Californian cedar provides the highest quality wood for the pencils in the Graf von Faber-Castell Collection.

Cedar wood is almost knot-free, long-fibred and characterized as a consistent growth pattern due to minimal seasonal variations in California. For this reason, it is light and easily sharpened, which are very important characteristics for a high-quality pencil.

The cedar used for the Graf von Faber-Castell pencils is brown or dyed black in its entirety. The wood in the black pencils thus retains its black coloring after sharpening.