The Pineider La Grande Bellezza Forged Carbon Fiber Fountain Pen Medium is available for order on-line and in-store at Dromgoole's.
What is traditionally known as carbon fibre is, in actual fact, a fabric of thin fibres held together by a resin. It is lightweight and resistant but has many limitations, especially if it is used for writing implements, such as creating complex curves or different inner and outer profiles. Forged carbon resolves these problems and many others experienced by carbon fibre. How does it do that? In two words: discontinuous fibres.
Forged composite material forgoes weaving, using carefully arranged fibres mixed with resin, which forms in a heated press at high pressure. The resulting compound is strong in every direction without the additional cost or complexity of having to add more than one layer of material the way you need to do with woven carbon fibres. A large part of the work in developing Forged Composite material has involved making sure that the end product is extremely strong. A further aesthetic bonus of casual fibres is that every end product is as unique as a snowflake. This Great Beauty is the first pen ever made in Forged Carbon.
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