Is Technology Killing the Romance of the Pen?

May 19, 2011 § 2 Comments

We have taken delivery of the new Parker Sonnet Rose Gold fountain pen.  On first sight it is quite stunning with its copper toned, brushed gold finish.  Technically, rose gold is a gold with a higher copper content than traditional 18ct gold.  The finish is the equivalent of a gold plated pen giving it colour and durability without the cost of pure gold.

Parker Sonnet Rose Gold fountain pen is better in the flesh!

Parker Sonnet Rose Gold fountain pen

Looking into the detail of the pen, however, reveals not even ‘gold plating’ but PVD!  I have touched on this technology in my earlier blog ‘has your pen experienced magnetron sputtering’ where I highlighted the delightfully titled magnetron sputtering process.  This is a colourful description of one of the processes used to produce the finish known as PVD or physical vapour deposition. 

In the context of pens, the principle of PVD is similar to traditional electro-plating in that a fine coating of metal is applied to the components surface.  However, PVD is a vaporisation-based system which involves the coating of the pen at an atomic particle level. In principle, the pen component is placed in a vacuum and the mineral to be used for the coating is blasted with a high-energy beam of electrons, vaporising the atoms on the mineral’s surface and firing them onto the component’s surface.  The process is more precise than traditional electro-plating offering a more durable finish capable of retaining finer surface detailing.

Unfortunately, while this technology offers benefits to both manufacturer and customer, the name is rubbish!  PVD, TVP, DDT, PVC.  Can’t somebody come up with something that doesn’t sound like a plastic fly killer and restore at least some of the romance?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_vapor_deposition

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§ 2 Responses to Is Technology Killing the Romance of the Pen?

  • Douglas Wolfe says:

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    >>>…Unfortunately…the name is rubbish! …Can’t somebody come up with something that doesn’t sound like a plastic fly killer and restore at least some of the romance?…>>>>

    What an idiotic complaint. Are you quibbling about the quality of the finish? No…you are taking issue with the name of the coating process used in their factory. How irrelevant can you get?.

    Parker has given their finish a perfectly descriptive and romantic name — Rose Gold. Either you like the way the pen looks or you do not.

    If you dont like it, move on.

    .

  • Love Quotes says:

    Beautiful pen! It has a very clean, elegant look!

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