Montblanc's Honoré de Balzac limited edition writing instrument pays homage to French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac's long- strived- for literary breakthrough in 1829. The pen embodies classic symbolism with each of its elements having been minutely designed to reflect Balzac's personality and style. The exquisitely crafted pen has a partially rhodium- plated 750 solid gold nib. The rings on the pen represent the class structure in 19th century France, eloquently described in his masterpiece, “La Comédie humaine”. The shape of the cone represents a faithful likeness to the author, who was partial to pointed shoes, the rage at the time. Balzac's typical morning dress is captured in the black resin cap and the dark grey lacquered barrel.