This limited edition fountain pen is made from carboiridium, with a piston filler, black trim, and a black soft 14k gold Quill nib. Inspired by an Italian book published by Pineider in 1949 (included!) about the rebuilding of the country following WWII.
More about this pen:
A journey into the past with an ultramodern tool captures the significance of Pineider's new pen.
The search for our origins, for our history and for forms with undying beauty are the inspiration of our new pen named Back to the Future.
Back to the Future is more than just a pen, it is a journey on which we set out to rediscover ancient knowledge, a primordial writing implement; but at the same time, it is the centuries-old history of Pineider that began in 1774 and, crucially, was reborn from the horrors of war along with the rest of Italy in 1949, in what the Mayans would call a new beginning.
Its inspiration is the quill, a writing tool from time immemorial made out of bamboo cane, that has allowed mankind to hand down knowledge, wisdom and his own history generation after generation. The quill is the magical carriage that takes us on our journey back in time. We went in search of the way we were in 1949, the year of impatience, when Italy was a favorite destination for Hollywood movie stars and Pineider was laboriously but enthusiastically rebuilding its future along with the people of Italy.
The book that comes with the pen, published by Pineider, tells the story of the Italy of the period, including through Pineider's clientele who visited our premises in Florence: Hollywood movie stars, artists, politicians and scientists, in other words the 'crème de la crème' of the international jet set.
Those were tough years yet they were years full of hopes and dreams, of the will to live, filled with a love of life – years that author Pier Luigi Pizzi, a set designer, costume designer and film director, recounts and illustrates with photographs of the leading personalities of the time.
Back to the Future: the future of the Italian people and of the world as a whole needs to be rebuilt, reimagined and reinvented today more than ever before.
Back to the Future is a limited edition of 88 fountain pens or roller pens with a single world numbering system.
The shape is inspired by the quill, the writing implement of the ancient Egyptians and Romans, made from a cane or rush and used right up until the 6th century AD before being gradually replaced by the goose-feather quill.
The cap and barrel are in carboiridium, a carbographite cane with a special finish in spiralled carboiridium lending it a moiré effect whenever it is exposed to direct light.
The clip, a further variant of the goose-feather quill, has a technical sophistication for its design motif and the mechanism is miniaturized and concealed in its interior.
The fountain pen has a soft/flexible nib in 14k gold and a piston filling system.
One of Back to the Future's most outstanding features is the precision of all its parts.
While inspired by a centuries-old implement, the pen is manufactured and assembled with superb precision as we can see, for example, in the accuracy of the cap/barrel join and the smooth functioning of the piston filler.
The 14k gold nib was designed in 2017. In keeping with the global trend in writing, we created a nib that we christened hyperflexible and that is endowed with an excellent memory.
The designers sought to achieve a flexible nib for writing rather than a nib for calligraphy, which performs in a somewhat different manner. Our primary aim was to bring the pleasure of writing even to newcomers to the art, although we should never forget that a fountain pen is an extension of the hand and requires no pressure for writing.
- Fountain Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Cap Type
How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).
- Magnetic cap
- Compatible inks & refills
Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.
- Bottled inks
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Grip Material
- Nib Size
- Soft Extra-Fine, Soft Fine, Soft Medium
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
- 14k Gold
Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.
Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Diameter - Body
- 13.5mm (0.53in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 13.5mm (0.53in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 17.7mm (0.70in)
- Diameter - Grip (mm)
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 126.2mm (4.97in)
- Length - Cap
- 64.1mm (2.52in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 19.7mm (0.78in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 145.2mm (5.72in)
- Length - Overall (Posted)
When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.
- 166.7mm (6.56in)
- Weight - Body
If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.
- 21g (0.74oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 9g (0.32oz)
- Weight - Overall (g)
- Max Ink Capacity - Piston Vac
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using the built-in piston or vacuum filling mechanism.
Reviews & Questions
How do I fill a fountain pen with ink?
It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above.
Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:
Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write!
Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking.
You can learn more with our Fountain Pen 101 video on Filling Mechanisms on YouTube.
How do I clean a fountain pen?
It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck.
It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:
How often do I need to clean my fountain pen?
We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors.
Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.
My pen won’t write! What do I do?
First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.
We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.
If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed.
If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help!