By Sophie Ireland for CEO World
You can easily find all the digital tools to replace the analog records you maintain. These include calendars, journals, to-do lists, and much more. But there’s a distinct charm of using pen and paper. People prefer receiving a written note instead of a text message. That’s why people still splurge on quality stationery to make beautiful notes and letters. But have you ever considered stationery as potential luxury items?
Here’s our list of the most expensive stationery in the world:
Most expensive eraser: Graf Von Faber-Castell Round Eraser-Platinum
Cost: R2 700
The Graf Von Faber-Castell Round Eraser is round. The central hub of the eraser is coated with platinum. This central hub lets you grip the eraser and use it without a smudge. You can unscrew the hub by rotating it counter-clockwise. That’s how you can replace the eraser when it has been used up. This eraser deservedly comes in a gift box.
Most expensive ruler: Louis Vuitton Ruler
Cost: R2 700
Yes, the international fashion house also makes rulers. It is a 15-centimetre long ruler that is lined with high-quality leather so that the user can use it comfortably. It also has three four-petal flowers that you can use as a stencil. All three are also logos of the brand, and they add something interesting to a simple ruler.
Most expensive stapler: El Casco 23k Gold-Plated Large Stapler
Cost: R6 133
This desk stapler by El Casco is manufactured in steel and then plated with copper, nickel, and 2-karat gold. It can staple up to 25 sheets at a time. You can load up to 100 staples into it. Since this is a 24/6 stapler, it only supports 24/6 staples. Such a beautiful hand-polished stapler would be a great gift for someone who loves bling. That’s why it comes with a gift box.
Most expensive notebook: Hermès Leather Trifold Notebook MM
Cost: R28 890
The notebook is made entirely out of leather. Along with the paper, it can also hold a pen and your mobile device if it is small enough. While the outer surface is made of textured leather, the inner surface is soft and has some rubbing. And you’ll also have to add paper separately as it doesn’t come with any pages.
Most expensive pencil: Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil
Cost: R198 764
The Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil is made with 240-year old olive wood and white gold. It has a built-in eraser and sharpener. Only 10 pieces of this unique pencil have been made. It has 99 different parts that include an extender and an end piece, both made of white gold palladium. You can see three diamonds below the Graf von Faber-Castell logo.
Most expensive ballpoint pen: Montblanc Mystery Masterpiece Fountain Pen
French luxury jewellery company Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1896. Luxury pen manufacturer Montblanc was founded 10 years later in Germany. And 100 years after Montblanc was formed, they both collaborated to make this exceptional pen. This handmade pen is made mainly of white gold. After the first piece encrusted with rubies was released, the companies released two more versions that had other gemstones.
Most expensive pen: Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi
Florence-based pen manufacturer Tibaldi crafted this magnificent fountain pen using 945 rare black diamonds and 12 rubies. Only one unit of this pen exists in the world. Apart from the precious stones, its design based on the divine proportions of Phi is another reason for its hefty price. This is the 1:1.618 that can be seen in many phenomena in the world. When the pen is capped, the ratio of the pen’s cap to the visible part of the barrel is 1:1.618. It was sold for a whacking $8-million (R125-million) at an auction held in Shanghai in 2010.