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The creation of the Graf von Faber Castell Pen of the Year demans 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 of the Idar Oberstein gemstone workshop which dates back to the 15th century and is still of world renown. The manufacture's masters impressively demonstrated their unparalled skill with this year's Pen of the Year. The special edition comnines 24-carat gold plating with green serpentine and rare chrysoprase, Federick's favourite natural stone. Chrysoprase has not been mined for many years and is only available on the antique stone market. The special edition is limited to 150 fountain pens and 30 roller ballpens. Each writing instrument is individually numbered and comes in a highly polished, deep-black wooden case. it includes a certifcate 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 six writing instruments.