Check out those Snakes!

Due to events in China over the past few thousand years, David Oscarson has made another incredibly complex pen. This pen features Snakes, Water, and the color Black. If you’re scratching your head, don’t let on–  there are 1.35 billion people in the world who know exactly what the story is.

From Oscarson’s site:

The Black Water Snake Collection is a follow-up to the 2012 Black Water Dragon. Crafted from .925 Sterling Silver, this intricate design incorporates multiple levels of diamond-cut Guilloché engraving and a combination of Translucent and Opaque Hard Enamels. Translucent and Opaque Hard Enamels are repeatedly kiln-fired and filed by hand, resulting in the beautiful and enduring finish of this magnificent Collection piece.

The ancient Chinese symbol for Snake is inlaid in Opaque Black Hard Enamel on the top dome of the of the pen cap and the ancient Chinese symbol for Water (which resembles a flowing river) repeats horizontally in high relief around the top of the cap and bottom of the barrel; the modern Chinese symbol for Water appears in Opaque Black Hard Enamel inlaid into the bottom end of the pen barrel.

The Black Water Snake will be produced in three primary color variations:
Translucent Grey and Opaque Black ,Translucent Azure Blue and Opaque Black, and Translucent Moss Black and Opaque Black in Gold Vermeil… Each will be limited to production of 88 pieces.

If it sounds like there’s a lot going on there, wait til you have a look:

Oh, Man.

Oh, Man.

Under the hood we’ve got an 18kt nib in Medium and a cartridge/converter filling system- perfect for post-dating your rent check! MSRP on this baby is $5600, dirt cheap compared to a kidney, and with way more snakes!

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  • lessherger

    Can it be posted?

    • Jack Row

      Don’t think you’d want to post a quality solid silver pen. It’d be too top heavy.
      Awesome pen from Mr Oscarson. They’re made in the UK, too!

      • lessherger

        I was joking.

  • Toya M. Gibson on Facebook

    That’s it..I need to add to my list of Business Venures..creating artful pens.

  • Kai S

    I don’t think a lot of Chinese people would know the reference to a snake and black water. Google kindly informs me that it refers to a Chinese fairytale recorded in a book from more than 2000 years ago. I know a few famous stories from that book, but not this one. Apparently, there is also a modern day novel by the same title circulated online. Hardly the stuff of legends.

    Cool pen though.