Each week we take a look at cool comic book collectibles. Usually we focus on action figures but we have sometimes looked at other items such as statues. This week we're looking at a Batman collectible. It's a different type of collectible. We're going to look at a Batman pen box set.
Warner Bros. and Montegrappa have teamed up for this product. Montegrappa is Italy's oldest manufacturer of fine writing implements. Let's just be clear, these are not ordinary pens. These are high quality. Montegrappa has been making these pens for 100 years.
You'll notice this box is pretty big for just a pen. While the pen is limited to 1939 pieces (get it, 1939, the year Batman was created?), the box set is limited to only 500 pieces. The packaging is very impressive. Opening this box reveals another box inside a bag.
Inside is an incredible looking sturdy box with a fancy Bat-emblem on it.
Opening the box reveals a backdrop of Gotham City.
The image is behind a piece of plexiglass.
But the real question is, what's in the box?
Again, the box set is limited to only 500 sets. The cufflinks and watch are exclusive to this set.
As for the pen, it's made of aluminium with a black anodized finish. The clip is ruthenium-plated brass and the surface is engraved with bats in flight.
The cufflinks are jet-black representations and are basically the Batman logo in three dimensions, with the bat shape cut out to expose a surface of carbon fibre. The back is also numbered.
The watch is based on Montegrappa NeroUno watches. It's powered by a Swiss-made Ronda quartz movement.
The watch has a 42mm stainless steel case and the back is engraved with the Batman logo. The watch is also water resistant up to 50m.
The side is also engraved with the Montegrappa name. This is a very solid watch. It has a nice heft to it that makes it feel nice and sturdy.
Underneath the display portion is almost a hidden compartment. Inside you'll find the certificat of authenticity along with a booklet describing how the pen was made as well as some history and art of Batman.
How much does all this cost? It's not cheap. These Italian Montegrappa pens are high quality. Dave "Captain Cascader" Snider did the fancy pen test with it on me. He took a sheet of paper, put it on my back and wrote. I didn't feel a thing.
The pens can be found at retailers carrying Montegrappa products. Doing a search on Amazon.com, the pen itself retails for about $2600.00. The limited edition box set (limited to 500) retails for about $5000.00. Those are not typos. These are fine Italian-made pens (as is the watch and cufflink).
This pen, watch and cufflink is something Bruce Wayne would proudly use.
Here's a video look at the unboxing of the set: