The "La Première" collection is a large size pen, with a clean and simple shape, made in solid wood with inlay of contrasting wood rings in the bottom of the barrel.
The version made in Bois de Rose (rose's wood) features warm brown colors, with shaded darker veins. The Bois de Rose actually comes from tropical plants, and its name is due to its strong scent of roses, that persists over time, even many years after processing. It's a very hard wood, used in the manufacture of fine furniture and musical instruments. It was widely used by Italian, French, and English inlayers and cabinet-makers throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
The version made in Bois de Violette is darker, reddish-purple brown with black streaks. The Bois de Violette grows in few parts of Brazil and is a precious wood with a compact structure, used for making violins and other string instruments as well as harmonicas. It was widely used by French artisans in the 18th century in the construction of furniture, decorative elements, and inlays.
The version in Ebonyo is fully black, with hardly visible veins. Ebony is a compact hardwood that comes from different species of trees; the most sought-after quality, due to its black colour and very fine grain, is found in India.
The inlaid rings are made in maple wood and ebony in the Bois de Rose and Bois de Violette models; or in maple wood and Bois de Rose for the ebony model.
Clip, rings and all the trims are made in gold plated brass alloy and are also produced in-house by D-Parmy. The assembly of the components is exclusively manual.
The fountain pen features a 18 Kt gold nib, personalized with D-Parmy logo, available only as M.
The filling system is cartridge/converter.
The pen measures approx mm. 140, closed, with a diameter of approx mm. 13,5.
Being completely hand made, sizes may vary a little, as well as the wood's veins, that, variously marked in shape and colour, are harmonious signs of aging and offer a pleasure that is palpable as well as visual and olfactory.
Each pen is unique and different from all the others.
A thin clear finish protects the pen so that it remains unaltered over time.
However, wood is a living material; it doesn't require special cares, but you'd better avoid prolonged exposure to heat or immersion in water.