A must own for every Beatles fan! The Montblanc Great Characters the Beatles fountain pen honors one of the most famous rock bands of all time. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as 'Beatlemania'. As the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideas shared by the counterculture of the 1960s. The cone is inspired by the button of the mixing table at the famous Abbey Road studios, while the cap top is inspired by the studio's microphone. The clip symbolizes the iconic moustache of the members of the band. The ruthenium plated 18 carat gold nib of the piston fountain pen is finely engraved with an abstract apple, as a reference to Apple records, a label founded by The Beatles. The colourful stripes on the lacquered cap and barrel pay tribute to the costumes they wore on the covers of the most successful albums 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely-Hearts Club Band' and 'Love Me Do'. For the first time, Montblanc has developed a multi-colour stripe lacquering process that involves more than 10 different steps from treating the base metal, then lacquering the five colours onto the metal tube in perfectly equal stripes before applying a transparent lacquer to seal the colours in. The pen comes in a special Beatles gift box. William Penn is an authorized retailer of Montblanc. Products sold by William Penn is accompanied by Montblanc's two year international warranty.