Les crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache are perhaps the most exquisite things I have set eyes on in a long time.
Caran d’Ache created the experimental line of four pencils out of Titanium Oak, Macassar Ebony, Lati Gray, and American Walnut. How beautiful are they?
The first edition sold so well, the company quickly introduced Les crayones de la maison Caran d’Ache, Edition No. 2.
The second edition includes Guyana Palm, Blue Zebrano, American Cedar and Lati Grey (the first four). The last four pictured are from the first edition.
Under the care of the Swiss manufacturer, the lowly, forgotten pencil becomes a luxury good. How terribly elegant.
Photos and information from Pencil Talk (a fantastic site for writing instrument enthusiasts)
You can buy these pencils here if you’re willing to fork over some serious money!