Friedrich Soennecken

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Friedrich Soennecken
Mausolem Familie F. Soennecken

Friedrich Soennecken (September 20, 1848 – July 2, 1919), was an entrepreneur and inventor. He was the founder of Soennecken, a German office supplier.

Soennecken was born in Iserlohn-Dröschede, Sauerland in 1848, the son of a blacksmith. On May 27, 1875 he founded the F. Soennecken Verlag, a commercial enterprise in Remscheid, Westphalia. His main invention is the "round writing" style of calligraphy and the pen nib associated with it.[1] Round writing was designed to be a visually appealing, standardized style of penmanship which was easy to learn and execute, and Soennecken published books on the topic in several languages.[2][3]

In 1888, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote to a friend that he had finally discovered both a quality paper to write on and a quality pen from Germany: Soenneckens Rundschrift Federhalter.[citation needed]

Soennecken also introduced the two-hole punch and the ring binder. In 1876 he and his company relocated to Poppelsdorf, near Bonn, to be closer to the University which later awarded him the honorary title Dr. med. h. c..

Soennecken died in Bonn in 1919.


Hole punch
  • Ink container with stable stand (invented as an apprentice)
  • A style of writing with the round tip of the feather of a pen nib (1860)
  • Round writing, model of our current script
  • An early type of binder which later became the Soennecken file (1886)
  • The hole punch
  • The ring binder, later symbolically part of the logo of Soennecken


  • Hans Schreiber: Soennecken Alphabete No. 7 (Neue Rundschrift), Verlag Soennecken, Zurich, approx. 1930


  1. ^ Blair, Lawrence E. (1922). Principles and Practice of Show-card Writing. McGraw-Hill. pp. 19–20. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  2. ^ Soennecken, Friedrich (1879). Methodical Text Book to Round Writing. A. Eltzbacher & Co. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
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