Caran d'Ache (company)

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Caran d'Ache
Private
ISINCH0268536338 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryWriting instruments
Founded1915; 105 years ago (1915) [1]
FounderArnold Schweitzer [1]
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsColored pencils, graphite pencils, pastels, fountain pens, ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, markers, gouache paints, ink cartridges
Websitecarandache.com

Caran d'Ache is a Swiss manufacturing company of writing instruments. The company, established in 1915, produces a wide range of products including colored pencils, graphite pencils, pastels, fountain pens, ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, markers, gouache paints, and ink cartridges.

History[edit]

The Fabrique genevoise de crayons was founded in Geneva in 1915 when Arnold Schweitzer purchased the Ecridor Pencil Factory. In 1924, Arnold Schweitzer named his new company after Caran d'Ache, the nickname of the French satiric political cartoonist Emmanuel Poiré (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 mechanical pencils which has been trademarked by Caran d'Ache. Caran d'Ache launched its watercolour pencil Prismalo in 1931 and its wax pastel Neocolor in 1952. In 1969, it created its emblematic office metal ballpoint pen 849.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Caran d'Ache history from official website". Carandache.ch. Archived from the original on 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  2. ^ "CARAN d'ACHE > La Maison > La Maison > Histoire". Carandache.ch. Archived from the original on 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2011-11-01.

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