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  1. Today I have received the Graf von Faber Castell Pen of the Year 2014 Special Edition and I wanted to share with you a review of this gorgeous pen. For these that are not familiar with the pen of the year series, Graf von Faber Castell started a pen of the year back in 2003 and it did run the programme until 2012. After a break in 2013 they have re-started the series this year with a new concept that has essentially two limited editions. A "regular" limited edition of 1000 pieces (similar in run with previous pen of the year) and a new special edition pen of the year limited to 150 pieces. You can find more information about the POY 2014 in the official website at http://www.graf-von-faber-castell.com/pen-of-the-year/poty-2014 The POY 2014 is not yet available everyone and it has just started to appear. Apologizes in advance for the photos that are not so great: The box cover is the traditional Graf Von Faber Castell cardboard The real box is in lacquered wood with the GvFC Coat of Arms Inside you can see the pen that is truly gorgeous. Sorry again if the photos do not capture the beauty of the jasper stone: [ attachment=242615:ppIMG_3578.jpg] While I didn't see the regular LE 1000 edition I have been told that the jasper details are different but I am very happy with the unique structure of this one: The size of the pen is similar to previous pen of the years (here you can see the 2012, 2008, 2011 compared to the 2004 ) The box this year doubles as a collection pen holder - under the main tray you can see the pen box. This is an excellent idea and can be very convenient Ready to start writing! The nib is even better than previous pen of the year. I am not sure if this is due of this being the special LE edition but I suspect that extra attention was paid to the special editions. Previous pen of the year were good writers too but not as smooth as this one. Another difference with previous editions is the ink window that is now transparent (and no longer blue/grey) making it very easy o see how much link is left. The true masterpiece seems to be not just the pen but the Nib too. It is a very smooth M as good as the Montblanc if not better Here you can see it compared with a Nakaya and the Pen of the Year 2012 and compared with the Montblanc Ludovico Sforza 888 I think that Graf von Faber Castell is often under-estimated and the regular models (e.g. anello wood fountain pen) are excellent writers too. What do you think about this pen ? How would you rate it, in terms of look, compared with other LE edition from Montblanc and other brands? Thanks! Christian





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