Clutch pencil

Caran d'Ache

Fixpencil (1929)

Founded in Geneva in 1915, when Arnold Schweitzer purchased the Ecridor Pencil Factory, Caran d’Ache is a Swiss manufacturer of art and luxury writing instruments. Schweitzer named his company after the nickname of a French satiric political cartoonist, Karandash (the Russian word for pencil).

In 1929, Carl Schmid invented the Fixpencil, one of the first clutch pencils which has been trademarked by Caran d’Ache (as pictured below). Today, the Fixpencil model 22 is the most iconic option. It consists of a lightweight but very strong aluminium barrel and a sharpener incorporated in the push-button. It is supplied with a random push-button colour: black, blue, red and yellow.

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