Talk about a Renaissance man… Nikola Tesla was nothing if not multidimensional. He was a writer, inventor, scientist and engineer, obtaining more than 700 patents for his inventions. And David Oscarson pays homage to this remarkable individual in the latest of its pen collections.
Nikola Tesla Limited Edition Pen Collection
“The popularity of Nikola Tesla has resurfaced in recent years,” says David Oscarson, founder and CEO of the eponymous luxury goods company. “He was an eccentric genius shrouded in mystery and mystique.”
And so it became the focus of 35 years of Oscarsone collection limited edition writing instruments.
Each pen is handcrafted from sterling silver, incorporating elements of the inventor’s mind into its design. Among them, Tesla’s signature is displayed in high relief on the barrel, as well as the symbol of alternating current. The Tesla coil is visible in the background, engraved in low relief.
The gripping section of the pen is engraved with designs of the AC generator and Tesla’s induction motor, while the crown of the pen features a Tesla measurement unit for magnetic induction or magnetic flux density, in high relief.
Produced in a choice of colors, each writing instrument is limited to a total production of 86 pieces (fountain pens and rollerblades) with silver or gold vermeil finishes. The fountain pens have an 18k gold nib in fine, medium or large sizes.
The Nikola Tesla Collection preserves Old World craftsmanship by combining guilloche and hard enamel to create the stunning décor that characterizes these pens.
Using a mortar and pestle, a composition of glass, water and metal oxides is crushed by hand, and once decanted, the water is removed, leaving the fine paste which is at the base of the hard enamel.
A feather is then used to apply each coat of the mixture to the surface of the engraved silver, making sure that the entire area is completely covered. The components are then fired in an oven at temperatures above 1000 ° F, fusing the enamel to the metal and forming a layer of glass.
After cooling, the fragile parts are manually ground with a diamond file to restore their shape and surface. This 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 last stages of cooking are completed, the parts are polished and polished.
“[Tesla] lived isolated and had bizarre habits, but was also one of the most famous personalities in the American press in the last century, ”says Oscarson of his latest goal. “He could completely build, develop and perfect his inventions completely in his mind before committing them to paper – not to mention computers. He was one of the great men who marked the history of mankind.
As for the brand’s coveted next step? Oscarson will only hint at what 2022 will bring.
He shares: “This year will be our opportunity to work on new design concepts, including a ‘penless’ collection that we have been working on for several years. Details to follow …