Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell had a point to prove when he threw 500 Faber-Castell pencils from the top of his castle in Germany.
The head of the 250-year manufacturer climbed the 69 stone steps to the top of his castle in Stein, Germany to throw the pencils onto the cobbled street below.
Several pencils were then tested to see if the lead was still intact after the fall. According to the Mirror, Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell said: “See, it didn’t break – that’s why we make the best pencils in the world. The lead in a cheap pencil would be in pieces.”
“Buy a cheap brand and it will let you down. We will not compromise on quality or the safety of our children’s products.
“That’s why we will not produce a budget version of the pencil. We can’t stint on the 10 coats of paint that go on to every pencil or the glue we use to bond the lead to the wood so the lead never breaks.”