Professional Drawing Products
Developed in 1790, the Hardtmuth drawing pencil was the very first of its kind. A true innovator and entrepreneur, Joseph Hardtmuth invented and patented his process for blending clay, graphite powder, soot and an organic binder to produce writing and drawing instruments of the highest quality.
In fact, one hundred years later, Hardtmuth writing instruments caught the attention of HRH Queen Victoria, who gave the Koh-I-Noor pencil its official name. The monarch's inspiration was the Koh-I-Noor diamond, a gift from India to add to the royal collection.
The company expanded in 1890 and established a branch in Bloomsbury, New Jersey. However, with World War II came the division of Koh-I-Noor North America and Koh-I-Noor Europe. Over time, the two companies developed different art materials - Koh-I-Noor Europe manufactured fine art materials such as pencils and paints, along with office and school supplies. Meanwhile, Koh-I-Noor USA had developed some of the finest technical drawing supplies on the market.
In 1999, Steven W. Roth, president of Chartpak Inc., acquired Koh-I-Noor North America - famous for its world-renowned Rapidograph® Technical pens which are made in our plants in the United States, and partnered once again with Koh-I-Noor Europe and the Breeza family to bring a cohesive line of professional drawing materials to the USA, Canada and South America. The Koh-I-Noor line of drawing pencils has expanded from the classic graphite pencil to over 20 degrees of graphite, colored and aquarelle pencils, pastels, blocks, watercolors, and a plethora of drawing accessories.
We are extremely proud to have participated in the reunification of this prestigious brand.
The Koh-I-Noor® Fine Art Product Line
The finest Hardtmuth® graphite in 19 degrees.
Extra Large Leaded Pencils
Water soluble Hardtmuth graphite in 3 degrees.
Extra large triangular Hardtmuth graphite pencils are ergonomically shaped.
Hardtmuth graphite mechanical pencils in .5mm and .7mm leads.
Woodless pencils for graphite and colored drawing.
72 colors of extra soft, smooth and blendable colored pencils.
Mondeluz water soluble pencils come in 72 colors and can be used wet or dry.
Extra large triangular colored pencils are ergonomically shaped.
Neon colored pencils in 6 colors
Colored Pencils with braided, multi-colored leads for fine art.
Extra large pencils with multi-colored leads.
Colored pastel, chalk and charcoal pencils.
Hardtmuth graphite leads and clutch lead holders in a variety of styles and sizes.
Compressed graphite, charcoal and sepia toned drawing blocks.
Art sets with a variety of drawing materials including pencils, blocks and erasers.
Extremely soft, professional grade pastels.
Bristol, Drawing, Sketch, Pen, and Colored Pencil papers
The Koh-I-Noor Technical Product Line
Refillable precision technical pens with line widths from .13mm to 1.20mm. Available in pens, points and sets.
A technical pen that handles like pencil, ideal for sketching with line widths ranging from .25mm to .50mm.
Cleans wet and dry ink from technical pens and keeps them clog-free.
Universal, Ultradraw and Rapidraw inks are specially formulated for use with technical pens.
A range of colored, black and white drawing inks that can be used in technical pens, airbrushes and with dip pens and paint brushes.
Supplies for pen plotters include plotter pens and inks.
Precision clutch lead holders and multiple sized pencil and lead sharpeners.
Manual drawing and drafting supplies.
Electric and liquid erasing tools.
Student grade markers and drawing products.