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Graf von Faber-Castell

Grav von Faber-Castell

Carbon Black, Cobalt Blue, Moss Green, Stove Grey, Garnet Red, Violet Blue, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Green, Hazelnut Brown, Garnet Red
Over the years additional colours have been released.

Near the end of 2013 the inks from Graf Von Faber Castell started to appear on the market. I was luck to be in my local pen store when their stock had just recently arrived. Already the Stone Grey had sold out. But the store, as with many keep a pretty good stock of his high quality ink.

The Ink Bottle

The inks come in a gorgeous oblong 75 ml art deco bottle. I think I would have preferred a black cap on the bottle, but the packaging of this ink is excellent. The bottle has an enlarged base so it sits very securely on the desk. While I like the look of the bottle, it does not have the little indent in the bottom of the bottle as found with the iroshizuku inks. That little indent allows the nib to sit just a little lower in the bottle and helps to fill the pen when the ink level gets low. It also does not have the multiple sides that say the standby Waterman ink bottle has. I use that feature a lot when filling up pens after the bottle is half-empty or less. But it is a beautiful bottle.

Garnet Red

Garnet Red

Garnet Red

A beautiful dark saturated red ink. This leaves a strong presence on the paper with a deep, easy to take colour. Some reds can come across harsh. This red, however, even though it is dark, is relatively easy on the eye.

The ink has the good writing characteristics of the Graf-von Faber Castel line of inks. The ink has reasonable dry time and has worked well in a wide range of pens I have used.

Cognac Brown

Cognac Brown

Cognac Brown

This is a beautiful warm middle brown. There are other browns in the line, but this has a bit of a cheerful look to it. It has light and dark tones and the wider the nib, you will see a bit more variation.

The ink has good writing performance. It is not waterproof, and in terms of water resistance, it you drop something wet on the ink, you see the smudging effect. In my ink example above you can see the water mark from a wet paper towel that hit the paper (the towel is used for clearning the nibs). Not a lot of water, but there is an effect.

Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue

This is a very dark blue-black ink, so sark that in some light it will appear to be black. But for me, that is the pleasure of having this ink. Some blue-blacks have too much colour tone for my liking, expecially when use a large nib. Here, with this Midnight Blue, a solid tone is consistent across all written words. Some may not like that, and inks with shading characteristics are well liked.

Writing performance on the ink is good. I like the flow and it has worked well in a wide range of pens that I have used.

Want a dark blue-black, then this is an ink to consider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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