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  1. From the album: Odds and ends

    150 opened bottles of inks now have no place in my (wife's work-from-home) desk's main storage space, which is absolutely chockers, so most of these now live inside clear, stackable Daiso plastic storage boxes under the spare bed in the same room. Then there are also the 25 Diamine Inkvent Red Edition inks, although technically I can squeeze this into one of the desk's shallow drawers:

    © A Smug Dill

  2. A Smug Dill

    Four blue-green inks on Rhodia Dotpad

    From the album: Shades of colour

    Since I just did this for my wife to select ink colours with which to fill her pens, I may as well scan and post it.

    © A Smug Dill

  3. From the album: Nothing to see here, move along

    Image source: Screenshot of https://www.graf-von-faber-castell.com/ink In reply to: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/266387-graf-von-faber-castell-carbon-black-ink-review/#comment-4498066
  4. A Smug Dill

    Ink colour-matching my Moonman M200 pens

    From the album: Chinese pens

    The Schmidt steel F nibs on Moonman M100 and M200 pens, as well as the rebranded version on Kaco Edge pens, are just so consistent in how they put down befittingly narrow lines of ink. The cap seal effectiveness of the Moonman M200 pens aren't half bad, either. I filled these pens five weeks ago, and it seems only roughly 10% of the ink in the converters have evaporated in the meantime.

    © A Smug Dill

  5. A Smug Dill

    Water resistance of assorted inks

    From the album: Ink performance testing

    I didn't really set out to test the water resistance of these inks; I'd wanted to compare the paper in two different Rhodia dotPad No.16 notepads ordered a couple of years apart, and these inks just happen to be in pens that are on hand and ready to write. Graf von Faber-Castell claims its inks are indelible. Well, I guess the water resistance of the three I tested here aren't bad. Even though it'd be a struggle to read what was written in GvFC Cognac Brown after a long soak, I must say what's left of the marks on the page are distinct enough to make the text legible if one really tries. I am pleasantly surprised by the water resistance of the two Jacques Herbin inks, even if they aren't are good in that regard as GvFC. I'm disappointed to the same extent that the two Monteverde inks were washed away without leaving a trace.

