I checked pretty much all the info I can find by Google. And I am really confused.
1) Faber does provide an official converter, but it does not support Basic, at least from the official website.
2) Some claim the international standard ones will fit, others claim they won't. This is really confusing.
3) Some even claim the Carbon or Leather version of Basic is catridge only. This is probably false. But I can't find a definitely answer either.
So I really need some help to find out exactly which converter I should purchase for my new Basic Mother of Pearl. I am considering these two:
Which one should I get? Or I should just give up and settle with catridge?
1) Where do you see this? Far as I can tell they simply don't have a 'direct' means of ordering the converter on their own site (though later on they seemed to have added it according to Michelle)
My Email Seems to say otherwise (Apr 23rd 2014):
Dear Mr. Blessing:
I'm following up with you to confirm that all BASIC fountain pens in our inventory do accept the Design Converter. However, I am still awaiting confirmation from Germany that this is still the case elsewhere and will be sure to follow-up with you once I have received this information.
Please let me know if I can assist any further as I will surely do my best to help.
2) The 'nipple' or the portion behind the section accepts standard international. However the BASIC's barrel design is a bit on the thin side. I had/have two, a Carbon Fiber and a Leather one. The official one (Part # 148785) will fit in both, but in my carbon fiber it was a little snug on the wall of the barrel but it did fit, and didn't pull out when removing the barrel, on the leather one, it just slips right in, right up to the wall of the barrel.
I used my faber-castell converter in both my Carbon Fiber and Leather one.
#1 is a "Standard International" for $5 from GouletPens, it won't fit into the Carbon Fiber or Leather Barrel, the silverish ring on the back of the converter is too thick for it. Same for #2 (Jinhao one), but #3 (Monteverde Mini) and #4 (from a Yiren pen) will fit just fine as it's thin enough. And naturally #5 is the official converter.
3) This is not true, Michelle confirms it. I think the reason some people think this is because places like CultPens are saying it due to "Design changes", but I think it's because on some versions of it, it's a tad snug and people pulling the barrel off a bit too hastily might also pull out the converter.
the reason I HAD a carbon-fiber is because the section/grip cracked down the middle, and according to one retailer there was one batch with a bad grip/section (which may have been exacerbated by the barrel putting too much outward pressure on it. Got it replaced with a leather version, which the FC converter fits into without grabbing the side of the barrel, so much smoother (and will fit #2 above 'snugly' but enough so that I wouldn't want to risk it).
If you don't want to get faber-castell's official version, the Monteverde Mini Converter is $2.50 at GouletPens (not sure what it is on Amazon) will definitely work, at the trade off of lower capacity.
PS: A Large waterman cartridge will fit, if you want to refill a large cartridge.
My Thread on the Carbon-Fiber one
My Thread on the Leather One
PS: I would advise not buying directly from Faber-Castell, find a good retailer for it in case you have problems. Appointments in Ohio was very helpful in resolving my issue with the carbon-fiber one, but they don't have an online store, and their online presence at best is Facebook, but if you wanted to email or call them, they may be able to give you a run down on what's available. It's just been my personal experience that getting things resolved directly from the manufacturer has not always been timely. And their website is not very informative as to specs of each of the pens, where as a retailer can better answer your questions quicker.
Edited by KBeezie, 10 May 2014 - 23:06.