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The Last Eberhard Faber Factory

In 1956-57, the Eberhard Faber Company moved operations from their Greenpoint, New York location (established in 1872) to a state-of-the-art facility in Crestwood Industrial Park, located in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. Some 37 acres of woods were cleared for the facility, which was designed … 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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Filming “No. 2: Story of the Pencil”

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with William Allen, a professor and filmmaker who is finishing up work on his documentary “No. 2: Story of the Pencil.” My involvement was limited mostly to the Blackwing, but the interview also covered thoughtful questions … Continue reading

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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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A Conversation With Eberhard Faber IV

In researching American pencil-making I have encountered one overriding consistency: trade-related print sources are mostly inconsistent, especially the early ones. And as with any long story, names, dates, places, and events are told and retold until at best they become nearly impossible … Continue reading

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601, 602, 603

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National Pencil Day, 2015

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Eberhard Faber Transfer Ink Pencil No. 751

Copying pencils have a long and storied history. Along with the Noblot and the Blu-Blak, the Eberhard Faber Co. also made the Transfer ink pencil, which may have been one of their original ink pencils. Though I don’t know their exact age, … Continue reading

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The Good Old Days

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Replacement Parts

There’s a pronounced inequity when it comes to the two components of a tipped wood-cased pencil: The pencil itself could survive for centuries and still work as well, while the eraser would have long-since become part of the fossil record. … Continue reading

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