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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Caran d'Ache RNX.316 PVD Black

Caran d'Ache is one our least favor brand not because they are poor quality products, or bad design. It is because we just feel it is too sexy for a man, and the pen barrel is too slim. We feel it is a very feminine pen.

They launched a new collection with a code name RNX316, which mean "Round aNd heXagonal. The 316L represent the stainless steel material used to made the pens. This 316L stainless steel has been used by the Swiss watchmakers for its remarkable mechanic properties, highlighted by a precision polishing process that catches the eye at the first glance

The original manufacturing country is clearing stated in the pen cap. You can missed it. Nowadays, not many pen manufacturer does it.
Like Sailor Japan, Caran d'Ache is also starting to follow the watch industry. The RNX316 Black edition pen uses the preimum 316L stainless steel and coated with black ceramic to resist wear and tear.
The steel nib is PVD coated. Caran d'Ache claim that it glides smoothly over a paper, but we felt it performance doesn't beat those of a gold nib. The steel properties is still there and it doesn't give the writer the softness of a gold nib.
Caran d'Ache has design a simple mechanism, which they called it as "click-in" system.

It is a very simple design which consist of  a pin on pen section (see picture below), and ...
... a groove on the pen barrel. The user can align the cap and the pen barrel with just one click. The users don't have to worry about get the hexa shape pen aligned. Cool mechanism.
The Caran d'Ache RNX316 also comes in steel edition which cost much less than the Black edition. Both edition is available in fountain pen, ballpoint pen and pencil.

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