David Oscarson Black Water Snake

David Oscarson Black Water Snake

The Black Water Snake is the twentieth in the David Oscarson™ series of Limited Edition Writing Instruments. Produced in three primary color variations, each will be limited to production of 88 pieces (including Fountain Pen and Roller Ball styles).

Dating back to 3000 BC, the Chinese Snake represents rebirth; it rides on the glory of the Dragon and can bring great achievements and success. The Snake is associated with beauty and wisdom, esoteric knowledge and spiritual discovery; it is subtle yet refined, subdued yet shrewd, calculating but full of grace, reserved yet powerfully sensual. The Chinese Snake represents turmoil and transformation as well as opportunity and enthusiasm; Chinese mythology holds that a half-human snake was the father of the Chinese emperors.

The Year of the Snake takes place every 12 years and according to the Chinese calendar, 2013 is a strong Water year. Since the color of Water in the Chinese Astrology Five Elements System (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) is related to Black, 2013 is a Black Snake, Water Snake, or more precisely a Black Water Snake year. And, while the Snake’s fixed Element is Fire, Water is the element that guides a Snake to greatness.

The Black Water Snake Collection is a follow-up to the 2012 Black Water Dragon. Crafted from .925 Sterling Silver, this intricate design incorporates multiple levels of diamond-cut Guilloché engraving and a combination of Translucent and Opaque Hard Enamels. Translucent and Opaque Hard Enamels are repeatedly kiln-fired and filed by hand, resulting in the beautiful and enduring finish of this magnificent Collection piece.

The ancient Chinese symbol for Snake is inlaid in Opaque Black Hard Enamel on the top dome of the of the pen cap and the ancient Chinese symbol for Water (which resembles a flowing river) repeats horizontally in high relief around the top of the cap and bottom of the barrel; the modern Chinese symbol for Water appears in Opaque Black Hard Enamel inlaid into the bottom end of the pen barrel.


The Black Water Snake will be produced in three primary color variations:
Translucent Grey and Opaque Black
Translucent Azure Blue and Opaque Black

Translucent Moss Black and Opaque Black in Gold Vermeil

Product Details

Name Black Water Snake
Department Home & Lifestyle
Type Pen

The Brand

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David Oscarson

David Oscarson has been creating luxury fountain pens since 2000 when he launched his eponymous brand with the limited edition Henrik Wigstrom Trophy pen collection. Since then, he has created numerous limited edition pen collections — four of which have been the recipients of the Robb Report’s annual Best of the Best award, and the prestigious Readers’ Choice Award for the Jacques deMolay collection — each one a personal tribute to the art of writing.

“The biggest challenge today is helping people remember what a signature means: that it is an extension of one’s self,” says Oscarson. “Much is electronic today, including communication, but I always prefer talking on the phone to texting, and visiting in person to the telephone – old-fashioned, maybe, but much richer, and in my mind, much more rewarding.”

He takes this same mindful approach to the production of his pens. The use of hand-rendered guilloche and enamel, traditional art forms also seen in watchmaking, are emblematic of the brand, and Oscarson takes great care in keeping their quality pure. For example, he makes it eminently clear that the metal parts of his pens are guilloche, as opposed to stamped, since the resulting pattern reflects light ...