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Caran d'Ache Pens

Caran d'Ache
Caran d’Ache originated as a simple pencil maker located in Geneva, Switzerland in 1915 to over 100 years later emerging as one of the worlds recognized leaders in premier manufacturing and the only manufacturer of fine writing instruments to be located in Switzerland.

Although the Swiss are known for their technical knowledge and excellent craftsmanship and quality in its watch making industry, Caran d’Ache has extended such craftsmanship and quality to the fine writing manufacturing as well.

Arnold Schweitzer merged the original writing instrument company with the Ecridor Pencil Factory when he purchased it in 1924. Mr. Schweitzer decided to name his new company after the nickname of a French Political cartoonist, whose name originated from karandash, which is the Russian word for pencil, thus Caran d’Ache was officially formed.

Caran d’Ache continues to manufacture its products in its Geneva Switzerland workshops today.

Pen Chalet is a proud Authorized Dealer of Caran d’Ache pens, pencils and inks.

Pen Chalet is an Authorized Dealer of Caran d'Ache pens and writing instruments.

Country: Switzerland

Customer Reviews

Caran d'Ache + Klein Blue® Limited Edition 2 mm Fixpencil
This is a lovely pencil, though it's not quite what I expected. But that's MY fault.

Because I didn't read carefully, I thought this was a .2 mm pencil. It's NOT. It's a 2 MM pencil!! LOL, that's on me.

Aside from that, it seems like quite a nice mechanical pencil. The color is lovely too.
Janice
Duluth, GA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849
I cannot explain why, but the steel nib of the 849 is unlike any other steel nib that I have tried, it's got a bounce to it and a responsiveness that I haven't experienced from a steel nib before. I've got some vintage gold nibs in my collection (ST Dupont, Montblanc, Sheaffer) but the 849 is my go-to pen every day. It's just the right amount of wet and smooth. And the clean design is flawless; the angular clip compliments the iconic body shape perfectly. Terrific writing and visual experience with this pen. Cons: the section can work itself loose from the body through writing, having to be screwed back in sometimes. I resolved this with a tiny bit of silicone grease on the threads giving it a bit of grip to stay securely tightened. Also, perhaps due to bad QC at Caran d'Ache, the first two pens I received had baby's bottom resulting in lots of skipping on the downstroke which I was able to fix quite easily with some nib tuning materials (mylar and micro-mesh) and now it's my #1 pen. So much so that I've ordered four more so that I have the whole fluorescent collection. Personally I would have rated this pen excellent for quality and functionality as well as style and value, but I haven't tried any high-end pens that people rave about (Sailor PG for example), so I'm not sure how it compares. For me, this is my favorite pen and I write all day for work and it makes my work an absolute delight.
Nerissa
Ridgewood, NY
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849
The YELLOW is MUCH BRIGHTER than the photos can show. It's a perfectly decent pen, my one gripe is that posting the cap is a pain, because the cap doesn't want to stay put. Clean and wet lines, and it stays wet even with infrequent use. Slim, hex barrel.
Mark
West Chester, OH
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overall rating 2 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Chromatics Cartridges (6pk)
Prompt delivery, no snags. Will purchase here again as it becomes necessary, provided prices are kept competitive, as they are now.
MELQUIADES A
LANTANA, TX
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Chromatics Sample(4ml)
The “Divine Pink” is an intense saturated red/pink. Kind of a classic “Lipstick Red”.
Keith
Dallas, TX
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Chromatics Sample(4ml)
Interesting grey shade. Trying the sample instead of committing to the EXPENSIVE bottle.
Janice
Duluth, GA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Chromatics (50ml)
Actually great to gift someone. Beautiful quality and packing is superb. i would say best ink i have used till now
Devendra
CUTLER BAY, FL
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849 Special Edition
I love this Black Code 849 Special Edition pen made by Caran d'Ache. i have few of 849 pens and love them due to very highly rated ballpoint refills. Those 849 pens have various colors on the surfaces and they are based on original pens that Caran d'Ache has produced. This pen is collectible and I strongly recommend you to purchase any 849 pen. You do my favor by putting this 849 pen into test writing on any paper. Grip on it will feel different at first but you will get used.
Douglas
Mesa, AZ
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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value rating 2.5 out of 5
Caran d'Ache 849 Nespresso
Excellent ball point pen with beautiful purple color. I strongly recommend it to anyone who collects the ball point pens. Caran d'Ache has produced some unique collectible pens in past and it still produce some of them in new coat or color.
Douglas
Mesa, AZ
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Chromatics (50ml)
The right and proper ink for my Caran D'Ache fountain pen.
Francis
Everett, WA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Chromatics Sample(4ml)
very nice color came in quick
chris
Nortonville, KY
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849 Paul Smith Edition 3
I bought this as a gift for a friend who doesn't use fountain pens. I wanted something to match a crazy horse green TN I bought her but didn't want to do matchy-matchy. This pen was perfect for her Travelers Notebook with all the lovely colors the pen. The very last color near the ballpoint and the box I chose matched her TN perfectly. I'm very happy with the colors and she says it is a smooth writing ballpoint pen.
Corally
Alexandria, VA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Chromatics Sample(4ml)
nice ink
chris
Nortonville, KY
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Goliath
Fine quality and color. Writes effortlessly
Leonard
Bethesda, MD
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849 Nespresso
Was a gift for my wife. She loved it, both appearance and function.
Stephen
Thomasville, NC
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849
This is the perfect flourescant green color, not too yellow. I ordered the extra fine nib, and it is really extra fine! My nib writes both tiny and smoothly, almost like a needlepoint gel pen with a smidge of line variation. I love it. The schmidt standard converter fits the pen nicely and the slim section is comfortable. I can happily write and draw with this pen.
Julia
Santa Cruz, CA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849 Alexander Girard
I bought this pen as gift for a friend. He told me it’s the best pen he has ever had. Loved the weight and balance.
Brian
Tulsa , OK
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849 Piston Pump K2
Superfluous. Didn't realize one came on the pen and not mentioned in description.
Erik
Joliet, IL
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Chromatics Cartridges (6pk)
Beautiful ink.
Erik
Joliet, IL
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overall rating 2 out of 5
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quality rating 2 out of 5
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function rating 2 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Ecridor
Great weight and balance. Ink flows freely. Bought converter but one was included, not mentioned in description.
Wonderful click closure and cap posts securely. Space on pen for engraving.
Erik
Joliet, IL
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849
Great fountain pen. Despite the EF nib, it rights very smooth. Great weight balance, and not over-the-top pretentious.
Caroline
Salt Lake City, UT
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Alchemix
This pen takes the silky smooth Caran d'Ache ballpoint mechanism and the Goliath cartridge to a new level of comfort. Nicest ballpoint in the world!
Michael
Powell, OH
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Goliath
I love it. It writes smooth, no bumps, or no spills. it is best reliable and best quality ball point refill that I ever purchased since I started the pen collection.
Douglas
Mesa, AZ
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache 849 Metal-X
It is a great looking pen with good grip. It is shiny and easily attractive pen when the people first notice it. I love the large refill that would last longer than normal ballpoint refill. the quality of it is Caran d'Ache made and it can last lifetime if it is taken care.
Douglas
Mesa, AZ
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Caran d'Ache Ecridor
Very stylish. Nice weight.
CRISTOBAL
San Pedro, CA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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