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The history of STAEDTLER coloured pencils can be traced back to the year 1834, the year in which Johann Sebastian Staedtler invented the coloured oil pastel pencil. By 1856, J. S. Staedtler already had 48 different colours in his range. Over the years, STAEDTLER continued to further develop its coloured pencils and, in 2005, succeeded in coming up with a ground-breaking innovation: the Anti-Break-System or A·B·S for short. The white protective coating surrounding the lead core like a second skin has enabled us to significantly increase the level of break resistance of our coloured pencils.
Who invented the coloured pencil?
Nowadays, coloured pencils are indispensable tools for art and school use. But how long have they been around for and who invented them?
As in the case of graphite pencils, there is no exact information available on the invention of the coloured pencil. Though, once again, the name Staedtler is to be found in corresponding historical documents. In the year 1834, one year before the foundation of the company, Johann Sebastian Staedtler had already invented a coloured oil pastel pencil that could be sharpened to a point just like a pencil, making it one of the first coloured pencils ever.
Johann Sebastian Staedtler proudly presented his invention in the publication 'Correspondents from and for Germany' and was commended for it following an appraisal by Albrecht Reindel, head of the School of Applied Arts.
|STAEDTLER'S COLOURED OIL PASTEL PENCIL|
|What was so special about this coloured oil pastel pencil?|
It was Johann Sebastian Staedtler's intention to revolutionise the already existing pastel pencil.
The quality of this coloured lead by far exceeded others of that day and age:
Old account books show that, for more than 20 years, the company J.S. Staedtler supplied competitors with these coloured leads because no other company mastered the manufacturing process like J.S. Staedtler did.
You know the problem! Once children start colouring, it’s not long before the soft coloured pencil leads break – either when being sharpened, as a result of the heavy pressure applied or simply because they keep getting dropped on the floor.
STAEDTLER set itself the challenge to find a solution to this problem and, in 2005, launched coloured pencils with an Anti-Break-System (A•B•S) onto the market.
Thanks to innovative, white protective coating that surrounds the colour-intensive high-quality lead core like a second skin, the break resistance as well as the stability of the coloured leads are increased.
The principle of this protective coating follows a clever example from nature: just like a robust bamboo cane, the white protective coating protects the lead core where it most effective – from the outside – and additionally strengthens the bond between the lead and wood in the pencil.
The advantages of the STAEDTLER A•B•S system are evident: Less sharpening is required and the service life of the pencils is considerably longer.