As much as I love technology there is no denying the primal pleasure of using a magificent writing instrument like the MEISTERSTÜCK PLATINUM LINE HOMMAGE À FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN 145. For our tenth wedding anniversary Helen surprised me with this beautiful fountain pen. It is a slimmer version of the iconic Platinum line - perfect for travel and fitting seamlessly in your jacket or day planner. It has all the features of its pricier chubby brothers (14k gold nib with platinum inlay, black resin barrel, platinum plated clip and ring, individual serial number, and the inlaid white edelweiss star). The pen is 5 and 1/2 inches long capped and 6 inches when posted. Each pen is still hand crafted in the Mont Blanc atelier in Hamburg with over one hundred steps from creation to finish. I relish in its beauty, weight, and the feel of nib to paper whenever I use this pen . The biggest drawbacks - what colour of ink to buy and the cost - this model ranges from $399 to $500. A posh pen but also a piece of artistic beauty.