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The Robb Reader: Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell

For his new book about Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI is using Faber-Castell pencils to write his original draft. Vincent van Gogh recommended the brand to painter Anthon van Rappard in a letter, of which a replica is on display at the company’s castle in Stein, Germany. Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell—the eighth-generation owner of the […]

Best of the Best 2011: Pens: Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2011

Each year, the artisans of Graf von Faber-Castell produce a writing instrument using an unusual material, such as horsehair or satinwood. This year, for the company’s 250th anniversary, the Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2011 (800.331.8684, http://www.graf-von-faber-castell.com) incorporates jade, a gemstone with associations of longevity and vitality. The gently mottled, emerald-colored nephrite jade, […]

Robb Report Editors Select Luxury World’s Most Exceptional New Menswear and Accessories in 24th Annual “Best Of The Best” Special Issue

MALIBU, CA (May 29. 2012) — With its extraordinary selection of digital enhancements, the iPad edition of Robb Report’s 24th annual “Best of the Best” signature issue offers tablet users an interactive look at the international luxury world’s most exceptional new menswear and accessories. Robb Report ’s “Best of the Best” iPad app—available in the iTunes […]

ROBB REPORT EDITORS SELECT LUXURY WORLD’S MOST EXCEPTIONAL NEW MENSWEAR AND ACCESSORIES IN 24th ANNUAL “BEST OF THE BEST” SPECIAL ISSUE

MALIBU, CA (May 29. 2012) — With its extraordinary selection of digital enhancements, the iPad edition of Robb Report’s 24th annual “Best of the Best” signature issue offers tablet users an interactive look at the international luxury world’s most exceptional new menswear and accessories. Robb Report ’s “Best of the Best” iPad app—available in the iTunes […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Harlequin Romance

The GIFT A set of five one-of-a-kind David Oscarson Harlequin pens, embellished with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. $1.5 million It took only 11 years for David Oscarson to reach the upper echelon of fine pen making, a level that has been dominated for centuries by European brands such as Montblanc and Graf von Faber-Castell. […]

FrontRunners: In Its Element

The cross-grained olive wood used in the Graf von Faber-Castell Elemento Collection (www.faber-castell.us) references Faber-Castell’s origins as a family-owned pencil manufacturer. In 1761 cabinetmaker Caspar Faber started a small business in Stein, Germany, outside Nuremberg. He made maybe 10 pencils per week and walked them into town to sell at market. Two hundred fifty years […]

FrontRunners: Mystery Writing

Graf von Faber-Castell fashioned its Pen of the Year 2010 (www.graf-von-faber-castell.com) using the techniques of craftsmen who made hunting rifles in the 19th century. The production of case-hardened metal, which was used on fine guns from the period, was something of a secret art, handed down for centuries by word of mouth. Graf von Faber-Castell’s […]

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