As the inventor of dynamite, Alfred Bernhard Nobel revolutionized the technology of destruction, yet his philanthropic and humanistic influences, along with his name live on, reaching far beyond his short life of 63 years. Few in history are revered as Alfred Nobel and his numerous inventions; together they changed the world and his legacy will endure through the ages as a companion to his eternal tribute to peace.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, October 1833, Alfred’s early life was one of poverty. Early desires to become a writer gave way to his destiny as an inventor and entrepreneur. As an inventor, Alfred held the belief that all inventions were symbols of progress that belonged to all humanity.
In reference to his invention of dynamite, Nobel wrote, “I should like to be able to create a substance or machine with such a horrific capacity for mass annihilation that wars would become impossible forever.” He also wrote, “War is the horror of all horrors and the greatest of all crimes.” He never married and had no children yet in his final will he wrote, “Whether or not I am still alive by then does not matter; what… I have given will live on.”
- Limited edition with 63 red pens (including fountain pens and rollerballs)
- Inspired by his invention of dynamite, an exploding stick of dynamite is featured on the barrel coupled with a burning fuse
- The bottom of the barrel emulates a blasting cap (one of Nobel’s inventions) engraved, in Swedish, with the words Varning (Warning), Tändhattar (Blasting Caps), and Fara (Danger)
- Four levels of Guilloche engraving are employed on the barrel, depicting an explosive blast
- Four colors of Hard Enamel are kiln-fired to the surface of the barrel without separation, merging outward from white to yellow to orange to red
- The cap features a simple repeating pattern of a White Dove: the international symbol for peace
- "Alfred Bernhard Nobel" is engraved near the top of the cap and the years 1833 and 1896 are engraved near the bottom of the barrel
- Adorning the top of the crown are the three crowns of Sweden, most recognized from the top of Stadshuset (City Hall) in Stockholm