The court princely architect Joseph Hardtmuth laid down the foundations of the company in 1790, from which his descendants, especially his son Carl and grandson Franz, have created one of the world's largest companies in its field.
A number of significant innovations in the field of writing instruments comes from the KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH factory. For example, the production of graphite and clay pencil lead, patented as early as 1802, the principle of machine-made pencils or division of graphite pencils into individual grades 8B-10H, according to the hardness of the lead, which were soon taken over by other manufacturers as a global standard.
Through our high-quality and affordable products, we inspire both kids and grown-ups, motivating them to develop themselves and making their lives more fun and colourful. Whether you are looking for quality art supplies for enthusiasts and professionals, creative children's aids, office equipment, or interesting gifts for your loved ones, KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH has been bringing you a wide range of proven products for four centuries in a row.