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Caran d'Ache Year of the Dragon Fountain Pen (Limited Edition)
The Year of the Dragon Limited Edition fountain pen by Caran d'Ache is the sign of success for the year 2012.

According to legend, at one Chinese New year the Jade Emperor summoned all the animals in creation to his palace. Only 12 of them responded to the invitation and as a reward the Emperor gave each of them a year of the Zodiac. The only mythical creature included in the Chinese Zodiac was the Dragon which had several roles, including messenger of the Gods, master of the elements and guide to human beings.

The Chinese lacquering is a masterpiece of craftsmanship: the body of the pen is given several coats, first red then black. The result is a truly dramatic contrast as the fire-red dragon seems to explode out of an infinity of intense black.
The Geneva company is one of the very few Western manufacturers to master this ancient technique. Chinese lacquer is a natural product, derived from the resin of the "Rhus Vernicifera", that creates delicate reflections and incredibly deep colours.
Chinese Lacquer is applied by hand in a succession of layers then polished many times in an exclusive process that combines traditional Chinese methods and modern technology. The mystery surrounding the colour of Chinese lacquer is even greater.

The Maison de Haute Ecriture has joined with the contemporary Chinese artist, Li Qiang Sheng to create the image of the dragon and add his signature. "Year of the Dragon" has been produced in a total of 888 individually numbered pieces since 8 is considered a lucky number in China.

The fountain-pen nib, made of 18 ct gold, is available in several nib widths. The pen fills via cartridge or converter. The pen has an ergonomic metal writing grip.

Caran d扐che, founded in 1924 by Arnold Schweitzer, was a product of Switzerland抯 long history of watchmaking and jewellery manufacture. Today, it is the epitome of superior quality and recognized expertise.
Each product is created by hand in the Geneva workshops and brings together the traditional expertise of master craftsmen and the performance of computer-assisted machine tools.

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