This is almost an accidental post. While arranging some office supplies, I noticed that I had accumulated a few of Faber-Castell’s “special” pencils – their design series pencils, the Graf von Faber-Castell pencils, and “perfect pencil” refills.
Individually, they are all nice, but together they display an amazing array of achievement in modern pencil manufacturing.
Today’s best pencil or best manufacturer may be debatable – but on the design front – I don’t think there is a competitor.
I respect the utilitarian history of the pencil. And these pencils are highly usable – well made, solid, possessing excellent grips, and having good quality leads.
Yet they don’t exactly scream ‘utilitarian’. They stand out because of their wonderful design and the clear commitment to create something exceptional in an era when using handheld writing instruments is a choice.
The textures and surfaces amaze and delight.
Approaching their 249th anniversary, Faber-Castell seems to be full of innovation.
What pencil could celebrate their 250th anniversary?
6 Replies to “Faber-Castell – 21st century pencil manufacturer”
wow- pencil porn. gotta have it!
Wow. What are the second and third pencils in your last photo? I have never seen those. They are so lovely, and it seems the end caps are stamped with the Faber Castell seal. Do tell!
Thanks for posting – they are beautiful. I’m adding those design pencils to my Christmas list. I have a hard time justifying the expense of the others.
Great looking pieces indeed!
Thank you for most of those comments! Adair, those are a new Graf von Faber-Castell “Guilloche” pencil.
I would recommend for children be made a pencil that is two or three times to write or flag image color, countries are to be printed on it and a lot of friends will be a pencil buyers.
Sincerely Hossein esmaeli