In 1584, the papermaker Merten Spieß, with the permission of the Duke of Brunswick, began to create premium writing paper in a paper mill in the Solling hills. Back then, he worked by hand, sheet by sheet, using fine watermarks and deckled edges. For over four centuries Hahnemühle has consistently developed along the lines of its founder and is now establishing the new FineNotes business unit on this foundation.
The first classic notebook “1584 by Hahnemühle” is now being followed by further premium stationery products in the new product range. Hahnemühle’s more than 400 years of unbroken German manufacturing tradition meets the global zeitgeist – with luxury writing instruments, high-quality notebooks and the finest writing papers.
The three product groups in detail:
FineNotes Writing Instruments – Luxury writing instruments for the finest papers
Hahnemühle is starting with three series that bear the proud name “Originals”. Each series includes fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint pen. A noble detail of all fountain pens: an 18 carat gold nib with line width M. Inspired by the pattern of the cylinder mould in the paper machine from the 19th century, the exclusive writing instruments of the Hahnemühle Originals First Edition and the Hahnemühle Originals Slim series present themselves with a fine, guilloché surface. In the Hahnemühle Originals First Edition there are only 100 of each available worldwide! The Slim Edition is available in two elegant colours – beige and cool grey.
The writing instruments in the Hahnemühle Originals Bold series make a real statement in terms of form and material and are a reminiscence of Hahnemühle’s founding father, papermaker Merten Spieß.
FineNotes notebooks – notebooks for people who love writing
The finest papers with the genuine rooster watermark have been used for centuries and continue to do so today – even for the art of writing. Bound in Hahnemühle FineNotes Notebooks, they appeal to all the senses. The elegant creamy natural white Hahnemühle paper with a silky-smooth surface and genuine watermark is perfect for very personal entries. Available are a luxury leather cover and a recycled leather cover with Saffiano embossing. Both notebooks – Iconic Notebook and Manuscript Notebook – provide a haptically and visually impressive writing experience.
In addition to the finest writing paper, Hahnemühle has been producing genuine artist papers since the 18th century. Bound in fine sketchbooks they are elegant companions in purist designs combined with fine details. Hahnemühle FineNotes Notebooks feature delicate cappuccino-coloured paper or luxurious smooth grey paper, as well as elegantly structured cream-coloured paper for example.
FineNotes writing papers – finest artist papers in premium products
Hahnemühle is continuing what began centuries ago with handmade paper for royal families and nobility. Valuable writing papers are once again en vogue in the digital area and Hahnemühle is using its expertise to develop new FineNotes Writing Papers with and without watermarks.
Then as today, all Hahnemühle papers and writing instruments have in common that they are manufactured to perfection with craftmenship and from the finest raw materials. Distinctive watermarks, fine engravings or fine embossing are the characteristic features of all products in the new FineNotes product range.
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We’ve been making paper at our main site in Dassel, in the southern part of Lower Saxony, since 1584. Today, we also have branches in the UK, France, the US, Singapore and China. Hahnemühle has more than 200 employees around the world, from our papermakers to our quality manager, while our network of business partners guarantees you’ll be able to find the Hahnemühle FineNotes product that’s perfect for you – in 120 countries worldwide.
Alongside Traditional Artist Papers, our portfolio now encompasses Digital FineArt Papers for the world’s top photographers, museums and galleries. That’s not all: developing and producing ultra-innovative Technical Speciality Papers for life science applications, research and industry is another hallmark of ours – and we’ve received recognition for this achievement. At Hahnemühle, we’re proud to be a ‘Brand of the Century’, and we love pairing perfection with tradition to craft products for paper-lovers with a weakness for something a little bit special.