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Caran D'Ache Red Metal Pen, Red Ink
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A red body with red ink, this understated all-metal pen is subtly authoritative, so mark up all the grammatical errors and subject-verb disagreements you want. Make a to-do list that demands to be done. Strikethrough with the satisfying glare of red ink.
Made by Caran d’Ache, a Swiss company that makes pens fit for kings (we’re talking bedazzled with diamonds, bedecked with pearls), their everyday all-metal line still stands head and shoulders above plastic pens. The push button mechanism extends and retracts the tip without that annoying, tacky click. The pen writes smoothly, dropping a clean, crisp line regardless of speed or pressure.
There’s enough ink in this pen to fill 600 pages of bond paper, and when the time comes, the pen is refillable. It is made entirely of metal with a push button mechanism and a retractable tip, and has the fewest moving parts possible to make breaking even less likely.
Caran d’Ache’s ballpoint cartridge is their specialty and is widely admired by pen collectors. The stainless steel tip and tungsten-carbide ball make a tough pair, that can withstand all the fervent writing you throw at it. Each cartridge is laboratory-tested before being approved for sale.
The Caran d'Ache metal pen doesn’t need to be polished and it doesn’t need to be coddled. Tuck it in your pocket and use it freely. When the ink runs out, unscrew the push button top of the and drop in a new cartridge.
Ballpoint pens are so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget that they’re a technological marvel. It took fifty years of failed design experiments before they managed to make one that worked.
Some were overly reliant on gravity and had to be held exactly vertical at all times. Others needed so much pressure to get the ink flowing that they would pierce through paper and could only write on leather. It wasn’t until 1940 that an invention turned successful, and the dream of a smudgeless, long lasting ballpoint was reached.
All metal pens are made entirely at the Caran d’Ache factory in Geneva, Switzerland.
5 inches (12.7 cm)
Red with red ink
–Refillable (comes with Caran D'Ache red ink, medium point)
–Retractable with push button mechanism