This pen is one of my favorites. The piece of redwood burl I used came from California and is very figured. I gave it 8 coats of an acrylic finish, then buffed it to a brilliant shine. The metal components are chrome with gunmetal acrylic accents. The lower chrome band is etched with a weaved design to add an even classier look to a pen that already looks like a million bucks! It is a smooth operating twist style pen which uses the popular Parker style ink cartridge which in this case is a black medium point. All of my pens are handmade and no two are the same. I am sure you will be pleased with this pen and that it will offer many years of dependable writing pleasure. shipping is free anywhere in the U.S. I accept paypal and money orders only. Thank you for looking!