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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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  • 5
    Best pencils, hands down

    Published by Caroline on Jul 3rd 2021

    The HB pencils are very smooth. It’s true that the graphite may be on the light side for an HB, and at first I did not like that. But I found myself always going back to this pencil over other HB. Why? Because it is super smooth to write with. And you seemingly never need to reshaped. I tend to press hard when I write, and the tip does not break, and I can go many pages without resharpening. By contrast, other HB pencils last me about one page of a travelers notebook before needing to be resharpened. It also erases great, no matter how hard you press. I recently purchased the 3B, as I historically like a softer pencil. This one too is super smooth and writes darker, and you can erase easily no matter how hard you press. But it is softer so the tip is more easy to break, and it does require more resharpening. In the end, the HB is my go to, though I do enjoy the 3B as well. I suspect for school, the HB would be a go to pencil given the above properties.

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