Graf von Faber-Castell’s Pen of the Year 2017 tells the story of people who have had a very strong influence on our history: the Vikings.
Admired as daring masters of wind and wave, feared as ruthless invaders and valued as merchants, the Vikings set up a trading network that span across continents. The revolutionary construction of the Viking longboats, the mystic force of the runes and the curly birch as one of the characteristic trees of the Nordic world inspired Graf von Faber-Castell in designing the Pen of the Year 2017.
The platinum-plated barrel is reminiscent of the elegant curves of those renowned boats; finished with masterly craftsmanship in the spirit of the epoch-making skill of the Vikings. With great precision, slivers of ‘curly’ birch are integrated. A special process has made it possible to cut such thin pieces from this wood, which is very delicate on account of its attractive patterning. That takes a degree of skill otherwise found only in the cutting and polishing of gemstones.
The name Graf von Faber Castell was applied on the end piece in rune writing! Each pen is a unique work of art and is individually numbered: the platinum-plated fountain pen is a limited edition of 500 and costs € 3200
There’s also a version with a tough anthracite-coloured PVD coating which has a particularly masculine appeal. Matt-grey smoked oak – the preferred wood for building the Viking ships – stands in exciting contrast to the gleaming metal parts of fountain pen and roller-ball pen, which change their appearance with every movement. A grey shimmering smoky quartz adorns the cap of all writing implements of this edition.
Both editions come with an 18-carat gold nib that is run in by hand. An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen.
Each of these writing implements is presented in a brightly polished black wooden case.