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Earth, water, fire, wind and void – based on the five Zen rings, Miyamoto Musashi describes strategies for the perfect samurai in 1645. The decisive factor is not his technique, but his inner attitude characterised by relaxation, openness and wisdom of the heart.
Founded in the 18th century, by the middle of the 19th century Faber had grown to become the largest manufacturer of wood-cased blacklead and colour pencils. Baron Lothar von Faber turned the humble pencil into the world’s first brandname writing implement and created a series of fascinating products that remain classics to this day. When his granddaughter Baroness Ottilie von Faber married Count Alexander zu Castell-Rüdenhausen in 1898, the King of Bavaria gave his approval to the new name Faber-Castell. Our approach to our business, then and now, is based on an unerring awareness of quality, pioneering drive, and social commitment.
Miyamoto Musashi (1582–1645), who the Japanese consider to be the greatest swordsman of all time and a perfect samurai, is said to have been impetuously furious. He wrote The Book of Five Rings, which serves as a source of worldly wisdoms to this day.