The handle of this Letter Opener was made from a discarded hardwood weatherboard. Weatherboards are a very basic, simple form of building material and in keeping with it's heritage, the timber hasn't been overworked to a fine glossy finish but rather left so that it still feels like wood. This is a wooden product proud to be wood and hasn't been made to try and look smooth and perfect like plastic. It's been sanded smooth and finished with a light coating of Renaissance wax and can be maintained in perfect condition with any quality wax furniture polish. The blade is made of gold plated steel with a blade grip to reinforce the blade and keep it firm and stiff.
Please note that each letter opener is slightly different and the picture is indicative. Each one is hand made and they do not have the uniformity and 'perfection' of a mass produced product.
Weatherboards were usually rough cut in widths of 20-30cms tapering from about 20mm to 6mm. They were laid overlapping vertically and nailed directly to the timber frame of the house. Weatherboards began to fall out of favour in the 1950s, replaced by the more precision cut, interlocking timber chamferboards.
This particular weatherboard looks very old with many layers of paint and had weathered to a dull grey where the paint had peeled off. The weatherboard was was first cut into lengths 150mm wide. These 150mm wide lengths were then cut into pieces 150mm long x 18mm square, centre drilled, reinforced with brass tubes, cut to fit the letter opener, then turned on the lathe. The first cut revealed a dark reddish brown timber colour which sanded to a close grained, fairly smooth finish. It's difficult to say what kind of timber this is but it looks very much like Red Gum.
Matching fountain pens, rollerball pens and ballpoint pens are also available.
Specifications Letter Opener:
Handgrip Material: Recycled Weatherboard with brass inner tube.
Handgrip Colour: Reddish brown woodgrain.
Blade Material: Steel with gold plating.
Blade Colour: Gold plating
Trim Material: Gold plated brass and steel
Handgrip Diameter: 10 - 12mm
Overall Length: 150mm
Blade Length: 92mm
Blade Width: 7 - 11mm
Handgrip Length: 58mm
Total Weight: 22g
Blackstone Recycled Weatherboard Letter Opener
- Brand: Blackstone Australia - Pens and Ink
- Product Code: BLEURWBGOLO
- Availability: In Stock