Ever since I discovered fountain pens, my use of ballpoint pens has been minimal. I love my Retro 51’s, and an impressive collection of gel pens and fine liners, but I’m mostly done with ballpoints. When I saw the Caran d’Ache Nespresso (3rd edition, $45.00), I felt a pang of longing though. For starters, it’s PURPLE and I have developed a deep and abiding love of purple since 2019’s purple forays. Second, the pen is manufactured from recycled Nespresso cartridges. I love how Caran d’Ache has made a gorgeous pen with innovative recycled materials. What could be cooler than that?
However, I still held off purchasing because it was a ballpoint. So you can imagine how tickled I was to receive the Nespresso as a present this holiday season!
The aluminum barrel of the body is actually made of recycled ‘Arpeggio’ capsules, creating a purple body that is super smooth and sleek. The body is Caran d’Ache’s signature hexagonal shape. I should add that all of the packaging for the pen is made of 100% recycled materials as well!
The pen comes with Caran d’Ache’s signature Goliath ink cartridges which are available in 3 tip widths, and 4 colors (mine is in blue). According to Caran d’Ache, the Goliath will write up to 600 pages of A4. Although it writes fairly smoothly, I may be consulting the refill queen to find out if I can add a gel refill to this baby and make it all mine.
I will say that there are uses for ballpoints – sometimes a fountain pen just isn’t the best for every situation. I’m excited use my Nespresso at those times!
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