The first producers of pencils were recorded in the imperial city of Nuremberg, around 1660. Various craftsmen established shops in the surrounding villages, and in particular in Stein, within the county of Ansbach. Here, the craftsmen were not subject to the same strict controls as at Nuremberg and thus had a more competitive advantage.
One of them was the cabinetmaker Kaspar Faber. At first he worked for local merchants, but in his spare time he produced pencils for his own use. He soon became so successful that he was able to start his own business. From this humble beginning, developed the company that became known all over the world.