Graf Von Faber-Castell 2009 Pen Of The Year Fountain Pen
The Graf von Faber-Castell Pen-of-the-Year is distinguished by painstaking craftsmanship and a unique combination of precious metals and valuable materials such as mammoth ivory, amber, or East Indies satinwood. Each limited edition is produced only through the end of its year. For 2009, Faber-Castell has chosen masterfully woven, genuine horsehair, a material used today for extravagant furnishings and luxurious fashion accessories. Few creatures have inspired man’s imagination as vividly as the horse: Stone Age cave paintings preserve it in lively color. Deities are depicted on horseback, some even appear in equine form. The unity of horse and rider at the gallop brings about euphoric feelings – then as now. At the end of the 18th century, the wondrous mane and tail of the horse became a coveted material for chair coverings, first woven by hand, then mechanically loomed. Today, the fascinating options offered by horsehair are achieved only by artisans who have mastered the traditional art of weaving by hand. There is one such expert in Germany: Dorit Berger, and her task is not easy. To create the filigree pattern of the Pen of the Year, the hairs are carefully selected for color and uniform thickness. Roughly 175 hairs
are individually interwoven for each inch of fabric. Hair by hair, a weave develops with changing texture, light and dark, that contrasts beautifully with the cool platinum-plated metal parts of the pen. The fountain pen features a plunger-filling mechanism and the Graf von Faber-Castell bi-color, 18K gold nib that is smooth and responsive. The 2009 Pen of the Year comes in an exclusive wood case with a certificate of authenticity bearing the signature of Dorit Berger. On request, a pen can be specially made from the hair of your own horse.