These Caran d'Ache woodcase pencils are too pretty to use!
I came across a plain looking, dark grey box of Caran d’Ache pencils, with four delightful looking pencils peeking through the hexagonal hole in the front of the box, behind the counter of a local store, Nikaido. One look at these unique pencils, and I knew they would be following my home, despite the high price.
These pencils are Caran d’Ache Exit pencils collection - and this box was the 5th edition of this product line. Surprisingly, Caran d’Ache’s website had no information on this version or previous editions for comparison. However, a lack of information does not diminish the beauty of these pencils.
Caran d'Ache makes these pencils of reconstituted wood from exotic noblewoods. Reconstituted wood, is a misnomer for plywood, but this does not distract from the appearance, and is much less damaging to the planet and exotic wood. The descriptions of the beautiful pencils in this edition, from the enclosed booklet in the pencil box, state that the wood of these pencils is:
The Pencil Edition:
Titanium Wenge - dense wood enhanced with fine metal grooves.
Blue Zingana - horizon blue that reveals delicate nuances of brown and ivory
Canadian Maple - luminous white majesty
Black and White Poplar - with alternating blank and white spindles
The pictures do little to show the beauty of these limited edition pencils. I could not find any information about the graphite in these pencils. It does write nicely, with dark lines, but with a little feedback. I would guess that they are in the B to HB range, but as I don’t want to use them yet, I did not write long enough to get an idea of point retention to confirm these assumptions. They have an earthy smell but are not particularly fragrant.
If you are looking for beautiful collector pencils, these pencils sets from Caran d’Ache are worth a look.