Pencils Facts


A 14-year-old 'pinus caribaea'  tree is able to produce 2.500 pencils.


One hectare is an area equal to a city block and it can produce 3.500.000 pencils.


Faber-Castell's pencil production approximates 1.8 billion per year.

If these pencils were laid end to end it would be possible to encircle the world more than 6 times on the equator line.


The biggest pencil in the world is 20m high and it is located in Malaysia. 

The pencil was produced by the Faber-Castell Malaysia production site.


The world’s oldest surviving pencil was found in the roof of an old German house during renovations, and dates back to the 17th century. It is now part of the Faber-Castell private collection.


The smallest pencil in the world is 17.5mm short, about 5mm thin and contains a 3mm graphite lead.

It was made by Faber-Castell in a limited edition of 50 which were given as Christmas gifts to a select group of customers. It does write, but you would probably need a pair of tweezers to do so!


The Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil (Limited Edition) is the world’s most expensive pencil. It is made with white gold and diamonds.