Category Archives: Pencils

Graf von Faber-Castell: Eine Garnitur hochfeiner dokumentenechter Schreibstifte Nr. III

About four years ago I wrote about a rarely-seen set of highlighter pencils from Graf von Faber-Castell. They were among the earliest items from their luxury line, which began in 1993, along with these document pencils: This set came with … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber Columbia

The image above is from the 1907 Eberhard Faber Company catalog: pencil no. 485, called Columbia, finished in patriotic red, white, and blue. It was a hex pencil, complete with a nickel-plated ferrule and white eraser. I’m not certain in which year … Continue reading

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Berolzheimer, Illfelder, Reckendorfer, Faber, and the Rubber-Tip Pencil Company

This small note is an interesting artifact: the sender, recipient, and the year in which it was written all bear significance in the history of pencil-making in America, and by extension, Bavaria. The senders, Berolzheimer and Illfelder, were the founders … Continue reading

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Preserving the Past: Creekside Digital

© Creekside Digital, 2017 I’ve always had a fascination with old documents, especially music manuscripts. Most of the time the few I could get my hands on were facsimile editions, and many of those only through interlibrary loans. Over the … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber: Black Chalk Artist’s Sketching Crayons

Not quite pencils, but close enough. Eberhard Faber’s Artist’s Sketching Crayons came in a smart-looking folding case that closed with a snap. They were available in two grades: soft and medium soft. I don’t know when they were first offered, but … Continue reading

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Oh, Irma

That was my favorite umbrella, too. She’s not here yet, but there are squalls before the storm. Just a quick post while electricity remains. Good thing pencils float.

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Pencil Sample Books

Based on some of the comments from the previous post, I’ve gathered together a few examples of pencil sample books and sample folders. They used to come in a great variety of shapes and sizes during their heyday, including samplers … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber: Red & Blue. And Red. And Blue.

There have been some interesting posts about red & blue pencils lately, such as these posts from Pencils and Other Things, as well as these two posts from Lexikaliker. I don’t have very many examples to share, but here are a few that I … Continue reading

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