With 250 year experience, the company was founded in 1761, in the mid-19th century developed wood-cased pencils, both graphite and color.
Nowadays, Graf Von Faber-Castell collection includes not only the classical designed pens, roller-ball pens, propelling pencils and ball pens also special handcrafted pens like as in pen of the year serial. In the Pen of the Year serial, goods are handcrafted to perfection. The Pen of the Year has produced in 2003 at firs . And since year 2014, this serial is inspired from historical themes. For example last year’s inspiration source for The Pen of the Year 2014 was the “Catherine Palace”. Started with “Catherina Palace”, this kind serial was inspired for year 2015, from Sansoucchi Palace had been built by King II. Frederich. After the Seven Years’ War, Frederick was hailed as a military genius and henceforth called “the Great”. As a sign of his success he ordered the construction of his largest and most ambitious building: the New Palace of Sanssouci. Precious decorative natural stones played a special role in this splendor, something Prussia had in abundance thanks to the conquest of Silesia: wall covering made from multicolored marble, floors inlaid with jasper , amethyst and serpentine.
Frederich the Great, as king and connoisseur of decorative natural stones, cultivated a personal and simultaneously regal interest in the rich Silesian deposits then used to do justice to Prussia’s new status. By special sovereign right, the monarch reserved all precious stones and chrysoprase in particular for himself: these stones with their emerald to apple green colouration are considered the most valuable variety of quartz. Frederich the Great himself travelled to Silesia to choose the most beautiful. The New Palace was the culmination of the royal interest. This magnifient building is home to a greater variety of natural stones than any other Frederician palace. Its fascinating architecture was the inspiration for the creation of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year. The creation of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year demands the highest standards of craftsmanship. The Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactory was singularly predestined for this task. It carries on the great tradition of the Idar Oberstein gemstone workshops, which dates back to the 15th century and is still of world renown.
The masters have demonstrated their incomparable skills with impressive results: the platinum plated barrel and cap are adorned by four green Silesian serpentines and a Russian smoky quartz. The Special Edition combines 24-carat gold plating with green serpentine and rare chrysoprase, Frederick’s favorite natural stone. Chrysoprase has not been mined for many years and is only available on the antique stone market.
Each writing instrument is presented to the owners in a highly polished, deep-black wooden case which can also be used as a collector’s case because a second insert has room for an additional six writing instruments.