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Caran D'ache 849 Fountain Pen

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#1 touzeen

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 16:02

The Caran d'Ache 849 Ballpoint was the only ballpen I ever considered buying since I got into the habit of spending large sums of money on writing instruments, almost 5 years now. Knowingly or Unknowingly I never got myself to buy the (ballpoint)pen.
Around March of this year,the Fountain Pen iteration of the Ballpoint was teased, it was love at first tease and so began the constant badgering of various pen retailers regarding launch and availability,always ending in disappointment,until Pen Chalet listed it on their website(first?) (June 20th) and I wasted no time in ordering mine. In eye bleeding Fluorescent Orange of course!
 
Thanks to some amazing service by Pen Chalet,the pen reaches me in 2 days and has yet to leave my pocket, almost a month now.
 
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Presentation:
The pen comes in a minimalist box with the Caran d'Ache logo on top and the Hexagonal logo on the sides. The bottom has the serial number sticker. Inside is the pen and a Standard Ink Cartridge of Idyllic Blue.
 
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Construction:
At first glance the color of the pen hits like a wreaking ball! And after some squinting you want to pick it up.
The paint job almost looks like Laquer,with some lighter tones along the edges. I have seen this same paint effect on the Caran d'Ache pencils.
 
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The pen has 6 sides to it with smooth edges which show off a different shade of the paint.
Considering its a full metal construction its surprisngly light,robust and fells solid in the hand.
 
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The top finial is shiny metal with the Hexagonal Logo in embossed texture. The clip is chrome plated steel in the identical shape as on the Ballpoint pen. It has good tension and strength.
 
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Below the clip is "894 Caran d'Ache" printed in black and "Swiss Made" near the finial. I like this stealthy way of branding products.
The cap and barrel are of a constant diameter through out the length.
The bottom finial is also shiny metal with a minuscule gap between the finial and the barrel which allows the cap to be posted in a concealed way.
 
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Uncapping/Capping the pen is very reassuring and snug. It caps with a click. 
The Nib is a Steel #5 without a breatherhole and the Hexagonal Logo. I went with a Medium. 
The section is Glossy Black plastic which I have not found to be slippery. The section unscrews and a Cartridge or a Converter can be fitted.
There is a 2mm step up from the section to the barrel,which may or maynot be uncomfortable depending on your grip. No issues for mine tho. 
 
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Size Comparisons: Above to Below: Caran d'Ache Ivanhoe, Caran d'Ache 849 Fountain Pen, Lamy Al-Star, Pilot Metropolitan.
 
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Size wise the pen is pretty average and well balanced in the hand.
 
Writing:
The Medium Nib writes true to size and wet enough consistently for long writing sessions. Its very smooth,smooth enough to make it one of my smoothest Steel Nibs list topped by a Faber Castell steel nib. 
Another surprise was the softness to the nib.Its in no way a flex nib but it does have some pleasent bounce to it which makes you enjoy the nib a bit more compared to a nail. My medium definaytyly goes to a broad grade.
I did not experience any flow isses out of the box so Kudos to Caran d'Ache for that.
 
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The Little things:
  • The Color is very striking.Think traffic cone or High Visibility Jacket Orange! This pen WILL get noticed.
  • The paint job is impeccable. 
  • Surprisingly soft nib.
  • The pen has been clipped to Shirt Pockets and Jeans Pockets without any incident of accidental uncapping.
  • The pen has been carried around daily for almost a Month and has suffered no cosmetic changes.
  • Posting the pen makes it too long but does not make it back heavy.
  • Plastic threads on section vs Metal Threads on the Section might breakdown over time.
  • If you use a cartridge,a spare can be carried in the barrel.
  • This color is very difficult to photograph!
 
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Conclusions:
Pen Chalet has the pen listed at $52 which might be considered on the higher side for an "Entry Level" Pen but based on the construction and Performance of the Nib I will say it is well worth the money.
The amazing color made sure that It was the first pen i reached for and has become inseparable from me.
Highly Recommended.

 



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#2 alc3261

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 16:13

I'm showing a bit of paint wear around the lip of the barrel.

I got a Medium (Blue - colour does not match ANY of the blue ballpoints?!) which I found very wet and a Fine (Fluo Orange) which I have found rather dry!!



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 16:33

Great review, interesting pen, with a striking colour indeed; that section looks too thin for me though.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 17:19

Great review. I've ordered orange one as well but I'm still waiting for it to come.



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 01:34

Very nice and informative. Vivid pictures of the PEN are beautiful... Thanks for sharing.. Enjoy your pen

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 03:33

I found the Cd'A pen I have rather dry. It works best with C'DA inks - which seem to be much wetter than most.

 

I got hard starts with other inks.



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 19:56

Nice pen! Love Caran d'Ache!

The clip immediately reminded me of Pentel mechanical pencils'.

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 23:15

Anybody knows is this pen available in B nib tip/size? I just find EF,F and M... :unsure:

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:06

It seems there's no B.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:36

It seems there's no B.

Thank you !  ;)



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:46

Hmmm, just had the newsletter from The Writing Desk which mentioned the 849 having nib sizes from EF to B, but their website only stocks EF to M. Might be a mistake in the newsletter, but also might be worth asking your favourite supplier in case there are some B nibs on the way.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:52

@alc3261 maybe share a few pics of the paint wear?



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 13:21

Hmmm, just had the newsletter from The Writing Desk which mentioned the 849 having nib sizes from EF to B, but their website only stocks EF to M. Might be a mistake in the newsletter, but also might be worth asking your favourite supplier in case there are some B nibs on the way.

Quoting myself: The Writing Desk just resent their email with the nib sizes now listed as EF to M, so it looks like the B nib was a typo.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 17:52

Quoting myself: The Writing Desk just resent their email with the nib sizes now listed as EF to M, so it looks like the B nib was a typo.

Yes, you are correct!  :thumbup:


Edited by Mr.Rene, 20 July 2017 - 18:20.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 05:04

Great review, interesting pen, with a striking colour indeed; that section looks too thin for me though.

Ditto that, though I would not have expected that just looking at the capped pen. I also like how OP has a set of pens with the same colour scheme



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Posted 22 July 2017 - 21:10

I expected it to be nearer the size of the 849 BPs; it's clearly a lot bigger, yet, as others have said, the section looks a bit thin for extended use.  The OP notes the cap stays on well so it might be OK as and EDC if a bit pricey.  <sigh>

 

Very nice pictures in the OP!



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Posted 23 July 2017 - 00:53

@alc3261 maybe share a few pics of the paint wear?

I don't have the photographic equipment to show it or 3 hands!!!



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Posted 24 July 2017 - 13:22

Very nice review!

 

+1 for the Zappa quote...


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Fool me twice; damn
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Posted 24 July 2017 - 15:32

to be honest I still prefer the BP and MP variants... <_< the FP version seems to be more of an after-thought trying to grasp the lower-economy market since this will be their cheapest FP in their line up next to the ecridor...
then again to me Swiss going the cheapening and simplification route is very paradoxical

Edited by Algester, 24 July 2017 - 15:34.


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Posted 25 July 2017 - 02:12

Is the nib the same as this? Looks a little bit weird..







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