Monday, April 5, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 176

My new Swiss-made Caran d'Ache '849 ballpoint in the "chocolate" design, along with some Swiss-made chocolates (and two non-chocolate bunnies :)

(~please click on images to enlarge~)

I purchased the ballpoint from La Couronne du Comte's online store in the Netherlands and got it for an excellent price. I opted to get the unboxed version of the pen as the boxed version--though attractive--cost an additional 12 Euros.


The '849' is an iconic writing instrument, instantly recognizable by its hexagonal shape. This pocket-sized all-metal ballpoint was first made in 1969, and comes in a wide variety of colours and designs for every taste. 

A word about refills...

Although it comes furnished with a Caran d'Ache "Goliath" ballpoint refill, the '849' also accepts the (less-expensive) Parker-style ballpoint refills that are available in most stationery stores. An even less-expensive alternative is Caran d'Ache's own "Swissride" ballpoint refill. Though longer and skinnier than its 'Goliath' refill counterpart, the 'Swissride' refill fits perfectly inside the hole of the ballpoint's internal "clicker" mechanism. I got my "Swissride" refills from Nikaido in Richmond for a very reasonable price.


This is my sixth '849' ballpoint and it likely won't be my last -- they're attractive, durable, and
well-made writing instruments that feel good in the hand, despite their smaller size. I have heard that Caran d'Ache will be releasing a larger version of the '849' ballpoint in the near future, though. Stay tuned!

~Photos & write-up by Maja ~

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