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Caran d'Ache

Since its birth in Geneva in 1915, Caran d’Ache has been perpetuating its expertise and its spirit of innovation. Technical excellence as well as impeccable quality stemming from the Swiss tradition of fine craftsmanship give rise to some of the world’s most sophisticated writing instruments.

Caran d’Ache is the pen name by which Russian-born French illustrator, Emmanuel Poiré, achieved worldwide recognition in the 19th century. The choice turned out to be a salient one, since “karandash” is the Russian term for “pencil” and in turn comes from the Turkish root “kara tash” which refers to black stone – the origins of graphite.

Caran d’Ache are devoted to the art of drawing and writing, crafting the finest instruments and creating the most luminous colours.