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#1 Rhodocene

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 20:02

Hello!

 

Since I still use ball-points I decided to do a review on my favourite and current daily user: Caran d'Ache 849.

 

!WARNING! Due to extreme nature of pen colour, some readers might experience eye damage!

 

I got this pen a while ago and use it in conjunction with my fountain pens for taking notes on the fly. This is a very iconic pen (designed in 1960, I think...) that has remained virtually unchanged over the years. I got this colour because it makes an extraordinary pen even more extraordinary :D.

 

It comes in a nice white case, slim enough to fit in an inner pocket (although I think it would be kind of weird to use as an everyday pen case).

 

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IMG_0074 by tamasilyes, on Flickr

 

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IMG_0076 by tamasilyes, on Flickr
 

 So... here's the pen itself (note: colour is more vivid highliter yellow in reality...)

 

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IMG_0077 by tamasilyes, on Flickr

 

There is no noticeable click when engaging the button, it has a smooth swiss watch like action.

 

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IMG_0079 by tamasilyes, on Flickr

 

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IMG_0080 by tamasilyes, on Flickr

 

Here it is disassembled, that is the original Goliath "blot free" refill ("blot free" as in it writes so dry there's nothing to blot). It's a little shorter than a Parker type refill, so I had to cut a portion off of the Faber-Castell and change the spring to a shorter one.

 

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IMG_0084 by tamasilyes, on Flickr

 

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IMG_0086 by tamasilyes, on Flickr

 

And also a writing sample with both refills.

 

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001 by tamasilyes, on Flickr

 

In case you can't read my "beautiful" writing:

 

(1) Caran d'Ache 849 with Goliath refill

 

"The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times."

                                                                  (Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)

------ Pressure

------ Light pressure

------ Pen's own weight

 

This refill might be advertised to write 8000 m without blots but no one said it is to do so smoothly. The flow is appalling, the smoothness more so.

 

(2) Caran d'Ache 849 with Faber-Castell refill

 

"The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times."

                                                                  (Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)

 

Aaahh...! It's soooo nice to write with this one compared to the Goliath. I found this refill to be even smoother than a Parker.

 

------ Pressure

------ Light pressure

------ Pen's own weight

 

Bonus: Still, nothing beats a fountain pen :) (Picasso 916)

My writing is so much nicer with fountain pens but I still use ball-points now and then.



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#2 Darkman

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 21:09

Good review. Strange though. All seven or eight Goliath refills I have in use are incredibly smooth, even the fines.

Thanks,
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#3 Rhodocene

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 04:30

Good review. Strange though. All seven or eight Goliath refills I have in use are incredibly smooth, even the fines.

Thanks,
-DM

 

Yes, it could be that I was just unlucky and got a faulty one ( when i first tried it I was like: "Hmm... I expected more from a company like CdA") but it's like it has crayon ground to a paste and put inside instead of ink.



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:32

Simple and very elegant. It is one of my favorite pens for everyday use. My colors are blue, orange and white.

#5 Rhodocene

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:41

Simple and very elegant. It is one of my favorite pens for everyday use. My colors are blue, orange and white.

 I totally agree! I only have this one and was thinking of getting the gold version (saw it the other day).

BTW, how do your refills write?


Edited by gwet432, 27 June 2013 - 11:18.


#6 WriteAway

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:31

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I have the 849 in grey, black and yellow, plus the gold version. The gold example is a beautiful pen, but I hate to take a chance on damaging the finish by using it, so the others are used instead. The refills perform well most of the time, with only a rare blob to show on cheap paper. Now if the pen body were larger to fit my hands better, I'd be even more pleased. 

 

 



#7 NedC

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 16:04

I have several, in different widths and colours, and have never had any problems with the Goliath refills. Other than locating them in the pre-internet era:) I first discovered the C d'A 849 in a sale bin at an art supply over 20 years ago and realized I had discovered the perfect ballpoint and since I was doing a lot of shipping and receiving work which meant filling out endless carbonless forms it was a great discovery. I have real soft spot for these pens.



#8 azizpen

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 02:33

The best ball pen made, for people who hate rollers

the refill is more expensive than Parker

check this video for changing refill

 



#9 Rednaxela

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 06:02

Terrific pen, great design. Thanks for sharing!
~ Alexander

#10 touzeen

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 13:30

I think this thread is in the wrong section, but This is the only non-fountain pen I have ever considered buying. Love the design.  :thumbup:



#11 Rhodocene

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 19:13

Terrific pen, great design. Thanks for sharing!

Considering this thread is officially 10 days short of being 3 yers old, you're welcome :D

#12 Rednaxela

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 20:40

Ah hadn't noticed. 😊
~ Alexander

#13 Jeremy93

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 13:53

I have the caran d ache chevron ecridor and interestingly enough it to has the same mechanism. Unfortunately the swiss mechanism doesnt push the ink refill out now i suppose due to time. I sent it for servicing but other than that they write very smooth.






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