Visit German pen maker Faber-Castell to seek out the brand’s Pen of the Year 2012. Made in a limited edition of 1,500 pieces, this exquisite fountain pen is crafted with sections of 1,700-year-old oak, sourced from deep in Germany’s marshes.
These extraordinary pieces of wood have a rough, irregular surface, giving the pen a texture similar to driftwood. The oak has been covered in delicate gold leaf by art restorer and church painting specialist Ernst D Feldmann.
Using a 4,000-year-old technique that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Feldmann applied layers of 24-carat gold to the oak barrel using a fine squirrel-hair brush. Embedded in resin, this reveals a unique pattern of reflections that only the purest gold can display.
Each pen is individually numbered and comes with a certificate, signed personally by Feldmann, attesting to the 24-carat leaf gilding on this fine writing instrument.
Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2012, €3,500
Galeria Kaufhof, Hohe Strasse 41-53, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2230