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Theory and Practice (4)

 

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Eberhard Faber: Rough Draft

“Rough draft” might be too generous. It’s more like a “rough compilation”—396 pages so far, with at least as many to go. This copy is a one-off. Toward the beginning is the Faber family tree I’ve cobbled together, though it’s … Continue reading

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Graf von Faber-Castell: 25 Years of the Perfect Pencil

Graf von Faber-Castell is celebrating 25 years of their Perfect Pencil line with a limited edition, restricted to 750 pieces. There have been many iterations of the Perfect Pencil, many of which you can read about at PencilTalk, but here are … Continue reading

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“Still occasions arise when a woman must sharpen a lead pencil.”

From The American Stationer, 1889. Words would just spoil it, so: (Thrusting? Moistening? Did I pick up the wrong magazine again?)

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Caution! A.W. Faber’s Lead Pencils.

The counterfeiting of pencils could be a lucrative trade, especially during the 19th century when laws protecting international trademarks and patents had yet to be written. Such was the case for A.W. Faber, whose growing presence and reputation in the … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber’s 1856 Copybook

This Francis & Loutrel bookplate is from a letterpress copybook once owned by Johann Eberhard Faber (1822-1879). The book’s pages are very delicate and tissue-thin. There isn’t a great deal of content though, only about 10% of the pages have anything … Continue reading

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“The grief, the disappointment, yes, the almost abject despair…”

One cannot help but feel the pain of Walton Day, who in his 1894 monograph The History of a Lead Pencil (published by the Jos. Dixon Crucible Company), recounts the loss of a single unsharpened pencil during his youth. Not just … Continue reading

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Lexivikinger

Photo: lexikaliker.de Congratulations to Gunther of Lexikaliker and to Viking on the new Verso pencil. From the Viking website (translated through Google): This is quite remarkable. Not only is it a technical achievement on the part of Viking, it’s also an example … Continue reading

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1917: England, France, and Germany

The images posted here are scans of a monograph handwritten by John Eberhard Faber II, titled: The History of the Lead Pencil. Over the course of twelve pages Faber’s version of history begins in ancient Egypt and Assyria, wends through Barrowdale and … Continue reading

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Eberhard Faber History and The Pencil Museum on Staten Island

Photo: New York City Parks Artist Jackie Mock has mounted an installation in Faber Park, Staten Island, which features pencils made by the Eberhard Faber Company. Allison Meier, of Hyperallergic.com, has written a feature about it here. Thanks to Micheal … Continue reading

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