Category Archives: Pencils

Eberhard Faber Van Dyke Display Stand

1929

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“I, Lothar von Faber of Stein…”

So begins a little-known handwritten document from 1882. It is an assignment of rights for the trademark “A.W.F.” to Eberhard Faber (the son of Eberhard Faber I, who died in 1879). It is signed by Lothar von Faber, head of A.W. Faber … Continue reading

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Graf von Faber-Castell: Magna Cum Bleistift

Though this blog is devoted primarily to historical topics concerning the Faber houses, every once in a while a new or current product becomes the subject of a post. As a long-time user of the Graf von-Faber Castell Perfect Pencil (and the Bleistiftverlängerer), it’s … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber’s Artist’s Pencil

Offered individually as well as in sets, this early leadholder from the Eberhard Faber Co. is likely from the late 19th or early 20th century. This pencil is nearly identical in size and design to A.W. Faber’s Artist’s Pencil, from the polished rosewood … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber: Erasers Display

1923

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Some Box*

Photo: Faber-Castell For the completist is the newly-announced Karlbox. Only 2,500 were made so hurry! For me at least, I’m still holding out hope for a Bachbox (but would also settle for a Rachbox). (These aren’t real products.) The signature on the first drawer … Continue reading

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“The other [pencils] are a snare, a delusion and utterly useless.” —Eberhard Faber

In an interview given to the Salt Lake Herald in 1906, Eberhard Faber II offered some sage advice to pencil users. While most of what he said borders on common sense it’s still illuminating to hear it straight from the … Continue reading

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Isn’t It Time For An Eberhard Faber Postage Stamp?

Not only is it time, I’d say it’s long overdue. Based on everything that the U.S. Postal Service asks of a stamp proposal, I put together a prospectus and created the samples pictured here. Should the proposal progress, I have someone … Continue reading

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Basteln mit dem Musikaliker

The title of, and idea for, this post were inspired by stolen from some of my favorite posts at Gunther’s blog; a series called Basteln mit dem Lexikaliker. The nickel plating on the clamp erasers matches the hardware so well, it’s a wonder they’re not … Continue reading

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The Eberhard Faber Mongol Gets Its Stripe

The Eberhard Faber Mongol is an iconic pencil, whose origins date back at least to the turn of the twentieth century. Its most distinguishing feature is the black-and-gold ferrule — a design that the Eberhard Faber Company would eventually refer to it as “the characteristic … Continue reading

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