In Switzerland, this is the pencil you'd find at the supermarket or post office. It's the most basic of the Caran d'Ache range, but there definitely isn't anything basic about its smooth core and high-quality cedar casing.
One of the most iconic pencil brands still in operation, Caran d’Ache was founded in 1915 and has been family-run ever since (4th generation!). Their name is taken from 19th century political cartoonist Emmanuel Poiré, whose psuedonym was Caran d’Ache, a franco-fied version of "karandash," the Russian word for "pencil."
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