The Astrograph: Space-Age Writing Instrument

by Paula Bosse

What is this aesthetically-pleasing shiny object?

It’s a pen — The Astrograph by Caran d’Ache and MB&F — and it comes with its own launch pad and mini robot.

The Astrograph
Caran d’Ache – Edition Limitée Astrograph

Conquering Space

Astrograph comes in three finishes: high-gloss rhodium, sandblasted matt rhodium or anthracite ruthenium. Each version of these fountain pens is issued in a numbered 99-piece edition, in tribute to the 99 new specially developed components.

Powered by its futuristic design, the elegant pen initially housed in the instrument’s “fuselage” literally “lifts off” from its base to join the hand that will write the rest of the story, consigning endless dreams of space, speed and conquest to paper. Positioned on the far end of the propeller engine, the rocket reactor is symbolized by a signature red Caran d’Ache hexagon.

I feel I need this.

Thank you, Switzerland.

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Watch this!

 

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Sources & Notes

Want more info? See some fantastic photos (…fountain-pen porn?) and read what inspired Maximilian Büsser to create this exceedingly cool writing instrument, at the MB&F website, here.

More on The Astrograph (with many more photos — including one of the tiny robot ascending the tiny spaceship ladder) can be found in the 2016 Hodinkee article “Introducing the Astrograph Pen from MB&F and Caran d’Ache” by Jack Forster, here.

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Copyright © 2019 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.

 

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