The Graf von Faber-Castell pencil is the world’s most expensive


Behold the brilliant, writing instrument! Graf von Faber-Castell has created the perfect von pencil, an elegantly ribbed, cedar wood marvel. With diamonds in a white gold extender, the pencil is an apostle of beauty and precision. Carrying a silver extender cap and a built-in sharpener and eraser, it is a revered part of the “Graf von Faber-Castell” Collection.

Paying homage to the cult object of poets and scholars, the luxury version was created in 2001 to mark the company’s 240th anniversary, “in terms of materials and exclusiveness, the pencil beat all records.” The magnum format cap in solid white gold (18 carat) is crowned with three fine-quality diamonds. Their size is 0.05 to 0.06, and they are of unusual brilliance. The spring-loaded clip is also made of solid gold. “Underneath the count’s coat-of-arms at the cap, three diamonds symbolize the third millennium.”

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The pencil’s timeless design surpasses the familiar and impresses the beholder. Integrated in the extender is the sharpener, which protects it and makes it suitable for the pocket while the cap conceals a replaceable eraser. For a pencil, this means perfection as the three functions, writing, correcting and sharpening combine all essential elements with rigor.

The world’s most exclusive pencil is somewhat larger than the standard version, and appeared in a limited edition of 99 pieces. The extender is available in a platinum-plated version or in sterling silver. The pencils can be bought separately in sets of five. The culmination of the art of graphite writing, however, can best be seen in The Graf von Faber-Castell Pen and Pencil Case.

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A container and work of art at the same time, this case celebrates the pencil in all its wooden demeanor. It is fashioned in choice German alder that was once the favorite of the craftsmen of Nuremberg. Its heavy metal lid is decorated with a high-quality mirror finish. Each case is numbered and comes with a certificate, signed by the master craftsman to document the quality of his work. The cases are available in brown and black, each filled with a platinum-plated Perfect Pencil, four replacement pocket pencils and four spare erasers. Otherwise, a single pencil is priced at $13,400.

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