2009년 9월 30일 수요일

Graf von Faber Castell Pencil

In one of the stationery forum website I occasionally visit, there was a small struggle. Somebody wrote that buying luxurious and expensive writing instruments or other stationeries is just provoked by vanity and they're useless and never really practical. In the point of view of practical use and functional specification, there may be no huge differences between a 30 USD fountain pen and a limited edition 3000 USD fountain pen. You can fill them with ink and write on papers with them. You can carry them in your shirts pocket and destroy them by throwing them on the wall. Even with 20¢ ball-point pen, you won't have any problem when you write something on the paper.

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?


댓글 10개:

  1. Good posting. I enjoyed reading it. I'd love to have a set of Perfect Pencils, but that would just be vanity :-)

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  2. @Kiwi-d - 2009/10/06 06:18
    Thank you. Yes, the Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect pencil desk set is really vanity. I wish I have one!

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  3. I think it would be very interesting for your readers to find out more about the Dong-A Orange pencil and the MunHwa DeoJon pencil. Could you tell us more about them?

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  4. @Matthias Meckel - 2009/10/27 21:33
    Sorry for my last mistake to your comment.

    Dong-A and MunHwa are relatively old stationery vendors in Korea. I will post articles about their products some day.



    You can find the fine reviews on PencilTalk.org.

    http://www.penciltalk.org/2008/07/munhwa-deojon-hi-mic-pencil

    for the MunHwa DeoJon and

    http://www.penciltalk.org/2008/06/dong-a-hongdangmoo-office-pencil

    for the Dong-A Hongdangmoo (Orange).

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  5. Do you think this pencil has a lead that is even better than the one from the Fabeer-Castell 9000?

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  6. @Matthias Meckel - 2009/11/22 18:16
    Well, because the satisfaction that this pencil gives me is not only the quality of the lead, but the thick and light barrel, the gorgeous silver cap, etc, I couldn't concentrate on the quality of the lead.

    Now I've just compared Faber-Castell UFO Perfect Pencil and Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil. Indeed, the feeling of lead-touching of GVFC was better than FC. I'm sorry but it's so hard to me to describe in words.

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  7. Hi, as you may already noticed I'm fresh here.

    Hope to receive any help from you if I will have some quesitons.

    Thanks in advance and good luck! :)

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  8. @trickee - 2010/02/27 10:49
    Hi, trickee. Nice to meet you and sorry for my late reply.

    Please do not hesitate to ask when you want any help from me.

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