The Moka pen is a full-size writing instrument, inspired by the famous Bialetti cast aluminum stove top espresso pot. Italian designer Giuliano Mazzuoli relates the story of this design,
With the Officina line of pens I attracted the attention of the most important people in the world of pens. Part of the success of those pens is also due to the country I come from. It is because I am Italian and I am part of the most important design culture in the world that I had to present a new pen. I thought it was impossible but it all happened during a telephone call. I was doodling with my pencil when I interrupted my telephone call and said, sorry but I have to go. I designed my new pen. I only realized it was the coffee-maker only after I had drawn it. The inspiration came at the right time because even in this pen there is a memory from my youth. The so-called 'American kitchens' hadn't become popular yet in Italy. In my grandmother's huge but minimally decorated kitchen there were four or five different size espresso-makers hanging on a wall above a shelf. They were the only decorative objects in the kitchen and I had never seen my grandmother make coffee with them. She polished them everyday. This was in the 1950s, the time in which the Moka, designed and produced by Alfonso Bialetti in 1930, started to become well known all over the world. It reached places in the world where uses and customs regarding beverages were completely different from ours and it was used as a decorative accessory just like my grandmother had done. I too see in this everyday object made up of two containers that screw into each other a masterpiece of design. Nothing is more difficult to design than simplicity and I wanted to commemorate this more than seventy year-old jewel in a writing instrument.
The 3-way convertible Moka pen is easily convertible into three different functions: ballpoint, rollerball, or fountain pen.
Moka pens are hand crafted in either aluminum or resin.
The highlights of the pen are the beautifully crafted nine sided shape with highly polished trim, including a ball cap top, articulated clip, and gripping section. The cap screws onto the base of the barrel. The large two-tone14 karat gold nib is an exceptionally smooth medium point. Complete with handsome gift box. Includes two black international type refills, converter (installed in the pen), ballpoint (with Fisher Space Pen type black refill), and rollerball (with refill).
Dimensions: 5 5/8 inches long capped / 7 3/8 inches long with the cap posted on the barrel
Weight: 1.5 oz (medium weight) Made in Italy by Giuliano Mazzuoli.