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Graf Von Faber-Castell Ink Line - Impressions?

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#41 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 10:32

Over priced.....nice bottle.

I was given a gift card for my B&M or I'd not even thought of buying the 'super expensive' GvFC inks. E25 for 75ml.


I looked hard at the ink reviews, and only Moss Green came in question.

I had dipped it....and it was ok....nothing that made me find an empty pen for it.


Last week, I put it in a semi-flex KM nib & OF.....and found semi-flex M for the 'new' Dark Green 4001. It was more a question of how did German '50's Kugal nibs write and I have a couple KM's.

Decided it was a good time to try out the Moss Green....and a few seconds later decided to try out the 4001 dark green also.


On Rhodia 90g (new) I found Moss Green to be a dark or black green with some lighter shading strokes of green. Slight difference in what letters shaded, when my Geha 790 KM was held high like a ball point or low so the stubbed part fo the nib was flat on the paper.


Looking at it a second time, looks better...............light tone change on common 80g copy paper.... more and better shading on Rhodia 90g.


Back before I was into M as much as I now am, I bought a 790 marked M on the pen...pre-nib marking. The found out while looking for a M it was really an EF.....sigh. Moss Green is duller, , with just a hair of green shading in semi-flex EF....(No, I do not do Olympic splits with my semi-flex nibs. Semi-flex adds flair to the writing, it is not for fancy lettering.))

I'd say Moss Green looks better in semi-flex M....a wetter nib.


What I got to do is find a regular flex in M and F to see how it writes with a less wet nib. Semi-flex is a wetter nib.

Right now I like the 'new' dark green 4001, more. I have some 17- or so greenish inks, and the GvFC does not make me jump up and down.  Have to find the proper nib for it.


I can live with the new 4001....I was one of the minority that liked the old Brilliant Green, in it was the ink that started me into greens, buying 14 bottles within a year,  and as a green-green ink wasn't too bad....came in a close third to R&K Verdura and the now too expensive MB Irish Green at E19...R&K still under E9....8.50 I think.

MB does have to catch up with the Jones...$$$....GvFC and CdA, so have jacked their price way over inflation.

Luckily we live in the Golden Age of Inks....and the 'new' Polish inks seem well liked and affordable.


Luckily I have still a bottle of Brilliant Green...and when that is out, R&K Verdura is a tad better as a shading green-green ink than the old Pelikan Brilliant Green ink.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,


The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.




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Posted 24 April 2019 - 01:08

I saw a really nice writing sample of GVFC Colbalt Blue.

What are the characteristics and how would it be coming from a XXF, XF, F, or PO Nibs?

Also how easy is it to clean out of a MB149...will it stain the windows?

I tried Violet Blue and was not impressed. Will Colbalt Blue have "some" water resistance as well?



Edited by Jesus1, 24 April 2019 - 01:10.

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