Founded in 1761, Faber-Castell is still family-owned in the 8th generation and is run by Anton Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell.
In the company’s 4th generation during the mid-19th century, Freiherr Lothar von Faber was not only the most important manufacturer of wooden pencils, but he was already developing a wide assortment of implements for writing, drawing, painting, and creative design. When his granddaughter Freiin Ottilie von Faber married Graf Alexander zu Castell-Rüdenhausen in 1898, the name was changed, with the consent of the Bavarian King, to Faber-Castell. With their almost 1,000-year history, the Grafen Castell are among Germany’s oldest noble families.
The luxury brand Graf von Faber-Castell, introduced in 1993, is also based on these claims and is especially well reputed in the world of hand-held writing implements. It resulted in a complete portfolio of exclusive writing instruments, cassettes and accessories. In addition to the natural materials and timeless design, it is the combination of high-quality wood with precious metals and the meticulous hand craftsmanship, that contribute to the uniqueness of the collection. The distinctive core product is the Perfect Pencil, an elegant pocket pencil with a protective cap and extender that also holds the sharpener and eraser.