Embarking on a journey to the touch the soul of the author, Montegrappa – Italy’s oldest and so much respected manufacturer of fine writing instruments – has identified three of a very powerful human conditions that feed the poet, the songwriter, the belle-lettrist, the sweetheart. Emozione, Desiderio and Passione form a triumvirate of pen families that categorical our so much powerful thoughts and feelings. Desiderio represents deeply-felt desire, the longing a man or a woman has for the objective or their ardour. It can be the wish to perform a particular function or role, or having a wish come true. This is a so much powerful force, one that fuels great art, heroic achievement, herculean effort. But additionally it is personal, an inner drive that craves fulfilment or satisfaction. When it flows from the mind of the musician, it may possibly transcribe the notes to an epic symphony or a plaintive ballad. For any other, it’ll yield a love letter in order to scorch the page, or a poem in order to wrench a response from the guts of the reader. Embodying this in a pen is a challenge that has produced a series of writing instruments imbued with mystery, for it’s unattainable to give an explanation for the ability of sheer desire. Desiderio writing instruments are made in pearlised bi-colour resin, the user choosing from red and black, grey and blue or beige and brown, with trim in sterling silver and a filigree-cut 18kt gold nib. No two are alike, just as all desires are unique, for the fabric that forms each and every cap and body possesses its own swirling pattern. Montegrappa’s signature octagon accents the highest, even as the rolling ball on the end of the pocket clip and a thin line across the cap are coloured to contrast with the body. Upon putting off the cap, the second one colour could also be revealed on the writing end of the fountain or the rollerball pen. Desire reaches fulfilment with a collection of four writing tools. Desiderio is offered as a fountain pen in both cartridge and converter-fed form.