Caran a’Ache Luminance 6901 Colored Pencil Review

21 Jan

Product Description:

Officially established in 1924, Caran d’Ache is a Swiss manufacturer of artist quality drawing implements.  Their Luminance 6901 line of colored pencils are highly regarded for its depth of color and lightfastness (how well the color will hold up when exposed to light).   Like many other Swiss companies, Caran d’Ache prides itself on producing high quality products with meticulous attention to detail, and their Luminance 6901 pencils are no exception.

Over 70 different synthetic pigments, sourced from Germany and Switzerland, go into the Luminance pencil cores.  The wooden casing is sustainably harvested California cedar, and all stages of the manufacturing process occur under one roof in their Geneva factory.  All the Luminance pencils are rated LFI or LFII, the highest ratings of lightfastness possible on the American lightfastness scale of one to five.

The quality of the the Luminance 6901 pencil is reflected in its price.  It is by far the most expensive pencil we’ve reviewed yet, being between four and twenty times more expensive than other pencils on this site.

American Alternative Review:

Caran d’Ache is Switzerland’s only domestic pencil manufacturer.  Their Geneva factory blends high quality craftsmanship with high precision computerized manufacturing.  While their pigments are sourced from Europe, the straight grain California cedar that makes the pencil casing is sourced from mills approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  Aside  from using California cedar, there is not much else that makes Luminance 6901 pencils American-made.

0.5/5 stars

You can check out a set of their pencils here.  We recommend you check out our colored pencils category recap where you’ll find more American made colored pencils like those from General Pencil.

Some interesting history about the name Caran d’Ache.  When the company was founded in 1924, the French satirist and cartoonist Emmanuel Poire was using the psuedonym Caran d’Ache.  It is thought to be a play on the word ‘karandash’, meaning pencil in Poire’s native tongue, Russian.


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