“When we started making writing instruments a few years ago, we tried unsuccessfully to use our exotic and storied range of fossil materials, says Matt Conable, CEO of the Oregon-based pen maker William Henry. The result? He continues: “Lot of broken parts, lots of expensive scrap, lots of disappointment. But last year we made a breakthrough, and proudly brought fossil mammoth, walrus and coral to market on exquisite pens. OK, figured that out, good. Next?”
Any connoisseur familiar with William Henry knows that the company is always pushing the envelope in terms of new materials from which to craft its world-renowned knives and pens. And in keeping with the personality of William Henry and its founder, nothing is too far out of the realm of possibility to try, as Conable shares.
“The hardest of all fossil material to work with, petrified dinosaur bone, [is] shown here for the first time. To raise the bar further, we worked with a jeweler to create a beautiful accent band in 18-karat gold and hand-set white diamonds—just a touch of sparkle to finish off this remarkable piece of work,” Conable explains, adding there’s “more like this coming (LOW volume) and more coolness …”
This work in progress is slated to make its debut in May as part of the fine jewelry collection. Its code name? Dino. The 100-million-year-old fossil material comes from an Apatosaurus (once known as Brontosaurus), and it hails from a private collection in Utah.