Waterman Carène Fountain Pen Review by Best Fountain Pens HQ

waterman careneThe Waterman Carène is a pen that cannot be fully appreciated until one gets his hands on it. It is a slim and graceful piece of writing instrument that offers an easy grip and a smooth flow of words. Available in several colors and designs, the Waterman Carène fountain pen is a premium product manufactured by one of the first generation fountain pen companies that boast more than a century of experience in this field. Prestige in every way, shape and form.

Waterman has taken great care to create a product that is excellent in every aspect. There are no gaps or clearances between different parts of the pen which translate into a firm hold. The user is spared the annoyance of having to do with unsightly disparities in the making of the pen. Another plus point of the Carène is its cap closure system that enables the top to slide smoothly into the body with a soft tick. The capped pen gives the impression of an elegant piece of solid rock.

I am an avid Waterman user. Having previously used the Hemisphere and the Phileas, I sought another high-quality pen manufactured by the same esteemed company. The Waterman Carène fountain pen proved to be just the thing I was looking for.

The appearance of the pen

I selected a Blue edition of the pen having a vermeil top. The trim is golden. There is a black button at the top of the cap which is made of gold-plated metal. The cap is further adorned by silver bands hammered into the plated metal. There is a clip for pocketing purpose which also shows the typical Waterman logo. At first glance, the pen looks like a reminiscent of the glorious past.

Size and Design

Since the Waterman Carène is principally made of metal, it is weightier than other pens of the same size. However, at the time of writing, the pen does not offer any extra resistance. The pen, along with a complete ink load poses around 35 grams of weight. With the cap on, it is 5 ¾ in length. The cap can be tightly secured with a push, and snapped off with the modicum of strength. The nib is firmly set and offers a smooth writing tip.

Performance of the Waterman Carene

The 18K gold nib is firmly set into the writing point and lays a mark which is around half a millimeter wide. This width is notably narrower than the mark produced by the majority of fine nib fountain pens. Some of us may find the nib to tightly set for comfort, however, once you get used to it you will find out that it is best suited for taking notes or writing things down at length. The mark put down by the nib is wet enough but does not smear the note.

Filling the pen

The Waterman Carène can be refilled with the help of a cartridge or a convertor. Filling can be easily carried out with the help of a hole at the back of the nib. Sink the hole in the ink and use the piston for filling.


The Waterman Carène fountain pen provides a great writing experience while simultaneously satisfying one’s aesthetic sense. I will recommend it to anyone who is serious about writing.


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