Choose the write way to show that you care

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 June, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 June, 1993, 12:00am

IT IS the perfect gift for the expatriate to send home to dad. Especially if he never writes. Send him a beautiful and outrageously expensive pen and he can hardly refuse to scribble you a few words.

Expect at least two letters a week if his Father's Day gift bears a prestigious name.

If it is a limited edition Montblanc, he might even write three times a week.

If it is a $437,000 Cartier Pasha pen you might want to consider whether to buy him a pen or give him the cash so he can fly out and visit you every month for the next five years.

The exquisite Pasha pen is created from solid gold, pave set with diamonds.

The jewelled cap encases a hidden nib of solid gold.

Or opt for the version set with 248 sapphires and 317 diamonds. This will cost you $403,000, leaving you enough to fly home and present it to him yourself.

It is available by special order from Cartier boutiques.

If Cartier is out of your range, how about a limited edition Montblanc Octavian for your limited edition dad? This pen has been produced in 4,810 pieces, the number of metres to the top of Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc.

The Octavian pays homage in design and title to Gaius Octavius, adopted son and heir of Julius Caesar. He received the honorary Latin title Augustus and went down in history as the ''Exalted One''.

The pen has been imaginatively overlaid with a woven spider's web of sterling silver.

Embellished on the precisely cut slit of each 18-carat gold nib is a spider-web motif which makes this new fountain pen a cherished collector's item.

A limited number of the Octavian are available in the Montblanc boutique at Pacific Place for your ''exalted one'' this Father's Day and they are priced at just $11,500.

Still out of your price range? Don't give up yet.

Alfred Dunhill has Gemline pens which start at $1,200.

Fountain pens, ballpoint pens, propelling pencils and the convertible pen should be worth at least a thank you note from your dad.

The fountain pen's decorative nib of 14 K gold is cut from a single sheet of gold and carries a hand engraved Dunhill logo and scrolls.

It is made by hand with a blade no thicker than a human hair.

The ballpoint pen combines elegance and practicality with a choice of fine or medium writing points and long-lasting refills.

The new and versatile two-in-one convertible pen offers a ballpoint and the option of a roller ball by simply changing the refill.

Propelling pencils with ultra-fine lead come equipped with eraser, spare lead and a convenient cleaning rod.

Still haven't quite made the budget? Yves Saint Laurent has introduced a new design to its line of writing instruments. In black or vibrant lapis blue, the symbolic colour of Yves Saint Laurent, the Boetie pen has a unique art deco look.

The range is finished in lacquer and comes in a ball point pen ($700), fountain pen ($780) or roller pen ($760).

For choice, you can't go past the popular Parker pen.

Here you will find a line of pens in any style and price for all budgets, from the popular jotter, for $36, to the Presidential 18 K solid gold fountain pen for $50,000.

Having decided on a pen, now you can work on sending him some stationery.