The Faber-Castell 2012 Pen of the Year Diamond Edition takes the Pen of the Year to another level. Earlier this year we showed off the Faber-Castell 2012 Pen of the Year and it was a pretty extravagant $4700 fountain pen. Well, it doesn’t have anything on the Diamond Edition.
Pieces of ancient wetland oak wood, each with an extremely beautiful grain served as a model for the ten plunger-action fountain pens of the “Pen of the Year 2012 Diamond Edition”, which commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Pen of the Year Collection. The structure of each piece of wood was captured in an elaborate procedure, and then cast in solid 18 carat (750) gold. The standard 2012 PotY used wetland oak as the barrel material with gold leaf laid over it. There’s no doubt the Diamond Edition will be a heavy pen.
Two reddish-brown Madeira Citrines from Brazil, very rarely found in nature and named after the color of Madeira wine, shine at the cap and the end of the barrel with their unusual spirit cut. Perfectly hand-set brilliant cut diamonds crown the citrine, making the fountain pen a masterpiece of nature and craftsmanship! The pen is encrusted with a total of 60 gems – 58 of which are diamonds – with a total weight of 4.6 carats. The pen cap and end cap and all other metal parts are 24 carat gold plated, while the 18 carat bi-color gold nib has been run in by hand to ensure smooth and even ink flow. The jeweled fountain pen is presented in a deep black, high gloss lacquered box made of beech wood and includes a certificate on the weight, carat and numbering signed by Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell.
This ‘masterpiece of nature and craftsmanship’ sells for £60,000. You can read a little bit more about it here.