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Graf Von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2022


Graf von Faber-Castell introduced its first pen of the year in 2003, and an incredible cascade of annual limited editions followed. Each tells a different story, but always focused on human development.

Last year’s pen refers to the Middle Ages and recalls the daring feats and epic battles of that era. The pen of the year 2021 has a matte cap, the anthracite gray surface of which resembles chain mail. Its barrel is made of Damascus steel with sword blade details, and the end cap is reminiscent of loopholes. The Moline cross adorns the crown of the cap.

Pen of the year 2022

This year’s Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year is inspired by the culture, aesthetics and religious rites of the Aztec Empire, which was based on an alliance of three city-states, created in 1428, in present-day Mexico. Impressive artwork, a modern political system, and a captivating creation myth are just a few of the things the Aztecs are known for, and the pen hits the spot in an artistic way.

The metal body has a charcoal gray DLC coating with a skull motif reminiscent of Mexico City’s pyramid-shaped Templo Mayor. The Aztecs offered human sacrifices to their gods to ensure the sun would rise for another day at the Templo, and its wall of skulls is remembered here.

The gripping section of the writing instrument is made of obsidian, a volcanic rock used to make arrowheads and swords, which, although fragile, could be made razor sharp. In addition to its usefulness, it also had spiritual significance for the Aztecs and served as protection against evil spirits. It also appears frequently in the form of beads, figurines and vases.

Turquoise discs adorning the pen tips add a welcome pop of color. Turquoise was honored by the Aztecs as one of their most precious treasures, and the relief carved into the stone on the pen depicts an eagle, a sacred symbol. The Aztecs considered turquoise to be an embodiment of fire and they encrusted it in mosaic objects such as masks, knives and shields.

The pen cap is loosely based on the shape of a cactus in reference to an ancient prophecy that the Aztecs would know where to build their city once they saw an eagle on a cactus eating a snake. They eventually settled around 1320 in what is now Mexico City.

The plunger-filled fountain pen has a ruthenium-coated 18k gold magnum nib, which blends well with the gray body of the pen. It comes in slim, medium, wide and double wide sizes. And there are only 375 numbered fountain pens available and 125 numbered rollerball pens, each presented in a polished wooden case that includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Count Charles von Faber-Castell. He is part of the ninth generation at the head of this family business.