Monday, December 23, 2019

OEM Caran D'ache


I have spotted on the internet writing instruments branded with watch manufacturer names before. In a previous post, I have shown an OEM Kaweco. Now I came across a Caran D'ache 849 ballpoint branded with Patek. I have also seen Audemars Piguet branding on the 849 Caran D'ache.
I really like the fact that the OEM does not come from China in the form of a cheap ballpoint, but then again if you look at the prices of the watches produced by Patek Philippe ...

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Trip to Prague, Koh-I-Noor shop hunt

koh i noor pencils prague, storefront

I had been to Prague and of course, I had to go hunting for Koh-I-Noor shops. 

As beautiful as Prague is, the weather was not the best, not even close. Around 1 - 3 degrees Celsius with constant rain. I wondered on the streets but because of the weather, and the limited time available, I only got to visit 2 of the shops. One of the shops I have been to the previous time I have been in Prague (link).
What I really like is Koh-I-Noor knows how to promote themselves and associate the stationary brand to Czech and to Prague. Going to a Koh-I-Noor shop in Prague is just like visiting a landmark, a church, a bridge. They are landmarks of Prague.

koh i noor hedgehog pencils
  The first Koh-I-Noor shop was in the old center. I don't think it is a Koh-I-Noor franchise shop as the shop was a mix of pencils and souvenirs. Also, it was kind of a tourist trap as everything inside seamed overprice to me. On Google maps you will find this shop under the name Koh-I-Noor Pencils.
 

The second shop was the one I have visited previously. A very large shop dedicated exclusively to the Koh-I-Noor products (Koh-I-Noor Hardmuth as). It is located in the vicinity of Prague Castle. This shop had a smaller selection of clutch and mechanical pencils and it was more oriented to the artists out there. But I still managed to find some very interesting products at good prices.
koh i noor hedgehogs
I really like the decor Koh-I-Noor uses in the shops. It has a feeling of traditional, classy and very friendly. Also, they address a very wide range of customers. From kids to artists or just to the average person.
koh i noor hedgehog