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Caran d'Ache Ecridor Retro
Posted 08 January 2008 - 23:56
A nice review is already available here: QM2's review
I cannot add much more to it, but I took some pictures with the office's camera.
First, a few words.
I first bought a couple of Ecridor ballpoints, because, you know, sometimes a fountain pen is not convenient.
The Retro pattern looked so attractive, and when the ballpoints (one standard size, one small) arrived, I almost immediately wanted to buy the matching fountain pen.
I knew the brand Caran d'Ache but form me, it was either synonymous with expensive color pencils or exceptionally expensive pens. It was a good surprise to find out that the Ecridor collection also includes more affordable pens.
The pen looks timeless. I have not shown it to anybody yet, but I'm sure a lot of people would consider it an "old" pen.
Everything, from the Retro pattern to the clip is beautiful and well made.
This pen does not scream "my user spent a lot of cash to look cool" but the attention to details is remarkable.
Being all metal, one could think of it as an heavy pen, but I don't. It is quite light in fact. I forgot to use the letter scale at work, but I would say around 40 grams.
I also like when the pens warms up in my hands. The hexagonal shape is nice, and I like to play with the pen a little while thinking about a sentence.
I ordered a medium, and a medium it is, broader than some Asians medium probably, but I think, a little bit narrower than a Faber Castell medium nib.
The flow is good, not dry at all. I used Pelikan violet ink in small cartridges. I just love that color.
The included converter screws in place, a good thing I think, as there is less chance for it to rattle inside the barrel.
As I said, I'm really happy to have bought this pen.
It's arrival brightened a very dull day, and I will use it extensively next Friday at work where I'll be taking notes for an important meeting.
OK, enough broken English, now, some pictures:
And with some ink:
Posted 09 January 2008 - 00:14
Posted 09 January 2008 - 01:32
Posted 09 January 2008 - 19:56
Very nice photos. As an aside, I saw the new pattern at our local store the other day. It is very nice, but about $100 more for the same pen! Does anyone know why?
Edited to add that I also have the matching pencil and it is ideal for crossword puzzles. Fun to play with and twiddle around while you are thinking.
Edited by OboeJuan, 09 January 2008 - 22:46.
Posted 09 January 2008 - 19:58
It actually is a very comfortable pen. Thinner than most, so it takes a bit of getting used to for some, but a really nice pen.
Posted 12 January 2008 - 07:12
I don't know why the Antietam was so orange and dry. I apologize for the inaccurate Djinn of the Eternal Flame sample... (Djinn is the new name for Swisher's Devil Red)...
You can click on the link to get to my FP album in Picasa, and there you can zoom in or download the original scans to see a large closeup version.
Click for Ink Scans!!
WTB: (Blemished OK)
CdA Dunas // Stipulas! (esp w/ Titanio nib) // Edison Pearl
Posted 08 February 2008 - 19:17
Posted 12 February 2008 - 07:33
Posted 10 September 2017 - 12:06
a little video review of this pen here:
Thank you for watching and sharing