The H. A. (Hirohachi Akagi) Faber Fortress pencil


Cyclingpencils blog: Japanese pencils and their history

For some amazing pencil history, please see the cyclingpencils blog. Written in Japanese with photo titles and partial text in English, the last two posts tell a story about a pencil that may look familiar at first glance – the H. A. Faber “Fortress”. But H. A. Faber isn’t a distant member of the Faber pencil manufacturing family, and the “Fortress” is not a “Castell”, even if similar fonts and logos are used.

It turns out the brands came from Hirohachi Akagi & Co., founder of the Colleeen pencil company. There is also a “Moon Glove”, with moon and globe logo, very similar to the Staedtler logo.

7 Replies to “The H. A. (Hirohachi Akagi) Faber Fortress pencil”

  1. Interesting story, so the myth of a Faber Castell made in Japan did come from these pencils?

  2. I saw a “Johann Faber Made in Japan”, I can’t remeber where but It was on the Web. so Is this one from the post that are you referrring, a real Faber?

  3. Hello,
    Thank you for your mention about my post.
    Not only H.A.& Co ,
    but also almost of all Japanese manufacturer and wholesaler sold imitation pencil before WW2.
    I think this is not only matter of manufacturer’s side, but also cause in consumer’s attitude at that period.
    I agree to your opinion that this is a testament to the global strength of the Faber name in years past.

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