“A creative tool, to hold like a brush”
There are objects that tell a story. Creations born from the hands of skilled craftsmen, unique pieces that are the result of an innovative idea , tools that adopt a technology and transform it into a work of art .
Like the Forever Made in Italy “Stilo”: little masterpieces designed and manufactured in Italy by Napkin , fated to leave an everlasting sign .
Elegant and timeless lines, created by authoritative Italian designers, by Sergio Mori , the creative hand of Prima, Clip and Cuban, up to Pininfarina , the Italian design house - famous all over the world - that has signed the flagship version of the range Forever, the Pininfarina Cambiano .
Handmade, one by one, with the top of the artisanal skill and with top materials, Stylus guarantee the attention for details that has always made the “Made in Italy” unmistakable.
A product made in Italy
Italian genius expresses itself by surprising others. Like Leonardo da Vinci who usually sketched his drawing with a silver tip stylus.
Our creation is modern successor of this ancient artistic writing technique and for this reason, it is in every aspect a Made in Italy product.
Tooling and other processes are manually made by master craftsmen, guaranteeing quality and care of detail that in Italy, makes art and craft a single thing.
The Napkin Forever Stylus are "graph engravers”, composed by an aluminum stem and by an ETHERGRAF® toe, specially forged by a group of goldsmiths that melt the metal alloy block and follow its machining processes shaping up the various models up to polishing and finishing. The tip is assembled to the stem only afterwards, making each piece unique.
The ETHERGRAF® tip microscopically "scratches" paper oxidizing it and leaving a light but indelible stretch. Due to its porosity, the common paper - that is the cellulose not trated paper (formed by vegetable fibers bonded through a process that is called "felting")- is in fact a material which perfectly reacts to the passage of the metal tip.
The presence of bonding agents, mineral fillers, dyes or additives in paper compromises its natural absorption capacity. The consequence is that the oxidation of the tip is not allowed, or only partially allowed, at the transit of the ETHERGRAF® tip.
That's why Napkin Forever Stylus do not want to replace the common writing instruments in any way, but exceed the concept of pure function, transforming themselves in the perfect design accessory for those who always want to have a story to tell.
A natural instinct, an ancient gesture, so simple as evocative.
Instruments for shaping up a thought they traced the course of time, experiences of past centuries have marked the history of the future inventions .
The ETHERGRAF® tip takes inspiration by the special technique of the silver tip, used by Leonardo Da Vinci. Created by Napkin in collaboration with the leading Italian researchers, the ETHERGRAF® tip retrieves the oxidation principle that takes place when the friction between the metal tip and the paper, bringing it to a new level.
ETHERGRAF® is an innovative metal alloy that oxidizes the common paper, leaving a sign that is soft as the graphite, but indelible as the ink.
ETHERGRAF® is something that did not exist before, innovation at the service of imagination, it is matter that doesn’t fear time, zero stains, zero lead, 100% creativity.
Designed, developed and handcrafted in Italy, ETHERGRAF® is the distinctive feature of all the Stylus line by Forever Made in Italy.
The silverpoint technique
The technique metal tip drawing, especially the silver one (the so-called "silverpoint"), is ancient and it has a long history.
In fact, it collects the inheritance of the stylus used to engrave the tablets and it becomes the instrument chosen by the best artists since the Renaissance, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Dürer, Rembrandt, being able to express many styles with intensity and elegance.
Drawing with the silverpoint required a prior preparation of the support, for example through a treatment of the paper with pigments and aggregating powders such as mixtures of bone powder, chopped shells or egg shells, mixed with a glue made of soaked strips of rabbit skin or with arabic gum. Once dried, it was possible to draw on the support using the metal tip, a technique that required great skill to be able to transfer different shades and shadows, with no possibility of error.
This difficulty of realization, if on the one hand has made his spread faded, afterwards the discovery of the most practical graphite, on the other hand has stimulated the creativity and talent of many contemporary artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joseph Stella, Bruce Nauman and Jasper Johns, who revived this fascinating technique.
Napkin has not limited to this, but has recovered the underlying principles of silverpoint writing an exciting new chapter in its history and turning it into something completely new .