Hi, all! I’m Zippy, the Customer Returns Specialist here at Goulet Pens, and I’m excited to bring you my matchup of the Caran d’Ache 849 and Diamine Espresso today. I was very excited to get to try out this newly released pen and, as an avid coffee drinker, any ink called Espresso is fine by me! Read on to hear if this pen and ink lived up to my hype.
The weather here in Virginia is getting cooler and it’s FINALLY becoming the time that everyone’s minds turn to thoughts of nice warm beverages. I wanted to take that notion and run with it for this piece. I grabbed the Anthracite Grey Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid Notebook to create my piece. I liked how the Ivory paper contrasted against the brown ink and I felt the dots would be super helpful for spatial planning with the recipe. I started by writing out the ingredients list, then I drew in the coffee cup and steam, finally I added on the instructions. I found it worked best from top of the page to bottom so I didn’t mess up. To create the smudged look on the drawing, I dotted the ink on the page with the pen then swiped over it with a cotton swab. If I were to do this piece again, I would probably try to play around with the shading of this ink. My initial thought is that this wouldn’t make a great shading ink, but the fact that it dried lighter tells me that it might have more to offer than I originally thought.
I enjoyed using this pen and ink. I wasn’t a fan of the grip of the 849 because it had a step between the grip and body. The weight of the pen and smoothness of the nib were perfection however. I honestly think I could get used to this grip for that writing experience. The ink was very wet. It didn’t dry super fast, which was good for being able to smear it, but it dried quickly enough to be good for an everyday writing ink. I did find it dries a bit lighter than when it’s initially put down. Anything that you want to be super dark or filled in would need to be gone over a second time. But as far as writing goes, it went down dark and stayed dark after drying.
I think this pen would be great for work or school. The green is a bit bright so it might not be the best in a professional setting but it also comes in other, more reserved colors that would work. It would be great for jotting down notes and stuff. If you are into brown inks, I think this ink would be great for everyday writing. Journaling and letter writing on an ivory or cream paper would look gorgeous. It would work just fine in a school or professional setting if brown inks are allowed. It is well behaved and I would consider it extremely versatile in its use. Again, it’s not the fastest drying so I wouldn’t use it in a setting where you’re going to be on the go and need to open and close your notebook constantly, but other than that, it’s great!
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