Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell

What a sad occasion to write a blog post. As you have probably already heard: , our favourite count1 died today.

His influence on the pencil world has been immense: In 1978 he started running Faber-Castell and among other things he introduced the Perfect Pencil and the Graf von Faber-Castell product line.

A signed book from the count. I got it from Sean.

A signed book from the count. I got it from Sean.

Goodbye. I will miss you.


If you understand German and would like to know more about him and Faber-Castell: there is a 45 minute documentary from German broadcaster ARD online.

…and there’s of course also Sean’s amazing adventure in Stein.

  1. Usual disclaimer as mentioned previously: He is not really a count. According to Part 2, Section 1, Article 109(2) of the Weimar Constitution privileges based on birth or social status and titles of nobility were abolished in the Weimar Republic in 1919. Graf (Count) is just part of his surname. In reality no one seems to care about this rule though. []

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