Mammoth ivory is no ordinary ivory. It is 20 to 25 per cent heavier, and a connoisseur will immediately recognize it from the unique veining.
The material has absorbed moisture during the millennia it was buried in the ice, and needs to be slowly and carefully dried out over a period of three to five years. Only then can one cautiously cut, grind, turn, and polish it. This takes special skills, and hardly anyone is better suited to the task than Jürgen Schott.
As grand master of the guild of ivory carvers in the Odenwald region near Heidelberg, he is familiar with the rich tradition that has produced many outstanding works of art over the past 200 years.
Perfection in Black and White
Just as certain people have a natural affinity to certain others, some materials just “go together".
Ivory is frequently combined with ebony, known even in antiquity as one of the most beautiful and most expensive of woods. The heartwood, very dark brown to black, shows off the creamy white of the ivory almost perfectly.
This composition takes ideal shape in the “Pen of the Year 2006”. In elaborate inlay work, the artistically engraved pieces of ivory are let into an ebony framework.
Limited edition of 2000 individually numbered fountain pens.
Medium 18-carat bicolour gold nib, "run in" by hand
All metal fittings are platinum plated
The pen is sold in an exclusive wooden case and is accompanied by a beautifully designed booklet and a limited edition certificate