Caran d’Ache Frosty mechanical pencil review29 September 2014
The Caran d’Ache Frosty is a 0.7mm mechanical pencil available with a black, blue or red barrel. Even though it’s from Caran d’Ache it’s quite cheap, available for about £5 from Cult Pens, who sponsored this review.
It certainly looks good and it’s also well made. The frosty look that gives the pencil its name is lovely and the branding is fairly tasteful. The barrel feels nice in the hand and the hexagonal shape is comfortable to hold.
The clip is horrible though. It looks okay but is made from the same soft plastic as the barrel (in fact it’s all of one piece). What makes the barrel comfortable makes the clip useless. It isn’t firm enough to stay attached to anything.
The eraser is a reasonable size (hurray!) and works (double hurray!) but it wears away so quickly you would probably need a new one before you had finished rubbing out this sentence (boo!).
The lead is held securely and advances reliably. The tube will hold several spare leads.
If you want to clip this pencil onto anything then I can’t recommend it at all. If you don’t need to do that then it’s worth thinking about. It has a distinctive look, is well constructed and is comfortable to hold and use. There is a certain charm and quality about it that is very unusual at this price point.