All Faber-Castell Art & Graphic Professional Art Pencils are Made in Germany.  High-quality, very lightfast pigments are more cost-intensive than pigments with average lightfastness.  A higher percentage of pigments is more cost-intensive than fewer pigments in a color pencil as well.

A thicker, more break resistible lead can hold more pigments.  Moreover 20% more wood is needed than with thinner pencils.  The eco-friendly water-based varnish is costly and complex, production time is also more expensive because of longer drying times, but much more environment friendly.

Faber-Castell is the only manufacturer who produces with solvent-free varnish.