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The “Castell” Brand History

The Castell line of pencils was introduced in 1906 as A.W. Faber’s response to the success of the Koh-I-Noor super-premium pencils from Austrian rival, L&C Hardtmuth. The Koh-I-Noor, with its distinctive yellow finish was beginning to challenge the supremacy of Faber’s Polygrade Siberian graphite pencils. A.W. Faber, countered the strong brand identity of Koh-I-Noor pencils with its own super-premium pencil, the Castell, coated in a distinctive green finish and utilizing a new process for precisely formulating and grading the graphite leads. Incidentally, both the names Koh-I-Noor and Castell which began as brands for particular lines of pencils would become so recognizable that they would eventually be incorporated into the names of their respective manufacturers.


Castell Drawing Pencil

(“Made by A.W. Faber in Germany,” USA market)

A.W. Faber, Stein, Germany / A.W. Faber, New Jersey, USA

The Castell line of pencils was introduced in 1906 as A.W. Faber’s response to the success of the Koh-I-Noor super-premium pencils from Austrian rival, L&C Hardtmuth. The Koh-I-Noor, with its distinctive yellow finish was beginning to challenge the supremacy of Faber’s Polygrade Siberian graphite pencils. A.W. Faber, countered the strong brand identity of Koh-I-Noor pencils with its own super-premium pencil, the Castell, coated in a distinctive green finish and utilizing a new process for precisely formulating and grading the graphite leads. Incidentally, both the names Koh-I-Noor and Castell which began as brands for particular lines of pencils would become so recognizable that they would eventually be incorporated into the names of their respective manufacturers.
A.W. Faber "Castell" Germany
A.W. Faber "Castell" Germany
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Castell

(“Germany” script)

A.W. Faber, Stein, Germany

This German made Castell dates just after World War I. A.W. Faber had established a factory in New York City in 1861 to produce pencils for the American market while avoiding import duties, but the high-grade pencils, like the Castell, were still made in Nurnberg, Germany. After WWI the Castell was also made in the USA, but the leads were still imported from Germany. When the supply of these leads was interrupted during WWII, the US A.W. Faber Pencil Company introduced the "Winner" Drawing Pencil as a replacement for the popular Castell.
A.W. Faber "Castell" made in Bavaria 6H

Castell

(“Made in Bavaria”)

A.W. Faber, Stein, Germany


reverse imprint reads: "Castell Lead Imported from A.W. Faber Castell, Bavaria, Germany."  

Castell 9000

(USA)

A.W. Faber Inc., Newark, New Jersey, USA

This American made Castell 9000 was manufactured by the American A.W. Faber, Inc. shortly after WWII using leads imported from Germany.  During the War, the U.S. Faber had replaced the popular Castell drawing pencil with the A.W. Faber “Winner ” Techno-Tone drawing pencil.



reverse imprint reads: "Leads Imported from American Zone Germany."
(factory sharpened) Kidding, of course. I'm too tired to say something witty about this crazy point. Sure is crazy.  

Castell 9000

(Germany)

A.W. Faber, Stein, Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
1953
Germany
20: 8B to 10H
 
see also The “Castell” Brand History

A.W. Faber Castell TK 9400 Leadholders

Keuffel & Esser Co. catalog, 1954, p 262

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Castell 9000

(Germany with Color-Grade and plain end)

A.W. Faber, Stein, Germany

The "Color-Grade" system was patented in the U.S. in 1952.

A.W. Faber Castell 9000 color coded
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Castell 9000

(Germany with Color-Grade and dipped end)

A.W. Faber, Stein, Germany

A.W. Faber Castell 9000 color coded
A.W. Faber Castell 9000 color coded
A.W. Faber Castell 9000 color coded
A.W. Faber Castell 9000 color coded
A.W. Faber Castell 9000 color coded

Castell 9000

(“Germany” with dipped end)

Faber-Castell, Stein, Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
(1970s)
Germany
20:8B to 10H
 
see also The “Castell” Brand History

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Castell 9000

(“W. Germany”)

Faber-Castell, Stein, West Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
1980s
West Germany
19: 8B to 9H
later reduced to 17: 8B to 7H
 
see also The “Castell” Brand History

Faber-Castell (South America) catalog, c 1980s, p 9
Faber-Castell (South America) catalog, c late 1980s, p 12
Faber-Castell 9000 boxes
(factory sharpened)  

Castell 9000

(new logo)

Faber-Castell, Stein, Germany

production date
origin
available degrees
1992
Germany
16: 8B to 6H
 
see also The “Castell” Brand History

This is a post-1992 Castell 9000 distinguished by the darker color and the of the jousting knights logo.
A.W. Faber Castell 9003 Chisel Point

A.W. Faber “Castell” 9003 Chisel Point

A.W. Faber-Castell Pencil Co. Inc.

production date
origin
available degrees
(1950s to 1960s)
Germany
20: 8B to 10H
 
see also The “Castell” Brand History

Mossner Drafting Supplies, 1959 catalog, p 58
The Castell Chisel Point has a flat lead in a standard sized pencil casing in contrast to the Staedtler Mars chisel point which is a bit like a mini carpenter’s pencil.