Caran d’Ache Frosty Ballpoint Pen Review

The Caran d’Ache Frosty – that name just drips elegance, doesn’t it?

Not exactly what you would expect from a plain ballpoint pen. But then again, the Frosty isn’t precisely an ordinary ballpoint pen, and here is my review.

Caran Dache Frosty Ballpoint Pen

I don’t really have much love for ballpoint pens. Writing with them is usually like dancing with a pig, slow and entirely without grace. And the ink is usually bland enough to get elected to political office.

So I was utterly taken aback by the Frosty that the Pen Warrior sent me to try. The pen’s design didn’t do much for me, taking simplicity a little too far as it does. Neither was I impressed with the dull color of the translucent resin barrel, although it had a comfortable weight in my hand or the plunger mechanism which felt entirely too loose.

But when I began to write with it, it was such an incredibly smooth writer; my first reaction was that it couldn’t possibly be a ballpoint. The blue ink seemed to have a vibrance rarely found in typical ballpoint paste.

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Look at the writing sample and see clean, precise lines. There are no skips, no clumps, just consistency.

I’ve recommended pens to you before that were more style than substance, simply because everyone likes a sexy pen. But in the case of the Frosty, it’s the opposite – the pen’s not much to look at, but the performance is very impressive.

If you absolutely must use a ballpoint pen, and you need one that writes exceptionally well, this one is it.

Editors Update

Sadly it looks like the Frosty is no longer in production; however, the Caran d’Ache 849 Fluo still is.

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Tony Bridges

As a seasoned journalist and freelance writer, I've spent over three decades telling stories and exploring the world through the written word. With a passion for writing instruments, I found my niche at The Pen Vibe, a blog that shares our collective fascination with pens, pencils, and other tools that have shaped the art of writing.

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