Faber-Castell Pencil with Cap
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Faber-Castell: the 9000 Series. It gets no better.
Graphite and colored pencils.
The history of the pencil in the sense of the word today begins with the discovery of the first English graphite mines in the 17th century. The problem was that the pencil lead cut in whole pieces was a luxury. That changed when the Frenchman Nicolas Jacques Conté and the Austrian Josef Hardtmuth at the end of the 18th century developed a ceramic process to produce pencil leads. They mixed graphite dust with clay and fired the leads in an oven, with the amount of clay and length of time in the oven determining the hardness of the lead. The advantages of this mixture are history: the high level of stability made it possible to write with a vertical tip, with good smear resistance, that was relatively impervious to fading. And a welcome opportunity: upon sober reconsideration one could erase what one had written.
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