The Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2019 is inspired by the Japanese samurai (bushi) and their matchless martial arts skills, their swords made from the most precious materials and their silently gliding movements, the aesthetics of which are so similar to the writing process.
Always giving it their all with abundant vigour and loyalty is what defines the spirit of the samurai. Designed to fit his body and crafted with extreme precision, the armour (o-yoroi) offered the warrior the greatest possible freedom in handling his weapons. The painted black metal shaft of the Black Edition resembles the beautifully decorated armour made from individual metal plates. Delicate, tapered lines with 24-carat gold plating make the embellishment appear slightly embossed.
“Cultivate both – your spirit and wisdom” is the quote by Miyamoto Musashi on the Black Edition of the Pen of the Year 2019. As a tribute to the noble virtues of the samurai and their art of forgery, the Black Edition writing instruments are made from only the finest of materials. With outstanding craftsmanship, an even, wave-like pattern is lasered onto the endcap of the Black Edition, reminiscent of the smoothness and harmony of water. The Japanese character for samurai is engraved in the tamahagane inlay in the cap. The end cap is adorned with the symbol “tsuba” (hand guard), designed by Miyamoto Musashi. The caps and the handle are finished with an anthracite-grey PVD coating made from titanium, while the 18-carat-gold nib is coated with ruthenium.
The design of the hand-forged handle is reminiscent of the mysterious beauty of the stingray leather the samurai used to cover their swords’ handles.
Each of the unique, numbered pens represents the inner disposition of the samurai to strive for strength, clarity and perfection. The exclusive pens come in a high- gloss black wooden case. A certifi cate signed by Count Charles von Faber-Castell attests to the authenticity of the limited edition. The fountain pen is limited to 330 pieces, the rollerball pen is limited to 100 pieces.
In 1761, Kaspar Faber started to produce pencils in Stein, near Nuremberg. When the fourth generation,Baron Lothar von Faber, took over the company in 1839 he turned the pencil into a true quality product and the world's first branded writing instrument. Over the centuries, he and his descendants created remarkable products. The result is the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection, a range of extraordinary writing instruments and accessories. They embody "Luxury in Simplicity" by combining selected materials, functionality and superb aesthetics.
To ensure this exclusive writing instrument gives you many years of writing pleasure, Graf von Faber-Castell is pleased to offer a complimentary annual service having your Pen of the Year checked, cleaned and maintained through their specialists. You are eligible for this service after registration of your Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year on their web site (www.graf-von-faber-castell.com).