    © A Smug Dill

  6. A Smug Dill

    Cult Pens birthday offers

    The main event is the site-wide discount(s): 10% off the total for orders of value £40 or more¹, and 15% off the total for orders of value £75 or more². The respective discount codes expire on 26 May. Then there are selected items specially discounted, including Faber-Castell Essentio Carbon fountain pens (all nib sizes) for £13.33 ex VAT each — before applying a site-wide discount code! They're probably worth buying at that price for the excellent steel nib alone, never mind whether you may be apprehensive about (numerous) anecdotal reports that their gripping sections cracking. Buy three or more of them, or two pens and a handful of Faber-Castell (‘international standard’) converters, and qualify³ to get, free of charge⁴, a Faber-Castell pencil case filled with a Pitt Artists Drawing Pen, a 2B pencil, an Apollo mechanical pencil, an eraser-tipped Grip pencil, a fineliner and a kneadable eraser as well. 75ml bottles of Graf von Faber-Castell ink are also £13.33 ex VAT each. I think the pens are regularly priced at £25 ex VAT, and the inks £20.83 ex VAT. — ¹ The actual eligibility criterion is order total value of £33.33 or more excluding VAT and shipping. Apply discount code BIRTHDAY10. ² The actual eligibility criterion is order total value of £62.50 or more excluding VAT and shipping. Apply discount code BIRTHDAY15. ³ With eligible Faber-Castell (not GvFC) products in the shopping cart totalling £33.33 or more excluding VAT. ⁴ If the item is in stock at the time for you to add, and you in deed (remember to) add it to your shopping cart before checking out.
  7. I'm curious about a few colors in the GvFC line, but have not decided if I want to "pull the trigger" yet, so to speak. Seems like they are well-respected inks, but I can't tell if it's more because of the general impression of a high-end product due to the heavy-duty glass designer bottle, or if the inks themselves stand out in some way. (I must admit, it bothers me that they label their inks as "indelible", but the water resistance part of that is not near-100% like a true permanent ink would have. Almost all of their inks wash off significantly, but do leave something behind. People then give recommendations of GvFC inks for those who want permanence, and it's misleading. Other than trying to avoid having a document tampered with, I imagine vast majority of people who want high water resistance just want it for low susceptibility of their writing to, say, picking up a written page and smearing the writing if one's hands are not perfectly dry, or an accidental flooding of an area where a journal is kept, or any number of sub-optimal long-term storage conditions that involve water or dampness. indelible: (of ink or a pen) making marks that cannot be removed. synonyms: ineradicable, inerasable, ineffaceable, unexpungeable, indestructible, permanent, lasting, persisting, enduring, stubborn, ingrained, unfading, imperishable; More ) That said, I can forgive some semantics, if the product is good otherwise, and I'm curious about the inks themselves. For those here who use the GvFC inks--what do you like about them that makes them stand out? Or else, if not stand out, what do you like about their behavior? Would you get them again if you found other brands' inks in similar enough colors?
  8. Graf von Faber-Castell was founded in 1761 and developed into the major manufacturer of wood-cased pencils. With time they started to offer much broader range of products. Few years ago company's introduced six inks. Last year they've added three new colors to the line. This year they've done the same. Three new GvFC colors hit the shelfs. Burned Orange Carbon Black Cobalt Blue Deep Sea Green Electric Pink Garnet Red Hazelnut Brown Midnight Blue Moss Green Royal Blue Stone Grey Turquoise Violet Blue Electric Pink is quite cool.Not as cool as Rohrer & Klingner Solferino but it has some character. The ink behaves well, doesn't cause feathering (unless you use really bad paper) The flow is agood, close to J. Herbin inks. The ink feels rather wet. In wet nibs it can offer nice shading. Drops of ink on kitchen towel Software ID Color range Rhodia, FC Ambition, M Leuchtturm1917, Faber-Castell Ambition, M Moleskine, Faber-Castell Ambition, B Water resistance Mini-comparison
  9. Hi, I'd like to present you another review that I've made for polish fountain pen forum - that's why the text is not written in english. I'd love to prepare new scans (in english this time) but I don't have time. Anyway, I hope at least some of you will find it useful even tough you won't - probably - understand the text as polish is not the most popular language to learn But then I believe the colors have language of their own. I'm huge fan of GvFC products. Cobalt Blue hasn't disappointed me even though blue is not my favourite color. It's good ink with good properties, a bit pricey, yes. But it's worth the money you pay for it. http://imageshack.com/a/img819/1949/q1h6.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img820/9682/k6xo.jpg DRY TIME http://imageshack.com/a/img834/5159/uus8c.jpg Waterproof http://imageshack.com/a/img842/6213/mw9ye.jpg SCANS Calendar http://imageshack.com/a/img853/4923/8s7j.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img819/2074/skxs.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img819/9247/qem6.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img822/4843/dod29.jpg Notebook http://imageshack.com/a/img840/5582/iu9m.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img822/4566/slly.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img840/6978/s5n4.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img855/7537/y5gx.jpg RHODIA http://imageshack.com/a/img841/3200/zjijp.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img829/4755/muev.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img829/6045/0n32.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img822/3238/dsnb.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img841/3845/f6pk9.jpg
