Yet... it does...
OK, to summarise:
In post #3 you stated that converter no.1, which is a Schmidt K5 BTW, doesn't fit, which I knew as the Basic is line of pens we have stocked for about 2 years now. See the step in the sleeve? That's where the problem lies. Your photo is very helpful, BTW.
In post #19 swanjun linked to a page listing a "Faber Castell" converter but with a photo of a Schmidt K5. In your post #21 you replied stating that it is the correct converter. In the mean time (post #20) I had warned against using the K5 and advised buyers to look for the step in the metal sleeve.
I replied in post #23 that F-C USA is listing the wrong converter and that the photo looks like a Schmidt K5 and that it won't fit a Basic. You replied that it would, thus contradicting your statement in post #3.
Maybe read the thread ?
I didn't need to read the whole thread. The links in the OP and post #19 were enough to get the alarm bells ringing. They all show a Schmidt K5. If a simple converter question isn't resolved in 18 posts then something is wrong, IMO.
Some useful information for Faber Castell Basic owners:
- the Faber Castell converter, ie the one that fits the Basic and other Design series c/c pens, is 7.5mm in diameter at its widest. It has a Faber Castell logo on the metal sleeve that retains the piston mechanism (see no.5 in the photo in KBeezie's post #3).
- the Faber Castell converter does not have a step in the metal sleeve.
- the Schmidt K5 and its lookalikes (eg Pelikan and others) is 7.7mm diameter.
- the Schmidt K5 has a bit of a bulge at the end of its reservior and then steps down (see no.1 in the photo in KBeezie's post #3). It is this bulge that prevents it from fitting in the barrel of a Faber Castell Basic.
- if you are offered a converter with a step in it, it is probably a Schmidt K5 and it won't fit your Basic.
Digging deep into my memory I think there was a time when Faber Castell supplied a Schmidt K5 with its Design series pens. This was, of course, long before the Basic range was lauched. That's probably why F-C USA shows this type of converter. If they are supplying the current type all well and good, but if owners buy an alternative based on the photo they will end up with something that won't fit.