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Since its inception in 1915, Carand’Ache has been producing quality writing and drawing instruments in its Geneva-based workshops. The company is committed to using the finest quality materials, with special attention paid to perfecting writing flow, innovating drawing methods, and creative designs.
Carand’Ache comes from the word “karandash” - a Russian term for “pencil” which contains the Turkish root “kara tash” or black stone – hence the origins of graphite.
Graphite was a natural material found in the mountains of Switzerland and gave rise to the first Swiss pencil factory set up in Geneva in 1915. Nine years later, founder Arnold Schweitzer named the company Caran d’Ache after the famous Russian illustrator and caricaturist Emmanuel Poire who went by the pseudonym Caran d’Ache.
Explore our collection of Carand’Ache writing instruments beginning with the 849 Carand’Ache Brut Rose Ballpoint pen - the paragon of elegance and femininity. Its body is a sparkling bronze-gold, slim and a pleasure to handle. A gold push-button and clip round out the graceful features. The pen comes in a slim rose-gold tin case, perfectly highlighting its hexagonal form and beauty.
The limited edition 849 Alexander Girard Ballpoint pen in black and pink are designed with the iconic “double triangle” pattern, the emblematic style of Alexander Girard. The pen comes with a metal box decorated with “the eyes” pattern. All pens are Swiss-made.