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David Oscarson Harlequin Fountain Pen (Limited Edition)
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As a follow-up to the sold out 2005 edition, Pierrot and Pierrette, Harlequin is the third and unmistakable cast member of the Italian Commedia dell arte who steals the heart of Pierrette with his witty tongue and daring personality. His anarchic behavior is complimented by his patched costume, which is made from remnants of richer ones ...
This brash character somehow seems to have the necessary creativity to survive and take his satisfactions in life despite the world that is constantly abusing him.

The Harlequin Collection incorporates multiple levels of guilloch engraving and five colors of translucent (Red, White, Yellow Green and Blue) and Opaque (Black) hard enamel. The silver components of the Black Onyx, Pearl White and Sapphire Blue are finished in a bright polish while the Ruby Red and Emerald Green versions are finished in Gold Vermeil.



The Art Deco design of this Limited Edition (only 88 pieces of each color) requires multiple stages of engraving. The entire body of the pen is first cut down to the level of the sunburst background, leaving the outlines and centers of the interlocking diamonds in high relief. The sunburst patterns are then engraved onto the surface of the body of the pen, maintaining the integrity of the outlines and diamond centers in high relief.

Each Harlequin piece is set with three VVS-1 diamonds (.016 carats each): one in the top of the crown, one in the bottom of the barrel and one in the clip.

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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