In the digital age, when pens see more action signing checks and filling grocery lists than writing anything of poetic import, it is nice to be reminded that there are still instruments of writing being designed with a luxe level of craftsmanship. Faber-Castell‘s Pen of the Year 2012 features an oak barrel with a 14-carat gold overlay applied using a process that dates back to ancient Egypt. Faber-Castell, meawhile, dates back 250 years. What started in Germany as a pencil manufacturer now delivers specimens like this one, which retails for $4,695.

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