Platinum is a precious metal with a silver gleam. Although it is not very hard, it is fairly resilient and is malleable and weldable when heated. Platinum was known to the Mayans in Central America prior to the 15th century, and was used for jewelry in addition to gold. In the 18th century, Europeans also discovered the distinctive features of platinum. The name platinum is derived from the Spanish word "plata" = silver.
All of the metal parts (grip zone, cap and clip) in the Classic series in the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection as well as all metal parts of the pen of the Year editions (excluding the 24-carat gold plated) are platinum-plated. In addition, the Classic writing instruments are also available in a fully platinum-plated version.