A.W. Faber “Castell” Pocket Pencils 1906


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5 Responses to A.W. Faber “Castell” Pocket Pencils 1906

  1. Gunther says:

    Beautiful items and photos! Thank you for showing. – Could it be that the points are a little concave? I wonder how the factory sharpening was done.


    • Sean says:

      Yes, it makes me wonder since they seem a little too smooth to have been sharpened by a belt sander. A really good question to find out is when the belt sander was first used, and what were the solutions prior to that? From what I understand, they now use a 3-stage sanding process with differing grit sizes.

      These look like handheld sharpeners were used — I would think that for pencils so small it would be the only choice. Then again, I don’t design and manufacture pencil-making machinery, so… 🙂


      • Gunther says:

        Yes, they are too smooth to have sharpened by a belt sander but they are too smooth for a handheld sharpener. I wonder how they did it! – By the way, the proportions of the pencil and the tip are amazing.


  2. memm says:

    The most beautiful Castell.
    Faber-Castell is using this or a similar holder for some of their brochures. I once asked them about it, assuming this might be a product they might bring back (as a GvFC product), buy unfortunately that’s not the case.
    I feel lucky to have a similar holder from Mordan, but I worry three pencils will fall out as they don’t have the right end, so far all went well though and they didn’t fall out yet.


  3. Sean says:

    I wonder if the arc of the cone is achieved by the belt sander having a slight radius to it.


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