Fountain pen Hardekool


R 390.00
In one's quest to minimize your impact on this beautiful planet you come across many items or practices that was just so much better for the environment way back when. I remember seeing these pens in my dad's study, I vividly recall stuffing one up also (jammer pa!), I suspect is was dry and I forced the point down to hard untill it got damaged. Well, I tried one recently and was surprised at how easy it was to fill and use! I also discovered a whole 'gentlemanny culture' around fountain pens and their use, which I quite like. They look cool, old-school, writes nicely and you can refill them in a number of ways, so they are very good for the environment producing zero disposable plastic, with only the occasional glass jar and some ink needing dispensing (or re-using). These ones are made of Hardekool, a legendary African Hardwood. The wood is dense and very hard, difficult to plane, but drills, sands and turns well. It is termite resistant. It was once used for railway sleepers and is now prized as wood for ornamental work and furniture.
It burns very slowly with intense heat, and is often used for a fire which is intended to burn all night in order to keep wild animals at bay. It is sometimes used in a barbecue to provide a hot, long-lasting flame.
The ashes are used as whitewash for painting walls of kraal huts.
The ashes can also be used as toothpaste when mixed into a paste with water. The Chairman fountain pen is the large one in the first three pics, its cap does not screw onto the backside, it is 13 cm long (capped) and weighs 60 grams. The Junior Gentleman (cap screws on) in the last three photos weighs around 42 grams and is also 13 cm long.

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