Courage and self-discipline – the samurai were driven by lofty virtues. The Pen of the Year 2019 was inspired by their era, spanning several centuries, by the aesthetics of their weapons and by their mindset. The barrel made of dark-stained magnolia wood is reminiscent of the Samurais' long swords (katanas). Their sheath and handle were made of untreated magnolia wood. Barrel made of of dark-stained magnolia wood featuring an engraving in 24-carat gold varnish. The quote Today I win against myself of yesterday is by Miyamoto Musashi. A metal plate, engraved with the gold plated (24 carat gold) Japanese character for samurai, adorns the cap. The end cap is engraved with the symbol created by Musashi for the word tsuba (hand guard). The cap and the handle are coated in ruthenium. Fitted with a ruthenium-plated 18-carat gold nib, inscribed by hand. Individually numbered writing instruments. Exclusive, brightly polished black wooden box with an attractive brochure and a certificate of authenticity. An additional insert offers space for six more writing instruments. Limited to 400 pieces.