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Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2009


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#21 genls

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 18:27

QUOTE (Glenn-SC @ Feb 1 2009, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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.


Agree completely.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 22:43

I think they may just be trying to curry favour..... rolleyes.gif

Seriously though, that seems just a little too Krone' for my taste.
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Posted 01 February 2009 - 23:49

I like the girth of the FC Pens of the Year. Most of their other pens are too slender for my taste.

And I like the storied themes their craftsmen use - amber turned by the craftsmen reassembling the fabled Amber Room in the Tsarskoye Selo outside of St Petersburg, lemonwood parquet from the Count's Aunt's sitting room, and so on. Great stories.

Is it possible that the horsehair is sealed in acrylic or enamel?

I would think the raw horsehair fibers would break and extrude over time with use.

On the other hand, the raw horsehair would give the pen a tactile texture like no other.

You know, equestrian is kind of a big deal here in the South. We have an equestrian center (covered arena, 4 uncovered arenas, and hundreds of stables) in our neigh-borhood. And the weekend shows are always packed.

Maybe Graf von Faber-Castell is trying to appeal to that market. Their Porsche Design series certainly appealed to the car-guy in me. Whenever I am doing car stuff, I carry their Porsche Design P3110 fountain pen with woven gold and steel bands from the brake hosing of a Porsche 911 Turbo.

How cool would it be to show up at the Atlanta Steeplechase, or the Carolina Cup with a pen made from the mane (not the tail, please) from last year's winner?

Edited by yachtsilverswan, 02 February 2009 - 01:34.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 02:56

You have to give GvF-C an "A" for creativity. I can imagine a couple of guys who had one too many beers in a garage: "Hey, I'll bet if we make it of horse hair, they'll still buy it! (Snort.)"

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 04:01

QUOTE (Russ @ Feb 1 2009, 09:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You have to give GvF-C an "A" for creativity. I can imagine a couple of guys who had one too many beers in a garage: "Hey, I'll bet if we make it of horse hair, they'll still buy it! (Snort.)"


(chuckles) Just a hunch, but I'm betting it's been a while since the Count had one too many beers in a garage.

I'm looking forward to seeing the pen up close at a Pen Show this season.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 06:18

QUOTE (PigRatAndGoat @ Feb 1 2009, 08:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Didn't expect that! I just love the creativity of their Pens of the Year collection.


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Posted 02 February 2009 - 16:01

You would have to have a cedar case made for that pen. Otherwise, the moths would have a banquet.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 17:10

2009 horse hair
2010 horse s--t.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 19:44

QUOTE (Paddler @ Feb 2 2009, 11:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You would have to have a cedar case made for that pen. Otherwise, the moths would have a banquet.

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I wonder if Graf has thought about that already? I know these pens come with nice boxes, so maybe they're one step ahead of you... (I would be optimistic though...)

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 20:24

Maybe describing it as "precious" horse hair would find a market.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 21:10

QUOTE (Peter from Sherwood Park @ Feb 2 2009, 09:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
2009 horse hair
2010 horse s--t.


That was my thought exactly...it's been done with paper, after all (but with elephants).

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 00:46

I don't know -- horsehair is pretty strong. No one (outside of PETA) seems to think using it on a violin bow is especially weird.
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Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:09

QUOTE (Deirdre @ Feb 2 2009, 08:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't know -- horsehair is pretty strong. No one (outside of PETA) seems to think using it on a violin bow is especially weird.


Break a horse hair "string" on your bow and its no big deal.
Break a horse hair "inlay" on your pen barrel and you get an expensive fuzzy pen, that's a big deal.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 18:13

Not to beat a dead horse, but if you follow the link below, you can get a package of horsehair with which to do crafts for $1.50. Right up there with "precious resin".

http://www.spiritcon.../horse-hair.htm



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Posted 03 February 2009 - 19:34

Maybe if I knew the horse. Kind of like a twist on taxidermy.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 19:45

Good luck with this one F-C. (Hope pen lovers don't give you the brush-off.)
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Posted 03 February 2009 - 19:45

Not very appealing to me, this horse haired pen. There are so many beautiful celluloids and resins and woods out there... Why horse hair? Not into these Kronesque relic pens.

I am frankly a bit disappointed at their Pen of the Year collection. It is basically nothing but a big kit pen that they give a new dress every year. I wished they designed a new pen body every year.

They care so much about functionality and sensible design on their lower-end user pens, why not care about this in their luxury line?

Edited by omasfan, 03 February 2009 - 19:46.


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Posted 04 February 2009 - 13:33

Well it's most unusual, isn't it... reminds be of their crazy-expensive wooden pencils.
The Mondoro on the other hand... I like faceted pends like that. I might have a look around for it,
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Posted 04 February 2009 - 21:03

Well, I'm going to try to see this one in a store. I'm not really a GvFC kinda gal, and I haven't seriously been interested in their LEs, but I think this one would be interesting to at least see.
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 23:01

...and it was!

Visited Bittner on Saturday and got a chance to see this pen.

The horsehair has a neat texture to it, and has alternating dark and light horsehair, so it's got some color variation that reinforces the geometric pattern.

I also heard that one can order it as a bespoke using one's own horse's hair.

It's not something I'd get, but personally I wouldn't worry about it based on the materials.
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