As I'm sure you're all sick of hearing, I'm researching early steel pen makers. I've run across a reference that seems to indicate that around 1864 (about three years after opening his pencil factory), Eberhard Faber attempted to make steel pens. Unfortunately he seems to have tried to make someone else's steel pens, and got sued, and that's how I know about it.
He was sued along with James Hodgskin, who I believe was his partner for a while? There's more info on Hodgskin once he leaves the stationery business and enters first Wall Street, then the Railroads, but almost nothing about what he did with Faber.
So, does anyone have any information on Eberhard Faber's pen making? Does anyone have more information on James Hodgskin than just his name and that later he went on to become quite wealthy before dying at an unseemly young age? I've seen the obit in The American Stationer, but that's the only mention of his time with Faber that I can find.