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David Oscarson La Sagrada Familia Fountain Pen (Limited Edition)
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The David Oscarson La Sagrada Familia Limited Edition Collection is a tribute to Antoni Gaudi抯 contributions to the magnificent Basilica in Barcelona.

The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia was originally the inspiration of a bookseller, Josep Maria Bocabella, but in March of 1883, Antoni Gaudi (1852 1926) assumed responsibility for its design, changing it radically. Gaudi was appointed Architect Director in 1884 and construction continues today; on the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaud is said to have remarked: "My client is not in a hurry.

When Gaud died in 1926, the basilica was between 15 and 25 percent complete. Work continued after Gaud's death, until it was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Parts of the unfinished Basilica and Gaud's models and workshop were destroyed during the war. Present design is based on reconstructed versions of the plans that were burned in a fire as well as on modern adaptations and construction is estimated to be completed in 2026.

As with all David Oscarson Collection pieces, the Sagrada Familia collection is created by combining the expertise of Guilloch engraving with the artistic mastery of Hard Enamel.

Seven-sided geometric sunbursts are emblematic of the instantly-recognized canopy which hangs above the altar inside the La Sagrada Familia Basilica while encircled crosses mirror the iconic ornamentation of the spiraling spires above. Wrapping around the crown of the cap in high relief is Antoni Gaudi抯 signature.

The Sagrada Familia Collection is the twenty-fifth in the David Oscarson series of Limited Edition writing instruments and will be produced in two primary color variations, each limited to production of 73 pieces (including fountain pens and roller balls); one for each year of Antoni Gaudi抯 extraordinary life.



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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