The art of Damascene patterns is thousands of years old. It comprises an elaborate method of applying ornamentation to steel or iron by impressing a thin gold film onto the surface. This sophisticated technology was brought to Spain by Arab settlers, where it was perfected over centuries, especially in the city of Toledo.

Pelikan commenced honouring this Damascene patterning technique for its model "Toledo®" as early as 1931. This artwork is so highly coveted that it has continued to spread its magic for decades, almost unchanged. Today, the decorative barrel is produced from a single piece of 925 Sterling Silver. Once the barrel has received multiple, special treatments, the motif is applied using a layer of gold. In the next step, the motif is etched on by hand, with the filigree detail giving the motif a life of its own.

Whoever owns a Toledo® writing instrument possesses a work of art and a small piece of history.


Available in two sizes

Each Toledo® writing instrument is a unique piece manufactured in Germany. Have a closer look at the filigree details.

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