Banking on the written word, Faber-Castell, the world's oldest manufacturer of writing instruments, makes more than 2 billion pencils a year. Its Graf von Faber-Castell line of premium fountain and roller pens sell for up to $800; a limited edition commands nearly $2,000. The company also makes artist-quality coloring pencils and pastels, as well as markers, technical drawing pencils, and products for children. Its products are sold in about 120 countries. Faber-Castell has manufacturing centers in Europe, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific region. Founded in 1761 as a pencil factory, the company is controlled by the founding von Faber-Castell family.