In 1761, Kaspar Faber started to produce pencils in Stein, near Nuremberg. When the fourth generation - Baron Lothar von Faber - took over the company in 1839 he turned the pencil into a true quality product and the world's first branded writing instrument. Over the centuries, he and his descendants created remarkable products, and today the company has used ideas both past and present together with timeless design and modern technology. The result is the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection, a range of extraordinary writing instruments and accessories that together embody "Luxury in Simplicity" by combining selected materials, functionality and superb aesthetics.
The writing instruments, desk sets, and leather accessories in the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection are distinguished by particularly painstaking craftsmanship and above all a combination of precious metals and valuable types of wood. Since 2003 this claim has been emphasized by the "Pen of the Year" edition. Each pen is produced for twelve months using exclusive materials such as mammoth ivory, amber, or Indian satinwood in a luxurious setting. The numbers produced in each limited edition are announced at the end of the year.