Stefan Fink selects all woods himself, and he favours those that retain their
own individual character, their own special history.
As a first step,
he cuts the wooden blocks into squares and stores them for one year in a suitable
environment, to see whether it will still warp - after all, wood is a alive and
headstrong, sometimes even stubborn material.
Then, the wooden squares
are turned, pre-drilled and stored on high shelves for drying, a process which
takes another one or two years. Just like champagne bottles, the timber is turned
over up to ten times during this period and works its way up from the bottom to
the top shelf, which offers the warmest environment. Only the best-quality material
can make it through to the top without splitting. Sometimes, up to 90% of the
material does not stand this test.
About eight months after the last
treatment, the wood is fully dried and is then turned by hand into its final shape.
The next step is taking a bath: the wood is put into in a special hard oil bath
for one day until it is completely soaked in the oil. After about seven days of
hardening, the wood is polished. An individually adjusted stainless steel grip
is mounted, and the ink feed is built in. The crowning moment of the manufacturing
process is when the handmade golden nib is added to the final product.
When such a miraculous object, created from a symbiosis of traditional craftsmanship
and state-of-the-art technology, is screwed shut, the grain of the wood of course
runs homogeneously along the full length of the fountain pen - another detail
ensured by Stefan Fink, striving for perfection. And each time you open your fountain
pen again, you will be welcomed by a soft and pleasant "plop".
all, it takes around three years, at least twelve hours of handiwork and 300 different
working steps and movements until we can admire a unique and beautiful "Fink".