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 black lacquered metal barrel of the Black Edition, with its decorative 24-carat-gold plating, evokes the elaborately ornate armor made from individual plates. Barrel made of black lacquered metal. Delicate, tapered lines with 24- carat gold plating make the embellishment on the barrel appear slightly embossed. Miyamoto Musashi's quote Cultivate both – your spirit and wisdom engraved on the cap. Tamahagane inlay in the cap with engraving, the Japanese character for samurai. The end cap is adorned with the symbol tsuba (hand guard), designed by Miyamoto Musashi and a wave-like pattern. Cap and handle are finished with a tough anthracite-colored PVD coating made of titanium. Fitted with long lasting rollerball refill. 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 100 pieces.