In celebration of their 240th anniversary Faber-Castell issued a Limited Edition Perfect Pencil in white gold or stainless steel, as well as a stainless steel fountain pen. Referred to by many as “The World’s Most Expensive Pencil”, it is perhaps the pinnacle of wood-cased pencils.
The form of this Perfect Pencil is nearly identical to the platinum-plated version available today, though there are a few differences (platinum and white gold from top to bottom):
The eraser cap of the Limited Edition doesn’t have the etched banding, the knurled end of the extender has a different pattern, and the clip appears to be a bit heavier and slightly more angular. But it’s not really the shape that sets the Limited Edition apart, rather it’s the three diamonds in the cap:
The version made of stainless steel was limited to 240 pieces worldwide, and the version made of white gold was limited to 99 pieces worldwide; it may just be the “crown jewel” of pencil-collecting.
Starting with the packaging, the design of the gift box for the Limited Edition is as thoughtful and beautiful as the pencils themselves. The slipcase is made of thick, sturdy cardboard wrapped in textured paper. Stamped on the spine in gold is “Limited Edition 1761-2001″:
The inner-box is covered in black leather with “Graf von Faber-Castell” embossed on the front:
It has two panels that open up, the first being held closed by a concealed magnet, and the boards are covered in what appears to be white laid paper. A small drawer pulls out by means of a cloth ribbon:
The center portion of the box, where the pencil is kept safe, features a stuffed satin pillow (though I don’t know what it’s stuffed with). Lining the tray underneath is more satin, which also has some padding added to it:
As you can see, the packaging alone for the Limited Edition is worthy of praise, both for its design and execution, and is something to care for and keep safe.
Now all I need is the $11,700.00 pencil that goes with it.