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!