People sometimes ask how durable the finish is on my pens, and there are many views in the penmaking world on the best pen finish. But I’ll share the following:
I inadvertently washed one of my wood pens and not only did it work just fine afterwords, but the finish still looked pretty good. Just a quick wax coating restored a shine, which is what I recommend anyhow once a pen loses its luster–if that’s the look you prefer. Many people, however, prefer the warm, natural look of a pen that’s absorbed hand oils. Either way, my pens are more likely to be lost or stolen by an envious colleague than to wear out! They can even take a washing (not recommended) and keep on writing!