David Oscarson Valhalla Fountain Pen - Frey, Black White Red
The Valhalla Collection is the ninth in the David Oscarson series of Limited Edition writing instruments limited to production of 88 pieces.
From the Bronze Age to medieval times, Viking mythology was the religion of Scandinavia. Today, legends of the Vikings are present in all cultures as a result of their ability to travel and plunder, leaving their marks across the face of Europe and the known world. Known for their 'longships' and crude weaponry, the Vikings also developed a crude runic alphabet, seen chiseled into huge granite rocks, called rune stones; they can be seen across most of modern-day Europe.
Valhalla literally translated means 'Hall of the Slain and is in essence a Viking heaven, or 'Otherworld' into which Viking warriors pass upon leaving this life. It is a great structure - much like a Roman Coliseum - with 640 doorways, through each of which 960 champions can march shoulder to shoulder. Its rafters are spear shafts and its tiles are shields of gold. Here, fallen champions spend all day gaming and fighting one another in battle. At the end of the day, the dead and wounded are all healed, so they can spend the night feasting on the flesh of a boar whose flesh never diminishes and drinking from the udders of a magic goat.
In Valhalla, three Viking gods prevail: the Nordic Trinity, Odin, Thor and Frey.
Frey is the god of fertility. He is the noblest of gods. He controls the rain and sunshine and therefore the natural increase of the earth and it is good to call upon him for fruitful seasons and for peace; he also controls the good fortunes of men. Frey was the paramount god of the Swedes and revered as the divine ancestor of their kings. Frey is said to have built the great temple at Uppsala (just north of Stockholm) when he made it his chief seat and the Swedes made sacrifices to him at weddings: 'He bestows peace and pleasure on mortals'. In Norse mythology, Frey is remembered as a symbol of the divine marriage between the sky and the earth that produces Spring. (His twin sister, Freyja, is the most excellent of the goddesses and was the mistress of Odin for a time. Her name is the basis for our modern-day Friday.)
In contrast to the crude art of the Viking era, the Valhalla Collection is portrayed in the technical expertise of Guilloche engraving and the artistic mastery of Hard Enamel. The Collection incorporates three levels of Guilloche and three colors of translucent and opaque hard enamel on each Collection piece. Frey is represented here in Black, White, and Red Hard Enamel.
Hand-crafted from 18-karat gold and .925 Sterling Silver, each precious metal component passes through multiple stages of precision engraving, creating an intricate pattern known as guilloche; a painstaking process which brings life and light to the surface of precious metals.
The Medieval design of this Limited Edition requires three separate stages of engraving. The entire body of the pen is first cut down to the level of the background, leaving the outlines of the rune stone and longship in high relief. The wave and granite patterns are then engraved onto the surface of the body of the pen. The third stage of engraving applies the smaller serpent motif to the surface of the granite; the larger serpent remaining raised in high relief.
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 guilloche area is completely covered in enamel. The components are then fired in a furnace at temperatures exceeding 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, 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 guilloche pattern. When the final stages of firing are completed, the pieces are polished and buffed, revealing the velvet finish of translucent and opaque 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.
The Valhalla Collection's unique filling system accommodates a cartridge, converter or eyedropper fill; a series of seals and "O" rings prevents the ink from leaving the chamber at any point.
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 fine, medium and broad sizes.