Category Archives: Pencils

E. Faber’s Magic Pencil Holder

Does it hold only magic pencils? If the holder itself is where the magic happens, then using a card to remove it (as suggested by the manufacturer) might be giving away the secret. But this item looks less magical than it does … Continue reading

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Stein Says Goodbye

© Thomas Scherer 2016 Some 2,000 citizens joined the family of Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell last night in Stein, walking silently behind the horse-drawn carriage which bore the Count, to hold vigil at Martin-Luther-Kirche. Members of the fire brigade held torches to illuminate … Continue reading

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“Pull Out Clamp To Lengthen Eraser”

This is an Eberhard Faber Van Dyke 601 pencil with a paper insert, explaining how to lengthen the clamp eraser. I’m speculating that this insert was a forerunner to the cutout arrow found on later ferrules: It seems the company didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Eine Cassette hochfeiner Schreibbleistifte Nr. II, versilbert

A repeat appearance, but worth repeating.

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わびさび?

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GvF-C

I first met Count Faber-Castell in December of 2012, as part of a visit to Stein that Faber-Castell had generously arranged. During the second evening about 10 of us or so were gathered in a fine Nürnberg restaurant, not far from … Continue reading

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Faber Circular Erasers

Comments from the previous post got me wondering about circular erasers. Whether for typewriters or pencil, the shape was supposed to offer a consistently thin edge. Here is an advertisement from 1890 for E. Faber’s new circular erasers: I wonder, … Continue reading

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“The Sudden Disappearance of Miss Take”

This promotional package for Eberhard Faber’s circular erasers comes with a story, or rather a short short story: “The Sudden Disappearance of Miss Take.” The inside has a cavity with room for one eraser. In this case a No. 6580 Medium, which … Continue reading

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“The Mascot of Business”

This Mongol “Woof-Woof” was made by the Eberhard Faber Company, sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. Though it’s difficult to see, there is a hole such that a pencil can be held in the dog’s mouth. Though it seems this mascot didn’t catch on … Continue reading

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Menu Items

The organization of this blog has been updated a little bit: The main menu bar has been updated to include links to posts concerning my two visits to Faber-Castell in Stein. The separate posts of the second visit, called Two (K)nights to Remember: … Continue reading

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