First, I should write a bit about the Company and the brand history. However, due to a lack of time and the complex history of the Company (it´s closely linked to the Faber-Castell Company), I don´t have much to write yet. Both brands, Eberhard Faber and Faber-Castell, are highly visible in Europe and the US. Allmost every product from one of these two brands, from pencils to erasers, set squares and of course markers I had ever in my hands was/is of outstanding quality.
EF Eberhard Faber Design Art Markers
I don´t know much about these markers. They were made in the USA and seem to be very old… I got them from different sources: two from a flea market some years ago, the others were in a large box filled up with layout markers of different types. I even didn´t noticed the Design Art Markers when I bought this box… So it was a real surprise to find these EF markers inside among all the other stuff.
When I found the first three markers at this flea market, the guy who sold them had much more, but I got only these two. I remember that he wanted a lot of money for the markers, I think I paid 8,00 Euros for the two… All these markers are still fine and fit perfect with the solvent-based old Pantone markers. Like most of the old markers they are of good quality and solid metal barrel construction.The labels of these markers differ a little bit. Conspicuous is the fact, that on some markers the label is printed directly onto the marker barrel, while other markers have a sticker – in one case it´s a paper sticker, on two other markers, it´s a plastic sticker.
Eberhard Faber Multi Marker No.60
This one is an outstanding example of an early permanent marker made in Germany. I spotted markers like this somewhere in a magazine from 1965, so it must be definitely from the 1960s. After I received this marker, I did a little bit research and found pictures of a whole box with Eberhard Faber Multi Markers. Unfortunately this picture (via picture search) was about one month old when I discovered it. It was part of an eBay auction that had still ended – without any bids. So I contacted the seller, but he told me, he had already throw all the stuff he wasn´t able to sell away. Shit! However, good to have at least one!
I also have a refill ink for this marker (see picture above). Ink is still liquid, but it´s black (the marker is green). The Eberhard Faber Multi Marker No.60 is an example for non-toxic ink in vintage markers. The marker still works, it doesn´t smell – I think it´s alcohol-based or something. Before opening the cap, I expected another odor…
There was once also a No.70 version. It´s mentioned on the refill ink instruction sheet. Would like to have at least a picture from this one.
Eberhard Faber Multi Paint Lackmaler
I found this paint marker (Lackmaler means literally something like “painter”) in a stationery shop in a small German town. The marker isn´t vintage, but I guess it´s nevertheless 15 or more years old, also according to the shop owner. I can´t find more information about the marker. Seems to be discontinued… The marker is xylene and toulene free, however, it has a strange smell. Nice labeling without bar code.