Pensieve: Caran d’Ache Delicate Green: A Review

Caran d’Ache Delicate Green: A Review


I bought a bottle of Caran d’Ache Delicate Green specifically for my brand new Pilot Vanishing Point Valley Green pen. The colors match perfectly:

But the VP fine point nib writes rough—I can barely write a line without feeling like I’m writing on mud. Alas, the VP will be returned to the vendor. But I’m not returning this ink, which is a delectable spring green. I love this color in my Montblanc 234 1/2 with its flexible nib. It shows off the rich green color of the ink, which has some nice shading to it.



I was planning to use this as a grading ink (I’m a university professor). But it seems too happy an ink for grading. I think I’d rather use it for journaling or writing letters to friends. But, who knows? If I find a good fine point to use with this ink, maybe a few students will find a very happy “F” written on their papers!



It’s not in my written review, but I must make a comment about the packaging and the bottle itself. The bottle comes in a gorgeous hexagonal box. Inside is this unique leaning bottle, which, though gimmicky, actually makes it quite easy to fill a pen. And the bottle cap is seriously heavy. This is a quality ink bottle and it’s beautiful too.



It’s not easy being green. But Caran d’Ache Delicate Green does it well.


Flow: Excellent (but not in the Pilot VP)

Lubrication: Excellent

Shading: Good—with a flexy nib.

Feathering: Maybe a little tiny bit, but you have to look closely through a macro lens

Saturation: Very nicely saturated. A bright green.

Show Through: A little on the Rhodia notebook paper (80g)

Bleed Through: None

Dry Time: Depends on the pen. A fine point will give you an almost immediate dry time. A flexy writer like the MB will require more dry time.

Fun Factor: This is a happy, happy ink. It simply screams SPRING! It would be excellent for letter writing, journaling, and grading if you want to use something other than blood red.

Seriousness Factor: This isn’t an ink for serious correspondence or business use.

Packaging: WOW! Fantastic.



3 thoughts on “Pensieve: Caran d’Ache Delicate Green: A Review”

  1. On the contrary I believe it’s ok to use it for grading. I’m using Diamine Ultra Green.

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