This listing is for one unique athame/letter opener, hand crafted from Irish bog oak, then oiled to bring out the natural blackness of the ancient woods colour. They are 7.5 inches long, made from bog oak taken from the midlands of Ireland. The wood is thousands of years old, and in purchasing this beautiful letter opener, you will have your very own piece of Irish history. Bog oak is a rare timber which is excavated from deep underground, usually as a by-product of turf cutting, or when bogland is drained for agricultural use. The wood varies in age, usually ranging between 2,000 and 6,000 years old. The wood has been preserved due to the unique conditions of the Turf bogs, which waterlog the wood and keep it free from oxygen and sunlight which would cause it to decay. The chemistry of the Bog also reacts with the wood and transforms it’s colour, usually jet black, but occasionally a very dark brown.
Hand made and unique
Made from 3000-8000 year old Irish bog oak
Made in Ireland
Oiled to bring out the natural blackness of the wood