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Some people collect coins, dolls, or stamps. For Hans Hromatka, his passion is for pencils. A lifelong collector, he searches the Viennese flea markets weekly for a first production of Brevillier-Urban’s Ariosto series or perhaps even a complete box of 100 year old unsharpened Zeus pencils. Decades of collection have created one of the largest pencil collections in the world.

This passion for pencils transferred to the entire Cretacolor team, who responded to Hans Hromatka’s dreaming and questioning with fantastic new designs and innovations. Inventions including the revolutionary woodless Graphite Monolith and Aqua Monolith pencils resulted in prestigious Design Plus Awards. Today 27 pairs of hands build a single pencil – all sharing Hans Hromatka’s intense passion to produce the most innovative and highest quality pencils and fine art materials.

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