Death in the Afternoon Vertex Special Release



Special Release of 85 Pens

Death in the Afternoon has several ties to Ernest Hemingway. The first is that it is a nonfiction work published in 1932 that looks at the traditions, ceremonies, and other aspects of Spanish bullfighting. The second, and for our purposes more important tie to Hemingway, is that it is the name of a cocktail he created for the book “So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon” which sourced cocktails from famous authors. The cocktail is effortlessly simple requiring just two ingredients, though Hemingway’s words work best to describe it, “Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.” The cocktail goes from brilliant absinthe-green to cloudy light green as the champagne is fully mixed due to spontaneous emulsification, though early on as the champagne is slowly poured in there seem to be wisps of white through the green. 

The Death in the Afternoon Vertex Special Release is a brilliant green base material with swirls and whirls of white throughout the material, giving it the look of that first kiss of champagne touching the absinthe. The material is sourced from a UK manufacturer who describes the material as looking similar to malachite, and that is also an apt description though the green is on the brighter side. The material machines quite nicely and polishes to a beautiful luster, even though the material lacks any chatoyance. It is reminiscent of green ebonite with white swirls instead of black, quite lovely and a pleasure to write with. We’ve sourced a unique graphic from Karas Collaborator Ishmael, that’s been laser-etched on the machined box lids and also touches on the granite or rock theme of this release. When customizing your purchase you’ll be prompted to select from four different grip options, one of these is brand new for this release: Coke Bottle, Dark Green Semi-Translucent, BrownTransparent, and Smoke Transparent.

The Vertex is our second release in our Signature Series which is built around using plastics and other resins as the main parts of the pen. From the beginning, we wanted to create something that looked, felt, and functioned differently than other pens on the market. The Vertex’s basic design is that of a classic eyedropper pocket fountain pen. It functions with only four parts: a cap, barrel, grip, and nib. Simply add ink to the reservoir, and you can happily write pages of notes before you need to refill. Eyedropper pens can be tricky and messy, and we wanted to eliminate some of those concerns. During the engineering phase, we implemented designs of custom-fit o-rings to eliminate the need for silicone grease to seal the grip and nib areas. We wanted a smooth transition from grip to barrel, so we moved traditional breakpoint from the section back, and using a third o-ring in the cap adapted slip cap functionality for the pen. The longer grip section allows for the use of an “ink window” with transparent materials which adds a little flair to the pen. The Vertex looks and feels streamlined and aerodynamic with soft tapers, a cigar-shaped body, and a concave cap top; the Vertex is at once futuristic and reminiscent of the classic lines of Parker and Sheaffer pens. The Vertex is the latest step in our Design.History.Technology influenced Signature Series.

Comes standard with a Bock polished steel nib, with upgrades in titanium and 14k gold when in stock. The #6 nibs units are manufactured by Peter Bock in Germany. Also included with each pen is a 2 ml soft pipette and 2 black Monteverde ink cartridges. Each pen is designed and machined, by us, in the USA.