Bit more downmarket here, but hey - the nibs are the same across the range!
Background: I have a (brick red!) Waterman from the '70s (I guess) that I really like the design of - simple, thin and straight, so when I finally got frustrated a few years ago with the quality of the "Retro 51" options that my local stationers offered, I stumbled on Goulet Pens (Hosanna!) and selected a Lamy CP1 for my birthday present. I love the design of that pen - I have two now with a full set of nibs that it is so easy to switch between that you can do it as often as you want mid-project.
When I saw the design of the Faber-Castell pens I was quite struck! I really like the simple lines of the Ambition, but I couldn't choose between the pear-wood or the flamingo guilloche, and wasn't sure about paying $100+ for a steel nib pen. When I saw the Loom I thought it was an ugly beast, but the gunmetal version was rather appealing so I decided to give that a whirl as a replacement when one of my beloved CP1's became a subject for future archaeologists . No regrets - my Loom is a great writing pen that I carry with me constantly (all my others rotate), well suited to the murky greens and browns that I favor and with a delightful spring to the nib (I have E-F) which is almost semi-flex! You have to learn how to "pop the cap" (not for the arthritic?!), but it's certainly secure.
Given the quality of the nib and the appealing design of the pens (not everyone wants a fat cigar!) I would certainly consider other G von F-C designs in the future (Hmmmm, that Flamingo Guilloche might be perfect with R&K Fernambuk, which I like to use to correct student work!)
What drove me to this thread was reading this morning a review of the "Grip", which at $20 might make an excellent "student pen" alternative to the Metro, and then found the Neo, which has a similar aesthetic to the CP1 at a somewhat lower price point (hey, <$50 is different than >$50!) . Hurrah for G von F-C offering some entry-level ways in to getting these rather lovely nibs! These could serve like "first drugs" , but on the good side! I'm looking forward to suggesting these (alongside Metropolitans etc.) to this year's student intake and see if any take the bait!
Edited by pgcauk, 19 July 2019 - 20:47.