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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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Surreal and Sublime

The “new” Salvador Dalí Museum is one of St. Petersburg’s greatest treasures, and I’ve been visiting there for more than 20 years. I hadn’t been in a while, so upon hearing that they are hosting a Warhol exhibit—the first time … Continue reading

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A.W. Faber Artists’ Pencil

On the obverse: “A.W. Faber Germany HH”, and on the reverse: “Graphite De Siberie De La Mine Alibert”, ca. 1861 (note the ivory end cap). With an Eberhard Faber 373 clutch pencil, and a Graf von Faber-Castell eraser.

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Graf von Faber-Castell (2)

In a previous post I mentioned how I came to learn about some of the incredible items made by Graf von Faber-Castell. Nearly four years had gone into searching for information, locating, and occasionally buying some of these great pieces … Continue reading

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(Thanks to Memm for the 80s 9000s.)

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Cross Capsizing

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Graf von Faber-Castell

After many years of settling for whatever pencil was within reach, and being almost completely unaware of the many kinds of great pencils—both new and old—to be found online, I can remember the very day everything changed. And what’s more, … Continue reading

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Before and After

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