Matthieu Faivet is a French artisan who has been making pens for a living for a few years now. He has a range of pens designed by himself and with the feedback of a few pen lovers. I am writing today about his Numéro 7, the first Faivet design he has commercialized, and the Hokkaido, probably his most popular pen.
The Numéro 7 is a long pen, 160mm with cap, 135 mm body including the nib. The body diameter of 14 mm is comfortable to me and it joins seamlessly the concave section which minimal diameter is 11mm. It is a classic pen with an understated design which gives it a timeless quality. The overall shape is a cylindrical pen with flat tops and a slight diameter reduction at the extremities. A clip cap be adapted (as most things, it is customizable at Matthieu's) on the cap.
The Hakkaido is of Japanese inspiration as the name suggests. The body has a continuous line with a maximum diameter of 16mm and conical ends. It is a shorter pen with 135 total length and 125mm body length, nib included. I believe the section is identical to the Numéro 7, although I can measure few 10th of mm difference which is probably boiling down to manufacturing tolerance. The larger diameter transition to the section is making the line dynamic.
Neither pens can be used posted. Both pens utilize international cartridges or converters which are coming along with the pen.
Matthieu is offering a wide range of materials (he would try anything legal if he can cut the threads and you ask). His primary choices are a wide range of wood, ebonite and resins. I have sourced some Honey Noire material used by Conway Stewart for one of my Numéro 7 for a great result. I also love the wooden pens, a Numéro 7 in grenadilla and a Hokkaido in Maroon tree wood (technically Loupe de Marronnier, but I could not find a convincing translation, sorry), which have a unique warmth.
Construction Quality and packaging
I am happy with the construction quality of the pens. They are well adjusted; the lines are beautifully realized and the threads make up without effort. The MF mark on the pen is added by lazer and is very consistent from pen to pen.
The four pens came in a simple black velvet pouch which does the job.
I opted for simplicity on the Hokkaidos with Bock steel nibs (number 6) adjusted to an MF size (yup…). This is because I intend those pens for daily use on diverse supports. Matthieu has on offer Steel, Titanium and Gold options from Bock, but he also installs nibs from other pens on his should you which. I know of Man 100 nibs, Pelikan nibs and other installed on his pens for the great pleasure of the owners.
He has now developed the ability to adjust the bock nibs and I got good experience and feedback from others.
The two Numéro 7 have titanium nibs because it feels right for this design. They are quite generous in ink flow which make them fun if not great on printer paper!
As stated above, customization is possible on many elements. The nibs, the body material, the clip. All can be discussed directly to achieve a pen design that really fits one’s wishes. I still have some Bracket Green (also a Conway Stewart material) in the Alsace that waits for a good idea.
How does it write? and conclusion
Overall, I am very fond of the pens Matthieu is making. His patience and willingness to listen and advice make each purchase an adventure that materialize in a beautiful and functional writing instrument.
All four pens write beautifully and the nib adjustment fits well what I expect from each pen. The Numéro 7 is really falling perfectly in my hand and I use both pens for correspondence or personal notes on quality paper. The two Hokkaidos can follow me in a work day and will make it so much more enjoyable. Dull meetings can be spent admiring their line and writing is precise, even if the Numéro 7 is to me somewhat superior in comfort.
My photographic abilities do not do justice to the beautiful pens, but I show you what I got nonetheless (December light in The Netherlands is scarce…). Thanks for reading!
Hokkaido ebonite (top) and Numéro 7 Honey Noire
My two Hokkaidos with an Aurora 88 for the scale
Both Hokkaidos have a MF steel nib from bock adjusted by Matthieu
Both Numéro 7 have a titanium nib from Bock adjusted to MF by Matthieu
Both Hokkaidos (to enjoy the line) with my Ubik number 17 – a pen you can discover on Matthieu’s website until I post a review J