Nib: Medium 18k bi colour
2001 Stipula Etruria Piston-filling limited edition #1492 in Amber (Red and Bronze). Vermeil trim – gold plated on Sterling Silver.
The Etruria is a large, cigar-shaped pen, and serves as Stipula's flagship model. High-capacity piston-filler. The piston mechanism is very tight, and the head of the piston spins along with the rod as the piston is depressed. Stipula advertises this piston as "self-cleaning," and I can attest that this pen appears to be somewhat easier to flush than most piston fillers, presumably because the spinning piston head brushes ink off the sides of the barrel as it turns. The piston also turns counter clockwise, which is unique. Features sterling silver trim. The clip is engraved to resemble a reed, which the Romans used as pens (aka, a "Stipula"). Made from Stipula's cellulose acetate. Each pen is hand-turned from a solid rod of celluloid. The oval shape of the pen creates a soft appearance. there is a Florentine-look to the gold cap band and the workmanship of the clip.