Brazilian-Made Castell 9000s

Have you ever seen a Castell 9000 not made in Germany? Until now I’d only encountered the German variant of the venerable green pencil made by Faber-Castell (an Indonesian version exists), but it seems there is also a South American version.

The Castell 9000 made in Brazil sports the name “Regent” next to the barcode and serial number. Interestingly, “Regent” is a name associated with another green but non-Castell-9000 pencil from Brazil. I wonder if the name was folded into the more prestigious model at some point, or if the Regent 1250 still exists as a separate model. 

(An astute reader has remarked on the significance of the name: perhaps “Regent” refers to rule by proxy, that is, it is king where no purebred Castell 9000 exists? 😉)

Top to bottom: the Regent 1250, the Brazilian Castell 9000, and the regular German Castell 9000. The Regent 1250 is printed on one side only, the Brazilian 9000 on two, and the German one on three sides, like this.

(The German pencil with the third side on view, with the barcode.)

The Brazilian Castell 9000 is made of a different kind of wood, pale and streaked with grey, and lacks the soft sheen of the lacquered finish found in the German Castell 9000. (Below are some closeups where you can see the woodgrain better, with the Brazilian Castell 9000 factory-sharpened, then re-sharpened with a Deli 0668.)

The lead is quite smooth, the HB characteristically light, but I haven’t used these long enough to be able to comment on their performance. I’d love to hear from people who are familiar with this version!

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9 thoughts on “Brazilian-Made Castell 9000s

  1. Thank you for showing the Regent 1250 and the Brazilian Castell 9000 – especially the latter has always been a mystery to me (so far I have only heard of it). I am eager to hear what you say about the performance of the Brazilian Castell 9000! Is the wood of the Regent 1250 the same as the one of the Grip 2001? If yes, then it could be Gmelina. I wonder which wood has been used for the Brazilian Castell 9000 – I’d love to see a close-up of the sharpened point.

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    1. Gunther, I have added some closeups, hope that helps. I don’t think the two pencils share the same wood; the wood of the Regent 1250 in particular is something weird. I look forward to your expert opinion 😀
      The Brazilian variant of the Castell 9000 must have been around for quite some time; I wonder why we never heard of it? We need to recruit more people down here, to report on these mystery pencils!

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      1. Thank you, Sola, but I’m no expert, especially not when it comes to pencil wood :-) Thank you for the closeups! The wood of the Regent 1250 looks very much like Gmelina, and the Brazilian 9000 could be made of poplar; the German 9000 is from incense cedar.

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      2. You will be getting a sample of each so you can look even more closely 😉 as for pencil wood, it is such a difficult subject – but I’ve already decided I don’t like Gmelina.

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  2. I live in Colombia, South America and there is where the Castell 9000 is the common thing. I love it. Its the best what you are able to get here. The Brazilian finish does not look as nice as the German one but maybe the price is lower too – I don’t know – but it writing performance is superior!

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    1. Thank you for your comment! It’s nice to know they are more readily available elsewhere (it’s actually not that common here). And as you say they are cheaper than the German Castell 9000s; I got them for around 70 cents apiece whereas the German ones cost more than a dollar each in most countries.

      I found them quite pleasant to use but it seems there are some issues with consistency regarding lead grades (see the comments here) . Are you able to get the Brazilian Castell 9000s in all grades, individually?

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    1. Stephen, thank you for your encouraging words :D The South American market is a real mystery with a logic of its own, I hope to be able to learn some more about it while we’re here ;)

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