Caran d'Ache Ecridor Retro
in Silver Rhodium Barley Design
I received this Fountain Pen as a gift, and what a wonderful gift it was! This pen comes in a delicious red box inside a glossy red package -- the presentation is sublime. Included are: a lifetime warranty, a screw-in Caran d'Ache converter, and a 100-page user manual.
The Caran d'Ache Ecridor Retro is oh so cool. First of all, it looks great. The long and slender body is shaped like a wooden #2 pencil, so it feels very comfortable and familiar to hold as you write. Additionally, the subtle cross-hatch texturing on the body ensures that your fingers do not slip and provides a pleasant massage feeling. I understand that the design of this pen has remained unchanged since the 1930's!
The Ecridor is 5.25" in length with cap closed and slightly over 6.5" with cap posted. On the cap of the pen, there is a small engraving plate. Mine was given to me with my initials engraved, and it looks quite nice and low-key.
The pen feels extremely tough, solid and well-crafted. It gives you the impression that you can hammer nails with it into the wall. The body is made of brass with 10-micron silver-plating and a rhodium finish. It is made of very few parts, so fewer things to break. It is heavy, but not too heavy -- just right and definitely "well-balanced": Just imagine writing with a #2 pencil hammered out of metal, with a fountain pen nib at the tip instead of graphite.
Finally, the nib writes beautifully. It is neither too runny nor too dry and produces a perfect Fine line every time. The nib does not provide any information other than the Caran d'Ache logo and "F", so I assume it is steel. It is a stiff nib, so you have to be okay with that to like it, but it does work flawlessly. I accidentally left the pen uncapped for quite some time while talking on the phone, and it did not dry out. The line width runs true to size, so the F is a classic Fine: thinner then my Visconti and Sheaffer, wider then my Sailor, and about the same as as my F Pelikan. Unfortunately, this pen does not come in EF.
I would most definitely recommend the Caran d'Ache Ecridor Retro for its classic design, its functionality, and its fine craftsmanship. I would also recommend it for the "cool" factor. Honestly, you have to see and feel one of these to understand how great it is. I would even call it a must-have pen.
I am attaching some pictures from worldlux. Unfortunately, they do not show the red box and how beautifully presented the pen is.
Hope this is useful,
Edited by QueenMargot2, 19 April 2007 - 23:15.