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Faber-Castell AG
Joint stock company
Industry Stationery
Founded 1761; 254 years ago (1761)
Founder Kaspar Faber
Headquarters Stein (Middle Franconia), Germany
Area served
Key people
Anton Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell (CEO)
Products Art materials, Writing instruments
Revenue 887 million (2005)
Number of employees
6,500 (2006)
Website faber-castell.com

Faber-Castell is one of the world's largest and oldest manufacturers of pens, pencils, other office supplies (e.g., staplers, slide rules, erasers, rulers)[1] and art supplies,[2] as well as high-end writing instruments and luxury leather goods. Headquartered in Stein, Germany, it operates 14 factories and 20 sales units throughout the globe. The Faber-Castell Group employs a staff of approximately 7,000 and does business in more than 100 countries.[3]

Although its production began in Germany, only some of its premium pens are still manufactured there. Most of the company's consumer products are made in Brazil. Faber-Castell USA is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.[4]


Geroldsgrün, Faber-Castell works

Founded in 1761 at Stein near Nuremberg by cabinet maker Kaspar Faber (1730–84), the enterprise has remained in the Faber family for eight generations.[5] It opened branches in New York (1849), London (1851), Paris (1855), and expanded to Vienna (1872) and St. Petersburg (1874).[5] It opened a factory in Geroldsgrün where slide rules were produced. It expanded internationally and launched new products under Kaspar Faber's ambitious great-grandson, Lothar (1817–96).[5] In 1900, after the marriage of Lothar's granddaughter with a cadet of the Counts of Castell, the A.W. Castell enterprise took the name of Faber-Castell and a new logo, combining the Faber motto, Since 1761, with the "jousting knights" of the Castells' coat-of-arms.[6]

Today, the company operates 14 factories and 20 sales units, with six in Europe, four in Asia, three in North America, five in South America, and one each in Australia and New Zealand. The Faber-Castell Group employs a staff of approximately 7,000 and does business in more than 100 countries.[3]


Faber-Castell is well known for its brand of PITT Artist pens. The pens, used by comic and manga artists such as Adam Hughes,[7] emit an India ink that is both acid-free and archival, and comes in a variety of colors.

The following chart contains all the Faber-Castell product lines.[8]

Category Products
Professional Art and Graphic Pencils (graphite and color), pastels, charcoals, erasers, sharpeners
Kids & School Art and Graphic Pencils, watercolors, brushes, markers, crayons, modeling dough, oil pastels, papers, connector pens
Technical Drawing Mechanical pencils, refills
Pens Fountain pens, ballpoint pens, refills
Luxury Pens Fountain pens, ballpoint pen

From about 1880 to 1975 Faber-Castell was also one of the world's major manufacturers of slide rules, the best known of which was the 2/83N.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Faber-Castell International. Office Products
  2. ^ Faber-Castell International. Products for FineArts and Design
  3. ^ a b Faber-Castell International. The company facts & figures
  4. ^ Faber-Castell International. About Us
  5. ^ a b c Faber-Castell International. The History of the Faber-Castell Company
  6. ^ Faber-Castell International. The Company Logo
  7. ^ Coulson, Steve. "Adam Hughes - Anatomy of a sketch, Pt3 - The Tools" YouTube; May 15, 2006; Accessed September 8, 2010
  8. ^ Faber Castell products

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