Heintze & Blanckertz

Heintze & Blanckertz was the first German manufacturer of immersion pens. It was founded in 1842 in Oranienburg near Berlin. Today the company is located in Wehrheim near Frankfurt.

“Heintze & Blanckertz – erste deutsche Schreibfederfabrik” was founded in 1842. The dip pens were important because the only other writing tool was the pen. The company sold its products in its own offices in Berlin, Leipzig and Frankfurt. Since the 1920s, the company has collaborated with famous designers such as Rudolf Koch, Paul Renner and Edward Johnston and has developed into the arts and crafts sector. In 1926, Heintze & Blanckertz started publishing the design magazine Die zeitgemäße Schrift and, three years later, the Rudolf Blanckertz Schriftmuseum (writing museum) opened in Berlin. During the Second World War, the Oranienburg factory was bombed and the remaining machines were confiscated by the Red Army. The plant was reopened in West Berlin and later moved to Frankfurt, but the ballpoint pen restricted the use of the dip tanks, so the company’s operations are now more focused on the arts and crafts sector. He also produces materials for artists and craftsmen. The graphic collection of Rudolf Blanckertz is now part of the permanent exhibition of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.

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