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His goal was freedom, his path non-violent and his weapon humanity: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was one of the most fascinating personalities of the 20th century. Born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar (Gujarat) into a respected caste, Gandhi married when he was just 13 years of age. Following law studies in London, he worked as a barrister for 21 years in South Africa, where he fought for the rights of immigrant Indians. Upon his return to India in 1914, Gandhi was given the title ‘Mahatma’ - ‘great soul’ in Sanskrit - in recognition of his commitment to his fellow men. He himself never accepted this title.
Mahatma Gandhi was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. The design pays tribute to his life and achievements. The top of the cap and cone are inspired by the spindle which Gandhi used to spin cotton – one of the symbols of Indian independence. The colour white is a reference to truth and peace, while the Mandarin garnet represents the orange colour that is part of the Indian flag. The nib shows an image of Mahatma Gandhi, walking with a stick. In addition, the limitation of the Mahatma Gandhi Limited Edition 3000 is symbolic for the masses of people who followed him during his fight for independence. As a reference this Edition is limited to 3,000 fountain pens and 3,000 rollerballs. The Mahatma Gandhi Limited Edition 241 is a homage to the 241 miles travelled by Gandhi on the Salt March from Ahmedabad to the coast. A march which, 17 years later, was to result in freedom for India. To mark this milestone in history, the precious fountain pen is limited worldwide to just 241 pieces. As befits its historical significance, the hand-crafted rhodium-plated 18 K solid gold nib of this Limited Edition, which is crowned by the Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl, shows an finely engraved image of Mahatma Gandhi on his path towards Indian independence.
To achieve complete independence from the British Empire, he employed unconventional tactics. One of his most spectacular campaigns was the famous 241 mile Salt March from Ahmedabad to the Arabian Sea in 1930. His protest was directed against a law which made it illegal for Indians to produce and sell their own salt. Gandhi was successful: in March of the following year, the salt monopoly was toppled. For 60 years, Gandhi fought for the freedom and independence of India, with active but non-violent resistance. History was to prove him right. After a long struggle, India was granted autonomy on 15 August 1947. Soon afterwards, though, on 30 January 1948, Gandhi was shot dead by a radical Hindu during his evening prayers. Showing the world that social and political change could be achieved not by violence and terror, but rather through love and understanding, was his gift to the world.

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Launch: October 2009
Limitation:
3,000 Fountain Pens
3,000 Rollerballs

Characteristics:
• Piston fountain pen and rollerball
• 925 sterling silver with fine textile structure on lacquered cap and barrel
• mandarin garnet above clip ring (approx. 0.11 ct)
• Hand-crafted rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib
• Ivory-coloured Montblanc emblem

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His goal was freedom, his path non-violent and his weapon humanity: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was one of the most fascinating personalities of the 20th century. Born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar (Gujarat) into a respected caste, Gandhi married when he was just 13 years of age. Following law studies in London, he worked as a barrister for 21 years in South Africa, where he fought for the rights of immigrant Indians. Upon his return to India in 1914, Gandhi was given the title ‘Mahatma’ - ‘great soul’ in Sanskrit - in recognition of his commitment to his fellow men. He himself never accepted this title.
Mahatma Gandhi was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. The design pays tribute to his life and achievements. The top of the cap and cone are inspired by the spindle which Gandhi used to spin cotton – one of the symbols of Indian independence. The colour white is a reference to truth and peace, while the Mandarin garnet represents the orange colour that is part of the Indian flag. The nib shows an image of Mahatma Gandhi, walking with a stick. In addition, the limitation of the Mahatma Gandhi Limited Edition 3000 is symbolic for the masses of people who followed him during his fight for independence. As a reference this Edition is limited to 3,000 fountain pens and 3,000 rollerballs. The Mahatma Gandhi Limited Edition 241 is a homage to the 241 miles travelled by Gandhi on the Salt March from Ahmedabad to the coast. A march which, 17 years later, was to result in freedom for India. To mark this milestone in history, the precious fountain pen is limited worldwide to just 241 pieces. As befits its historical significance, the hand-crafted rhodium-plated 18 K solid gold nib of this Limited Edition, which is crowned by the Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl, shows an finely engraved image of Mahatma Gandhi on his path towards Indian independence.
To achieve complete independence from the British Empire, he employed unconventional tactics. One of his most spectacular campaigns was the famous 241 mile Salt March from Ahmedabad to the Arabian Sea in 1930. His protest was directed against a law which made it illegal for Indians to produce and sell their own salt. Gandhi was successful: in March of the following year, the salt monopoly was toppled. For 60 years, Gandhi fought for the freedom and independence of India, with active but non-violent resistance. History was to prove him right. After a long struggle, India was granted autonomy on 15 August 1947. Soon afterwards, though, on 30 January 1948, Gandhi was shot dead by a radical Hindu during his evening prayers. Showing the world that social and political change could be achieved not by violence and terror, but rather through love and understanding, was his gift to the world.

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