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Faber-Castell Grip Sparkle pencils

Leading pencil manufacturer Faber-Castell recently extended their popular Grip pencil line with the “Sparkle”. While at first glance it might seem easy to dismiss the product as just a novelty, the pencils really do exude charm when seen in person. They come in a variety of colours – only a few are shown here, and [...]

Letter Openers

Nice desk accessories can bring some joy to daily tasks. Posing with my morning newspaper are two letter openers. One is from Graf von Faber-Castell, and the other from E+M Holzprodukte. The GvFC letter opener has a beautiful leather handle and considerable heft. The E+M letter opener continues that company’s beautiful Zebrano wood writing implement [...]

Faber-Castell 250th anniversary pencil

The Faber-Castell 250th anniversary pencils. The raised lettering is remarkable. The caps acknowledge the anniversary year. Congratulations to Faber-Castell on their 250th anniversary year!


A 250th anniversary pencil from Faber-Castell. Though – it unfortunately looks like products we’ve already seen. The special imprint Castell 9000 pencils given out at Paperworld probably have more cachet as an anniversary item.

A. W. Faber’s Polygrade Lead Pencils

Lothar von Faber’s Polygrade is a historically important pencil. Launched in 1837, and sold until the early 20th century, the product offered pencils in a system of standard grades, and established the Faber name globally. The pencils were also the first by Faber to use the Conté/Hardmuth process of blending graphite with clay, an improvement [...]

New Faber-Castell Grip 2001s

Spotted at a local store – Faber-Castell Grip 2001s (Grips 2001?) in black and white with grey dots. Nice, but I am disappointed that Faber-Castell hasn’t issued a pencil with a historical theme in their 250th anniversary year. Take a look at this Pelikan Souverän M101N reissue. It’s already getting a lot of press pre-issue. [...]