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Video-Review: Waterman Carène (Black Sea CT)

I have already reviewed the Waterman Expert some time ago, and quite liked it. The Waterman Carène with its famous inlaid nib is one of Watermans flagship models and probably their most well-known fountain pen, so it was a no-brainer that I had to review one at some point. I’m really glad I had the chance to look at this pen – no minute spent with it have I regretted, and I have used this pen in rotation for the past six months. There is no doubt to me that this is one of the best pens I’ve used in my journey so far. I seriously think everyone should own one.

Before we hop into the review, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the kind people at La Couronne du Comte for providing me with this pen so that I could do this review for you.

Now, let’s have a closer look at the pen in 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

  • Waterman Carène (Black Sea Chrome Trim – the pen is also available in many other finishes and sizes)
  • Body: lacquered metal
  • Accents and trims: palladium plated
  • Clip: spring-loaded, palladium plated
  • Cartridge-/converter-filler (standard international, converter supplied with the pen)
  • Nib: 18k gold, rhodium plated
  • Nib-options: Fine (F) and Medium (M)
  • Price: ca. 210 €

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  1. I have lusted after this pen forever. The fine nib with it’s pencil like feedback seems perfect for me. Thanks for the great review!

    • Scrively Scrively

      Thanks for your comment, Jason! Yeah, it’s really a nice writer I gotta say. Love your blog by the way!

  2. John John

    Great review – Does the barrel take up fingerprints? Does the finger tend to touch the nib – and if so will you get ink on the finger?

    • Scrively Scrively

      Thank you! It does pick up fingerprints a little, yes, since it is a glossy lacquer. If the fingers tend to touch the nib will depend on the way you hold the pen. I do not touch the nib when I write with the pen.

  3. Roger Roger

    I own a Carène. It writes beautifully.
    One issue. It started to leak when not in use and Waterman informed me the entire nib unit had to be replaced. At great cost to me if I may say. I did it some years ago.
    The second unit is now starting to leak, the same way. I will just give up on the pen

    • Scrively Scrively

      Sorry to hear!

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