THE Caran d'Ache STORY

From its humble beginnings in Geneva, Switzerland in 1915, to the present day, Caran d’Ache has been viewed as one of the world’s premiere pencil manufacturers. Their graphite pencils, color pencils and pastels are the pinnacle of quality, and are recognized by artists around the world as some of the best creative tools available.

An extension of Switzerland’s long history of watch-making and jewelry manufacturing, Caran d’Ache’s philosophy is simple: use high-quality materials and a sound design to create a superior-quality product.

The name “Caran d’Ache” is a play on the Russian word “karandash,” which translates to “pencil,” but the story goes deeper than that. “Karandash” is actually derived from the Turkish phrase “kara tash,” which means “black stone,” referring to the graphite found in every pencil. Like the pencil itself, graphite can be found at the core of the Caran d’Ache brand.


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“The design of this pen [Caran d’Ache 849] has had it on my radar for quite some time. The hexagonal aluminum body is built well, which you would expect from a Swiss-made pen.”

The Pen Addict

“Arguably one of the best sets you can buy.” [Pablo color pencil set]


“The Caran d’Ache® Grafwood pencils were very smooth with good consistency and seemed to flow when applied, with little need for refinement.”

5 Pencil Method