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17 Interesting Facts about your favorite Brands & Products!

With just one store in the year of 2002, William Penn started off its journey that has been a roller coaster ride of great milestones along with a few speed-bumps. And in this year of our 17th anniversary, we thought of celebrating the journey with all of you. The ones already associated with us would know that William Penn caters some of the world’s best brands under its roof. So, in this 17th year of sharing our journey with you and all the brands that we are associated with, we thought of letting you know your favourite brands and products better. Here are some of the interesting facts about the brands and products that we bet you didn’t know.


1.       Zippo

 The legendary ‘click’ of Zippo lighters is trademarked.

2.       Caran d’Ache

 The name of the brand comes from the Russian word “karandash”, meaning ‘pencil’.

3.       Fountain Pen

 It may have been patented in the 19th century, but the earliest form of fountain pen was used by Egyptians in 3000 BC.

Premium Lighters by Zippo

Premium Lighters by Zippo

4.       Wallets

 In the earlier days, wallets were also used to carry meat to make sure they were not exposed!

5.       Montblanc

 The brand’s star emblem actually represents the snow-capped peak of the Mont Blanc – the highest European mountain.

6.       Sheaffer

 The now world-renowned brand started as a backroom business with just 7 employees.

7.       Belt

 The section of the belt that hangs loose after passing through the buckle is called ‘Lattiilus’.

8.       Pencil

About 2500 pencils can be made from one average tree.

9.       Ballpoint

 Pilots in WWII used ballpoint pens as they didn’t leak at high altitudes.


10.   Fisher Space

 The brand rose to popularity when founder Paul Fisher invented a pen that worked flawlessly in zero-gravity aboard the Apollo mission in 1968.

11.   Sailor

Mr. Sakata – the founder, decided to manufacture fountain pens in Japan after a British sailor friend gifted him with a fountain pen.

Bring home style with Lapis Bard

Bring home style with Lapis Bard

12.   Lapis Bard

 The English brand derives its name from the blue gemstone – Lapis Lazuli.

13.   Cufflinks

 Before cufflinks became popular, men used ribbon or lace to hold their sleeves together.

Latest collections from Caran d’Ache

Latest collections from Caran d’Ache

14.   Ties

 There are 177,147 ways to tie a necktie. How many ways do you know?

15.   Parker

 In 1931, the brand invented ‘Quink’ (quick drying ink), which eliminated the need for blotting.

16.   Faber-Castell

 The largest pencil manufacturer in the world, the brand makes 2.3 billion wood pencils worldwide, every year.

17.   William Penn:

 The company retails around 40 International brands in its stores, and has over 30 stores across India!