I was first introduced to Faber Castell products through their wood pencils and stylograph technical drawing pens. One thing that set their wood pencils apart was their durability. As a kid in school dropping pencils was common (okay, I was a klutz) but when dropped the lead in my Faber Castell pencils didn't break into a brazziion pieces.
My first Graf von Faber Castell fountain pen was one of their Classic series in Grenadilla with a medium nib. Later I added one of their Guilloché pens in Coral with a somewhat stub like medium nib. Then just recently a GvFC Intuition in Terracotta/Black with a fine nib joined the family.
The Classic came in a lovely genuine real grew on trees wood case and maybe the fact there were two unfilled slots in the pen tray drove my need to fill it up.
The Classic is on the bottom, the Guilloché on the top and the Intuition in the middle.
All three are my favored filling system, international standard cartridge/converter. The nibs are 18K, smooth, responsive and with just the right amount of feedback.
I've always liked "Nail shaped" pens, ones with the flat top that is flared out from the body like the Ferrari da Varese Savant, the Waterman Preface or the Yard-O-Led Corinthian and these three pens also fit that mold.
The body on the GvFC Classic is wood as mentioned above, it is waxed and feels great in hand. The cap is screw type and takes just under one full rotation to cap or uncap. When posted it fits securely on the plated end piece. The nib is masked 18K gold and the section is subtle curved and relatively long.
The body on the Guilloché is a hair slimmer than on the Classic but the sections and nibs are interchangeable and it is a snap cap instead of screw cap. The material is a plastic but feels more like Hard Rubber than Precious Resin. It's warm, soft without feeling like a sponge and I gotta admit, I love the color. The nib on this one is monotone 18K gold in medium with a semi-stub tip.
The Intuition is the outlier of the trio, the widest and shortest of the three. It is also an internal section pen like some of the Franklin Christoph pens, the Yard-O-Led Pocket pens and the ST Dupont Gatsby and Montparnasse pens and uses an internal carriage to release the section operated by turning the end cap similarly to the mechanism on the ST Dupont Montparnasse.
This example has a masked 18K nib in fine.
Everything about this pen is subtle from the curvature of the body that would be the section to the flair of the cap.
All of the pens are moderately wet and seem to love just about any ink I've tried in them including Private Reserve, J. Herbin, Diamine, decades old Skrip.
They all use the GvFC spring loaded clip and hold securely in dress shirt or Henley pocket.
Edited by jar, 16 September 2012 - 00:34.