I've just bought a used Faber Castell Basic Carbon fountain pen from a seller on eBay. I had read and watched reviews of the FC Basic and as my other FP is a medium nibbed Parker but I thought I would like to try a fine nibbed pen for a change. The pen is in excellent condition but I discovered that the nib is marked EF rather than F. The pen arrived inked with a long international cartridge of black or blue-black already fitted and four other unused cartridges included. The cartridges are unmarked and the only thing of note is the base of the cartridge appears to be sealed with a white plastic plug.
However I find the pen seems to write with a more dry and scratchy line than I expected. I am not used to such a fine nib and I don't know if this is to be expected. Most of the reviews of Faber Castell pens say that their nibs are very smooth so I was expecting better.
I will take the pen into work tomorrow and have a look at the nib under a microscope and I have ordered some blunt needled syringes to change the ink in the cartridge. I just wondered if any of you folks out there could offer any advice about this make of pen and nib size or for that matter writing with nibs this narrow? What inks are better suited to these types of nibs,