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The Caran d'Ache Pencil Sharpening Machine is Swiss-made and the solid metal construction ensures that it is built to last.
Using the supplied clamp, it can be mounted to a desk, table or bookcase. Can be used to sharpen any round, hexagonal or triangular pencils and pastels, from 4mm to 10mm in diameter, using a long-lasting helical blade. Robustly constructed from almost entirely metal, this is a sharpener that can be passed down through generations.
By pinching the butterfly clamps, the mechanism glides out to accept a pencil. Releasing the clamps holds the pencil firmly in position for sharpening. By pressing the button at the centre of the crank, it is possible to change the length of the point that the sharpener will create. A removable metal drawer holds the shavings.
Caran d'Ache is familiar to many for their excellent range of coloured pencils. However, Switzerland's premier manufacturer of writing instruments and art products has a wide range of items from simple office items through the classic Fixpencil clutch pencils and 849 Metal Ballpoints to the highly desirable Ecridor premium range and beyond. All are made with uncompromising attention to detail and to the highest quality.
Caran d'Ache was the pen name by which French illustrator, Emmanuel Poiré, achieved worldwide renown in the 19th century. “Karandash” is the Russian term for “pencil” and in turn comes from the Turkish root “kara tash” which refers to black stone – the origins of graphite.
This natural material found in the mountains of Switzerland gave rise to the first Swiss pencil factory, in Geneva in 1915. Nine years later, in the hands of its founder, Arnold Schweitzer, it took the name of the famous illustrator and became known as Caran d'Ache.
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