The Pen of the Year 2020 is inspired by the Greek heroes of Sparta and their king Leonidas. For centuries, the small province of Sparta was the strongest military power in ancient Greece. The Spartiates’ discipline and superiority are legendary, acquired in their strict education from childhood onwards: the Agoge – meaning “leading, guidance, training”. Spartan society was moulded by the military, their fate determined by the gods: the courageous Athena was considered the most important deity alongside Apollo and Artemis. She stood for wisdom, strategy and combat and was also revered as the “guardian of the city”.
The exclusive, individually numbered writing instruments come in a highly polished black wooden case. A certificate signed by Count Charles of Faber-Castell attests to the authenticity of both limited editions.
Fountain Pen. Limited to 310 pieces.
Barrel Matt ruthenium-coated , 0.35 carat adorn the barrel.
Cap Spring-loaded clip based on the shape of the Greek ridge helmet End cap with lacquered inlay features the lambda character which was emblazoned on the Spartan warriors’ shields.
Nib Plunger-type fountain pen with handmade 18-carat gold nib (ruthenium- coated, magnum-sized) Available nib widths: M (medium), F (fine), B (broad) and BB (extra broad)