In 1905, shortly after taking over as Managing Director, Count Alexander (6th Generation) brought out a new range of top-quality pencils, which he called Castell. To distinguish them from his competitors, Count Alexander chose his regimental color for the paint coating: green and commissioned a painting called "Knights of the Pencil", an advertising motif that decorated the boxes and cases for decades, in several different variants. The motif was modified in different styles by commercial artists whose names are unrecorded.
Later it was considered rather old-fashioned and was dropped. But in the early 1990's Faber-Castell created a new corporate image for the company, the knights were reinstated as a symbol of the Faber-Castell brand. In stylized form, they are now an essential part of the company logo.
The Faber-Castell knight is holding a Castell Pencil and winning by breaking his competitor’s. This signified a new high-quality product that could not be beaten by its competition. The Castell is now called Castell 9000 and is available in 16 different degrees of lead hardness.