Posts filed under Caran d'Ache

Caran d’Ache Chromatics Hypnotic Turquoise Ink Review

Caran d’Ache Chromatics Hypnotic Turquoise Ink Review

Ink cartridge review, to be more specific.

I've always had an affinity for fountain pen ink cartridges, but have never truly embraced all of the options available. Until this point, my most used cartridge has been Pilot Blue Black in most any Pilot pen I own. That's right; they are proprietary. Same with Sailor, Platinum, and Lamy. Proprietary is fine, as long as there are options.

If you want even more options, international-sized cartridges give you that. But they are often limited to short international cartridges, made primarily for pocket pens with shorter barrels that can't accommodate a full-length cartridge. Pelikan makes an excellent standard international cartridge for their Edelstein lineup, but that's about it.

For mixing and matching colors with your compatible pens, short international cartridges are where it's at. And thankfully, that market has blown up over the past several years.

Caran d’Ache Chromatics Hypnotic Turquoise Ink

When I first got into Kaweco pocket pens, I felt limited by their stock cartridge offerings. They were excellent, and I used blue black and aubergine with regularity, but I wanted the choices in my ink cartridges to be closer to my options in ink bottles. Yes, I've syringe-filled many an ink cartridge in my day, but that kind of defeats the convenience of cartridges in the first place.

With more brands expanding their short international ink cartridge lineups I'm beginning to get the choice I've always wanted for my pens. And it is time for me to start exploring.

Caran d’Ache Chromatics Hypnotic Turquoise

The words “Caran d’Ache” and “good value” will never be used in the same sentence. They are a luxury brand, and luxury pricing applies. On the surface, $5 for a 6-pack of short international ink cartridges may not sound like a lot, but comparatively, it is pretty steep. If I can get the quality I see out of my first cartridge choice - Hypnotic Turquoise - in the rest of their lineup, then I will have no problem saying that the price is worth it.

This bright blue pops off the page. It flows wonderfully from my Fine steel Kaweco Sport nib and has yet to dry out or hard start on me. There is a visible red sheen on the edges of my letters, and while this nib doesn't show off the inks full shading characteristics, I can see the color variation that would be even more present in a broader nib.

Caran d’Ache Chromatics Hypnotic Turquoise Sample

In short, this is a fantastic ink. I want more of this, and that is the path I am going down with this next little experiment of mine. I bought a dozen or so different ink cartridge colors and brands and will be testing them out. I also got your recommendations last week and will be adding those to my shopping list.

Right out the gate, they are going to have a tough time beating Hypnotic Turquoise.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

Enjoy reading The Pen Addict? Then consider becoming a member to receive additional weekly content, giveaways, and discounts in The Pen Addict shop. Plus, you support me and the site directly, for which I am very grateful.

Membership starts at just $5/month, with a discounted annual option available. To find out more about membership click here and join us!

Caran d’Ache Chromatics Hypnotic Turquoise Writing
Posted on April 22, 2019 and filed under Caran d'Ache, Chromatics, Ink Reviews.

Caran d’Ache 849 Claim Your Style Ballpoint Pen Giveaway

Image via    Goldspot

Image via Goldspot

It took me a while to “get” Caran d’Ache as a brand. I admired them from afar, but always questioned whether the price tag was worth it. As I’ve used more and more products from them over the years, I figured out for myself how great they are, and now I look forward to their new releases.

The 849 Claim Your Style Ballpoint is the latest, designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 849 model. There are six color ways to choose from (all amazing!), and the winner of this giveaway will be able to choose their favorite and Claim Your Style. Read the rules below and enter away!

Posted on March 12, 2019 and filed under Caran d'Ache, Giveaways.

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Ballpoint Pen in Dharkan: A Review

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Top Image.jpg

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

I rarely use ballpoint pens anymore, but I wanted one for my purse. I don’t carry fountain pens in it due to their potential to leak. Plus, my various pen cases don’t fit in my purse. So, I decided I needed a nice ballpoint that would be my “purse pen” for those rare times I need to write a check or when I need to jot down a quick note.

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Purse Pen.jpg

I ran across the Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso pen on Instagram. I loved the color (it matches my purse pretty closely), and I liked that the pen was made from recycled Nespresso pods. I think those things are so wasteful, but Caran d’Ache came up with a way to make them into a lovely click pen.

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Pen clicked.jpg

The pen is packaged, appropriately, in recycled cardboard, and the presentation is sophisticated yet simple.

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Packaging.jpg

The pen comes with one Goliath medium black cartridge, but I ordered a fine blue because I don’t like medium points. Installing the new cartridge was simple: you just unscrew the click mechanism, remove the old cartridge and put the new one in, and press on the click mechanism while turning.

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Pen with Refill.jpg

As I stated above, the pen is made from used Nespresso aluminum pods using a special alloy. The surface has some texture which is created with microbeading and electrostatic treatment. Caran d’Ache and Nespresso have collaborated to create a different color Nespresso pen each year. This year’s color is Dharkan which is a lovely grayish blue.

The body of the pen is hexagonal. One side is engraved with the words “Made with Recycled Nespresso Capsules.”

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Made with Nespresso.jpg

Under the modern-looking stainless steel clip “849 Caran d’Ache” is engraved, and “Swiss Made” appears just below the click mechanism.

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Clip and Engraving.jpg

The click mechanism is also engraved with “Caran d’Ache.” It is a very quiet mechanism, so if you like to irritate co-workers in meetings by clicking your pens, this is definitely not the pen for you. Or, maybe it is! You can click away without irritating others and, who knows, you might get a promotion!

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Clicky Thing.jpg

The ballpoint writes smoothly, and the ink glides onto the paper. I did not encounter any problems while writing, such as ink blobs or skipping.

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Writing.jpg

Unfortunately, this pen is way too skinny for my hand, though the hexagonal shape helps with gripping. Writing three pages with it was agony, and I was glad to put the pen down after finishing my handwritten review. This is obviously not the pen’s fault. I just prefer larger diameter pens. Folks who love skinny pens will find the Caran d’Ache Nespresso to be very comfortable. That said, a purse pen isn’t meant for writing novellas. I just want a light and leak-free writing instrument for times when I don’t have access to a fountain pen. For this the pen will work well.

Still, this is a rather expensive purse pen. I purchased my Caran d’Ache Nespresso from Goldspot Pens on sale for $45.90. Although the pen is well made and classy looking, I’m not convinced it’s worth almost $50. The refills are also a bit expensive at $9.50 a piece.

I will probably return this pen, depending on whether or not I have to pay Goldspot’s 15% restocking fee. If I have to pay that on top of shipping it back, I may just keep it or give it to someone as a gift.


  • The Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso pen is a very nice looking ballpoint pen. I love that it is made from recycled Nespresso pods, which are otherwise quite wasteful.
  • The pen has a textured surface and a hexagonal shape, both of which make it possible to maintain a good grip on the pen.
  • The pen writes smoothly, and the Goliath cartridges are easy to replace.
  • I really like the Dharkan color.


  • At almost $50 this is an expensive ballpoint pen.
  • I have small hands and found the pen to be too skinny for long writing sessions.

(This pen was purchased at full price with my own funds.)

Caran d’Ache 849 Nespresso Bottom Image.jpg
Posted on July 13, 2018 and filed under Caran d'Ache, Ballpoint, Pen Reviews.