The Goldfaber brand is definitely marketed in North America – but it’s more known as a student or craft line of pencils. I’m not sure if one can actually buy this specific pencil here – I’ve certainly never seen one in person.
The 1222 is a real sleeper in the New Zealand/Australia series.
The only branded pencil in the series with an eraser, it is a sleek alternating Royal Blue/Silver combination, with gold and white stamping. It has a silver coloured ferrule with a white eraser. No country of manufacture is indicated.
It certainly has a finished appearance. Unlike other pencils in the series, whose colour schemes may be equal or superior as palatte choices, the 1222 is unique in having a high quality varnished finish, absolutely smooth and bright.
For what I suspected was a B-line pencil, the lead is good – not nearly as nice as the 110 – but still rich and dark.
The eraser, though white, is rough, not a smooth vinyl, and a disappointment.
Browsing around various national Faber-Castell sites, it seems the pencil may originate in Indonesia, though it is cedar rather than jelutong.
It is a very interesting pencil, and I am glad to have a couple of them.