Caran d’Ache (company)



” ‘Caran d’Ache’ ” is a Swiss manufacturer of school, office, art and luxury writing instruments.

The Geneva Fabrique  crayons was founded in Geneva in 1915 when Arnold Schweitzer bought the Ecridor pencil factory. In 1924, Arnold Schweitzer named his new company after Caran d’Ache, nickname of the French satirical political cartoonist Emmanuel Poiré (which in turn takes its name from karandash (karandash), the Russian word for pencil).

In 1929, Carl Schmid invented the Fixpencil, one of the first Caran d’Ache mechanical pencils. Caran d’Ache launches his watercolor pen Prismalo in 1931 and his wax pastel Neocolor in 1952. In 1969, he creates his emblematic 849 metal ballpoint pen. In 2012, Caran d’Ache changes distributor of Letts Filofax Group Ltd at Victorinox AG.



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