  10. Graf von Faber-Castell was founded in 1761 and developed into the major manufacturer of wood-cased pencils. With time they started to offer much broader range of products. Few years ago company's introduced six inks. Recently they've added three new colors to the line. Carbon Black Cobalt Blue Deep Sea Green Garnet Red Hazelnut Brown Midnight Blue Moss Green Royal Blue Stone Grey Another one of three new colors is the line is Midnight Blue. As I started to develop some taste in blue/blacks I was eager to try this one. I've tried it and I'm not satisfied. The ink, contrary to Deep Sea Green, behaves rather well but is really, really boring. The lubrication is average, saturation is average, color is generic. Only bottlem company's logo and price are premium. Bottle content is average. Graf von Faber-Castell is going iin wrong direction :/ Drops of ink on kitchen towel Software ID Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B Oxford, Duke, F/M Water resistance
  11. I won't add much to previous fantastic reviews of this ink, such as the ones here: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/335816-gulf-blue-graf-von-faber-castell/ But I will add my subjective impressions of using this ink and some more scans and photographs. Graf von Faber-Castell makes a luxury line of inks in beautiful, heavy glass bottles that will decorate any writing desk and will draw the eye. Despite the high price, the bottles contain 75ml of ink, so price per ml is actually reasonable. Considering other brands that sell in 20-30ml bottles for lower prices, but you get 2-3 times less ink. The packaging overall is top notch quality (personal note: I love the scent of the thick paper the box is made with, or maybe it's the ink used to print the graphics on the box). In my experience with 10 colors of GvFC ink, all are a varying degree of low lubrication and dryness. Some might be "liquidy" coming off the nib, but the overall ink flow will not be high. Colors like Moss Green, Cobalt Blue, and Hazelnut Brown are more saturated and a bit more lubricated. Deep Sea Green and Gulf Blue have little to no lubrication and are very dry, and so they benefit from juicy pens with smooth nibs. Or else you will feel every imperfection of your nib and texture of the paper you write on. Recently I have come to appreciate dry inks for the look they can provide if they are made of different hues of constituent dyes. This is the same type of dry flow and lack of lubrication one might find with certain translucent, multi-hue Sailor Manyo, Sailor Ink Studio, Troublemaker, and other inks of that nature. I am guessing the lack of surfactants, low saturation, and low lubrication are necessary to achieve color separation within a line, because some dyes flow farther than others, thus separating into gradients. Graf von Faber-Castell Gulf Blue is a multi-hue powder blue ink. It reminds me of blue hydrangea flowers, with areas of pale aqua-sky blue in dry areas and shifting to lavender in more saturated areas. It has a similar idea to Troublemaker Milky Ocean, but Milky Ocean is comparatively more purple-shifted and slightly more saturated. I highly recommend broad or cursive italic/stub nibs for this ink to get the most of the color gradient effect. The wetter your pen, the better, both for the smoother writing experience and for the ink to be more prominent on paper. Here is a scan of a mini-review sheet, paper is ivory-toned Fabriano Bioprima 85g with 4mm dot grid: Graf von Faber-Castell claims their inks are indelible. You can go back and forth about the ISO standard the brand uses, but in practical terms, the ink has some but low water resistance. The purplish line remains behind if you dab the wet writing with a paper towel quickly, and you might be able to read the original writing if the lines were thick enough, as you can see on the scan above (the grid lines are very faint compared to the cursive italic writing). The ink is pale to begin with, and the remaining lines are even more so. Here's a scan of some blue-turquoise inks next to Gulf Blue on ivory-toned Nakabayashi Logical Prime notebook paper: Photographs: On Tomoe River 52g "white" in a Hobonichi Cousin planner: Fabriano Bioprima 85g, using water brushes: Comparison with Troublemaker Milky Ocean: Milky Ocean: Milky Ocean:
  12. I am always on the lookout for new fountain pens with italic/calligraphy nibs. I had recently bought two Graf von Faber-Castell pens and had their nibs ground to cursive italic by Mike Masuyama at the San Francisco Pen Show in August. I was enormously pleased with how these nibs performed. So, when I got an email from La Couronne du Comte in September announcing a new GvF-C Tamitio Calligraphy Fountain Pen set with 3 italic nibs, I didn’t hesitate to order. Actually, it turned out to be a pre-order. The pens had not yet been produced. Then there was a further delay due to production or quality control problems with one of the nibs. I finally received the pen and nib set yesterday. It was worth waiting for. Faber-Castell has two lines of pens, each with several models. Their more expensive series is called “Graf von Faber-Castell” and ranges from the famous “Pen of the Year” (POTY) luxury pens to the Tamitio at a much lower cost. The Tamitio is the only model in the GvF-C range with a steel nib; the other models have 18Kt gold nibs. It also has a different clip and is a shorter pen, although the “Classic” series pens are more slender. The Calligraphy set includes a black Tamitio pen and three italic nibs. The pen is also available with a single round nib in several widths. The barrel is enameled brass and feels substantially weighty. The cap and sections are plated - I have read they are plated with rhodium and elsewhere that the plating is platinum. The nibs are 1.1, 1.4 and 1.8 mm wide respectively. The pen and nibs seem to be of the same high quality as the other GvF-C pens I own. The nibs