After much trouble, I did manage to get a F-C Loom and a Basic. I have to say that both are exceptionally good pens for the price. The nib is smooth as silk right out of the box and (wonder of wonders) the pens write and don't skip, stop, stutter, blob, or do anything other than write flawlessly from the first. But, there is more. Take a look at the video and find out what the differences are. Many thanks to Renee Lamb from Faber-Castell, she went through no end of trouble to make sure that I got a Loom despite the best efforts of their official shopping cart to thwart me in my quest. Renee deserved a huge round of applause.
When I got the Basic and then the Loom, I was struck by the modern design and the heft of the Basic. The latter was almost too heavy for me, but then again I have small hands and prefer a lighter pen. If your hands are larger and you prefer a heavier pen, this one may be for you. The Loom is great for us smaller folk.
The pens came in amazingly high quality paper boxes, with a ribbon to pull out the pens from their outer shells. They had an instruction booklet. The presentation is equal to much more expensive writing instruments.
I tried both of mine without scrubbing and flushing and flushing and scrubbing first. I just *gasp* plopped in the international cartridges which came with the pens and started to write. No skips, stops, or other annoying mishaps on either one! I am not used to that and you aren't either.
I had heard the nibs were smooth, they are. Amazingly enough they are very plush. You don't feel much road feel with them. They have no spring at all to them but with smoothness like this, that is a very small point.
Minus points? Just a few and they are minor. First, it was hard to buy the Loom in broad. The website did not work and I had to contact the company via e-mail a couple of times and call them before I could give them my money. The Basic is not exactly the same as the Loom and it's back end is heavier by far so it could tire your hand (plus side is that it sits in the web of your hand and for such a heavy pen is pretty easy to take for long periods of time. The Loom's grip was really slippery and I had to swipe it a couple of times with micro mesh to keep my fingers from slipping. Finally, the measly little international ink cartridges are a disappointment but I will get over that. I usually fill that sort of thing with a syringe and ink bottle.
In short, I would have to say that the Faber-Castell Basic and Loom pens were excellent to very good. They met or exceeded my expectations. They are wonderful for the daily pen or a present to someone whom you really like. Well made and well thought out!
Edited by Fabienne, 28 June 2013 - 00:07.