I’ve been blessed to have visited many – if not most – of the significant pen manufacturing companies around the planet. Faber-Castell is, sadly, not one of them. However, on account of my examination with the end goal of this article, the Stein, Germany base camp is making its path directly to my pail rundown of spots to see whenever I’m in Germany.
Billed as the “Faber-Castell Experience,” the brand’s generally new visit opportunity – which includes the Faber-Castell archaic mansion, the manufactory, and the Old Lead Factory Museum and then some – is open to people in general on varying days consistently. Furthermore, it guarantees an insightful and to some degree individual look at the abilities and esthetics of this family company, which traces all the way back to 1761.
Known for a wide arrangement of writing instruments, including pencils and drawing and coloring instruments, Faber-Castell is additionally a significant part in the creation of wood-cased pencils for the corrective industry, which for some girlie reason I find fascinating.
Pen of the Year
The Graf von Faber-Castell assortment – or “Graf” as it’s known to pen buffs – is the company’s best in class arrangement of pens; it includes premium writing instruments, similar to the as of late delivered Pen of the Year, among others.
This yearly delivery, which made its presentation in 2003, centers around interesting or uncommon materials, or novel minutes in history.
The years 2003 to 2012, for instance, saw pens incorporating everything from horsehair to mammoth ivory. These “Nature’s Luxury” assortments offered approach to ” Pillars of History ,” which this year directs its concentration toward Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna. Specifically, it centers around the relationship between Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina , the remainder of the Hapsburgs, and Francis Stephen of Lorraine, whom she wedded in 1736.
The couple spent summers at Schönbrunn Palace , a 1,441-room home that turned into the social and political focus of the Hapsburg Empire. Furthermore, it is this royal residence that was the inspiration for the 2016 Pen of the Year, specifically its lacquered Chinese boards created at the royal manufactory in Beijing.
The conservator of the Vieux-Laque Room at the royal residence, Silvia Miklin, and Japanese craftsman Tomizo Saratani, who specializes in the specialty of Maki-e , were locked in to help with developing the theme for the pen, which is accessible in both a gold-plated and a platinum-plated version.
The platinum-plated fountain pen and rollerball are limited to 500 and 150 pieces separately, while the gold-plated edition is limited to 120 fountain pens and 50 rollerball pens.
This gold-plated special limited edition highlights three boards on the barrel that are painted dark, then cleaned a few times by hand before a craftsman draws the Chinese screen-inspired plan, which is then sprinkled while still wet with 24-karat gold powder in the Maki-e tradition.
The gold-plated cap has a container weave-style engraving and is delegated with a faceted onyx that is ground and cleaned by hand. The special limited edition comes in a wooden box with space for six extra writing instruments.
For more information, kindly visit http://www.graf-von-faber-castell.com/pen-of-the-year-2016 .
Editions: special edition fountain pen and rollerball
Cap and barrel: gold plate with improved Maki-e boards on the barrel
Nib: 18-karat bi-shading gold
Limit: 120 fountain pens and 50 rollerball pens