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.
The traditional process employed by Japanese forges to make their long swords (katanas) sharp and robust was very complex. The blades were formed from tamahagane steel, while the sword’s sheath and handle were made of untreated magnolia wood. The handle and sheath were covered with prized stingray leather. The production, materials and the look and feel of the Pen of the Year are inspired by these masterpieces. The shaft, made of stained Magnolia wood, is painted, sanded and polished multiple times.
Samurais believe that intuition is just as important as the intellectual learning of the rules so that they can be free of selfishness and wrong intentions. In line with this tenet, the dark-stained barrel made of magnolia wood features a quote engraved in 24-carat-gold varnish by Miyamoto Musashi, “Today I win against myself of yesterday”. A metal plate, engraved with the gold plated (24 carat gold) Japanese character for samurai, adorns the cap. The end cap is also engraved with the symbol created by Musashi for the word “tsuba”, or hand guard, the device that protects the hand when holding the weapon. The two caps, the handle and the 18-carat-gold nib of the fountain pen, available are coated in 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 400 pieces, the rollerball pen is limited to 120 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).