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Inspire Writing

Discover our homage to the history of writing instruments and the legacy of Montblanc


Mightier than the sword


Writing enables people to leave traces of their lives, tell their stories, and make their mark. Anyone who wields their pen is choosing the power of communication, of words, their democracy, their universality.

It is therefore said that the pen is far mightier than the sword: a notion that is central to the ethos of Montblanc. Inspire Writing is the first-ever book devoted to the history of writing instruments and the legacy of Montblanc.

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect" —Anaïs Nin

Inspired by Montblanc


The book begins where the brand did: the early 1900s in Hamburg. Page by page, readers are taken on a journey exploring the roots and evolution of the brand, before examining Montblanc's place in the world today.

The writing instrument is examined as an important artefact. Whether that is being present at significant events, writing history books or adapting to a digital world, Inspire Writing showcases the writing instrument as an important part of our collective histories.

"To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make" —Truman Capote

A small work of art

A joint development between Montblanc and the renowned publishing house Assouline, Inspire Writing is as aesthetically pleasing as it is a slice of rich history. With words from Alexander Fury and Brand Heritage images shot by Laziz Hamani, this book is for all writers and readers interested in how written communication has shaped our world. Find it at your nearest Montblanc Boutique.

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