In 1889, the Koh-i-Noor 1500 pencil made its grand debut at the World’s Fair in Paris. At this moment in history most radical innovations debuted similarly but for the pencil industry this was especially monumental. Not only was the 1500 the first pencil to be painted yellow but it was also the first pencil to be deliberately painted as a design choice. Painting a pencil normally signified that the pencil was imperfect and there was something to hide so makers of high quality pencils opted to leave them unpainted to show of the wood grain. Originally the ends were dipped in 24ct gold, they came in an unheard of 17 grades and were sold for at least three times that of comparable pencils of its time.
Over a century later, the Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth 1500 is still manufactured similarly to how it was in the 1880s and represents an undeniably important moment in pencil history.