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The Samurai pen of the year 2019 by Graf von Faber-Castell

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The Graf von Faber-Castell collection has carved out a special position for itself with connoisseurs of fine writing culture due to its meticulous craftsmanship and carefully chosen materials. The high point of the collection has been the sumptuous Pen of the Year edition since 2003.

The exclusive writing instruments are limited editions, elaborately showcasing fine materials. These elegant productions are inspired by the historic works of major designers and personalities. The new Pen of the Year edition focuses on these “pillars of history” and the fascination that they engender to this very day.

The Samurai pen of the year 2019 by Graf von Faber-Castell
Photo: Courtesy of Graf von Faber-Castell

The Pen of the Year 2019 is inspired by the Japanese samurai (bushi) and their matchless martial arts skills, their swords made from the most precious materials and their silently gliding movements, the aesthetics of which are so similar to the writing process.

From the late 12th century, the warrior caste became political leaders and reigned over the land and people in Japan until the abolition of feudalism.

In 1867, their era came to an end when the emperor banned the wearing of the traditional clothing. Although the samurai had been stripped of all privileges, the myth surrounding the brave swordsmen, who were even more powerful than the emperor at times, remains to this day.