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. These exclusive, limited edition writing instruments are elaborately highlighted by elegant materials such as jade, mammoth ivory or amber...


Natures Luxury - Pen of the Year Editions 2003 - 2012

The 10 limited edition pens are unique pieces of art. Each edition is inspired and elaborately highlighted by rare, unique and elegant materials found in nature. The pens are individually numbered on the twist knob of the plunger mechanism, found under the removable end cap. The fountain pens contain an 18-carat gold bi-color magnum nib - in sizes fine, medium or broad. Each pen is contained in an exclusive wooden case with certificate of authenticity.


2003 Snakewood Pen of the Year

Pen of the Year 2003

The first Pen of the Year is a fountain pen with a barrel made of snakewood, one of the most expensive woods in the world. Fountain Pen - Limited to 1,500 pieces. The 2003 Pen of the Year is no longer available.



2004 Amber Pen of the Year

Pen of the Year 2004

With a barrel made of amber and platinized metal, the 2004 Pen of the Year was manufactured by the masters of the craft: The workshop at Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), who spent 21 years reconstructing the St. Petersburg Amber Room, piece by piece and layer by layer. The master craftsman and head of the workshop, Boris Igdalov, personally took on the task of creating the pen. Fountain Pen - Limited to 2,300 pieces. The 2004 Pen of the Year is no longer available.



2005 Galuchat Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2005

The barrel is made of stingray leather or Galuchat. It uniquely combines properties that are usually mutually exclusive: It has a soft feel, while being remarkably resilient and tear-resistant. Each barrel exhibits an individually distinct pearl mosaic and develops special color nuances. Designed with attention to the smallest detail, the platinum-plated bridge represents a masterpiece in craftsmanship. Fountain Pen, Anthracite/Olive - Limited to 2,000 pieces. The 2005 Pen of the Year is no longer available.



2006 Mammoth Ivory Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2006

The barrel is made of mammoth ivory, set into an ebony framework to form an elaborate inlay. In order to obtain top-quality mammoth ivory it is necessary to make adventurous expeditions to northern Siberia. There, on the coast of the Arctic ocean, the permafrost has preserved fossil ivory of immaculate beauty. Fountain Pen - Limited to 2,000 pieces. The 2006 Pen of the Year is no longer available.



2007 Pertrified Wood Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2007

The barrel is made of petrified wood, over 200 million years old. The platinized frame encases each individual stone and shows off its unmistakable brilliance. Thanks to the virtuoso precision cut, not the slightest unevenness can be detected at the transitions between the metal and the stones. The little plate at the end cap of the barrel is the corning glory of this masterpiece, with an artistic gemstone cut. The coloring gives each fountain pen its individual character. Fountain Pen - Limited to 2,000 pieces. The 2007 Pen of the Year is no longer available.



2008 Indian Satinwood Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2008

The barrel is made of carefully selected Indian satinwood. This costly wood also graces the paneling and some choice pieces of furniture in Countess Ottilie's suite in the Faber-Castell castle. The drawing-room decor was beautifully designed around 1900 by Bruno Paul: artist, designer, and architect in one. No Fewer than 84 rectangles have to be individually hand-made for the filigree herringbone pattern of the satinwood fountain pen. No two segments are identical: each can be fitted at just a single position on the barrel and matched to its neighbors to produce precisely even joins. The world's smallest parquet, on the surface of a pen, is a work of perfection. The masterpiece is crowned by a chessboard-faceted citrine gemstone set in the platinum-plated cap. Fountain Pen - Limited to 2,000 pieces. The 2008 Pen of the Year is no longer available.



2009 Horsehair Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2009

The barrel is made from the extraordinary and almost forgotten material horsehair, masterfully and individually woven by Dorit Berger - Germany's only remaining hand weaver. A special production with the hairs from your own horse was possible upon request. Fountain Pen - Limited to 1,500 pieces. The 2009 Pen of the Year is no longer available.



