I couldn’t make it through the remainder of the year without more pens. One of them is the Faber-Castell Basic Black fountain pen, leather edition. I had been browsing around Jet Pens looking for inexpensive fountain pens but wasn’t long before I started browsing other sites and came across the Faber-Castell Basic Black pens. With a $45 list price it certainly qualifies as inexpensive as far as fountain pens go. I’d heard good things about Faber-Castell nibs but I guess I associated them with the yellow number 2 pencils from long ago school days. But I finally decided to try one out. The Basic Metal fountain pens are actually cheaper, with a list price of $38. I opted for the Basic Black as I liked the look of all three versions. I picked the leather mainly because it’s different than my other pens.
I bought the pen from Fahrney’s which listed the pen as cartridge only. The Faber-Castell website does say it handles a converter and my Faber-Castell converter did fit, although I haven’t used it.
The pen came with a empty int’l converter with the end cut off. A nice touch that makes the pen easy to clean with a bulb syringe. The short international cartridge of blue ink was hidden (stuck) inside the barrel.
The ribs on the section make gripping the pen comfortable and firm. But I would think they make converter filling difficult if ink gets in them and needs to be cleaned out. So I’m using cartridges for now and if I go to converters I’ll probably fill it before putting it in the pen. There appears to be metal inside the section, near the feed, so an eye dropper conversion doesn’t seem likely.
I started off with an old Private Reserve Black Cherry ink cartridge. It worked well at first but the ink soon stopped. It seemed fine when I loaded the pen, but now on inspection the ink was stuck at the top of the cartridge. So I swapped it with the included cartridge. The image below is with the included blue ink. The ink is a little light on Rhodia paper anyway but in this case there was probably a few water droplets left behind from the cleaning.
The nib is every bit as good as people said it would be. The pen is also appears to be solidly built. The only concern I have is that the ink cartridge doesn’t stick solidly when inserted unless I also twist it. When I opened the pen again after first inserting the cartridge it was loose in the pen. Although it probably wasn’t loose until I opened the pen. There’s room in the barrel for a second cartridge.
Any other Faber-Castell Basic owner’s out there?