The designs in the David Oscarson™M Collection speak to imagination and emotion, memories and history. These handmade Limited Edition writing instruments blend strict attention to detail with quality materials and time-honored craftsmanship. Artistic mastery is achieved by combining the centuries-old technique of guilloché with the art and expertise of hard enamel.
Using a mortar and pestle, a composition of glass, water, and metal oxides is ground for hours by hand. When settled, the water is removed, leaving the fine paste that is the basis for hard enamel. A quill is then used to apply each coat of the mixture to the surface of the metal, ensuring that the entire guilloché area is completely covered in enamel. The components are then fired in a furnace at temperatures exceeding 1,000° F, fusing the enamel to the metal and forming a layer of glass.
After cooling, the pieces are manually ground with a diamond file, restoring their proper shape and surface. This tedious process is repeated at length until the level of enamel reaches the depth required to cover the peaks and fill the valleys of each intricate guilloché pattern. When the final stages of firing are completed, the pieces are polished and buffed, revealing the velvet finish of translucent hard enamel.
Production of translucent hard enamel demands the highest levels of patience, experience, and skill. A five-year apprenticeship is required to ensure that the highest levels of quality will be met in each individual Collection piece.
David Oscarson’s unique filling system accommodates a cartridge, converter, or eyedropper fill; a series of seals and “O” rings prevent the ink from leaving the chamber at any point. A roller ball version of each Oscarson Collection piece is also available.
Engineered in Heidelberg, Germany, the 18-karat gold nib is unsurpassed in quality and form. Coupled with an ebonite feeder, each nib is plated with rhodium and tipped with iridium to ensure durability in fine, medium, and broad sizes.