Caran d'Ache (company)

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Caran d'Ache
Industry Art and luxury goods
Founded 1915[1]
Founder Arnold Schweitzer[1]
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
Products Writing instruments

Caran d'Ache is a Swiss manufacturer of art and luxury writing instruments.


It was founded in Geneva in 1915 when Arnold Schweitzer purchased the Ecridor Pencil Factory. Schweitzer named his new company after Caran d'Ache, the nickname of a French satiric political cartoonist (who in turn took his name from карандаш (karandash), the Russian word for pencil).[2] In 1929, Carl Schmid invented the Fixpencil, one of the first Clutch Pencils which has been trademarked by Caran d'Ache.

In 2012, Caran d'Ache changed distributors from Letts Filofax Group Ltd to Victorinox AG.


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Caran d'Ache history from official website". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  2. ^ "CARAN d'ACHE > La Maison > La Maison > Histoire". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 

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