Eberhard Faber GmbH was founded in 1922 in Neumarkt, near Nuremberg, Germany, as a pencil factory. It was taken over in 1978 by Staedtler, a stationery company with global presence. Eberhard Faber's popular US writing pencil operations were founded in New York City in 1861, by the East River at the foot of 42nd Street, on the present site of the United Nations building, by John Eberhard Faber (6 December 1822 – 2 March 1879). This factory was acquired by Faber-Castell USA in 1994 before being bought by Newell (Sanford) and eventually rolled into the Paper Mate brand .
- Petroski, Henry. The Pencil. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989, at 172.