Faber-Castell Videos

In their anniversary year Faber-Castell have been featured in a regional, Franconian television programme. The good news: you can watch these videos outside Germany. The bad news: the videos are in German and there are no English subtitles.

The GvFC Perfect Pencil I always carry in the pocket of my jacket.


This short video shows the factory and includes a few scenes showing how Faber-Castell tests the pencils for poisonous and unwanted components to make sure they are absolutely safe. If you like Lexikaliker’s museum posts you will be delighted to see some old catalogues and products in the video, too …and even our favourite count, Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell makes an appearance [1]I wonder whether his family got invited to the royal wedding. His niece is married to a relative of Prince Philip..

Another video, similar to Lexikaliker’s old Staedtler video, gives a glimpse of pencil manufacturing 100 years ago. There is also a radio report about pencil manufacturing. The radio report mentions how Lothar Faber became a member of the aristocracy and why the name changed from Faber to Faber-Castell.


1 I wonder whether his family got invited to the royal wedding. His niece is married to a relative of Prince Philip.

4 thoughts on “Faber-Castell Videos”

  1. Watching those old clips, the Health and Safety Executive would be having kittens, but such moustaches!

  2. Thank you for sharing these links – the videos are very interesting! (I haven’t listened to the audio file yet.) In the first video, one operator even uses a pencil-like object to operate the touch screen – that’s most likely not what it was meant for, neither the touch nor the pencil 😉

    P.S.: Those who are missing player controls to rewind etc. or would like to save the clips: Look at the pages’ source code, copy and paste the link to the second flv file into the browser’s address bar and save the file (on Windows, they can be played e. g. eith VLC).

  3. At least is was a pencil. All the broadband and cable engineers that ever came to our house (we had a lot of problems with our line) used ballpoint pens for their touch screens …with the ballpoint side down! Even though occasional use doesn’t seem to “release” any viscous ink, repeated use will… You can imagine how the screen looked like.
    Thanks for the tip about missing player controls. The original links worked for me, but this is a problem I had with web pages from other sites in the past..

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