Passion for creation since 1790.
The earthenware company was founded in Vienna by Joseph Hardtmuth, architect of the Princely House of Liechtenstein.
The unique production of graphite and clay leads was patented.
Joseph's son Carl relocated the factory from Vienna to České Budějovice.
Carl's son Franz launched the production of the yellow graphite pencil KOH-I-NOOR 1500 in 17 gradations (H = Hardtmuth – hard, B = Budweis – black, F = Franz – firm).
The first mechanic propelling pencil was made.
After the global success of the yellow pencil 1500, the name KOH-I-NOOR for the first time appeared in the company name.
The elephant trademark symbol was registered – the 5th oldest trademark worldwide.
The yellow graphite pencil 1500 won a Grand Prix Award in Paris and became the most famous pencil in the world.
Before the World War I the company had the biggest pencil factory in the world.
The trademark Versatil for mechanic pencils was registered.
The production of unique tri color Magic pencils began.
The company KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH celebrated the 225th anniversary from its formation.