Cumberland Amboyna Burl

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Cumberland Rollerball Pen

Amboyna Burl, titanium gold trim

Refill: Schmidt Rollerball

Length - 5.5", Max diameter - 0.64", Diameter 1" above tip - 0.40", Weight - 1.6 ounces


I crafted this relatively large pen using beautiful Amboyna burl, which comes from the Paduak tree (Pterocarpus indicus, also called a Narra tree) found in Southeast Asia. Although this tree is common, the burl is rare and striking in its appearance . It was named after the area in which the burl was first described, Ambon Island (currently Maluku, Indonesia). This wood was horded by Chinese Emperors and commoners could not use it. When cut, Amboyna burl gives off a strong, spicy scent that is relatively pleasing. This wood is used in veneers, luxury automobiles, and woodworking and woodturning. I protected the Amboyna with many coats of cyanoacrylate that have been polished to a high shine. Black resin and titanium gold trim complete the pen as a showpiece.

This pen uses a common Schmidt-style rollerball refill that can be accessed by unscrewing the nib. Although the cap screws onto the nib end of the pen for a secure fit, it is postable onto the opposite end of the barrel by friction fit if desired when using the pen.