I like the classics of modern design. A giant step above the Bic Cristal, the 849 has been in production since 1969, over 15 millions have been made in Switzerland. It is exactly 5 inches in length with a one-piece hexagonal aluminum barrel coated with an elegant lacquer finish, outfitted with a super silent clicky mechanism. The smooth writing Caran “Goliath” refill lasts forever and the pen will work with a Parker Jotter refill, too. Anyone who appreciates fine every day gear, should like the 849 a lot. Many, however, find it to be a bit too shirt and too slick. Try one before you buy.