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Caran d’Ache 849 Fountain Pen Review – Great Hexagonal Design but has major flaws & is overpriced!

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  • Strong Aluminum Body
  • Nice Nib which has slight flex to it
  • Very Light Weight yet sturdy
  • Good For Long Writing Sessions
  • Unique Design


  • Cap Spins!!!! – hexagonal pen’s sides don’t always line up between the cap and body. It spins also while posted
  • Converter Not Included
  • Overpriced – Better pens are available at lesser price.
  • Section can work itself loose from the body through writing
  • One pen of mine had a baby bottom, so poor QC.
  • Bad Customer Service.

Specs & Things you should know-

  • Material- Aluminium
  • Snap On Cap
  • Clip Material – Metal
  • Clippable- Yes
  • Converter – Not Included
  • Diameter – Grip 7.7 mm
  • Diameter – Max 13.1 mm
  • ED Convertible- No
  • Grip Material – Plastic
  • Length Capped – 14.1 cm / 5.6 inches
  • Length Uncapped- 12.3 cm / 4.8 inches
  • Weight with Barrel (Empty)- 0.34 oz / 10 grams
  • Weight with Cap – 0.27 oz / 8 grams
  • Weight of Whole Pen (Empty)-0.62 oz / 17 gramsgrams

Other Key Things –

Packaging – Nice, but you should remember it doesn’t comes with converter.                                                       

Design- Okay!! the pen has Faceted hexagonal body which looks nice but spinning cap is deal breaker for sure. It becomes too long when used posted. Some guys may not like this Slim Grip!

Nib Performance – Nib is smooth & flexes a bit when pressure is applied on it.

Overall- Unique design but many major drawbacks. And when compared to other pens in this price range it’s total disappointment.

Note – I have 3 of these, I purchased these pens from GouletPens , JetPens & Fahrney’s pen. It retails from $55-65.


Full Review Link - https://inkpenlover.wordpress.com/2021/05/13/caran-dache-849-fountain-pen-review-great-hexagonal-design-but-it-is-overpriced-has-major-flaws-too/

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That fountain pen was a big mistake and disappointment product .I expected a better product from Caran d´Ache..

I agree with your Cons tips list...


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I bought one pretty early in my FP experience, when I didn't have a good sense of what I liked and didn't like, otherwise I never would have bought it in the first place. What was ironic to me was, although it was way too long posted, it was too short for me un-posted. It has sat in a box since then, until I put it on my for sale list, where I managed to unload it.


For the record, I only found the cap movement annoying, not a fatal flaw, and I never had any issue with the section coming loose. My nib was perfectly OK, and I never had any occasion to test the manufacturer's customer service. My main problems with it had to do with being too slim and a weird length.

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