The rollerball uses the same tiny-ball-and-socket ink delivery system as the ballpoint pen, but is calibrated for a more liquidy ink. Unlike the very viscous oil-based ink of a ballpoint, rollerball inks are water-based. They saturate more deeply into the paper, producing satisfyingly dark shades. Rollerballs are made with finer points, and drop a consistent, skip-free line as you write.
For this pen, Caran D’Ache takes the precision techniques honed on their iconic ballpoint cartridge and applies it to the liquid ink of the rollerball. The ink is formulated to produce a deeply saturated line which nevertheless does not smudge. Each cartridge is laboratory tested before being approved for sale.
The opposite of disposable, the body of the pen can be refilled till the end of time. It is made entirely of metal, with the fewest moving parts possible to make breaking even less likely. The pen is plated in silver and coated in rhodium, a rare noble metal that never tarnishes. The classic hexagonal shape and interlocking engraving give the pen its timelessness.
The pen doesn't need to be polished and it doesn't need to be coddled. Use it with complete abandon. When the ink runs out, buy a Caran d'Ache refill. Unscrew the base of the pen and drop in the new cartridge.
The Ecridor pen is named after the original pencil factory acquired by Caran d'Ache founder, Arnold Schweitzer in 1924. Variations on the design has been made by the company since they first came up with it in 1930.
So beloved is the design that in 1947, when very little was being made that wasn't for the war effort, Caran d'Ache Ecridor pens were selected by the U.S. Army Headquarters in Germany as their official pen. Caran d'Ache made an initial run of a thousand pens, before finally going into series production in 1953. All pens are made entirely at the Caran d'Ache factory in Geneva, Switzerland.
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