2010 Walnut Wood Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2010

Inspired by valuable historic hunting rifles, this pen combines the craftsman's secret art of case hardening, engravings and gold inlays with beautiful Caucasian walnut wood. The wood possesses a beautiful figuring, with fine but marked patters. Platinum-plated metal parts and 18-carat bicolor gold nib, carefully "run in" by hand, round off this numbered edition. Fountain Pen - Limited to 1,500 pieces. The 2010 Pen of the Year is no longer available.



2011 Jade Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2011

The 2011 Pen of the Year uses Russian jade, a precious stone with a history going back several thousand years. In its highest quality it is more costly even than diamonds. Jade was formerly reserved for emperors, kings and high-ranking nobles and was revered in the Far East as the "Stone of Heaven". Jade is found in Siberia, but the exact location has always been one of the dealers' best-kept secrets. Even today the hunt for jade is something of an adventure. Numerous processing steps are required before a piece of jade can be inserted. From the first slice of the raw stone to the final polish, the craftsman must recognize its unique nuances and bring out jade's natural gleam. Only very experienced jewelers can achieve that. Fountain Pen - Limited to 1,761 pieces in honor of the 250th 

Faber-Castell Anniversary. The 2011 Pen of the Year is no longer available.



2012 Oak Wood Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2012

The tenth Pen of the Year features a combination of two contrasting materials: the deep structure of ancient wetland oak wood, whose beauty has been naturally wrought over thousands of years, together with gold, which lends a supernatual sheen to the most beautiful works of art created by mankind. Fountain Pen - Limited to 1,500 pieces. The 2012 Pen of the Year is no longer available.


Collector's Case

Store and proudly display all 10 beautiful works of art in our Collector's Case.


*Pillars of History details are under construction.


Pillars of History - The New Pen of the Year Editions 2014 - ...

Faber-Castell did not offer a Pen of the Year in 2013. Beginning in 2014 Faber-Castell introduced the Pillars of History Limited Editions. The exclusive writing instruments elaborately showcase fine materials. These elegant productions are inspired by the historic works of major designers and personalities. The new Pen of the Year editions focus on these "pillars of history" and the fascination that they engender to this day.


2014 Catherine Palace Pen of the Year


Pen of the year 2014

Fountain Pen, Platinum-Plated - Limited to 1,000 pieces.

Rollerball Pen, Platinum-Plated - Limited to 300 pieces.

Fountain Pen, Special Edition 24ct Gold-Plated - Limited to 150 pieces.

Rollerball Pen, Special Edition 24ct Gold-Plated - Limited to 30 pieces.



2015 Sanssouci Potsdam Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2015

Includes a certificate personally signed by Herbert Stephan attesting the authenticity of the natural stones.

Fountain Pen, Platinum-Plated - Limited to 

Fountain Pen, Special Edition 24ct Gold-Plated - Limited to 150 pieces.

Rollerball Pen, Special Edition 24ct Gold-Plated - Limited to 30 pieces.



2016 Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna Pen of the Year


Pen of the Year 2016

Fountain Pen, Platinum-Plated - Limited to 500 pieces.

Rollerball Pen, Platinum-Plated - Limited to 150 pieces.

Fountain Pen, Special Edition 24ct Gold-Plated - Limited to 120 pieces.

Rollerball Pen, Special Edition 24ct Gold-Plated - Limited to 50 pieces.

Includes a certificate personally signed by the artist Tomizo Saratani attesting to the painting with 24-carat gold.



2017 Vikings Pen of the Year


Pen of the year 2017

Fountain Pen - Limited to 500 pieces.

Rollerball Pen - Limited to 150 pieces.

Rollerball Pen, PVD Coating Smoked Oak - Limited to 70 pieces.


Each writing instrument is individually numbered and comes in a highly polished, deep black wooden case, which can also be used as a collector's case because a second insert has room for an additional six writing instruments, holding a total of 7 pens.