Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil Platinum Plated Cap, Black "I also wished to tell you about a sort of pencil I have found from Faber. They are of ideal thickness; very soft and in quality superior to carpenter's pencils, a capital black and most agreeable for work on large studies. I used them to draw a seamstress on grey sans fin paper and produced an effect resembling that of lithographic chalk. These pencils are encased in soft wood, coloured dark green on the outside and cost 20 cents apiece."(Letters to van Rappard) - Vincent van Gogh.