Just ahead of the new year, Graf von Faber-Castell rolled out its Pen of the Year entries for 2019.
Each year, the company selects a particular theme or material as the focus for the annual pen design. For 2019, the limited-edition pens for the upcoming year are inspired by the Japanese Samurai warrior, and the mythology, cultural importance, and imagery associated with him.
One of the two Samurai pen designs features a barrel crafted with dark magnolia wood; it is accented with the engraved quote from Miyamoto Musashi, “Today I win against myself of yesterday.” The saying is presented in 24-karat gold-varnished Japanese characters, and additional accents include a ruthenium coated barrel grip with inlays and the character tsuba at the end of the cap.
On the other hand, the Samurai Black Edition features a black PVD-coated metal barrel that suggests Japanese armor. It’s accented with an engraved 24-karate gold-plate pattern and the quote “Cultivate both—your spirit and wisdom.” The instrument is completed with a Tamahagane steel samurai symbol on the pen cap.
Both Pen of the Year 2019 models are available as fountain pen or rollerball options. Only 400 fountain pens and 120 rollerballs of the standard will be available, and priced at $3,900 each. The Samurai Black is available in a limited run of 100 rollerballs for $4,900; 330 fountain pens will be also manufactured, and priced at $5,400.