Bacone Letter Opener & Magnifying Glass - 16.5 cm - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter & Stainless Steel

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Also known as a paper knife, this hand-crafted pewter and stainless steel letter opener is an iconic design, with the added practical addition of a magnifying glass. The pewter handle of the letter opener is made using a special technique: the molten pewter is directly cast onto the steel tip of the knife; this process forms what is really a single element in which the "hardness" of the steel discreetly dissolves into the "soft" surface of the pewter handle, more suitable for contact with the hands. At the same time the molten pewter is directly cast onto the lens, so that the glass seamlessly merges into the "soft" surface of the pewter handle. 

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The attractive, yet practical, desk tool looks classic atop your papers, as well as eliminating the possibility of paper cuts, and may even make the act of opening dull administration and bills less of a task, whilst enabling you to open personal mail, be it birthday cards, catch-ups from friends and family or even love letters, with a flourish, and the postmark or extra tiny handwriting can be deciphered with help from the magnifying glass, which has provoked the 'Bacone' title, as the first person to describe the use of lenses to improve eyesight was Roger Bacon in 1262.

Bacon conducted various experiments with lenses and mirrors and described the principles of reflection and refraction. Roger Bacon was admired and protected by Pope Clement IV, but when the Pope died he had to continue his studies in secret. He was discovered, accused of heresy and put in prison. When he was released, he continued his experiments but 300 years went by before Snellius formulated the laws of refraction between 1600 and 1620.

Size: 16.5 cm

Weight: 50 g

Materials Used: Pewter, Stainless Steel, Glass

Ref: CT0100201

Designers: Enrico Cosi & Sergio Tabellini

100% Lead Free

All Cosi Tabellini Pewter is 100% lead-free, so it is totally food & drink safe, and is both EU and US FDA approved.


Cosi Tabellini pieces come gift-boxed with a guarantee card and instructions on how to care for pewter.

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