David Oscarson has created numerous limited edition pen collections for his eponymous brand, founded in 2000. His latest, twenty-seventh limited edition pen collection takes its name from the Japanese word simply meaning “carp”. It includes both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. What are known as koi in English are referred to more specifically as nishikigoi in Japan, literally meaning “brocaded carp”. In Japanese, koi is a homophone for another word that means “affection” or “love”; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan.
The David Oscarson Koi design features three varieties of Koi, several bamboo leaves and a waterlily all in high and low relief (the bamboo motif is also repeated on the gripping section and clip). Multiple circles representing bubbles and flower petals are interspersed in high relief throughout the design and the guilloche background pattern represents koi pond ripples emanating from each of the various elements.
The Japanese character, meaning Koi, appears in high relief on the top of the Cap and Japanese spelling of David Oscarson is engraved on the ring of the cap.
Engineered in Heidelberg, Germany, the 18-karat gold nib is unsurpassed in quality and form. Coupled with an ebonite feeder, each nib is plated with rhodium and tipped with iridium to ensure durability in a wide variety of sizes.
The Koi collection is available as a fountain pen or rollerball, in three color variations, 88 pieces each: Translucent Teal, Ruby Red, Azure and Sapphire Blue. Smaller editions are also available, eight pieces each: Translucent Black and Translucent Purple. Like many of his earlier collections, a diamond studded variation will be available.