Every year, Graf von Faber-Castell produces a limited edition writing instrument collection that honors an important development in history. The 2020 Pen of the Year is inspired by the Greek heroes of Sparta, and their famous king, Leonidas.
For centuries, Sparta was the strongest military power in ancient Greece, thanks to the tough and physically demanding training Spartan men were put through. Spartan society was molded by the military.
Spartan warriors were heavily armed with a breastplate, helmet, shield, and greaves, expensive armor adapted to their body shape. The durability, hold, and aesthetics of the 2020 Pen of the Year embody the characteristics of that armor.
The PVD-coated metal barrel of the "Black Edition" is set with 42 uncut diamonds in seven lines totalling 2.1 carats. The milled decorative details are reminiscent of the ancient patterns found on Spartan protective battle dress. The grip bears anatomical shaping similar to that found on a warrior's breastplate.
The spring-loaded clip is based on the Greek ridge helmet, an essential element of defence made from a single piece of bronze.
The Spartans' large, round shields inspired the lacquered inlay on the end cap. As shorthand for Lacedaemonia—the historical name of the Spartan state—lamda, the eleventh letter of the Greek alphabet, was emblazoned on Spartans' shields.
Limited to 270 numbered pieces, the 2020 Pen of the Year Black Edition sports an 18K gold nib and arrives in a highly polished black wooden case with a certificate of authenticity signed by Count Charles of Faber-Castell.
Nib Material: 18K Gold, Ruthenium Plated
Filling Mechanism: Piston
The Pleasure of Writing is happy to offer free domestic standard shipping for orders over $150. Orders below $150 will be charged the carrier rate calculated at the checkout. Most orders are shipped within 1 business day. Once your order ships, we will e-mail you a tracking number so you may track it at UPS.com or USPS.com. Please note transit times do not include weekends and holidays and deliveries only occur on business days.
We do offer express shipping. Please note express orders will be shipped out within 1 business day. Transit time begins when the order ships and does not include holidays and weekends. Some products are not able to ship express.
For special shipping or delivery requests please write your request in the comment section or contact us by email or phone.
International shipping is available. We offer DHL standard shipping options at the carrier's rate calculated at the checkout. Once your order ships, we will e-mail you a tracking number so you may track it at DHL.com. Please note transit times do not include weekends and holidays and deliveries only occur on business days.
The recipient will be responsible to pay any duties or taxes.
If you need to update your shipping address please email (info@ThePleasureOfWriting.com) or call us at +1 831-626-8828. We will do our best to update the shipping address if your order has not shipped. If your order has already shipped we will not be able to change the shipping address. If the order is returned to us we can re-ship for an additional shipping charge.