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Brendan Bannon, Bog Oak CraftsmanI present to you the Fermanagh Lakeland Desk Pen which I believe will add prestige to any desk.


The Fermanagh Lakeland Desk Pen is made of the highest quality components and is offered in Bog Oak, one of the most valuable commodities in the work shop. This Elegant pen is made with Titanium accents on brilliant Rhodium finish. The Fountain pen features a top quality two tone nib with Iridium point, (Click here if you would prefer a rollerball version of this pen) . Rhodium is one of the rarest metals on earth and world production is only 3 tonnes a year.

This exquisite wooden pen is an ideal choice for a groomsman or wedding gift and would also be a very well recieved presentation gift.

Together with Ruthenium, Palliadium, Osmium, Iridium and Platinum it forms a group of metals referred to as platinum group metals. Rhodium metal is lustrous and silvery white. It has a high reflectance and is hard and durable, (much like Bog Oak.) hence its use in phonograph needles and electrodes for aircraft spark plugs. It was discovered by W H Wholaston in 1803 in South Africa and as from 2006 it costs approxinamtely 6 times as much as gold by weight. Titanium is also a white metal used its pure form and its unique properties allow it to be coloured. It is sometimes known as the space age metal due to its use in aerospace technology and is extremely hard wearing and light weight, lighter than Platinum. It was discovered in 1791 by William Grega and is found in almost all living things, roots, water, and soils. This coupled with the durability of Rhodium make these two metals the perfect compliment for the steely hardness of hundreds of years old Bog Oak. Finishing off this beautiful pen is a Swarovski Crystal positioned gracefully on the rhodium pen clip.

The Swarovski Crystal is made in Austria using superior crystal cutting techniques which exploit the high refractive properties of the Austrian Lead Crystal to create a brilliant sparkling effect. Just as Bog Oak survives throughs many years, Lead Crystal keepsakes have been known to pass from generation to generation in many families. Like all traditional desk pens it is designed for use with the cap unattached.

An authentic Irish gift

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Bog Oak is a rare timber, which is excavated from deep underground, usually as a by-product of turf cutting, or land drainage. The wood varies in age, usually between 2,000 and 6,000 years old, (the Queens University in Belfast have recorded 4000-bog oak and other ancient oak timbers that spans 7000 yrs). The wood has been preserved due to the unique conditions of the turf bogs, which waterlog the wood and keep it free from sunlight and oxygen, which would cause it to decay. The chemistry of the bog also reacts with the wood and transforms its colour. When the wood is brought to the surface it petrifies becoming a deep black and almost steel hard.

The Bog lands of Ireland and County Fermanagh, (where this Bog Oak originates) are a vast treasure trove for a unique material more ancient than the Pyramids of Egypt that has been naturally preserved for thousands of years. One of the most valuable and scarce commodities that exist in the workshop is Bog oak. This timber is inextricably linked with Irish history and is one of the more majestic woods used in turning.

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