Amerigo Vespucci (Florence, March 1454 – Seville, February 22, 1512)
Famous navigator and known as a very passionate student of the seas. During its travels explored great part of the oriental coasts of South America. It was among one of the first supporters of the idea that a new continent had been discovered and not a western route by sea to the Far East.
In the 1499 joins forces with Alonso de Hojeda, who had received from Spain the assignment to explore the South coast of the continent discovered by Columbus.
In 1508, King Ferdinand made Vespucci chief navigator of Spain and commissioned him to found a school of navigation to standardize and modernize navigation techniques. Vespucci trained pilots and cartographers in the use of the quadrant and astrolabe.
Designed by engineer Francisco Rotundi, lieutenant colonel of the Navy Corps of Engineers, was constructed entirely in the shipyards of Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) in 1930 and launched on February 22, 1931. The ship design was inspired by the last flagship (the Monarch) of the Royal Marine of the kingdom of the two Sicilies. On October 15, 1931, in the port of Genoa, the ship received the flag of combat from the hands of its first commander, Augusto Radicati di Marmorito. Its task was to place the ship side by side with another ship, the “Cristoforo Columbus” in training activity. Besides being used in the last decade mainly for training, the Vespucci has been often an ambassador on the sea of art, culture and Italian engineering, in the most important ports all over the world and in such special occasions as in; Auckland in October 2002 in occasion of 31st edition of the America's Cup, Athens in 2004 for the Olympic Games and in Portsmouth in 2005 for the commemoration of the battle of Trafalgar where it had a prominent role.
The Amerigo Vespucci ship maintains alive old traditions.
The sails are still in canvas, the tops are all of vegetable material, and all the maneuvers are rigorously executed by hand; every onboard order is given by the Commander, through the boatswain, with the weasel. The boarding and the disembarkation of an official takes place with honors and in accordance to its rank. The characteristic black and white color emphasizes a recall of the past: the white bands with respect to the bridges of battery and corridor recalls in fact the two lines of guns of the nineteenth-century vessel from which the ship’s planner got its inspiration. The ship’s prow carries a golden bronze figurehead representing Amerigo Vespucci. A characteristic of the ship is the décor of the prow in wood covered by gold leaf.
“Not who begins but who prevails”
The motto of the ship, made official in 1978 is: “not who begins but who prevails”, and expresses its vocation to the formation and training of the future officials of Military Navy. The previous mottos were: “for the native land and the King”, replaced in 1946 with “firm in the fury of the winds and events”.
__The Limited Edition_
Delta presents Amerigo Vespucci, a collection of writing instruments dedicated to the famous navigator and the Italian military Navy ship named after him, and transformed into a school-vessel for the training of the future navy officials.
A project developed thanks to the accessibility of the Navy, and it is to the Navy and to the many lovers of this ship, that Delta renders homage by producing this limited edition collection.
Every single instrument carries Amerigo Vespucci’s soul... a soul made of passion, fascination, style and tradition. Thanks to the Defense Ministry and Military Navy it succeeds to guard and keep a piece of our history.
To hold an Amerigo Vespucci pen actually means to hold close the precious ship, because every piece of the collection is realized with original wood from the boat, worked by hand by the craftsmen of Delta.
Keep in mind that since wood used in these pens is from the ship frame no two pens will be alike and a single pen may offer different vein pattern, different tones or color shades. Small imperfections are the guarantee of the wood’s authenticity source, thus resulting in a unique and precious piece.
Moreover, a detail of a cleats cover shapes the top of the cap. The ropes wrap the cylinder, and on the body the words “Amerigo Vespucci” are engraved using the same font used in the ship’s label. The central ring is also engraved with the “Amerigo Vespucci” words. The clip is shaped as the boatswain weasel; every hiss, every note, every pause, onboard, has a distinct meaning. The precious wood, used for the making of every cap merges seamlessly with the special resin of the body.
The collection Classic in the form, very exclusive in the characterization, “Amerigo Vespucci” is offered as a limited edition of only 931 pieces in each version.
Also available a very exclusive version limited to only 4 unique pieces celebrating each one of the ships helms (steering wheel). This ship is the only one in the world with 4 helms. This exclusive version, celebration, offers particulars in 18 kt solid gold.
Made from authentic wood from the famous school ship and special hand turned resins in pearled Ocean blue (versions 1KS and R/2S) and night black (versions 1K and R/2). Both the RS and R rollers are easily convertible into ball pens.
Cap Made from the ship’s wood worked by hand using old crafting techniques and finished by hand using bee and carnauba waxes for the final polishing. Every piece of this collection is unique and unlike any other in the collection, thus offering a true guarantee of the wood’s authenticity. The trimmings are in solid sterling silver with an aged finish. The clip is in solid sterling silver in all versions excluding that of the celebration, which is in 18kt solid gold.
Body In special resin turned by hand from solid bar, in either pearled blue or black, depending on version. Offers also a band in solid sterling silver engraved with words “Amerigo Vespucci” and a small ring also in silver resembling the top of the ship. Both rings are in 18 kt solid gold in the celebration version. Filling system The celebration and1ks versions offer the famous and nostalgic push button filling system The 1k version offer a double system, either threaded converter or cartridge
Nib In 18 kt gold, rhodium plated, personalized and available in the following grade: EEF-EF-F-M-B-OM-BB-OB-OBB-STUB