Fast cars, shiny shoes, monster flat screen TVs ... all these things play a role as status symbols in our adult lives, but cast yourself back to your early school days when nothing said cool as much as a crackingly good pencil case. What I would have given to have one of these beauties in tow instead of my brothers' graffiti-ridden hand-me-down! Faber-Castell is the world's oldest and largest manufacturer of wood-cased pencils and the company is marking its 250th Anniversary with this Limited Edition Wood Case set.

The handcrafted, multi-level, wooden case contains all 120 colors of Polychromos colored pencils and Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, Polychromos artists pastels, PITT pastel pencils, Castell 9000 black-lead pencils, PITT woodless graphite pencils, PITT compressed charcoal sticks, double-hole metal sharpener, watercolor brush and a water bowl.

At a price of US$1700, the luxurious case is of course aimed at non-struggling artists, not schoolchildren. Only 1761 will be made (the 1761 is in reference to the year the company was founded) and each case has an individually numbered plaque and certificate of authenticity.

Faber-Castell incidentally, is responsible for an important innovation that we all take for granted these days – the company was the first to produce hexagonal shaped pencils that don't roll off your desk.

Faber-Castell 250th Anniversary Limited Edition Wood Case contents:

  • 120 POLYCHROMOS artists' color pencils
  • 120 ALBRECHT DURER artists' watercolor pencils
  • 120 POLYCHROMOS artists' pastels
  • 60 PITT pastel pencils
  • 15 CASTELL 9000 assorted from 8B to 6H
  • Complete PITT Monochrome assortment
  • High-quality watercolor brush in French style
  • High-end china water cup
  • 3 blending paper stumps
  • Twin metal sharpener
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Vinyl eraser
  • Eraser pencil
  • Sandpaper block
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