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Few creatures have inspired people™s imagination as much as the Horse. Stone Age cave paintings preserve it in lively colour. Many deities are depicted on horseback, some even in equine form. The winged steed Pegasus brought thunder and lightning to Zeus as insignia of his power, and in reward was immortalized as a constellation in the heavens. The wondrous mane and tail of a horse are not just naturally beautiful but also able to withstand the elements. Towards the end of the 18 th century, horsehair began to enjoy a high status as an elegant material for chair coverings. At first it was woven exclusively by hand, but in 1872 the first mechanical loom for the coveted material was constructed. In order to create the filigree pattern of the Pen of the Year 2009, the hairs first have to be carefully selected by master craftsman Dorit Berger, for colour and uniform thickness. Then roughly 70 hairs are woven individually for each centimetre of fabric. That is extremely time-consuming. Hair by hair, a weave comes about with changing texture, light and dark, that contrasts so excitingly with the cool platinum-plated metal parts of the pen so that each one brings out the finest nuances in its own way. Every horsehair fountain pen is an absolutely unique work of art! Each pen is accompanied with a certificate which bears Dorit Berger™s signature, attesting to the limited edition and certifying the quality and genuineness of the horsehair used. ON REQUEST, A PEN CAN BE SPECIALLY MADE FROM THE TAIL HAIRS OF YOUR OWN HORSE. Highly recommended for horse lovers, one who are born in the year of the horse.
About Graf von Faber Castell
The legacy unveals from the idea of enclosing a thin graphite lead in a wooden casing was several hundred years old; it was not new when the ancestors of Faber Castell founded a pencil factory in 1761. It was only when the great great grandfather of Baron Lothar von Faber, who took over the family firm in 1839, was the first to turn the pencil into a genuity quality product of functionality and the world's First Brand Name writing implement. Standards for the length, diameter and hardness of pencils; standards which apply till today. He was credited for creating a series of fascinating products which continued to set an example of Simplicity and Design. The GrandFather of Count Anton von Faber Castell; Count Alexander zu Castell-Rudenhausen carried on this tradition. The Faber Castell company which takes its name from Count Anton's grandfather's marriage to Lothar von Faber's granddaughter Ottilie, is not only the oldest manufacturer of wood cased pencils, but also the world's best known name in graphite and colour pencils. Graf von Faber Castell 's elegant design continued to reign till today more than 250 years later. With wonderful collections like the Pen of The Year POY and classic quality collections like the pernambuco wood, ebony and its iconic Perfect Pencil still the favourite of many generations to come. Timeless design remains the heart of the company since then and will continue to be so to bring the life Simplicity Is A Luxury Itself; an embodiment of luxury of simplicity, harmonious combination of selected quality materials, aesthetic looks and a high standard of functionalism. Visit Elephant & Coral Singapore to see more of Graf Von Faber Castell's collection