are rather stubbish, but do write with enough line variation for use in italic or gothic calligraphy. Of course, they can't be compared to the GvF-C gold nibs that were custom-ground for me by Michael Masuyama, but the whole set costs much less that either of the other pens. Most of the Graf von Faber-Castell pens have a form recalling the company’s origin as a maker of lead pencils. They have straight barrels and generally are smaller in diameter than most pens. This concerned me before my first purchases of this make, but I found the Intuition Platino very comfortable and the thinner Snakewood LE in the Classic model quite usable, albeit rather thinner than my personal ideal. The Tamitio’s diameter is between that of the Classic and Platino pens. It is missing the slight flair at the nib end and has a very short metal piece for the section. This makes for a mildly uncomfortable grip. In fact, I am not sure just how I will end up holding this pen. GvF-C pens for size comparison. L to R: Classic (Snakewood LE); Intuition Platino; Tamitio All in all, I am happy with this set. I expect I will accommodate to the ergonomics of the barrel. I’m thinking about getting another Tamitio, so I can use two of the italic nibs at once. David
  13. After a long & strong fight with the penavarice-devil , I finally gave in and bought a GvFC Intuition. I went with the 'terra' - the red-orang-ish barrel. I have also replicated the content with some additional pictures in my blog as the images are reduced to a small thumbnail after a short-while. Below is a link to the same: Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Review Here goes a review of the same: The Intuition With a covetous eye on this pen, since the time I had got my FCD Ambition and then an orange coloured Ondoro fountain pen, it indeed required lady luck's blessings, to get this one at a steeply discounted price. I must say, that there was already a strange sense of loss of colours, after I had given both of my orange coloured fountain pens away - Ondoro (mint & boxed) and later the Pelikan m205. And this was an appropriate treatment for my colour blindnesshttp://lh5.ggpht.com/-a-Tba4pAIVk/VPfDFXW0uAI/AAAAAAAAEBE/0lhEVc5hixI/wlEmoticon-rainbow2.png?imgmax=800. Coming to the Faber-Castell Design(FCD) and the rather luxurious Graf von Faber-Castell(GvFC) line of pens, I must say that they have been able to splendidly highlight the art of convergence of design and utility. The Intuition pen comes in six lines of resin-based designs and two(earlier three) lines of wood-based designs. The wooden designs are called Intuition Platino Wood which is an enhanced intuition design altogether, be it the fluted wooden barrel or the platinum plated cap or an extra-large and more exquisitely designed bi-colour nib. And, it naturally places them in a more premium segment http://lh3.ggpht.com/-xbUGfrYQ50k/VPfDGkDN4aI/AAAAAAAAEBM/SJueZw-VO6s/wlEmoticon-surprisedsmile2.png?imgmax=800. All these design lines come with a fountain pen (with 6 to 7 different nib widths), a roller ball, a propelling pencil (0.7mm) and a ballpoint pen. Presentation (6/6) It’s a chamois-coloured gift box with top and bottom wooden linings, which secures itself by a magnetic catch within the two folds. There is the pen resting in a cardboard box within a chamois-coloured linen bag, which carries the Graf Von Faber-Castell name and their coat-of-arms logo. I someway like the linen, bag because of its differentiated appeal, though not from an utilitarian perspective. There is also a warranty leaflet-cum-manual, which states a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects and assures services, in case any need for repair arises. Then, it also illustrates refilling the entire range of GvFC pens and other stationery. http://s25.postimg.org/pcc1oi7n3/Gv_FC_001.jpg Design (6/6) The Intuition range comes in six variants (terra - orange, ivory – off-white/fluted, black - black/fluted/metal cap) with six different nib sizes – EF, F, M, B, OM and OB. Only one of these variants comes with a platinum plated metal cap with a shiny black barrel. Coming back to the pen, once you take it out, it surely looks like a compact enchanting piece of art. A high gloss sheen of the of the barrel and the cap reflects back quite a bit of light. Complementing this sheen, are the dazzling platinum plated trims of the pen. http://s25.postimg.org/u4qwx28mn/Gv_FC_009.jpg On pulling the cap off, you would initially notice the singularity of the barrel, a section sans joints. It’s made out of a single piece of resin, in this case reflecting the colour of earth or ‘terra’, gleaming with an orange smile. At the top end of the barrel, is a twist-metallic crown, which disengages the bi-tone nib section and converter system, from the rest of the body. I just love this element of design! The knob is embossed with the coat-of-arms logo, on the finial. Usually the coat-of-arms logo is used in GvFC pens and FCD pens(Ambition, Ondoro, e-motion) carry the jostling knights logo. Traditionally coat-of-arms is said to represent full-achievement in a heraldic tradition. GvFC has quite a bit of design superiority over the other FCD pens. Towards the nib end, the singular barrel narrows down to a slightly concave section to form a comfortable grip. Despite the glossy and smooth finish, the pen has a subtle but non-slippy grip section. The cap is engraved with GRAF VON FABER – CASTELL, encircling the metallic finial insert which again bears another coat-of-arms logo with its platinum sheen. The cap band says GRAF VON FABER – CASTELL on one side and on the other end it's HANDMADE IN GERMANY. ‘Handmade’ because there are over a hundred steps in the entire manufacturing process of this pen, a majority of which are carried out by hand. The clip on the cap carries the gleam of platinum with a highly efficient and visible spring loaded system. http://s25.postimg.org/xcqcczokv/1_Gv_FC.jpg Filling System (6/6) Once the crown of the barrel is rotated anti-clockwise