I am looking at the Caran d’Ache 849 Fluo to review today. In a vibrant lime shade, this retractable ballpoint is certainly eye-catching.
Caran d’Ache is the only company in Switzerland to manufacture pens, pencils & luxury writing instruments. Products are created by hand in workshops in Geneva, the fusion of master craftsman & computer-assisted tools has helped the company gain recognition for superior quality & innovation.
Whilst it is made from strong aluminum, the 849 Fluo is light to hold, the signature pocket clip is sturdy & provides a firm grip on my pad.
Time to set this pen to work, after writing my first sentence I had to stop to check what size tip it had. When given a choice my preference is always a medium tip, this 849 Fluo didn’t seem to glide across the page as expected, making me wonder if I had in fact picked up a fine point. The hexagonal barrel appeared slim whilst in my grip, having looked at some of the older members of my collection, that wasn’t the case. So far not so good.
As I continued moving down the page I’d hoped that the writing experience would improve. Whether I was applying more pressure on the page I can’t be sure but the text did appear to be getting more familiar. However, much to my disappointment the comfort factor didn’t increase.
It is said that a Caran d’Ache 849 Fluo will deliver 600 A4 pages of text, I’m not convinced I could give it that chance.
I still find the pen attractive, for me, it has a modern look about it, I know the 849 design has been around for some time, maybe its the color, whatever the reason it appears on-trend. The ink flow was consistent, leaving no hint of a smudge mark on the page. I also like the way that the silver cap is sturdy when twisted to access the refill, it has that feel of quality about it, as does the push-button mechanism retracting the nib.
If you prefer a wider barrel then check out the Caran d’Ache Frosty Ballpoint Pen.