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The history of Faber-Castell is long and rich, beginning in 1761 when a cabinet maker named Kaspar Faber first established production of his pencils in Stein, Germany. The family company has been passed down from generation to generation, eventually getting its modern name in 1898 when Baroness Ottilie von Faber married Count Alexander zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, a member of one of Germany’s oldest noble families. But it was in 1905 that Count Alexander launched perhaps the company’s most famous product: the Castel 9000 line of green pencils. It was during this time that the “jousting knights” became a symbol of the company, symbolizing that their products simply rule the competition.

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