I am looking at the Caran d’Ache 849 Fluo to review today. In a vibrant lime shade, this retractable ballpoint is undoubtedly eye-catching.
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While it is made from solid aluminum, the 849 Fluo is light to hold, and 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 while 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 hoped my writing experience would improve. I can’t be sure whether I was applying more pressure on the page, 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, but I’m not convinced I could give it that chance.
If you need a refill for a Caran d’Ache 849 Fluo, check out our Ultimate Guide to Caran d’Ache Refills.
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 it’s 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 how the silver cap is sturdy when twisted to access the refill. It has that feel of quality, as does the push-button mechanism retracting the nib.
If you prefer a wider barrel, check out the Caran d’Ache Frosty Ballpoint Pen.
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The older ink refill was indeed terrible, needed more pressure to write and blot at the tip.
Caran d’Ache has since introduced a “new” ink that writes very smoothly without blot (except on very low quality paper). The “new” ink cartridge is identified by longer tail-ends of the letters A,R,A,A from the brand wording CARAN d’ACHE inscription on the barrel.
Go for those “new” ink cartridges and you shall have no problem.
I have included a link below that shows a picture of the “new” ink cartridge.
In the photo notice the longer tail-ends of the letters A,R,A,A from the brand wording CARAN d’ACHE inscription on the barrel.