Talk about all in the family. Founded in 1761, the Faber-Castell company is now in its eighth generation of family ownership. Every year it produces more than 1.8 billion pencils. (Is there a household that doesn't harbor at least one six-sided No. 2 in a drawer?) The present Count Von Faber-Castell sees the company's role as being "a companion for life" to its customers. A name long synonymous with fine pencils (Van Gogh loved them), the modern Faber-Castell has branched into pens that carry the same exacting standards of quality.