Faber Castell Gift Set Lothar von Faber Polygrade Lead Pencils
Faber Castell Gift Set Lothar von Faber Polygrade Lead Pencils Limited Edition 2017 to mark Lothar von Faber’s 200th Birthday. The edition shown is as close as possible to the historic original. The silky, shiny pencils lie neatly in their packaging and the golden stamp with the company’s logo appears flush left. They are unsharpened because back then, they were cut to the correct shape by the user with a knife. The graphite leads were originally square-shaped but here they are round – a small compromise that had to be made for manufacturing reasons. The pencils are from 5B, extra soft and very black for full, rich and deep shading to 5H, extremely hard – for drawing on wood.
The Polygrades: the company A.W. Faber can thank this pencil for beginning their global renown. It was launched in Paris in 1837. Conquer the world market – that was young Lothar Faber’s mission. But the pencils from the parents’ business A.W. Faber in Stein were very unknown and products from England and France were far more popular. So what can one do in the face of such stiff competition? Lothar knew the answer. As a 20 year old, he got to know the latest production methods in Paris, saw the most elegant packaging and acquired a taste for the French-style chic. And so he had a high-end pencil range produced, which he marketed from Paris: the Polygrades pencils with leads in different hardness grades. The new, high quality was to be reflected in the elaborate appearance. “I gave the finest pencils, the Polygrades, the prettiest outer attire so as to match their inner value. I ha the pencils polished in black and decorated in gold.
About Faber Castell
The legacy unveals from the idea of enclosing a thin graphite lead in a wooden casing was several hundred years old; it was not new when the ancestors of Faber Castell founded a pencil factory in 1761. It was only when the great great grandfather of Baron Lothar von Faber, who took over the family firm in 1839, was the first to turn the pencil into a genuity quality product of functionality and the world’s First Brand Name writing implement.
Standards for the length, diameter and hardness of pencils; standards which apply till today. He was credited for creating a series of fascinating products which continued to set an example of Simplicity and Design.
The Grand Father of Count Anton von Faber Castell; Count Alexander zu Castell-Rudenhausen carried on this tradition. The Faber Castell company which takes its name from Count Anton’s grandfather’s marriage to Lothar von Faber’s granddaughter Ottilie, is not only the oldest manufacturer of wood cased pencils, but also the world’s best known name in graphite and colour pencils.
Graf von Faber Castell ‘s elegant design continued to reign till today more than 250 years later. With wonderful collections like the Pen of The Year POY and classic quality collections like the pernambuco wood, ebony and its iconic Perfect Pencil still the favourite of many generations to come.
Timeless design remains the heart of the company since then and will continue to be so to bring the life Simplicity Is A Luxury Itself; an embodiment of luxury of simplicity, harmonious combination of selected quality materials, aesthetic looks and a high standard of functionalism.
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