Fountain pen Wild olive wood
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). This model is made from the wood of the Wild Olive, found all over SA, it is a protected species in some of our provinces, some of its uses are traditional remedies that serve as eye lotions and tonics, to lower blood pressure, improve kidney function and deal with sore throats. The early Cape settlers used the fruits to treat diarrhea. Quite befittingly, one of its many uses is to produce ink from the berries! Please note actual appearance may differ from photos on account as each pen is hand made with wood delivering an abundance of colors and patterns. 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.