Icthus Pens: Fine Handcrafted Writing Instruments and Other Wood Creations

Ancient Kauri is the world's oldest workable timber   (and each item comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which verifies the carbon dating)  For a picture of Ancient Kauri pen and Certificate,  see the last 2 pictures in the Catelogue section.

The Prehistoric Kauri forests that grew 50,000 years ago are preserved under the surface of the North Island of New Zealand.  Buried under a peat swamp by an unexplained act of nature at the end of the Last Ice Age, the trees have survived the centuries in an underground resting place, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in perfect condition. The trees grew for nearly 2000 years before they were buried.  Some have a girth of more than 40 feet, and a total height of nearly 200 feet.  They are among the largest trees in the world. 

Extraction  of the logs is time consuming, expensive and technically difficult, requiring skilled operators of heavy machinery.  Working in wet conditions, each log must be carefully brought to the surface.  Once removed from the ground, the log is assessed, then milled to yield the best grain and timber qualities.  After the log has been removed, the area is then restored to its original contours with no environmental consequnces.

Despite its long burial, with careful selection, cutting and drying, the wood maintains its beautiful qualities and finished in a rich cognac shade.  When polished, the wood is a deep color with hues, textures and sheens that constantly change under differing shades of light.  It literally glistens as if lit from beneath the surface.

Extensive scientific Radio Carbon dating tests have been done on samples of Ancient Kauri by independent organizations that include the University of New Zealand at Waikato, the University of Sydney, Australia, the New Zealand Institute of Nuclear Science, and Beta Analytic Inc. of Miami, Florida ( the United States leading laboratory for radio cardon dating analysis.  Dating has proven beyond doubt that these Kauri forests grew during the period 30,000 to more than 50,000 years ago.  Scientists are even studying the growth rings of the Ancient Kauri to piece together a look at the environment of our planet before the arrival of modern man.  Some examples to provide insight into the age of this wood include: 16,000 years ago the depressions that will become the Great Lakes were formed, and the region became ice-free approximately 5,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age; the oldest Homo Sapiens were on earth 40,000 years ago; Woolly Mammoths and Saber Toothed Tigers became extinct about 10,000 years ago; the Le Brea Tar Pits were actively gaining specimens 40,000 to 10,000 years ago.

Every finished piece becomes a collectable investment proven to stand the test of time.  It is not known how much Ancient Kauri lies beneath the ground.  Because there is a finite amount of Ancient Kauri available, you will want to take advantage of having teh privilaged opportunity to use and enjoy this distinctive and extremely rare wood.

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