This is bog oak letter opener handcrafted in my UK workshops using traditional wood turning tools and techniques. The wooden paper knife has a high quality chrome plated trim with an overall length of 145mm and weighing 23 g.
This Norfolk fenland bog oak is carbon dated at 5,000 years old, with colours ranging from dark brown to pitch black this is a lot harder and more dense than ordinary oak. Bog wood ( or morta ) is wood that falls into peat bogs which is then preserved over thousands of years with no air to decay the wood.
The wood is mounted on my lathe and hand turned to round and shaped. Once shaped it is sanded through to 400 grit and then up to 8 coatings of cyanoacrylate (superglue) are applied this is then polished to 12000 grit using micro mesh for a super hard and durable high gloss finish. The wood needs to be sealed, a wax or oil finish is not durable enough to protect the wood over time from the natural oils and stains it will surely pick up from your hands.
These wooden letter openers are hand crafted to compliment our fountain and rollerball pens for unique pen sets or corporate, 5th anniversary, father's day, christmas gift ideas.