DUTCH DESIGNER: REIN VAN DER MAST

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THE WRITE MODE

Dutch designer Rein van der Mast creates 18K solid gold 3D-printed pen

More than just creating state-of-the-art pens, Dutch designer Rein van der Mast of Pjotr is making a statement — the art of beautiful handwriting is not lost. At least not when you’re using his latest creation, the Spica Virginis, an 18K solid gold 3D-printed fountain pen and nib.

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Named after Virgo, one of the brightest stars in the constellation, the pen resembles an ear of grain, reminiscent of ancient drawings wherein the ‘virgin’ holds a bundle of grain ears. The pen features a complex structure called a ‘non-uniform lattice’ that can only be achieved with 3D printing. Also available in 18K white gold, the extraordinary pens are limited edition. According to Van der Mast: “This type of white gold is developed for 3D printing, selective laser melting in particular. It is very white, and more important, it is very hard, eliminating the need for a rhodium coating.”