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Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2009


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#1 encremental

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 09:59

Somewhat overshadowed by the imminent announcement of the Lamy Safari's new colour is the Pen of the Year 2009 from Graf von Faber-Castell. Every year the German company makes its most expensive pen in a different exotic material, and this year is no exception.

To recap; in the past we have had amber, stingray leather, mammoth tusk, petrified wood and last year teensy-weensy tiles of hand made satinwood parquet flooring - so the company has what you might call form in this area. For 2009 though, the guys in the schloss have excelled themselves.

Take a moment to imagine what the world's pen collectors (that's us) might look for when choosing a material to enrobe an exquisite writing instrument and then click the link to see if you were right ....







No, - you weren't right, were you? I'm guessing not even close...... Just weird, or even a bit creepy - what do you think?

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 10:30

"On request, a pen can be specially made from the tail hairs of your own horse."

Holy Hell.

Edited by matthewst1, 01 February 2009 - 10:30.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 11:04

What would be creepier is a pen made of one's own hair. Maybe that's slated for Pen of the Year 2010.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 11:57

The pen that neighs and whinnies. roflmho.gif
OTOH what are the bows for strings made of, not to mention the strings themselves?

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 12:00

OK, I didn't guess that one.

Maybe I'll get it right next year...
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Posted 01 February 2009 - 12:15

Not only was my flabber gasted, but my gob was smacked as well.

Anyway, I know this isn't the point, but that sure doesn't seem very practical. Fragile, scratchy, schmutz-accumulating... *shudder*

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 12:29

QUOTE (Murderface @ Feb 1 2009, 07:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
that sure doesn't seem very practical.

Hold your horses -- and I don't mean to get on a high horse -- but that discussion, is a horse of a different color. OK, I've definitely had too much coffee this morning.
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Posted 01 February 2009 - 13:01

Didn't expect that! I just love the creativity of their Pens of the Year collection.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 13:07

Not your most touchable material. They neglect to mention hair shirts were used for doing penance before they became trendy as chair covers. unsure.gif

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 13:08

Holy Horse Hairs Batman!!!
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Posted 01 February 2009 - 13:29

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 13:51

They're kidding, right? They've got to be kidding. Horse-hair, for a pen that will cost thousands of dollars? When I worked at a halfway-kitschy Native American art gallery (the place sold a roughly even mix of serious art and craftwork, touristy rubbish, and ghastly-awful paintings and prints), we sold some horse-hair key chain fobs made by a local fellow. They sold for $5.00 apiece. And they looked almost exactly like the "luxurious" covering for this pen, but dyed in more eye-catching colors.

Oh, and as for the incredibly difficult and time-consuming nature of weaving horse-hair, by all reports it took him maybe ten minutes to weave together a horse-hair cylinder somewhat longer than what they're wrapping around the pen. rolleyes.gif


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Posted 01 February 2009 - 13:52

QUOTE (Murderface @ Feb 1 2009, 07:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not only was my flabber gasted, but my gob was smacked as well.

Anyway, I know this isn't the point, but that sure doesn't seem very practical. Fragile, scratchy, schmutz-accumulating... *shudder*


Fragile? I don't think so. Scratchy? Is the hair on a violin bow scratchy? Schmutz-accumulating? Now that's a problem. I wonder if you have to curry it every day. Or curry favor of a groom. Do you think it comes with a quirt? Gives the term "posting" a new dimension.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 14:38

I've had a more ghastly flabber, to be honest, but this does seem a little silly. I assume, like horse-hair furniture, you're not allowed to use it unless it's wrapped in horrible clear plastic.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 15:18

QUOTE (Djehuty @ Feb 1 2009, 02:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
... we sold some horse-hair key chain fobs made by a local fellow. They sold for $5.00 apiece. And they looked almost exactly like the "luxurious" covering for this pen, but dyed in more eye-catching colors.

Oh, and as for the incredibly difficult and time-consuming nature of weaving horse-hair, by all reports it took him maybe ten minutes to weave together a horse-hair cylinder somewhat longer than what they're wrapping around the pen. rolleyes.gif


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How darest thou? Thou will be frowned upon by the European nobility in the name of their beloved four legged status symbols. This is a Graf von F-C after all. Get out of the way, common subject!

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And in 2010? The bones of ancient Roman gladiators? blink.gif

Edited by saintsimon, 01 February 2009 - 15:20.


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Posted 01 February 2009 - 15:24

I can think of several adjectives to describe that pen and none of them are flattering.

Since I am not their "target market" I bet they won't care what I think.

And "someone" with more cash than sense will buy them.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 16:24

After getting over the shock of the LE, I looked at the new line they are offering, the Intuition.

Now that is a nice looking pen.
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Posted 01 February 2009 - 16:53

QUOTE (Doug C @ Feb 1 2009, 05:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
After getting over the shock of the LE, I looked at the new line they are offering, the Intuition.

Now that is a nice looking pen.


Thanks for the hint.

This is the new Graf von F-C "Intuition":


Their brand for the lower classes, Faber-Castell, has released the new "Mondoro" line:


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Posted 01 February 2009 - 17:09

Oh, well. It is Faber-Castell's idea of "exotic." Their R&D people must do lunch frequently with Krone's designers.

However, I admit I like the "Intuition" and "Mondoro" designs.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 17:12

Well, I am allergic to horses. So I don´t need to like that pen. phew!
Only the tame birds have a longing.
The wild ones fly.


- Elmer Diktonius, Finnish poet (translation by sarai)






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