of the Year 2007
by Graf von Faber-Castell
Limited/special edition fountain
Pen of the Year 2007 by Graf von Faber-Castell
Fossilised/petrified wood and Platinum-plating
Pen of the Year 2007 - an
outstanding limited edition fountain pen from the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection.
2007's release takes us millions of years into the past with a barrel made of
Cut and crafted by expert gem cutters, the fossilised
wood is painstakingly crafted to give the barrel jewel-like qualities.
wood has formed over a period of up to 360 million years by being subjected to
a permanent crystallisation process. During this immense amount of time, the wood
has undergone a unique metamorphosis while being buried in the water, mud and
volcanic ash. Minerals, metals, lime or phosphorous from the mighty sedimentary
layers have dissolved and impregnated the very fibre of the fallen trees. Gradually
they have replaced the wood, while retaining part of its organic structure. In
the presence of silicic acid, petrified wood may transform into a precursor of
semi-precious gems such as chalcedony and agate.
Select stocks of this
fossilised wood are of a very rare dark colour and hard enough to give a top-quality
gemstone finish. Their individual hues vary from shades of light brown through
elegant anthracite grey to a deep black, where the grain is almost invisible.
The stones’ intense but discrete sparkle never ceases to impress.
requires the sensitive touch of an experienced cutter to ensure that the unique
nuances of the stone come to the fore, all the way from the rough cut to the final
Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactury is the natural choice for this demanding
task. It carries on the great tradition of the Idar Oberstein gemstone workshops,
founded in the 15th century and of world renown.
This finished model
is a stunningly beautiful writing implement and piece of jewellery all in one.
The platinised frame encases each and every one of the eight stone sections and
shows off its unmistakable brilliance to best effect. Thanks to the virtuoso precision
cut, not the slightest unevenness can be detected at the transitions between the
metal and the stones. It is fascinating to see and feel such an exciting combination
of two very different materials.
crowning glory of it all is a little plate on the end cap which is also made of
the petrified wood. Facetted with great precision like a diamond and polished
to a gleaming finish, it shows the strength and elegance of this rare material.
On the inside, the masterpiece carries the logo of the Herbert Stephan gemstone
manufactury – the symbol of a diamond with the initials HS. This attests the genuineness
of the fossil material.
The elaborate craftsmanship and the individual
colouring of the fossilised material making up the barrel make each and every
instrument a unique work of art.
Magnum format fountain pen
Its production is limited to one year only.
gold nib which is 'run-in' by hand and available in
medium (M), fine (F) and broad (B) nib widths.
metal clip to ensure that the pen sits firmly in the pocket.
end cap operates the plunger mechanism for filling.
Each one is individually
numbered and comes in a lovely wooden case with a brochure.
Edition Certificate bears the personal signature of Andreas Crummenauer,
the master craftsman of the Herbert Stephan
gemstone manufactury and attests
the quality of the genuine petrified wood and that the pen is of a limited edition.
Available with a medium, fine or broad nib.
production only in the year 2007.
Our price: £1926.13 each (including VAT for UK & EU countries)
ALMOST CERTAINLY NO LONGER AVAILABLE: PLEASE
AVAILABILITY WITH US (none available in the UK at time of writing, end 2009)
Product code: 145040 (M) / 145041 (F) / 145043 (B)