10 September is a national holiday in China – a day when the whole country recognises the importance and achievements of teachers. What better occasion than to announce the release of the Teacher’s Pen - the newest addition to our sought-after Professions series
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NEW APPLE PEN HAS LEARNING AT ITS CORE
A new, Italian-made pen uses classroom ambience and apple motifs to give teachers a meaningful and lasting token of thanks.
Although the tradition of giving apples to teachers may have died down in recent years, the fruit remains a popular motif for all kinds of trinkets and tchotchkes given at occasions like end-of-term, graduation and National Teachers’ Days. Now, an Italian maker of luxury pens has gone right to the core of the matter, developing a gift item rich with apple symbolism and a timeless classroom look.
“The Best Teacher in the World” is the inscription on a box shaped like a hand-bound book. Inside is a pen that not only offers the writing pleasure expected from Venetian handcraft, it even uses a silhouette that was popular in classrooms across Italy more than eighty years ago. For Giuseppe Aquila, C.E.O. of Montegrappa, the Teacher’s Pen is a return to the company’s roots: “When Montegrappa started production more than a century ago, schools and universities were a very valuable source of business.”
Since its relatively humble beginnings, Montegrappa has made a name for itself as makers of some of the world’s most extravagant luxury pens. For the Teacher’s Pen, the brand has sacrificed none of its reputation for playfulness in designing a quality writing instrument at an accessible price. The pen itself can be ordered as a classical fountain pen, or in rollerball and ballpoint modes, and uses high-quality resin to give a timeless wooden furniture look to the cap. A barrel coloured like green chalkboard carries a message reinforcing the value of education.
Montegrappa began making pens aimed at specific professions in 2016. The Teacher’s Pen marks the fifth instalment in a series that has already seen successful designs rolled out for doctors, lawyers, pilots and chefs.
Aquila says the move is working well: “These days, everybody expects a product that is more personalised to their lives – including their vocation. Givers too appreciate finding something that is more specific and lasting than the usual fare.”
As a tool intimately associated with learning and used every day, Aquila thinks students and parents will recognise the Teacher’s Pen’s value: “Pens are very symbolic gifts.
The Teacher’s Pen is designed both to impress and provide useful service for years”. For those moments when a teacher is working with chalk rather than ink, an apple-shaped enamel pin is included in the package to remind them that they’re still #1.
In most countries, education enjoys one of the highest gifting rates of all professional fields. Available at an entry-level price, the Teacher’s Pen is a substantial token of appreciation – suitable for gifting at the beginning and end of the school year, graduations and National Teachers’ Days.
India 5 September
China 10 September
Hong Kong 10 September
World Teachers’ Day* 5 October
Australia 25 October
Spain 27 November
Saudi Arabia 28 February
U.S.A. 5 May
Mexico 15 May
South Korea 15 May
*recognised by Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, UAE, UK, others
Based on the Elmo 01, the Teacher’s Pen connects to Montegrappa’s past as a writing instrument-maker for the Italian civil service. Its resin body has been coloured to resemble green chalkboard and timber framework. A hand-lettered barrel engraving quotes the Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, in mock-chalk.
Consisting of a converter/cartridge-fed FP (EF, F, M, B), RB and BP, the Teacher’s Pen arrives in a special presentation case resembling a handbound book with the inscription “The best teacher in the World”. An apple-shaped lapel pin rounds out the package.
The line’s apple-themed presentation is a reference to the long and widespread tradition of giving an apple to the teacher. Charming and sentimental presentation make the product package attractive for lifestyle editorial and social media sharing.
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Teacher's Pen Fountain Pen - 264,99 €
Teacher's Pen Rollerball Pen - 254,99 €