One of the many interesting limited editions that I look forward to seeing is the Pen Of The Year by Graf von Faber-Castell. This year’s is definitely exciting. The Graf von Faber-Castell Pen Of The Year 2022 The Aztecs is inspired by the culture, aesthetics and religious rites of the Aztecs. Their mighty empire was based on the Aztec alliance of three city states, created in 1428 in what is now Mexico. It produced impressive works of art, a modern political system and a creation myth full of legends that still fascinates people to this day.
First of all, the metal barrel of the Graf von Faber-Castell Pen Of The Year 2022 The Aztecs, with its anthracite grey Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating, showcases a skull pattern reminiscent of the walls made of rows of skulls in the Templo Mayor – a place where the Aztecs offered up human sacrifices to their gods in order to ensure the sun still rose.
Secondly, the writing instrument’s grip is made of dark, smooth obsidian. This volcanic rock, which was used to make arrowheads and swords, also had a spiritual meaning for the Aztecs and was used as protection against evil spirits.
Importantly, turquoise adorns the end caps of the Pen of the Year – a gemstone honored by the Aztecs as one of their most valuable treasures. The engraved relief in the stone depicts the eagle, or possibly the feather-clad g-d of the underworld, and embodies the power and aesthetics associated with it.
The grooved cap, reminiscent of the shape of the cactus, also resurrects the spirit of the Aztecs: according to the prophecy, the Aztecs were to find their new home in the place where an eagle sitting on a cactus was eating a snake. Thus, the cap is evocative of the place where the people settled around 1320 in accordance with the prophecy: what is now Mexico City.
The 18 carat magnum gold nib of the fountain pen, coated with ruthenium and run in by hand, promises a unique writing experience.
This year’s Pen of the Year exclusive edition 2022 “The Aztecs” is limited to 375 fountain pens and 125 rollerball pens. Each one is presented in a black, highly polished wooden case. The individually numbered unique pieces come with a certificate signed by Count Charles von Faber-Castell to certify the limitation.