Category Archives: Pencils

War and Peace

There have been several previous posts (including this one, War Between the Fabers) about the lawsuit A.W. Faber filed against the Eberhard Faber Company at the turn of the 20th century. The main issue at hand was whether the labeling of pencils … Continue reading

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“We ought to make a display for our products…”

I am trying to imagine how this conversation might have started. Baron Lothar: “Wir sollten eine Anzeige für unsere Produkte zu machen.” Mitarbeiter: “Oh? So… ein Schrank?” Baron Lothar: “Nein! Viele, viele Schränke! Viele große Schränke…” (Who knows…maybe it was Count … Continue reading

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A.W. Faber-Castell: Neuer Export in Alter Qualität

Stills from another newsreel, this one from 1948:

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A.W. Faber-Castell: Jeden Tag 150.000 Bleistifte

These stills are from a 1946 newsreel of the A.W. Faber-Castell factory in Stein, Germany. Current factory managers might smile at the title — Every Day 150,000 Pencils — but in 1946 simply having a working factory might have been miracle enough. It … Continue reading

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Art of Pencils: The 1923 Eberhard Faber Catalog

Some examples of color artwork from the 1923 Eberhard Faber Co. catalog:

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S S S c. 1923

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Further Cross-Ferrulizing

The Mongol 481 is an un-tipped pencil at birth but is here fitted with a clamp eraser, much like a Van Dyke. The Blackwing has a 1930s-era ferrule from an Eberhard Faber copying pencil. Those lengthy ferrules, once made of ivory, then bone, … Continue reading

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No. 32 (Again)

The Eberhard Faber No. 32 Mongol combination dip pen and pencil. The images are from the company’s 1923 catalog, and drawn at actual size no less. A few more images from the catalog:

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The House That Faber Built

c. 1902 It’s FAY-ber, not FAH-ber. FAY-ber. FAAAY-ber. That’s what I kept saying to myself on a recent rainy afternoon in Wilkes-Barre (BEAR or BERRY, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus), waiting outside of my hotel. I was trying to … Continue reading

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Where There’s A Wilkes There’s A Way

Reading and writing materials for a short trip to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, last home of the Eberhard Faber Corporation: For writing, an A.W. Faber Castell waistcoat pencil (c. 1910), Graf von Faber-Castell A4 writing case, pad, and pernambuco fountain pen. For reading … Continue reading

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