Accompanying the audacious Les Crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache series is a pencil box, offering four pencils that are adorned with palladium plated caps.
To my eye, the American Walnut box is very nicely finished:
The two parts of the box (closed by magnets) open to reveal a sloped pencil box:
If you are able to buy the pencils directly from Caran d’Ache, you can even get the pencils imprinted with up to six characters!
The palladium pencil caps are nice, and can be reused! Unfortunately the fit on one is not what I’d hope for:
The caps can be reused on replacement pencils:
Perhaps the nicest aspect of the box is the way it lines up (again held together with interior magnets). Caran d’Ache say the boxes are made by a professional furniture maker in Schwyz, Switzerland:
An overall assessment is challenging. The use of a precious metal (no doubt in minuscule quantity) to cap the pencils clearly brings to mind the superb silver capped Graf von Faber-Castell No. III pencil. The box is beautiful and practical. Yet in the end, we now know that the pencils are reconstituted wood, which I find innovative, but less than completely appealing.