This Ancient Kauri Rollerball Pen in Titanium Gold features a Churchill style. Titanium gold is a far more expensive metal than traditional gold plating, but it’s worth the extra expense because it will not wear off with use like gold plating will. This pen is a small desk pen, with a solid heft in the hand but still small enough to be portable.
Ancient Kauri is a very special wood, believed to be as much as 50,000 years old! Here’s how Wikipedia explains it:
“Ancient Kauri or Swamp Kauri refers to prehistoric Kauri forests, buried and preserved in peat up to 50,000 years ago in New Zealand’s North Island. Buried under a peat swamp by an unexplained act of nature at the end of the last Ice Age, the trees have survived the centuries underground, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in perfect condition. The trees grew for nearly 2000 years before they were buried. Some have a girth of around 40 feet, and a total height of nearly 200 feet. Only the lower trunk section and ball root structure is predominantly found. Extraction of the logs is time consuming, expensive and technically difficult requiring skilled operators of heavy machinery. Working in wet conditions each log must be carefully brought to the surface. After the log has been removed, the area is then restored to its original contours. A trademark of the Ancient Kauri: white bait. White bait refers to the deep, shimmering streaks of iridescence found in some of the wilder grain patterns. This particular grain is named after schools of New Zealand whitebait fish that emit a similar pattern when swimming in one direction.”
All pens are finished with 8-10 individual coats of cyanoacrylate glue, a relatively new methodology in pen turning that produces a high gloss and extremely durable finish.