Handcrafted From the Gutta Perchia Tree. A reliable pen to write with.
Gutta-perchia is native to Southeast Asia and northern Australasia, from Taiwan south to the Malay Peninsula and east to the Solomon Islands. The same term is used to refer to a rigid natural latex produced from the sap of these trees. Chemically, gutta-percha is a polyterpene, a polymer of isoprene, or polyisoprene,.The structure of polyisoprene is the common latex elastomer. While latex rubbers are amorphous in molecular structure, gutta-percha (the trans structure) crystallizes, leading to a more rigid material.
Heavy use of gutta-percha during the second half of the nineteenth century, particularly as insulation for underwater telegraph cables, led to unsustainable harvesting and a collapse of the supply.
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