Faber-Castell was founded in Nuremberg, Germany in 1761 by Kasper Faber. Originally just called Faber, the name was changed to Faber-Castell in 1900 after the Company’s heiress married Alexander Lothar von Castell, a descendant of the first Prince of Bavaria. The company changed not only their name, but their logo as well and have kept to the changes ever since. Unlike many of their peers, Faber-Castell has remained in the Faber family for eight generations. 2011 marks the 250th year since Faber-Castell was founded, a feat they have recently emphasized in their latest commemorative collection. Every year since 2004, Faber-Castell releases a limited edition Pen of the Year that has been carefully designed to demanding specifications. The Pen of the Year for 2011 is by far one of Faber-Castell’s greatest masterpieces to date. Faber’s imperial blood has not been forgotten, as this pen could only be described as a royal among commoners. Today, Faber-Castell is world renowned for their high quality, professional art supplies, fine writing instruments and accessories. To maintain their illustrious reputation, they only allow the most qualified and authorized dealers to carry their products. As a leading dealer of Faber-Castell writing instruments, Pen Boutique offers a full range of their various collections and refills. Pen Boutique also has a shop-in-shop at their Montgomery Mall location in Maryland, a store that speaks to Faber-Castell's ongoing popularity and value among pen enthusiasts. Pen Boutique is an AUTHORIZED DEALER of Faber-Castell writing instruments.