Osage Orange & Mpingo 24-Carat Gold Fountain Pens


Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) is one of my best selling woods, and with good reason.  It starts out as a bright orange color when freshly cut but mellows to a very nice dark orangy-brown with exposure to light and use.  I try to make my pieces from wood that I find and this one is no different.  My brothers and I split this tree for bow staves a few years ago and I now use the smaller pieces for turning on my lathe.


Mechanism: A classic Parker style nib and reservoir.  The finish is 24 carat gold plate with an epoxy coating for a very durable surface that comes with a lifetime guarantee.  This fountain pen has a postable insert, which means that the end can be inserted into the cap while you’re writing to keep it in place.  There is room for an extra ink reservoir inside, so you don’t have to worry about running out, and it comes with a cleaning tool to flush the mechanism for maintenance.

Finish: Sanded to 400 grit, then 00 through 0000 steel wool for an extremely smooth surface.  An oil and wax finish was then applied.

Price: US$78
Item Ref No: OOFP0045
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

A second fountain pen (with similar mechanism) made out of Mpingo (Dalbergia melanoxylon) also known as African Blackwood …



48MFP3 I chose a piece of cut-off Mpingo that had such a variety of colors and grains, it cried out for a nice-looking pen.

Price: US$78
Item Ref No: MFP0048
Status: Sold but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: