New Caran d’Ache inks
Update 2/19/14: Caran d’Ache Chromatic inks now available for sale at

You may recall I mentioned this blog post in early December 2012 that Caribbean Sea, Carbon, and Blue Night were discontinued. Well, now the whole line of Caran d’Ache inks is discontinued, and will not be available any longer in their current form. This comes as a bit of a surprise to us, and I’m sure to you, too. If you have any existing favorites in the Caran d’Ache ink line, get it now wherever you can, because they really will not be around long, they’re already out of them in Switzerland and I doubt many retailers stock large quantities of these inks so they’ll run out soon, too.

What’s interesting is that Caran d’Ache is completely revamping their ink line. They’re coming out with all new colors in what they’re calling the Chromatics, with new names, and new bottles. You may or may not have heard rumors floating around about this, and I’m here to say that it is officially true. These are supposed to be available in the US likely around late-May/early-June. Of course, that could always change. Basically, it’s going to be a little while.

There are going to be 12 new colors, Cosmic Black, Delicate Green, Divine Pink, Electric Orange, Hypnotic Turquoise, Idyllic Blue, Infinite Grey, Infra Red, Magnetic Blue, Organic Brown, Ultra Violet, and Vibrant Green. I’d really love you hear your thoughts on these ink names. They sure remind me of the Waterman name changes that we saw happen last year, and goodness knows there were some opinions about those!

12 new Caran d’Ache ink colors

Some people loved the old Caran d’Ache bottles because of the heft and attractiveness of the design, others didn’t love them because they were kind of hard to fill from. They’re making a very interesting change with these new bottles, one that I’m not sure how I feel about. They are going with a slanted bottom, so that the bottle actually tilts when it’s sitting on your desk. When it’s in the box, it stands straight up, but when out of the box, it slants. What I’m curious about is at what point the bottle is able to tilt without having ink spill out of the bottle. It looks to me like if you have a brand new bottle, then the ink level would be too high to put the slanted bottle straight on your desk and open the cap without spilling it all over the place. It could be that the bottles aren’t completely full, and that it’ll be okay slanted with a new bottle, but that’s something I’m not able to glean from the marketing materials and I probably won’t know until I see the bottles for myself. In any case, you will be able to fill from a fresh bottle if you have the bottle sitting in the box, so it appears.

When I originally posted this it was rumored the ink would be $40 a bottle, and I’ve since gotten confirmation (on 3/5/13) that it will in fact be $40 per bottle list price. That’s….pretty expensive, even more than Pilot Iroshizuku. This will be the most expensive fountain pen ink that is currently made, at least in the US. The bottles look nice and packaging looks great, but these are going to have to be some pretty darn impressive inks to justify this price. I don’t know anything about what the inks are supposed to be like, so I will be very eager to see for myself.

What do you think?