Faber-Castell – 21st century pencil manufacturer

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The pencils of Faber-Castell

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.

The pencils of Faber-Castell

Today’s best pencil or best manufacturer may be debatable – but on the design front – I don’t think there is a competitor.

The pencils of Faber-Castell

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 pencils of Faber-Castell

The textures and surfaces amaze and delight.

The pencils of Faber-Castell

Approaching their 249th anniversary, Faber-Castell seems to be full of innovation.

The pencils of Faber-Castell

What pencil could celebrate their 250th anniversary?

The pencils of Faber-Castell

6 Replies to “Faber-Castell – 21st century pencil manufacturer”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Hi
    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

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