Eberhard Faber's history
Three brothers fight for the supremacy in the pencil business
The history of Eberhard Faber is turbulent. When its eponym was born in Stein near Nuremberg in 1822, his family had been running a pencil factory for generations. Eberhard grew up with two brothers who were older than him: One is called Lothar, the other Johann. All three were born with pencils in their cradle.
When his father died, his eldest brother, Lothar, took over the management of the manufactory. Lothar writes industrial history: His company A.W. Faber turns pencils into brand articles! This had never happened before! From 1843, you can even buy A.W. Faber pencils in America. At the age of 27 Eberhard and his young family set off for New York. There he took over the management of the foreign subsidiary of A.W. Faber.
Eberhard, Lothar and Johann fight for the success of the family tradition. But they are powerful competitors. In 1861 Eberhard started his own production in New York. In 1879 Johann, his middle brother, also set up his own pencil business in Nuremberg. The two younger brothers bitterly quarrel with each other and with the oldest, Lothar. He still runs the manufactory in Stein near Nuremberg.
Eberhard Faber returns to the parent company
When Eberhard Faber died in 1879, his company, the E. Faber Pencil Company, has been transferred to his sons Eberhard and Lothar. In 1922 the two brothers found a German subsidiary in Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate, not far from Nuremberg. In Franconia they produced pencils, coloured pencils and erasers;since 1965 also handicraft products for creative design. The new slogan was: We foster creativity at every age!