Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 128

Have you noticed how many pens with rose gold trim were released in the last year or two?

The popularity of rose gold (and I'm referring to the colour here, not necessarily the material, which is actually an alloy of yellow gold, copper and silver) has waxed and waned in popularity over the decades. Many think its most recent rise in popularity is due to Apple's launch of the rose gold iPhone 6S line in late 2015. I've certainly noticed a lot more pen manufacturers using it now, both as a trim and nib colour option

I'd subscribed to their newsletter a few months ago, so when I got an email from Buchan's Stationery about their Black Friday sale in late November, I immediately placed an order for not one, but three new pens with rose gold trim :) Here are some quick shots of them....

(all photos by Maja ~ please click on images to enlarge)

My Buchan's "haul" from their (week-long) Black Friday Sale, November 23rd-29th

Rose gold - the trim of 2020!

(Above) My two new Caran d'Ache '849' ballpoints (I think I'm developing a soft spot for these little ballpoints...). The '849' is a Swiss-made, all-metal pocket ballpoint that was first produced in 1969. They come in a huge variety of colours and designs, but all have the same iconic hexagonal shape. Although they come with a Caran d'Ache  "Goliath" ballpoint refill, you can also use a Parker-style ballpoint /gel refill in them, or the even-more economical Caran d'Ache "Swissride" ballpoint refill.

(Above) Caran d'Ache 849 "Brut Rosé" ballpoint. From the official Caran d'Ache website:

"The new version of this iconic Caran d’Ache’s pen is superbly elegant, distinguished like a fine wine, lively as a birthday party, yet always refined and gentle. Its name: 849 Brut Rosé. Its secret: a heady pink gold colour that sparkles with the pleasure of writing.

Exhilarating like a gala evening, delightfully chic and deliciously trendy, this is the 849 at its most glamorous. Sparkling with femininity, this new version of the famous pen from Caran d’Ache has so much to love. Firstly its colour. A pink that’s as precious as gold. Both dazzling and dignified, the bronzed pink captivates the world of fashion.

The 849 Brut Rosé stands out with its iconic shape that sits so comfortably in the hand, and also with its presentation, the famous “so slim, so glam” slimpack that flatters its graceful silhouette. Ideal as a gift, it is a must-have accessory for women who aim for elegance in every detail. The 849 Brut Rosé embodies the slightly flirty femininity of the truly confident woman, combining a light dusting of glitter with discreet refinement."


(Above) Caran d'Ache 849 "Alexander Girard" Check Stripes pink" Special Edition ballpoint.
I first saw this design this summer, after Stuart got its black & white "Double Triangles" counterpart. I loved the black and white design, but I was on bit of a rose gold "kick", so I ordered this version. The pattern on mine is one that Girard used for decorative panels.

(Above) Parker 'Jotter XL' ballpoint in rose gold. In 2018, Parker introduced a larger version (7% larger, to be exact) of their classic 'Jotter' ballpoint called the 'Jotter XL. It has both a longer body and a wider grip. It may be be more comfortable for some users, but I find the regular Jotter size is fine for my hands.

Total pre-tax price for all three (deeply-discounted) ballpoints was $100 CAD, including free shipping via Purolator- a great deal on three wonderful writing instruments. Many thanks to Buchan's for their fast shipping and excellent customer service!

~Review by Maja

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