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Wild boar, talk of war and a reawakened interest in pencils

One evening many years ago I had dinner with Count Faber-Castell, the pencil magnate, at his hunting lodge outside Nuremberg in Bavaria. In a pot on my desk I still have the brushed aluminium ballpoint pen engraved with my name that was given me to mark the occasion. It was part of a lavish soft sell of Faber-Castell pencils and drawing pens; boxed presentation sets of the latter - the then new model TG1 - were showered upon me also.

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