Caran d’Ache started out as a pencil factory which opened it´s doors in the year 1924. Fun fact: the Russian word Caran d’Ache (karandasj) means pencil. The factory still produces awesome pencil sets today. Caran d’Ache is a real Swiss company that has a high quality standard. Most of the time this also means that you have to pay a pretty penny. Luckily they also have a range of more affordable fountain pens available.
Caran d’Ache 849 unboxing and first impressions
With the 849 series, C’aran d’Ache made a fountain pen that suits their rich history but is still affordable. The 849 fountain pen is inspired bij the 849 ballpoint and mechanical pencil. It’s a hexagonal fountain pen that clearly resembles the shape of a pencil. The fountain pen has a modern and stylish look and is available in lots of happy colours. The cap and the barrel are made of aluminium, so the pen is both light and sturdy. This fountain pen is packed in a nice but simple orange box, that resembles the bright colour of the fountain pen itself.
Fountain pen with a striking color
The nibholder is a bit thin in my opinion, but this fountain pen can easily be hold by the barrel too. Personally I prefer to write with this pen with the cap on the back. The nib is a bit stiff and made out of steel. However the fountain pen writes quite well. The nib holder is in my opinion not the most cared for part of the pen. Which is a shame because the 849 is beautifully designed and has sexappeal. Because, well, who wouldn’t want to have a fountain pen with this hip colour?
Filling system of the Caran d’Ache 849
The 849 can be filled with the international cartridge filling system, but can also house a converter. The pen clip appears to be slided on the cap, but is actually fixed in place and works well. The cap works with a click system. You can transport this fountain pen in many different ways, but I personally prefer to bring it in a bag.