Eberhard Faber Permapoint

1930s
About This Pen

Aren’t they a pencil company? Don’t they make fine German pens? Yes, both are true, sort of. Eberhard Faber is the same American company, now owned by Rubbermaid, that has made pencils since the 1800s. It and the German Faber-Castell company both descended from the same 1800 roots. But, contrary to its German cousins, the American company’s pens were not successful — their objective was chasing Esterbrook with their Permapoint brand, but the pens were not as well made as Esterbrooks. In black plastic, and 4 1/2″ long, it has a well-engineered appearance, with a bright orange band at each end. Its nib is Faber-branded, and it writes a firm medium/broad line. History aside, it’s a nice writer!

Price: $40 $26