Monday, January 13, 2014

Amber: Graf von Faber Castell's Pen of the Year 2004

Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2004

While for a lot of people Faber-Castell seems to be the German pen maker no one ever really thinks of I've been impressed by their Pen of the Year series for a long time. Only a few of them I really like and one of them has taken my breath away: the 2004 version done in amber.

There are six amber rings, cut and fitted by hand and set off with platinum plated rings, cap and end cap.

Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2004

There's really not that much more to say about the pen so I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

The amber is deep and rich, like solid sunlight and honey. It is milky white in places and clear gold in others.

Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2004

Beautiful to the touch, too.

I know it's just a pen - but it's a beautiful one. I believe I already wrote about how I used to collect minerals. Now strictly speaking amber isn't a mineral but I still did have a few pieces, some with enclosed insects (is this the appropriate phrasing? I couldn't find a proper translation). I've always been fascinated by it. Later when I started to discover incense and fragrances I sometimes used to heat a pin over a candle flame and touch it to my piece of amber so it would issue a unique and aromatic scent.

Of course it's inked and currently filled with Stipula Verde Muschiato. Somehow the murky, muddy green fits the glossy platinum and cheerful amber perfectly. It's fitted with a beautiful, slightly stubbish and perfectly behaving broad nib.
It's a heavy pen: 73 g capped but manageable 40 g uncapped.

Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2004

By the way: Many thanks to Fountain Pen Geeks for recommending my blog as a sunday read and to all others who have been linking and commenting. That was a really nice belated Christmas gift! :)


  1. As always.. thank you for the gorgeous pictures. I love pieces of amber - sunlight and honey.. excellent description!

  2. Hi, I really enjoy reading your blog. Can you tell me how the pen writes? In particular I was wondering about the weight of the pen, is it comfortable to use?

    1. Hi Mark, I have found all PoY nibs to be very reliable and smooth, moderately wet writers. (Also GvFC offers excellent customer service especially for their PoY line) The B nibs are slightly stubbish. Tipping sizes are comparable to Montblanc. They are heavy pens but not overly so - comparable to other models with a full metal body. I will weigh mine tomorrow and edit the blog post accordingly!