to disengage the nib & filling system, you would notice a rather classical CC filler system. The nib has a screw fit, and inserts into a metallic sleeve like most of the Faber-Castell fountain pens which I have seen. The nib sleeve has threads which synchronize with threads on the inner barrel, both ending up with an octagonal cross section. The converter has a metallic premium band which friction-fits into the nib section though it does not fit a FCD Ambition section. However, the Ambition converter fits in the Intuition nib section. The converter has a reasonably high capacity of 0.8 – 0.9 mL, and the ink does last for quite a while! I usually have a bias towards piston fillers, but I do appreciate the Faber-Castell converter capacity. http://s25.postimg.org/xgk5t8u27/2_Gv_FC.jpg The nib section carries a six-digit number which denotes the date of manufacture, which I did confirm with the Faber-Castell team. Mine says 011210, which would mean it was manufactured way back on 01-December-2010.http://lh3.ggpht.com/-4LhAicXcVUM/VPfDJ9JciiI/AAAAAAAAEBk/kRvZ6XhRsSM/wlEmoticon-peace%25255B2%25255D.png?imgmax=800 Nib (5/6) – All that matters The 18k bi-tone nib comes in four main widths – EF, F, M & B and two special widths – OM (left) & OB (left). The tail end specifies the nib size and composition (75% Au , 18 ct) of the alloy used. A white rhodium decor occupies the outer tines converging with the iridium tip, while the inner part circumscribing the breather hole gleams golden with engraved stripes. There is a dazzling white coat-of-arms logo resting just above the tail-end. This one is a fine nib and writes quite smoothly with a 'minutely minute' hint of feedback when I use relatively drier inks. It lays down a wet albeit fine line, which will be covered in the last section of this review. With a rather curved shoulder, the nib does portray an apparently smaller size even if it’s quite similar to the size of the relatively flat Ambition nib. [minus 1] http://s25.postimg.org/yhkeidb1r/Gv_FC_008_wb.jpg Below is a comparison to the FCD Ambition (non-premium) sections. You can check the differences between the two converters, the Intuition has got some metallic embellishment. They do use a similar feed. http://s25.postimg.org/fnylldctr/3_Gv_FC2.jpg Physics of it (4/6) – relatively speaking With a cylindrical body of 1.2 cm diameter, it does give a comfortable feel without adding too much weight. The capped length of 12.5 cm is quite similar to a Pelikan m400. In short, it is quite a compact pen when compared to an MB146 or even a thinner Ambition, for that matter. And a compact pen, can have its advantages along with some disadvantages. The weight of this pen has a significant contribution from the resin cap. http://s25.postimg.org/93vtf0ysv/Gv_FC_017.jpg Uncapped Length ~ 12 cm Posted Length ~ 15 cm Nib Leverage ~ 2 cm Overall Weight ~ 29.4 g Uncapped, it’s quite similar to the m400 but slightly shorter than the Ambition. The loss of weight and length is somehwat balanced by the wider grip section, if not completely. http://s25.postimg.org/g9nkhh7vz/Gv_FC_018.jpg Alternatively, you can post it and it’s similar to a posted m400 with a slightly top-heavy configuration. However, I feel comfortable to use it both posted and unposted, although I never have shared the same feeling with Ambition. http://s25.postimg.org/hant6lovj/Gv_FC_019.jpg Economic Value(5/6) Although pen retails around USD 600, it is available at a street price of around USD 430. With end of season clearance sale, I was able to get the pen at a good discounted price (around 50%). Overall (5.3/6)I feel loved by the design and exquisite appeal of this pen on an overall scale, whenever I write with it. No skipping or hard starts right from the beginning, it was quite smooth out of the box. With a stiff nib, it delivers a wet (not broad) line, with the fine nib. The line width closely resembles a Japanese FM nib. For a pelikan 4001 brilliant green ink, it takes around 12-13 seconds to dry up. You may not notice any line variation with horizontal and vertical strokes for this one. http://s25.postimg.org/bp1e2jo6n/Gv_FC_020.jpg It was fun reviewing the intuition. Hope you enjoyed reading it. Thank you for your time. Awaiting your feedback on the intuition... Best, Sonik
  14. Disclaimer: I enjoy doing mini ink reviews for my personal reference, and I'd like to share them with others if they might be of help to gain an insight into the ink's appearance and performance. I generally don't have time to put together super comprehensive reviews, like some of our fantastic reviewers here do (thank you so much for your hard work!), but hopefully these mini reviews will still be useful as another point of reference. Graf von Faber-Castell - Deep Sea Green Recently I became interested in GvFC inks. They seemed overpriced before, and I was severely disappointed with my first encounter with Deep Sea Green. I had bought a set of DSG cartridges for a trip, and when I popped one into a pen in my hotel room and saw the watery, pale tealy green, I thought "This is not what I expected". This is a very dry ink with low lubrication, so that did not predispose me toward it either. I went to a local fountain pen shop next day, bought a set of Visconti Sepia cartridges, and did not look back. That was over a year ago. Fast forward to a few months back. I kept looking at the writing made with this ink as well as at reviews. I have also since become more enamored with inks that 1. have a kind of watercolor look with color complexity (can see constituent dyes separate a bit) and 2. inks that are not so wet that they can provide high line definition with very thin hairlines. To that extent, high lubrication and wet flow are generally exclusive of good line definition and are more synonymous with increased line thickness. There was a good sale on GvFC inks around Black Friday, and so I ended up with 5 bottles of various colors, including this one. I'm very happy to own this ink and other