Fredrich Staedtler started making handmade pencils way back in 1662. Then in 1835 J.S Staedtler opened up a pencil making factory In Nuremberg.
Today Staedtler is unique among pen & pencil manufacturers as it is owned by the non profit Staedtler foundation. The main purpose of the foundation is the promotion of scientific research at German polytechnics and universities, in particular at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
The Staedtler foundation also finances other cultural projects such as the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche Church in Dresden.
Staedtler has a reputation for top quality writing and drawing instruments these include:
Staedtler Technical Pens
The Staedtler Mars matic 700 technical pen is one of the finest precision writing pens around it has a range of nib sizes from 0.13mm to 1.0mm.
Also include in this range is the Staedtler Pigment Liner a fine line pen with nibs from 0.05mm to 0.8mm.
Staedtler Mechanical Pencils
Staedtler produce a superb range of mechanical pencils which include the top of the range Staedtler 925 25 and a choice of 0.3mm, 0.5mm. 0.7mm & 0.9mm leads. The Staedtler 771 learner’s pencil that has a chunky grip and 1.3mm leads.
Staedtler Clutch Pencil
The Staedtler Mars Technico 780C lead holder takes 2mm leads which are becoming harder to find these days. Lead holders are also sometimes referred to as a clutch pencil.
Staedtler Triplus is a first class range of ergonomic pens and pencils. This includes the Triplus ball pen 431M which has a medium tip and writes a 0.45mm line and the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pen 334 which writes a 0.3mm line and is available in 20 ink colours.
Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent Markers
These are some of the finest permanent markers that money can buy. They are available in eight in colours and four different tip sizes. Better still they can be refilled with Staedtler Lumocolor permanent refill ink.
Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencil
Quite simply these are an unrivalled traditional wood cased lead pencil for writing sketching and drawing. They are available in 16 degrees which are 8B, 7B, 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H and 6H.
Staedtler make a nice range of pencil lead which includes 0.5mm coloured lead available in blue, red & green, and their premium Mars Carbon 2mm Lead used in clutch pencils.
Last but not least is the Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser widely regarded as the ultimate eraser which leaves no mess or residue behind when erasing.