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  1. Good morning from Ottawa! I have lurked on the site for quite awhile now and have even posted a couple of times, I decided it was high time I introduced myself in a more formal manner. I am a researcher in photonics/optics and originally was draw to fountain pens for the access to bottled ink as I was using preloaded ballpoints/gel pens at an alarming rate. I picked up a Lamy Safari demonstrator as a test and a bottle of blue waterman ink and then I suppose like most of us on here the bug bit and I have not really stopped. While I started with Lamy I quickly branched out and have not rea
  2. Hello all, I'm thinking of getting a new fountain pen, but I've recently run in to some trouble. I thought I knew what I wanted, but I'm not so sure now. I thought I would post on here and try to get some opinions of those that are in the fountain pen community. The pen I thought I wanted was the TWSBI 580AL http://www.gouletpens.com/tw-580al-silver/p/TW-580AL-Silver I really like the look of this and I enjoy the idea of having a demonstrator style pen as I do not have one. The new-comer to this is the Faber-Castell Ambition http://www.gouletpens.com/faber-castell-ambition-black-resin-foun
  3. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a NOS Faber Castell 554D Progress fountain pen, when searching for inks. It was placed inside a cellophane wrap, printed with green A.W Faber-Castell and was finally packaged inside a small cardboard box. A small pen which kind of resembled a rather compressed modern MB146, with its striped ink-windows. Since, I have an excellent experience with most of the Faber-Castell fountain pens including the reviewed ones here – Ambition, Intuition and Elemento, I went ahead and purchased the pen. Later, Faber-Castell Co. confirmed that the 554D featured in their brochur
  4. I've now had this pen for long enough, and used it enough, to feel like I can at least give it a decent review. With a quick search, I pulled up a review that included a lot of photos of packaging and things, so I won't include those. I don't pay much attention to them anyway. Suffice it to say, the pen was safe and secure in the plastic pen case. Brand: Faber Castell Pen Name: Ambition Model: Pearwood Nib: Fine Intro: A friend purchased the pen for me as a gift to start my new job. I had ogled the pen previously, as I thought it was gorgeous. Simply holding it in the store, no ink,
  5. Hi all, During my teenage years, I've used my mother's TK-Matic. I didn't know it was an iconic pencil at that time, I just loved to write and draw with it. However, one day it either fell out of my hands, or some other thing happened, but the result was, that the pencil didn't work anymore. I've grown up, more than a decade passed. Right now I draw a lot as a part of my job - I'm doing technical designs. I use a Faber Castell TK-Fine Vario mostly, but it just doesn't feel as good. So, I've decided, I'd like to fix that old pencil. I still have it. What's the symptom? Upon pressur
  6. I kind of felt like writing a review of a pen which many adore for its immaculate design. I do adore it , one of my finest steel nibs Below is a link to the same on my blog. If there is some problem with the shared pictures below, I would request you to please go to the below link: http://iwonder-thecartographer.blogspot.in/2014/10/faber-castell-design-ambition-review.html Long ago , back in school days, I had used inexpensive Faber-Castell ball point pens, pencils, highlighters, rulers, mechanical pencils and geometry sets. They used to be elitist then, as they came with the ‘Made in
  7. Hi everyone! Since there isn't a Faber-Castell forum in the Brand Focus section and quite some people like the brand, I've started this topic to discuss all things Faber-Castell. Enjoy! Dingan
  8. ink-syringe

    I Heart Faber-Castell

    I have had a lot of frustrations in my pen buy experience. I am shocked at how inconsistent the pen buying experience is even in 2014. I mean, we have lasers now! heh. Recently: I bought a Kaweco that was defective right out of the box and had to be replaced (admittedly the replacement is very good). A Caran d'Ache that was disastrous and messy. The nib is smooth but while it is marked F is only slightly finer than a whiteboard marker. Bonkers. The feed must be cracked. It leaks ink even just sitting on the table. Caran d'Ache has not responded. I hate this pen. A TWSBI Diamond
  9. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faber-Castell-Basic-Metal-Fountain-Shiny/dp/B00439VD1O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403110766&sr=8-1&keywords=faber+castell+basic+fountain+pen http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faber-Castell-Basic-Metal-Fountain-Matt/dp/B00439QEYA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1403110766&sr=8-2&keywords=faber+castell+basic+fountain+pen The latter was available for £11.35 + 99p shipping via a third party seller but they only had one left, until I bought it. Been after one of these for a while and at less than half RRP, it seems a pretty good deal. I normally avoid Amazon like th
  10. I'm thinking about buying a Faber-Castell Ambition (black), but I'm a bit skeptical. Please help if you own one. There seem to be some unclear issues: 1. Does the resin body crack when screwed too tight? This seems to only be a problem with the black version, as the others have metal threads. 2. Does the the cap stop clicking in place? I read a review that said after 2 months the cap wouldn't click to the body 3. Is the grip section uncomfortable? It looks like it is. Also, how would it compare to a TWSBI 580/ Classic? Help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  11. i've always loved faber-castell pens and their impressive crowns--classic simplicity itself, with a very regal bearing. i have the pernambuco and the black guilloche, among other F-Cs, and i thought that was the end of my F-C lust until.... this one came along, in the form of a "second-chance" offer from an ebay seller (this means that the low-ish bid i left on the pen some time ago turned out to be good enough, when the high bidder couldn't pay). i'm all tapped out from too many recent high-end pen purchases (MB 100th anniversary, a CS LE, vac-band vac, etc.), ha ha, but i would've gone to t
  12. I bought a Faber-Castell Loom today because I like FC`s pens for their excellent steel nibs from Bock in Heidelberg. The Loom is very nice for a cheap pen, just the weight is something I don`t like for I`m used to writing with mainly lightweight pens. So what to do? Find a lighter barrel for the pen. So I rummaged in my box of cheapo fountain pens and found an older Schneider ink spiller with a plastic barrel that not only fit to the Loom`s section but also matched colourwise. The Faberschneider Frankenloom was born: http://i39.tinypic.com/2i8gio7.jpg The barrel`s threadings fit 100 percen
  13. I bought a 2 oz. bottle of Faber-Castell Royal Blue ink a month or so ago (for a touch under $5.50) and quite like it. There's nothing either remarkable or dislikable about it. The saturation is just right and flows very well; not sure whether it has any lubricating property. The bottle curiously is a replica of the Pelikan 4001 and I wonder if the two source the ink off the same manufacturer? I hope not, because the Pelikan has (as I gathered from the posts here) notoriety for fading away completely... Experiences of others who may have been using F-C RB for a longer duration would be wel
  14. http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af174/fabienne301/basic1_zpsb43b1904.jpg http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af174/fabienne301/basic2_zps99b84d6c.jpg http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af174/fabienne301/basic3_zpseb5f0794.jpg Oh, you say you want to see it, too? OK! http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af174/fabienne301/photo_zps536adaa3.jpg

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