Graf von Faber-Castell inks. It is true: the bottles are absolutely luxurious--the best I have experienced to date of any brand. The way the bottle cap opens so smoothly and is very heavy is just so pleasant. I even love the scent of color print dyes in the cardboard packaging. It's all just perfectly appealing and tactile. The inks themselves tend to be dry, with varying degrees of lubrication depending on color. Deep Sea Green in particular is not well lubricated. However, it is a sacrifice I am now willing to make given the aforementioned conditions. What's cool about this ink is that it is not monochromatic, and it really does look like watercolor. It can be more or less gray or blue, or green depending on concentration, paper, and illumination. Drying time is very fast to super slow--depends on whether you've let it sit and concentrate in a pen. At the end of this review, I am attaching a photograph of how this ink looks once it sits in a pen for a month and becomes fairly concentrated. The periods take close to half an hour to dry at that point (or even longer), until they stop smearing easily. That's an extreme case, but some inks do this more than others. Another ink that behaves like this in concentrated form is J. Herbin Lie de The, which can take multiple hours to fully dry in the dotted spots. Water resistance is quite good: well-defined gray line remains. This ink is an excellent candidate for watercolor-type drawings. While Deep Sea Green can look somewhat similar to J. Herbin Vert de Gris, the two are very different in details. Vert de Gris has a very chalky pastel finish with some watercolor wash, Deep Sea Green looks like watercolor with more in-line hue variation. Bottom line: A+ art and specialty ink. Beautiful and soothing for personal journaling for those who appreciate nuances of color and finish on good paper. I would not recommend it for note taking or professional environment due to lack of lubrication, dry flow, and rather pale appearance when fresh. If you let it concentrate, you will encounter long drying times, which is also not good on-the-go. Papers used in this review are: Fabriano Bioprima 4mm dot grid - a kind of ivory color, lightly textured, uncoated Kokuyo loose leaf A5 - lightly coated white Japanese paper Nakabayashi Logical Prime notebook - coated and super smooth ivory-toned Japanese paper, shows things like sheen and hue variation pretty well Photographs: Scans: Fabriano Bioprima, ivory: Highly concentrated version that took forever to dry in the "dots"; paper is Kokuyo Loose Leaf A5. Ignore the comment about using this for notes and professional environment -- that's before I realized just how long it takes to dry like this..
  15. Hi fellow Graf von Faber-Castell enthusiasts, We made an interview with the Count von Faber-Castell and perhaps you find it interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSMiGR6cFqQ P.s. don't forget to subscribe to the channel for more cool videos regarding writing instruments!
  16. I was recently looking at my profile and debating whether I should add a favorite ink. One of my favorites when using cartridges has always been Graf von Faber-Castell's Hazelnut Brown. Graf's inks no longer seem to be available at the U.S. stores I normally order from (Goulet, Pen Chalet). The manufacturer's site doesn't seem to have a direct-to-consumer sales option. The ink does still appear to be in production, and is available at JetPens, but it seems slightly ridiculous to order a European ink from Japan to go the Americas. Does anyone know the status of these inks in North America? Thanks.
  17. Brown is one of my favourite colors. I always have at least one fountain pen filled with brown ink. I’d like to compare two premium brown inks that I own. It’s a pity I don’t have new Organic Brown ink by Caran d’Ache because it would suit well this comparison of premium inks. Anyway take a look at HAZELNUT BROWN - Graf Von Faber-Castell http://imageshack.com/a/img854/1536/kdgi.jpg TSUKUSHI - Pilot Iroshizuku http://imageshack.com/a/img849/6075/ybvo.jpg The colors of both inks were inspired by colors of nature: Hazelnut Brown aims – quite well in my opinion – to reflect the color of hazelnuts: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/850/bx3u.jpg www.adagio.com Tsukushi aims – not so well in my opinion – to reflect the color of field horse tail: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024x768q90/811/cr0t.jpg www.djsphotography.co.uk First, let's take a look at the bottles: HAZELNUT BROWN - Graf Von Faber-Castell http://imageshack.com/a/img59/9138/1rpg.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img835/4257/jqgq.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img59/8614/iyk1.jpg TSUKUSHI - Pilot Iroshizuku http://imageshack.com/a/img691/6519/h322.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img69/9100/xpvy.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img607/3855/ax8a.jpg COMPARED http://imageshack.com/a/img854/9160/2a6a.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img163/4038/gxao.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img836/3287/jdfo.jpg Next let's see how they behave on the paper: 1. Few drops of ink on kitchen towel http://imageshack.com/a/img854/9863/2uof.jpg 2. Text written with Pilot78G (B nib) in cheap notebook: http://imageshack.com/a/img843/9537/cdba.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img703/2799/22fp.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img822/1115/ei3p.jpg 3. Text written with Pilot78G (B nib) on copy paper printed with dots: http://imageshack.com/a/img819/4166/o4ip.jpg Vertical lines = Hazelnut Brown, horizontal lines = Tsukushi http://imageshack.com/a/img856/8972/hx7w.jpg Corners UL + BR = Hazelnut Brown, BL + UR = Tsukushi http://imageshack.com/a/img838/3428/xieb.jpg Above - Hazelnut Brown, below - Tsukushi 4. Text written in quality notebook http://imageshack.com/a/img829/6894/7wpi.jpg 7. Waterproof or not http://imageshack.com/a/img203/9435/q8we.