The Caran d’Ache 849 is a slim hexagonal shaped fountain pen. Mine came in bright fluorescent yellow, or what I’d call highlighter yellow. The bright yellow is accented by a silver coloured metal clip that hugs the side of the cap. It has a polished silver coloured end and a finial. The finial has a hexagon emblem on it.
The tension on the clip is of the right amount of tension. It’s not so tight you can’t lift it with a finger or so loose you’d not trust your pen to the clip.
The snap cap popped open and close easily. It has a particularly satisfying snap on closing. The cap spins around on its barrel easily. It is not particularly anything inherently negative about it but personally I’d prefer that it doesn’t do that.
Once the cap is off the first thing I notice is the long slim grip section. It is slimmer than anything I am used to. It is not uncomfortable per se but it does take some getting used to. I know this grip section will not be comfortable for everyone so I’d advise buyers to test before buying. There is a significant step between the barrel and grip. And I’ve noticed something about the grip especially when I let my friends and colleagues try the pen.