Caran d’Ache is rooted in fine writing. The name comes from the Russian word meaning pencil and the Turkish term for black stone which is the original form of graphite. The brand brings fresh and revolutionary skills to create some of the finest writing instruments in the world. They employ artists with the rare talent of authentic Chinese lacquer done by hand in the ancestral manner. Caran d’Ache is also renowned for being the first Swiss pencil factory with production being in the Geneva Mountains where natural graphite is most abundant.