GRAF VON FABER-CASTELL 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. With the help of modern technology those products have evolved into the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection, a range of extraordinary writing instruments and accessories. They embody “Luxury in Simplicity” by combining selected materials, functionality and superb aesthetics.