Category Archives: Pencils

Eberhard Faber Transfer Ink Pencil No. 751

Copying pencils have a long and storied history. Along with the Noblot and the Blu-Blak, the Eberhard Faber Co. also made the Transfer ink pencil, which may have been one of their original ink pencils. Though I don’t know their exact age, … Continue reading

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Is That A Castell In Your Pocket?

This A.W. Faber pocket (or waistcoat) pencil is similar to those made by the other Faber brothers, Johann and Eberhard respectively: Among the Faber houses alone there were countless varieties of pocket pencils, be they short or long, round, hex, or … Continue reading

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Easting and Northing

In contrast to the recent pencil and manuscript paper drought I experienced in Central Europe, some time spent in the American Northeast has made up for it. While in Rochester I paid a visit to Eastman, and its bookstore:   There … Continue reading

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Anniversaries (6)

Den Freunden des Hauses A.W. Faber Castell gewidmet. Firmenschrift zum 1975 jährigen Jubiläum. This book, 31 x 20 cm with a corrugated board cover embossed with the corporate coat of arms, was published in 1936 to celebrate the 175th anniversary of A.W. Faber-Castell: Inside there are … Continue reading

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The Red-Winged Flightless Mongol

I try for the most part to use only photographs of my own taking for this blog. This is done as part of an attempt to offer as much original content as possible rather than being just another echo in a sea … Continue reading

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Less Waste—Longer Wear

Even slightly damaged this Eberhard Faber Mongol display is striking. I’m not sure if the white void on the right side is meant to be used for anything in particular (e.g. a retailer’s address) or if it is simply a … Continue reading

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Giger Counter

Tucked inside a skate park, and nearby the Centre d’Art Scénique Contemporain in Lausanne, Switzerland, is a small exhibition of works by the Swiss artist H.R. Giger. There were a handful of original prints and a piece or two of furniture, but … Continue reading

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Bleistifting in Bratislava

After waiting more than an hour for this music store in the historic district of Bratislava, Slovakia to reopen, I had to move on empty-handed. Perhaps I’ll find some manuscript paper elsewhere. However, a few doors down there was a … Continue reading

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Dutch Treat

A few hours to spend at Luchthaven Schiphol in Amsterdam, Netherlands. So naturally, and in order to blend in, I’m doing what I’m sure everyone else here must also be doing while they’re are waiting: looking into the etymology of the … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber: American Fine Art in Reproductions

One of the best ways to advertise the pencils you make is to show people the very things you can make with them. This portfolio from the Eberhard Faber Company is a collection of reproductions, created with their Van Dyke graphite … Continue reading

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