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Caran d'Ache Chromatics Delicate Green Fountain Pen Ink Review


Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green Box

This box of Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green was part of an impulse purchase a few weeks ago triggered by an email newsletter from the good folks at Goulet Pens.  For the record there was no discount or special considerations for my purchase of this product for review here.  Just a whim on a fancy looking bottle of ink from a well known online fountain pen shop with a great reputation.


Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green Glass Bottle

Besides the fancy looking hexagonal box of the Caran d’Ache Chromatics, the bottle itself is quite unique itself.  The bottle is also hexagonal, but it also sits on an angled bottom that makes it easier to get your fountain pen in there to fill it easier down to the end.  I would say that this bottle design is up there with that of the Pelikan Edelstein line in terms of its great looks.


Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green Bottle Inside

Inside the bottle of the Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green, you can see that this green although described as “delicate” is actually quite intense at this stage.


Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green and TWSBI Nib

This close up of the Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green on the Nib of the TWSBI Diamond 450 shows again how intense this green fountain pen ink looks.  In addition to the ink itself, this picture also reminds me that I wanted to mention the cap on this unique bottle.  You cant really tell from a picture, but the cap is mostly metal and is quite heavy.  Its actually so heavy that it surprised me when I first unscrewed it from the neck of the bottle.  To me, the solid and heavy cap just adds to the overall high quality feel of this ink.


Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green Bottle and Pen

While testing out the Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green ink, I loaded it up in my TWSBI Diamond 540 EF Nib, Noodlers Ahab Flex, and Lamy Studio with an EEF nib which was crafted by Richard Binder.  These pens all handled the Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green very well.  None of them showed any sign of nib creep, the picture above of the TWSBI nib with ink on it was intentionally done just to show the nice green tone of this ink.

Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green Writing Sample:


Caran d’Ache Chromatics Delicate Green Writing Sample and Smudge

I tried the ink in one of my trusty Red n’ Black notebooks, as well as on the super smooth and fountain pen friendly Levenger Rhodia paper.  I didn’t see any issues with the ink on either of these papers, there was no feathering or show through, although you will notice that on the left in the Black n’ Red notebook there was a bit of a smudge of the not quite dry yet ink.  I was a bit surprised to see that there was definitely some shading to be seen when this ink was used with the Noodler’s  Ahab Flex Nib, I really didn’t expect to see that.  The other interesting finding was that as you can see on the left, the Delicate Green was a bit lighter in the Black n’ Red notebook as compared to the Levenger Rhodia paper.  In all of the pens that I tested with, the ink was a shade on the dry side but definitely flowed smoothly and consistently.

This is definitely a great looking and great performing ink that also happens to come in a bottle that is worthy of showing off on your desk.  If you are looking for a nice green ink that performs well this is definitely a no-brianer, and you should probably head on over to the Goulet Pens website to grab a bottle for yourself.

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