Since I'm converting to Judaism (and like Judaism-inspired designs), I was looking into Judaism-related fountain pens, and I was struck by a curious trend: almost all the pens I could find related to Judaism or Israel are made by Italian companies. And it's not just one company or anything...a lot of major Italian brands seem to have made one at some point. For example:
- Delta Israel 60th anniversary
- Montegrappa Fortuna Shema
- Omas Israel 50th Jubilee
- Stipula Israel 65th anniversary
- Urso Mezuzah
- Visconti Twelve Tribes of Israel
- Visconti Jewish Bible
By contrast, the only non-Italian Judaica pens I've found are the Bexley Israel 50th anniversary and the Curtis Australia State of Israel 60th anniversary. It's kind of an odd trend...I can understand Japanese companies not being interested in making Jewish pens, but you'd think that the US or Germany would make more. Is there some cultural or economic connection between Italy and Israel that would encourage this sort of design from Italian makers, or is this just a strange coincidence?
Edited by Shavely Manden, 19 May 2016 - 00:32.