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David Oscarson 2012 Fountain Pen (Limited Edition)
[DO-2012-FP]
It happens only every 26,000 years; the Galactic Alignment, where the Earth抯 Winter Solstice Sun passes through the Dark Rift of the Milky Way, marking the end of the 13-Baktun Cycle in the Mayan Long-Count Calendar. In astronomical terms, the Sun conjuncts the intersection of the Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic. This rare galactic alignment was predicted anciently by the Maya, whose culture, calendar and beliefs were based on their prophetic interpretation of these significant celestial events.

According to researchers, something definite happened in the middle of the first century BC and it was carved in stone by the Maya. Something also happened in 830 AD (in Baktun 10) which signaled the 態eginning of the end for the Maya civilization. The Maya considered these events to be so significant that they calculated a 慶ountdown of sorts, beginning August 11th, 3114 BC and ending on December 21st, 2012.

The last long count calendar was carved on the western periphery at Tonin, located in Chiapas, Mexico, near Palenque in 909 AD. The dates translate as follows:
0.0.0.0.0 = 3114 BC
1.0.0.0.0 = 2715 BC
2.0.0.0.0 = 2325 BC
3.0.0.0.0 = 1932 BC
4.0.0.0.0 = 1537 BC
5.0.0.0.0 = 1143 BC
6.0.0.0.0 = 748 BC
7.0.0.0.0 = 354 BC
8.0.0.0.0 = 41 AD
9.0.0.0.0 = 435 AD
10.0.0.0.0 = 830 AD
11.0.0.0.0 = 1224 AD
12.0.0.0.0 = 1618 AD
13.0.0.0.0 = 2012 AD

The start date, August 11th, 3114 BC would have been written with five place values using Dot and Bar Numeration - 0.0.0.0.0 or 13.0.0.0.0. The end date, 12-21-2012 (displayed on the clip of the pen) would be written the same way 0.0.0.0.0 or 13.0.0.0.0 continuing in the repeating cycle; 13.0.0.0.0 (displayed at the bottom of the pen barrel) representing midnight and 0.0.0.0.0 (displayed at the top of the pen cap) representing dawn. It is the December Solstice that ends a cycle and begins a new one; a new Era or Period of the Sun. According to Maya leader Victor Montejo, 12-21-2012 will mark the close of a great prophetic cycle as well as the close of the 5th millennium.

This pen is full of symbols based on the Mayan calendar and is a wonderful tribute.

The 2012 Collection is produced in five color variations, each limited to an aggregate production of 52 pieces (including Fountain Pen and Roller Balls). The 2012 Collection will stand as a tribute to the enduring wisdom of the Mayan culture as well as the precision and accuracy with which they predicted the conditions of the world and events in the heavens in our day. As above, so below



Filling System and nib

David Oscarson抯 unique filling system accommodates a cartridge, converter or eyedropper fill; a series of seals and 揙 rings prevents 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 a wide variety of sizes.

Producing a David Oscarson pen

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 guilloch area is completely covered in enamel. The components are then fired in a furnace at temperatures exceeding 500 Celsius, 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 guilloch 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.

About David Oscarson

In less than a decade, penmaker and entrepreneur David Oscarson has created an eponymous brand of writing instruments that is synonymous with quality, craftsmanship and style. By using only the finest materials and production techniques, Oscarson has taken the writing pen from a merely functional instrument of everyday use to the latest must-have luxury item.

Boasting exceptional detail, and brilliant colors, each limited edition pen is extremely labor-intensive to produce. The pens are hand-crafted from solid sterling silver, which gives them a distinctive weight and luster. Each David Oscarson pen passes through multiple stages of precision engraving, creating a distinctive ornamental pattern known as Guilloch.
Due to the amount of labor that goes into creating each pen, Oscarson has kept most of his collections to a minimal 88 pieces. With only five to seven goldsmiths working in his shop at any given time, no more than 10 units can be produced in a week. In the world of high-end writing instruments, that makes Oscarson like a little fish in a big pond.

Despite his company抯 diminutive size, Oscarson抯 products have received glowing remarks from industry publications, including Robb Report抯 prestigious Best of the Best awards for the Harvest Collection, the Pierrot and Pierrette, the special edition diamond-encrusted Celestial Collection.

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