At that time, we were very attracted to the Garf Von Faber Castell idea of exotic materials, and two worries. First, the pen name "Pen Of The Year" bother us. Second, the material used.
Our worry ended with the Pen Of the Year 2011. Graf Von Faber Castell has decided that 2011 marked the end of the Pen Of Year theme in celebration with their 250th anniversary. Garf Von Faber Castell was found in the year 1761. Faber Castell uses their founding year as the limited production number for the Pen Of the Year 2011.
The Pen of The Year 2011 has eight segments of jade symbolize the eight generations that have made their mark on the family firm to date with reference to founding year.
There are many type of jades. Faber Castell choose the Russian Jade for the final installment for their Pen of The Year.
We are not sure why the Russian Jade was choosen as compare to other well-known value. We suggested it is due to the (1) price (2) materials that are familiar for the craftman at the Stephan gemstone laboratory.
A platinum-plated frame encases the individual pieces of jade, making the pen a special piece of jewellery. On the barrel, only one of the piece of the jade is decorated.
There is also no changes to the 18-carat bicolor gold nib. It is decorated with the Faber-Castel Crest.
Cap – Platinum-plated with solid spring-loaded clip,rew thread
End Piece - Platinum-plated
Nib -18-carat bicolour gold;
Filling mechanism – Plunger
Weight – 80 grams approx.
Overall length -137 mm
Numbering -Each pen bears an individual sequence number on the little metal plate under the end cap.
Production – 1761 pieces (limited edition)
There an article on Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell on MoneyWeek.