Istos Aracnis, meaning spider in Greek, pays tribute to a famous myth where the mortal Arachne challenges the goddess Athena to a weaving competition. Angering Athena with her overbearing display of pride in her skill as a weaver, Arachne is transformed into a spider and sentenced to weave and spin forever. Throughout history, the spider has been known to symbolize patience for its hunting technique by spinning the web and waiting for its prey. Its image has also been associated with mischief and malice because of the slow workings of its venom.
The Visconti Istos Aracnis is limited to 888 pieces in fountain pen only. The design uses a black lucite barrel with sterling silver overlay, fashioned as a spider's web. The fountain pen uses Visconti's patented "double reservoir power filler" filling system and is fitted with the "Dreamtouch" 23kt palladium nib.
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