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Caran d’Ache 849 – Fountain Pen Review

There are a few iconic stationery objects out there that literally are in the stationery history books. The Lamy Safari/Al-Star fountain pen or the Blackwing 602 pencil are only two examples. The Caran d’Ache 849 ballpoint pen surely also is one such icon – so the recent step of Cd’A to make this pen also available as a fountain pen makes a whole lot of sense and I expect this pen to become a fairly popular model, especially since it is quite attractively priced.

Having that said, it was a no-brainer to me that I had to get my hands on one of these for a review. And here we are.

Before we hop into the review, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Fontoplumo for supporting the review of this pen. You can also buy the Caran d’Ache 849 at their webshop (no affiliate-link).

But now, check out the video-review below, which is as always preceded by some quick facts. Again, I hope the review is helpful and that you enjoy watching it!

Quick Facts

  • Caran d’Ache 849
  • Available in a number of sizes and finishes
  • Aluminium barrel
  • Silver colored accents and trims
  • Cartridge/converter filler (standard international, short & long)
  • Rhodium plated steel nib
  • Available nib options: Extra Fine (EF), Fine (F), Medium (M)
  • Price: 55 €

Video Review

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  1. Yash Yash

    I bought this fountain pen on Caran D’ache’s reputation for the design and manufacture of its writing instruments. Not the 849 fountain pen – There is a component inside the cap that starts to oxidise and produce a fine green powder that prevents you from releasing the cap of the pen over time. It works well for the first few months, but once the pen has ink in it the problem starts.

    I sent my pen for repairs, a new cap was installed. It worked well for a few months and then the problem started again. This time with no ink in the barrel! Stay away from the 849 I’m not sure if this problem exists with their other fountain pens.

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