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img713/722/h793.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img823/8622/1dv0.jpg SUMMARY: I like both of these inks, however id I had to choose only one I would choose Hazelnut Brown. It’s warmer and nicer. BOTTLE: I don’t like GvFC bottle. It is, in a way, reminiscent of Iroshizuku bottle, yet I find it rather uglyJ On the other hand the cap used in GvFC is really solid, while the cap in Iroshizuku bottles is quite fragile. If one allows some ink to cake around the rim, and doesn’t use this ink for weeks, the opening of the bottle may be hard and risky. My Shin-ryoku cap cracked while I was trying to open it after a month of noy using the ink. PRICE: I have problem with Pilot pricing politics. Look at Caran d’Ache and Graf von Faber Castell. They offer premium products that cost almost the same amount of money everywhere in the world. It’s OK and fair enough to me. When it comes to Pilot however the price point for Isroshizuku inks differ from region to another. In Japan you can buy a bottle for around 10-15 $. In usa you can have a bottle for 30 – 40 $. In my country – Poland – official MSRP is 55 $. Now, when it comes to GDP, Poland in not really close to Katar or Luxembourg or Monaco and I can find nothing that would justify this price point. Happily, as a Client, I have a choice and I can buy products anywhere in the world. That’s why I bought Iroshizuku bottle for 21,67 $ (shipment included) on Amazon. I like both of these inks and I enjoy them a lot. Are they worth the price? I would say yes. What’s your opinion?
  18. http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-nazwa.png I present to test the ink Graf von Faber-Castell Carbon Black with a very nice, well-saturated black. Despite beautifully composed black ink has one drawback - quite a long dry up. However, if someone does not mind, you will be very pleased, because the other parameters without complaint. Recommendable. Manufacturer: Graf von Faber-Castell Series, colour: Carbon Black Pen: Waterman Hemisphere, nib "F" Paper: Image Volume (80 g / m2) Specifications: Flow rate: good Lubrication: good Bleed through: unnoticeable Shading: unnoticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: very good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-woda.jpg Ink drying time http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-wysychanie.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-chromatografia.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-txt.jpg Sample text in an Oxford notebook A5 (90 g / m2) http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook No 16 (90 g / m2) http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castell-Carbon-Black-Rhodia.jpg
  19. I like unusual style, especially when it goes hand in hand with quality. Functionality is important as well. For me both design and function work together to produce a useful product. When it comes to stationery products I find it beneficial that the product is both pleasing to the sensibility while fulfilling my need for the product. This is a hard task for designers and engineers who sometimes come at odds with these contrasting principles, which in the end is dictated by cost effectiveness. It could be that the most cost effective product compromises on aesthetics, or a beautiful product doesn't work effectively. Happily for us it’s not always the case. One of the brands of fountain pens that provide a full package of experience is Faber-Castell / Graf von Faber-Castell. Fountain pens signed with FC / GvFC logo stand out from the competition thanks to interesting design, materials used for production and quality. Just look at their affordable workhorse pens – Faber-Castell Ambition and Emotion. They truly stand out in their price range. On the other hand company’s premium products with Graf von Faber-Castell and Handmade in Germany logo are expensive and moderately competitive. They look great, they write well, they are carefully crafted and finished. Still, for the price of 300 – 600 $ you can buy a lot of interesting fountain pens made of unusual materials (Visconti Homo Sapiens, Visconti Wall Street) and equipped with interesting filling system (vacuum-filler, Bulkfiller ). Graf von Faber-Castell doesn’t experiment a lot and creates only pens filled with cartridges or converter. For the money needed to get GvFC pen you can have Conid, Pelikan M800 / M1000 and even one of Montblanc Meisterstuck pens. Of course, when we speak about premium products it’s important to notice that purchasing decision it is rarely taken only on the basis of the price or value for money. Many purchases are made against common sense mainly for the pleasure – also aesthetic pleasure. I guess that’s one of the reasons (the other – more obvious – is that Faber-Castell successfully operates in many product categories and their portfolio is diversified) why Graf von Faber-Castell finds its place on the market. There are people willing to pay dearly for their pens. I'm one of them. Tamitio Some time ago I came across an ad showing Tamitio line. I was hooked – the pen looked elegant and interesting with its ribbed body and matte finish. Tamitio has an interesting name. I don’t know if the word means anything or it’s just supposed to sound well. Google Translate has detected a word Tamitio in Samoan. However it translates it to English and other languages as Tamitio and that doesn’t tell me anything. It sounds good though. Some time ago I came across an ad showing Tamitio line. I was hooked – the pen looked elegant and interesting with its ribbed body and matte finish. It’s easy to say – from sight alone – that Tamitio was made by GvFC. The design is unmistakable. The finely fluted barrel made of metal is lacquered in several elaborate working steps. This varnish imparts a matte finish which is non-reflective and smooth to the touch. The front section, rear section and cap are all polished metal. The fluted