It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a rocket that’s really a pen!
MB&F is truly the master of playful illusions. A collaboration with Swiss writing instrument maker Caran d’Ache, the Astrograph is a pen that moonlights as a rocket, complete with a crew of a single astronaut, when off (writing) duty.
The Astrograph is a representation of MB&F’s founder, Maximilian Busser’s fascination with space travel as a child, and is a 99-component masterpiece that takes more than 500 manual processes to complete.
Its development took a total of four years. Most of the fun lies in the ‘fuselage’ of the rocket, which doubles as the pen cap. A miniature ladder leads up this fuselage to the ‘entry door’ of the rocket which is really a lever. Push it, and three stabiliser legs are lowered so that the pen may stand upright on a desk as a rocket would on land. Manning the rocket is a rhodium-plated and magnetised astronaut, who can be attached to any part of the body of the instrument.