Hardtmuth 1500 Pencil - HB


$ 1.75 

  • Hardtmuth 1500 Pencil - HB - CW Pencil Enterprise
  • Hardtmuth 1500 Pencil - HB - CW Pencil Enterprise
  • Hardtmuth 1500 Pencil - HB - CW Pencil Enterprise

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In 1889, the Koh-i-Noor 1500 pencil made its grand debut at the World's Fair in Paris. At the time, most radical innovations debuted similarly but for the pencil industry this was especially monumental. Not only was the 1500 the first pencil to be painted yellow but it was also the first to be deliberately painted as a design choice. Painting a pencil normally signified that the pencil was imperfect and there was something to hide so makers of high quality pencils opted to leave them unpainted to show off the wood grain. Originally, they came in an unheard of 17 grades and featured ends dipped in 24ct gold, selling for at least three times that of comparable pencils of its time. 

Over a century later, the Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth 1500 is still manufactured similarly to how it was in the 1880s and represents an undeniably important moment in pencil history.

Made in the Czech Republic

Grade: #2/HB but feels more like an F or an H

Measures 7" long

Sold individually

Hexagonal barrel, normal diameter



We measure the characteristics of the pencils we sell against a General's Semi-Hex #2, which is the pencil we consider to be a good quality pencil of true HB/#2 hardness, similar to that of most American #2 pencils. The swatch in this product listing reflects that. 

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