Montegrappa had an extensive collaboration with Dr. Richard Restak, M.D. and created the Brain Pen. Dr. Restak is the author of many books on the brain and is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at George Washington Hospital University School of Medicine and Health. The link between the brain and the pen, with the act and art of writing serving as an extension of people's ability to express themselves while exercising the brain itself, encouraged Montegrappa to illustrate this direct intellectual and physical connection.
1012 silver fountain pens, a quantity representing the number of neurons in the human brain, which are estimated to be between 10 raised to the 12th power or 10 raised to the 13th power
Etched into the nib is the image of a sea-horse. This refers to the hippocampus, which is a major component of the brain of humans and other vertebrates. It belongs to the limbic system and plays an important role in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory and spatial navigation
The top part of the pen is rich and elaborate, while the body is simple, acting as a parallel to a man's body, where all his riches are in the brain
Adorning the top of cap is a cross-section of the brain, based on an ancient illustration
The cap features an overlay made up of neurons, with the pocket clip representing the spinal cord
The clip has a spring-loaded mechanism and its tip is lacquered in red or black to differentiate the fountain pen from the rollerball
Accompanying every Brain Pen is a copy of a book written especially for Montegrappa by Dr. Restak
English novelist Daniel Defoe is the author of Robinson Crusoe, a story of a man shipwrecked alone on an island. The Montblanc Palm Green ink color recalls the prominent color of the Robinson Crusoe island.