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Graf-von Faber Castell Fountain Pen Review

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#1 theshainun



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Posted 19 November 2006 - 15:59

Graf-von Faber-Castell Full Sized Fountain Pen.

Hi all,

I haven’t posted for a while, but I thought I’d start with a review of the Faber-Castell Fountain Pen. This is the Silver Plate version, which I picked up at Harrods last year. Strangely it has 3 boxes, an outer box, an inner box, and a wooden box which actually holds the pen.


The pen is very heavy, at least twice the weight of my Lamy 2000, and will make you tired if used for long periods of time, such as exams.

Compared to Lamy 2000

Length: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in)
Length posted : 17.8 cm (7 in)
Width (at widest) : 1.2 cm (1/2 in)


The pen is very well made, with no structural anomalies present. The sprung clip is secure in a shirt pocket, but due to the silver plating the pen, I wouldn’t leave it in such a vulnerable area, as it is likely to scratch.

The nib is a generous size, and it is two tone. It is a very smooth writer, and my fine nib has about the same width as my fine Lamy.

Writing Sample

The converter is of a decent size, and doesn’t need filling that often, compared with the Dunhill AD2000, see previous review.

The pen isn’t cheap, and to be honest, the Lamy 2000 is much less tiring for almost 1/3 of the price.

Pros: Nice solid weight, nib, build quality

Cons: Price (£300rrp – ouch!), sliver tarnishes and scratches easily.


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#2 josh1990


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Posted 19 November 2006 - 19:22

Wonderful reveiw! Graf von Faber-Castell is a very underrated company compared to say, Parker or Pelikan.

Was this the classic or guilloche?

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 20:35

It was the classic.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 11:29

Welcome back, Shaun! I enjoyed your previous pen reviews and photos, so thanks for posting some more biggrin.gif
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:19

Dear Shaun,

great pictures, great rewiew, great pen. biggrin.gif

thank you for sharing

kind regards


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Posted 25 November 2006 - 13:11

thanks for drawing some attention to a truly fine pen. i have the black guilloche version, and it's a great looker and writer; wish i could afford the wood-barreled ones! sad.gif

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 18:52

Thanks all.


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Posted 10 December 2008 - 05:48

New to the forum, but obsessive fanatic of Graf Von pens. HOWEVER, I received the black guilloche ballpen as recent gift, the resin barrel (is it simply cheap plastic?) had cracked at the end within ONE MONTH of normal use. The store would not replace and no help from Graf. Didn't know if anyone else had this problem with that pen. Again, longtime fan (to include 2004 POY) but will never buy a non metal, wood, or other sturdy material from them. Yes they are far more expensive, but I've had a wood one for several years now.

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