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A.W. Faber Polygrades: Old and New

In honor of Lothar von Faber’s 200th birthday, Faber-Castell has released a limited edition set of Polygrade pencils. Though it’s all too common today, von Faber was the first to offer a set with pencils of varying grades; some included an … Continue reading

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National Pencil Day, 2015

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A.W. Faber’s Graphite de Sibérie de la Mine Alibert

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To Edith from Will

A.W. Faber’s English Polygrade Lead-Pencils were first brought to market in 1837. From the consistency of the leads to the detailed printing and packaging, they represented the pinnacle of mid-19th century pencil-making: Polygrade sets came in a variety of configurations: some with as many … Continue reading

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