
While I can’t personally imagine writing my daily to-do list with a million-dollar pen, the writing experience should be the best possible if I’m going to invest that much money in one expensive pen. 18kt gold is one of the highest quality materials to make into a nib because it is soft, pliable, and responsive to the page. Gold is also one of the most desirable metals in the world.
As you saw with the alternative suggestions on this list, there are plenty of pens that utilize the 18kt gold nib. Even with the most premium writing tips, they only cost 0.00001% of the most expensive pens in the world. That tells us the most essential part - the writing experience - of a luxury pen can be accessible to the masses, not just the privileged few.