27 Jul '11, 8am

"If you carry the name of the brand, you are particularly sensitive to quality," said Count Anton-Wolfgang von...

"If you carry the name of the brand, you are particularly sensitive to quality," said Count Anton-Wolfgang von...

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 250-year-old brand—is a frequent presence at the castle, where you might find the tall and dapper 70-year-old dressed in a tailored suit with a Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil clipped to his pocket. In 1978, the count left his job as an investment banker in New York to succeed his father as chairman and CEO of the world’s oldest and largest writing-instruments company. His accomplishments at the helm include the 2003 launch of the Pen of the Year line, examples of which regularly grace the pages of Robb Report —including this year’s ...

Full article: http://www.robbreport.com/Art-Collectibles/The-Robb-Reade...

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