body gives the pen a sleek look and allows for a solid grip. Tamitio is offered with an Extra Fine, Fine, Medium or Broad nib. Fit and finish This is a weighty but well balanced pen. The attention to detail and finish are impressive. Ribbed, metal body covered with dozens of layers of lacquer feels great in hand. Also the matte finish contrasts nicely with steel elements. Nib I appreciate Graf von Faber-Catsell fountain pens not only for their design but also for their excellent nibs. I had few of their pens and all wrote very well. Tamitio is unusual pen compared to the rest of GvFC portfolio – it has steel nib. To be honest I’m surprised that the company associated with premium fountain pens decided to extend the range of their pens with a steel nib. Until now, I was convinced that the division was simple – Faber-Castell fountain pens offer interesting design and are equipped with a steel nib, while the Graf von Faber-Castell logo appears only on gold nibbed premium fountain pens. I like steel nibs, actually my favorite pen has steel nib. On the other hand I find it disturbing that many premium fountain pen makers tend to offer steel nibs in expensive pens (examples Visconti Van Gogh, Montegrappa Parola and Ducale, Graf von Faber Castell Tamitio). None of this, however, is important. I won’t change this so I can, at best, express my dissatisfaction and either opt for a pen or not. As you can see there was more pros than cons. Let's focus on how Tamitio is doing on paper. I’ve managed to get Tamitio with broad nib. It started up immediately after I inked the pen, and I've had no problems with skipping, hard starts, or scratchiness. The nib is smooth, but firm without any springiness. What I enjoy most about it is the wetness and thickness of the line. Simply great. Filling system Tamitio includes a Graf von Faber-Castell converter and is compatible with international cartridges. Nothing fancy. Dimensions Length: 135mm closed, 117mm open. Weight 37 g. Summary Tamitio is great fountain pen that could be considered as affordable step up from Faber-Castell pieces into the luxury pieces offered by Graf von Faber-Castell. In Poland it costs around 820 PLN (220 $). I managed to buy it for 80 % of MSRP. With this money you can have a lot of fountain pens, including Lamy 2000 which undoubtedly is a better pen (almost indestructible piston-filler with golden nib). With this money, you can get Pilot Custom Heritage 823 or 1,5 x Pilot Custom Heritage 92, but so what? I prefer Tamitio. I enjoy the pen and make good use of it. The only real issue some people may have with the pen is its section or rather lack of the section. and shape of the pen. The little chrome section is definitely too small to be useful - it can’t be used for grasping the pen while writing unless you have really small hands. If you’re the kind of person who likes holding your pen toward the nib, you should reconsider getting this one. I hold the barrel and I find it very comfortable but some of you may have different opinion on the topic. In any case – be warned. And if like me you find GvFC design interesting enjoy the pen!
  20. Graf von Faber-Castell was founded in 1761 and developed into the major manufacturer of wood-cased pencils. With time they started to offer much broader range of products. Few years ago company's introduced six inks. Recently they've added three new colors to the line. Carbon Black Cobalt Blue Deep Sea Green Garnet Red Hazelnut Brown Midnight Blue Moss Green Royal Blue Stone GreyOne of new colors is Deep Sea Green. I dislike such colors but there was quite a lot of hype about this one. I've tried it and I must say I'm really disappointed. I was sure I wouldn't like the color. That's OK. We're different and have different tastes. As long as the ink is good, it'll find its afficionados. In this case however I can't imagine why someone would praise Deep Sea Green. Not only the ink feels dry and doesn't deliver pleasant writing experience, it's also rather muted. It lacks lubrication, it lacks saturation. For me it's one of worst inks I've tried in a while, especially given it's supposed to be premium product. Maybe is extremely wet flex nibs it could look better. But in regular pens it just doesn't deliver. Fail. Drops of ink on kitchen towel Software ID Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B Rhodia, Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche, F Oxford, Duke, F/M Water resistance
  21. http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-nazwa.png I present to test the ink Graf von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown with a beautiful shade of brown (ocher and chestnut). Good properties a writer and technical put ink that high. Highly recommended! Manufacturer: Graf von Faber-Castell Series, colour: Hazelnut Brown Pen: Waterman Hemisphere, nib "F" Paper: Image Volume (80 g / m2) Specifications: Flow rate: good Lubrication: good Bleed through: unnoticeable Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: very good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-woda.jpg Ink drying time http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-wysychanie.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-chromatografia2.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-txt.jpg Sample text in an Oxford notebook A5 (90 g / m2) http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook No 16 (90 g / m2) http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Graf-von-Faber-Castel-Hazelnut-Brown-Rhodia.jpg
  22. RoyalBlueNotebooks

    Transatlantic Crv

    My second CRV ever. Thank you, amberleadavis! I'm glad I got to see so many inks. I had never seen any of them on paper in person. These are not all the pages, I'm trying to come up with things to doodle in the other pages. Seitz-Kreuznach Palm Green and Pelikan 4001 Dark Green. Seitz-Kreuznach Palm Green + Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris





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