Category Archives: Pencils

Clasp ➙ . . . ➙ Clamp

In case you haven’t seen any of the previous posts on this topic, Eberhard Faber’s “clamp” eraser was patented in 1921 and was first used on the Van Dyke line of pencils: Soon to follow were a variety of accessories, such … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber Permapoint 182 Mechanical Pencils

Though I agree with each and every word written in Chapter 11 of David Rees’s book, these Permapoint mechanical pencils from Eberhard Faber are an exception, owing to their clamp erasers. The double-ring motif usually found on the ferrules made its way … Continue reading

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“Agent For A.W. Faber’s Lead Pencils”

This notice from 1870 is another piece of (what seems to me) a complicated puzzle. Lothar Faber sent his brother Eberhard to America to run the New York office and represent the interests of A.W. Faber in the U.S. From what … Continue reading

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A.W. Faber Election Pencil 8450

These Election Pencils were made by the American branch of A.W. Faber, and are examples from the larger category of “voting” or “ballot” pencils. What makes it a voting pencil? Probably by virtue of being labeled as such, and being placed near … Continue reading

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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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