What's the reason the price gap between a 5￠ plastic bag and a 3000 USD Chanel bag, between a 4 USD baggy shirt and a 4000 USD tuxedo? And,
between a 2-USD-for-a-dozen pencil and this pencil?
Maybe you already know well about the Graf von Faber-Castell. It produces normal pencils as well, not only Perfect Pencil.
How much is the highest price of the pencil, which has no permanent metallic part that ordinary people can admit? The price of Graf von Faber-Castell pencil - one of the most expensive mass-produced woodcased pencil - is about 10 USD for one pencil. It's much higher than the prices of one dozen of quality pencils like STAEDTLER Mars Lumograph or Faber-Castell Castell 9000.
What is the reason of that so high price for the woodcased pencil?
Do you accept that?
If you do not,
take a look at the wooden case after taking the paper case off.
Have you ever seen this kind of case for some other wood cased pencil before?
The lid is fitted onto the case body a bit tightly.
It looks like it's harsh, but it's just because of the magnification. Rather it's really smooth enough. The lid seems to be made by carving one wood piece.
In that great package, there are twelve pencils. Each individual pencil is engraved with twelve grooves, glazed with the varnish that doesn't spoils the color and the feel of the quality wooden barrel, and put with real silver cap.
It is sharpened very smoothly.
I'm sorry for that above magnified picture may not give you the proper impression of the real silver cap. It's not a silver-colored metal cap. It's real silver. So it can be stained easily as time passes. In that case, I get rid of the stain with ordinary eraser. It works well.
There's some variations of Graf von Faber-Castell pencil.
There are two variations - brown and black colored.
Three of them come with a Graf von Faber-Castell logo-printed paper band.
Unlike the first silver-capped one, the caps of these variations are quite simple.
It seems that the leads of these are same with the silver-capped one.
I think Faber-Castell may say that the hardness degree of this pencil is B. Like other German-made Faber-Castell pencils like Castell 9000 and Grip 2001 it's harder than expectation. It's almost same with the F grade of STAEDTLER Mars Lumograph.
You will feel it's almost ideal when you write with it. It's just my private opinion but I felt it's quite easier to write for a long time without strain on my hand. Maybe it's because of autohypnosis made by the high price. Or, maybe it's because of the thicker barrel.
Even with some Korean made cheap&good office pencils like the Dong-A Orange pencil and the MunHwa DeoJon pencil and the famous Dixon Ticonderoga, you can feel enough satisfaction not only as a collector, but also as a strict practical user.
Nonetheless, if we're not living in the world where every people wears white shirt, black skirt and red badge, how about allowing the production of this kind of pencil?