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The creation of the Graf von Faber Castell Pen of the Year demands the highest standards of craftsmanship. For the latest edition, they were able to commission the Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactory. it carries on the great tradition on the Idar Oberstein gemstone workshop which dates back to the 15th century and is still of world renown. The manufactory's masters impressively demonstrated their unparalleled skill with this year's Pen of the Year. Its platinum-plated barrel and cap are adorned by four green Silesian serpentines and a Russian smoky quartz - both ground and polished by hand. The Platinum-plated fountain pen is limited to 1,000 units, the rollerball pen to 300 units. Each writing instrument is individually numbered and comes in a highly polished, deep black wooden case. it includes a certificate personally signed by the manufacturer Herbert Stephan attesting to the authenticity of the natural stones. The wooden case can also be used as a collector's case because a second insert has room for an additional size writing instruments.