Caran d'Ache was founded in Geneva in 1924 and remains Switzerland's only manufacturer of writing instruments. Designed, developed and manufactured in Thônex-Geneva, they have become known for their range of gold and jewelled pens, along with lighters, wallets, cases and other lifestyle accessories. You'll probably also know them for their coloured pencils - especially in a tin of 12 bearing a picture of Swiss alpine scenery. However, the real interest for us pen geeks lies in their 'Office' range - especially the wonderful 849 Metal Ballpoint and the fabulous Fixpencil series of clutch pencils. Check out also the nice items in their office pencil range - Technograph pencils, nice rubber erasers and super-solid metal desk sharpeners.