The Fixpencil was invented in 1929 by Carl Schmid, a Geneva engineer, then was developed and marketed by Caran d’Ache, quickly becoming a success around the world. Originally produced in bakelite then entirely in metal, it was the first mechanical pencil with a clutch mechanism that allowed leads of different diameters to be used. Its hexagonal shape is a distinctive characteristic of Caran d’Ache and a lead sharpener is incorporated in its push button.
The robust, reliable and practical Fixpencil has sold by the millions. Several technical improvements and new designs have helped it pass the years without going out of fashion. Today, the Caran d’Ache Fixpencil still enjoys great popularity and maintains its place in the Swiss subconscious.
Caran d’Ache in brief!
Caran d'Ache, Maison de Haute Ecriture, was founded by Arnold Schweitzer in 1924. With its priceless wealth of technical expertise, the company has carefully protected the art of handwriting. In the great tradition of Swiss manufacturing, it designs and produces exceptional products, all of which carry the famous “Swiss made” quality label. Recognised around the world for their excellence, these writing instruments, as well as Caran d’Ache fine arts and drawing materials, are a daring combination of expertise and aesthetics. The company currently employs some 300 people.