Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Introducing Caran d'Ache Chromatics Inkredible Ink Colors

Today we're pleased to offer a new line of inks by the Swiss manufacturer Caran d'Ache: Chromatics Inkredible Colors. Caran d'Ache previously had a line called Colors of the Earth with nine colors in 30ml bottles. They discontinued that line almost a year ago (check out our announcement of that here), and now we're finally able to acquire their new line.

The Chromatics Inkredible Colors is made up of 12 new colors, in brand-new packaging. None of these are recycled colors from the old line, though some do bear some resemblance to their former counterparts (that's another blog post coming soon!). These inks are moderately saturated and exhibit excellent shading, and do not appear to be high maintenance inks. The colors are vibrant but not in-your-face.

The bottle is what gets us excited. The 50ml glass bottle has a slanted bottom, that coupled with the wide neck, should allow you to fill your pens with ease. The top is made of mirrored metal and has substantial weight. It then comes in a really nice hexagonal case that keeps the bottle upright. Probably the best presentation of all the inks we carry.

An empty ink bottle
Of course with the premium bottle comes a premium price.... at GouletPens.com we are selling it for $32 (full list price is $40). If you're buying this ink, you're buying it not just for the actual ink but really for the beautiful bottle. We also have our samples available.

So tell us.... what do you think of this new line?

Write On,
Brian Goulet


  1. And thus one of my favorite inks is gone. RIP CdA Sunset.

  2. Picture was not very good in full size on my pc; did you folks record this one differently? Also, Caran d'Ache is essentially an anglicized version of the Russian word for pencil.

  3. Maybe video problem was on my side; seems okay now.

  4. Nice summing up of the line. I'll probably try one out for the bottle, which does look highly re-usable. And the colors look great! I'm playing with the Swab Shop and it looks like the new CdA colors are available in the interactive tool, but aren't showing up under the "View by Color Group" option.

  5. Brian Great Colors, I may try the Magnetic Blue, but the price seems somewhat steep, too bad they don't make "refills" so we would only have to invest in one of these great looking bottles and then refill it, rather than throwing it away when depleted

  6. For this kind of money, I will wait for some comparison videos that really show the inks being written with on paper. FPN to the rescue!

  7. The triplet of Divine Pink, Electric Orange and Ultra Violet must be stunning! I would definately try those three. (price is indeed pretty steep, but once the bottle is empty I will probably refill it with Diamine or something). I so much love ink bottles on my desk!!!!

  8. I won't be surprised if this doesn't sell very well. I contacted Caran d'Ache support as well, and they gave me the same line "it's coming soon" and it took almost a year.

    And the price is just a bit over most people's threshold for reasonable.

    I have a stockpile of Amazon, Saffron, and Grand Canyon (hope it doesn't turn green that GC). And I use it sparingly.

    But once it out, bye bye CdA. Your pens were way too expensive at it was, but now I won't have any desire to buy your inks either.

  9. I've got dibs on the first EMPTY Caran d'Ache ink bottle Brian puts up for sale on the Web!

    By the way, here's how to pronounce Caran d'Ache:


  10. I don't see why you'd throw out such a wonderful bottle! I can think of numerous ink brands which have wonderful inks, yet terrible (often times cheap) bottles, which could use a new home.

  11. I really enjoy the turquoise, idyllic blue, orange, and vibrant green. However, the price is that of an upper-low classed pen! I feel this is the kind of ink which I'll buy 1 - 2 bottles of, but will keeps the bottles for my other inks which need a nicer bottle. I'm not trying to say the ink is bad, but I don't think that it justifies the price; even the bottle included shouldn't reach that price point.

    I can easily compare this new line to the Akkerman line; above average ink, yet a wonderful bottle.

  12. I wouldn't throw it away, that would be ludicrous! I meant that if I ran out of a specific color, say the Magnetic Blue, and wanted to replace it with another Magnetic Blue, it would make more sense (and be less costly) to offer a refill, rather than go through the trouble of taking the label off and putting another ink in it.


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