Here it is, the Caran d’Ache 849 designed by Paul Smith. My opinion of the CdA Goliath ballpoint refills hasn’t changed since my previous post on the 849, so I wasn’t planning on getting more, but these have a wonderfully matte surface and an attractive (and very un-CdA-like) color spectrum (10 colors). The 849s in an array of rainbow colors can amaze, but the fact is that they impress in aggregate; I’m sure if I buy any one color I’ll tire of it pretty fast. Maybe that’s why I tend to buy them in pairs. (Or maybe trios? The light grey, called “putty”, was also very attractive – but I really must stop! It’s not as if I use ballpoints all that much.)
The tin snaps shut magnetically, and is quite pretty, if impractical.
Blogging is slow these days, not because I’ve stopped writing or exploring, but because most things tend to languish in the Drafts folder. Plus the weak winter light doesn’t help with the photos. I’ll try to upload what I have in the coming days. Happy holidays to you all from an unseasonably warm Montreal!