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Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by bjornkeizers, Jan 12, 2012.
I have a Noodler's-Neponset with music nib on the way.
The copper pointed object is my Tactile Turn Slider that arrived earlier this week. Writes and carries nicely.
Quick notes from work.
My first foray into "quality" pens and so far I'm impressed. I never thought I would pay more than a couple of bucks for a pen, but I'm glad I did. Writing with these is an enjoyable experience...now I know what I've been missing. Retro 51 Betsy and Hex-O-Matic.......
twin63: when it comes to ballpoint pens (regardless of whether the refill inside is traditional bp ink or gel ink), keep in mind the writing experience is almost equally due to the refill itself and to the pen body. Ink flow, drying, etc., is clearly due to the refill. The ergonomics, feel in the hand, etc., is clearly due to the design of the pen body. Once you find a pen body you like you can evaluate different refills (usually many will fit the pen body) until you find the optimal combination.
Have fun and keep on writing!
Moshe ben David
That is why I am a happy camper! The Retrakt (which I have had more than a few comments about) runs G2 refills which I find to be perfect for my needs!
I have a black Bigidesign Titanium Ballpoint incoming:
It was on sale, plus a $5 coupon for subscribing to the newsletter, and free shipping. $50 shipped is a great deal!
Will use with my favorite refill, Itoya Gel.
Just got this bad lad.
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My wife found a Pilot G2 Limited Metallic Body Gel Pen in Purple in her Xmas stocking. We both love gel pens and she mentioned a few times having something other then the "generic" gel pen for her work. She also didn't want anything too expensive that if she lost it or someone swiped it, she wouldn't be upset. She wanted a clicky (some caps don't seem to fit on the end of pen very well) and some color on the body.
I still haven't moved past the G2 gel pen myself. I don't need another hobby to spend my cash on. A well spent $11 imo.
My wife ordered a Pilot s20 pen for my birthday. I'll give a report on it in a little over a month...
I have a Retro 51 Coffee Tornado coming. Should be here tomorrow.
I may have a Visconti HomoSapiens Dark Ages coming to me next week. Grail pen achieved.
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Took me a while, yet sprang for a grey Sunderland MachineWorks Mk1...
I've been building a flock of variants on the Caran d'Ache 849 ballpoint. They're smaller than I thought I like, but for some reason they're 'growing' on me... Just received 3 more from Fahrney's (neon green; neon yellow; sapphire blue). Must have at least half a dozen now...
Here's a pic of the original in the series... first introduced in 1969:
This version is a bit different than the newer ones; the pen body has some sort of coating on it to prevent getting scratched up. No, the one I have is NOT from 1969; but this version is still one of the most popular for those of us who collect this pen...
Am Yisrael Chai!
Moshe ben David
The MK1 is an excellent pen. It’s my favorite of the few machined pens I own.
I don’t own any pens from Caron d’ Ache, but have been tempted by the 849. Guess I just need to bite the bullet and get one!
Do these take Parker refills ?
Yep, Caran d'Ache's version is called the Goliath refill, yet the 849 fits other Parker-style International G2 ink cartridges as well.
& @Moshe ben David, I finally got a few once my interest was piqued. They've made so many colorways, like lamy does with the safari, that I didn't know what a good one was to get introduced to 'em, until the 849 Original bowed. Then I added the Tropical edition with the gradient from midnight to sapphire blue. Next was the grey Claim Your Style edition with cobalt blue and black trim. And the latest one (and maybe last?) is the sorta 50th anniversary Black Code variant. Just chose a few with colors I liked and /or which seemed unique.
Caran d'Ache have their own refill, the 'Goliath', which seems to hold substantial ink. I see that @oke in his post just above refers to a Parker-style International but I have no experience even trying to use one of those in an 849. If you pull the refill out of an 849 and put it side by side with the usual Parker refill you can see the major difference at the 'butt' end; the Goliath does not have the sort of 'propeller/cam' fitting that the Parker mechanism has.
All I can say is, if you have a Parker pen pull the refill out of that and try it in a Caran 849 to see what happens. Just don't tighten it down fully until you're sure it won't jam up. If you're sure it won't jam see if it actually works when clicking the button on the 849. If it does then I guess you're good to go!
Let us know the results!
Given how widely available Parker refills are plus generally less costly, that could be a good thing. Heck, I've got some spare Parker refills; maybe I'll try it out myself!
Am Yisrael Chai!
Moshe ben David
Yeah, I like the 'Original' A LOT. Really is my favorite!
I believe it was your prior posts which helped me decide to try one out, actually...
Oh wow, now that's a small world! My reply was based on an update to the following old blog entry about this model of writing instrument: https://clickypost.com/blog/2014/4/1/caran-dache-849-ballpoint
***UPDATE: So apparently this pen does take a Parker style refill (which I never tried) and I will be swapping in the Schmidt EasyFlow. Thanks everyone for the feedback!
And, whaddya know? @RMinNJ, you actually commented on the blog entry sayin' that the Parker-style doesn't actually fit. 6 year-old info; I figure I'll just defer to your experience in this case, lol:
Years ago I picked up an 849 and I tried using Parker style refills in the it. While the Parker refills physically fit they were not quite the same dimensions as the goliath refill (which I hated also).
I wound up with:
a.) A refill that was a but too long and was barely retracted when retracted.
b.) The dreaded refill click...the Parker refill was not quire the same diameter as the goliath
at the tip.
So for everyone that says Parker refills work in them great.. But I returned mine as it just wasn't a sound setup.
Yeah, it's got a great, classic look to it which is pretty nifty!