Graf von Faber-Castell Carbon Black is the sixth Graf von Faber-Castell (GvFC) ink I’ve looked at. It’s the last of their new line of inks for me to review. Carbon Black is one of the inks that Graf von Faber-Castell classifies as “Document Proof.” This means they are non-correctable and also non removable without leaving a trace. They’re also UV and water resistant. It’s also supposed to not be visible on the back of standard paper. I’ve never found that last item to be true with the other Document Proof colors and it wasn’t true with this one. I’m beginning to think they mean no bleed-through which would be true.
I’ve liked all the new GvFC inks, some more than others. So what do I think of Carbon Black? Wow! It’s a really nice black ink. I did the swab before inking any pens and immediately thought of Aurora Black. You’ll find an Aurora Black swab for comparison in the gallery. I don’t use a black ink a lot, but GvFC immediately became my go to black. Well, that’s a bit of a spoiler for the rest of the review.
The ink puts down a nice crisp line with no ink spreading or feathering. It’s a dark ink so there is show-through on thinner papers. I didn’t encounter any bleed-through.
The ink has a wet, but not watery, flow. If there’s enough ink it looks wet and has a bit of a sheen. The sheen vanishes quickly as the ink dries. I used the Lamy 2000 with a fine nib as my daily writer. The fine nib doesn’t put down enough ink to give it a sheen so don’t expect it all the time. Sheen or no sheen, the ink always drives to a deep dark black true to the cobalt black name. There’s no shading or line variation at all, just deep black.
Dry time is good on most paper although it’s considerably longer on Rhodia and other papers traditionally slow to absorb ink. It was quick enough on Doane Jotter paper so that I avoided accidental smudges. The Jotter is my typical note tacking pad.
The ink flushed easily from my pens although it wasn’t in them for very long. I expect the Lamy 2000 to clean easily once it’s written dry.
My Lamy 2000 was my daily driver for testing this ink. The nib was tuned by Mike Masuyama so it it’s friendly to almost every ink. It was great with the GvFc Carbon Black. A consistently dark black line without any skipping.
My Platinum 3776 Ribbed with an ultra extra fine nib was used for testing. The inked flowed easily through the very thin nib. The flow was able to keep up with some quick writing and was problem free.
My Retro 51 Lincoln medium nib is the wettest nib of the bunch. Despite a wet flowing ink on a wet nib it was surprisingly well behaved, There wasn’t any feathering or bleed-through.
My Franklin-Christoph Model 19 with 1.1 mm stub was the widest nib I used. Again, the line was consistent.
Graf von Faber-Castell Carbon Black is my new go to black fountain pen ink.