Category Archives: Pencils

4 Refill Erasers, 1 Metal Clamp

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Faber-Castell Schnapszahlen

©Faber-Castell It wasn’t until Matthias from Bleistift clued me in on Schnapszahlen that I began to understand many of the anniversary-related products Faber-Castell has offered over the years. Milestones such as their 250th anniversary made sense, but…their 222nd? To be honest I was a … Continue reading

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‘World Travelers Return’; the Fabers in Europe

While searching through periodicals from the turn of the twentieth century, I often come across travel notices: lists and lists of ships and the souls they carried onboard, with the occasional spotlight on the more well-to-do. It must have been very exciting … Continue reading

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Pencils Never Complain

An expression I like to use, Bleistifte sind geduldig (pencils are patient), is a variation of the more well-known expression Papier ist geduldig (paper is patient). I thought of both when I saw this pencil, but a third also came to mind: … Continue reading

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Mitsubishi 130th Anniversary

Commemorating 130 years, the Mitsubishi Pencil Company has issued limited-edition sets of their Uni and Hi-uni pencils. The quality of the finish is as high as it has ever been, though these are made a little more special with the inclusion … Continue reading

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A.W. Faber “Castell” Pocket Pencils 1906

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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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