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For an avid wood lover, Graf von Faber-Castell Limited Edition Petrified Wood Pen of The Year 2007 crystallised fossilized wood in the essence of making this unique pen. Now the admiration for this living material reaches its climax: Subsequent to a costly and time-intensive finishing process which requires a great deal of craftsmanship, the primeval fossil is used in the barrel of this pen. Petrified wood has formed over a period of up to 360 million years by being subject to a permanent crystallisation process during which the wood has undergone a unique metamorphosis while being buried in water and mud with volcanic ash. Minerals, metals, lime or phosphorous from the mighty sedimentary layers have dissolved and gone down into the fallen trees. Gradually they have replaced the wood, while retaining part of its organic structures. In the presence of silicic acid, petrified wood may transform into a precursor of semi-precious gems such as chalcedony and agate. The 18-carat bicoloured gold nib is ˜run in™ by hand and available in the widths F, M und B. The solid metal spring-loaded clip ensures that the pen sits firmly in a breast pocket. The platinum-plated end cap operates the plunger mechanism for filling. The elaborate craftsmanship and the individual colouring of the barrel make each and every ˜Pen of the Year 2007™ a unique work of art. Each ˜Pen of the Year™ edition embraces a magnum format fountain pen and is only manufactured for a period of twelve months. Each pen is individually numbered and comes in a unique wooden case with a brochure as well as a limited edition certificate. This certificate bears the personal signature of Andreas Crummenauer, the master craftsman of the Herbert Stephan gemstone manufacturer and attests both the quality of the genuine petrified wood and that the pen is of a limited edition. Highly recommended for users who like wood, antiques, antiquities in the cast of modernity.