Thursday, June 11, 2015
Body Material: Lacquered
Length (capped): 137.1 mm/5.40
Length (uncapped nib-end): 125.0 mm/4.92"
Length (posted): 159.7 mm/6.29''
Barrel Diameter: 8.0 - 13.5 mm/0.31'' - 0.53''
Section Diameter: 8.7 - 10.1 mm/0.34'' - 0.39''
Nib material: 18KT rhodium-plated gold
Weight (all): 58 g
Weight (cap): 20 g
Weight (body): 38 g
Fill type: Cartridge/Converter
Price: € 620.00 (Excl. VAT: € 512.40)
Where to buy: Appelboom Pennen (click the banner for info on a 10% discount!)
The Léman Caviar came in a solid clamshell box with sharp edges and a somewhat pearlescent finish. The top has the Caran d'Ache logo. Inside on a faux leather bed, the pen is held in place by a strap. Under the bed, there is a tiny, adorable box that houses two international short cartridges and an owners guide book/international guarantee. The packaging is nice enough but didn't wow me.
The 18KT rhodium-plated gold nib is a medium, and is relatively small compared to the pen, although it does suit the design and shape of the section. It has a single slit and breather hole and is engraved with the CdA logo, the nib size, the gold hallmark, and some decorations towards the nib.
The clip is great. It looks cool and it's spring-loaded, making it very functional and practical. It is a heavy pen though, and the clip doesn't close tightly, so it's a lot of weight for the clip to bear. As such, it worked best on flat surfaces and in pen pouches.
I found the section somewhat disappointing. It looks good in combination with the rest of the pen but in hand, I found it too thin relative to the size of the barrel, and I also found it slippery. With the weight of the pen behind the section, it felt more slippery during longer writing sessions. This was my main (and pretty much only) issue with the pen: the section shape and feeling.
The pen is beautiful. I love how it looks, I love the finish, I thoroughly enjoyed the nib - it was the right blend of smooth, wet, and tooth. The section brought down my excitement, because it just rendered the pen unusable for anything aside from jotting quick notes. At this price, I would like a pen I can use without much issue. The pen is beautiful though. It's modern, it has a great nib, and it feels really, really nice.
I was loaned this item for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.