I picked Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red as the first ink for my Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta with its medium nib. It took only two weeks for me to write the pen dry. This is quick for me so it’s a good indicator that I liked the pen & ink combo. It’s even better when I consider that there were a few days where I didn’t use any fountain pens.
I like the ink a lot with this nib. Garnet Red does better with a wet nib. While I wouldn’t call this nib a gusher, it’s not dry either. Being wider than my typical nib it highlights the Garnet Red nicely. This ink has had past problems clinging to converters, requiring occasional priming to keep the ink going. I didn’t have any of those problems here, ink flow was nice and consistent right until the last drop.
The ink & pen combined for a pleasant writing experience. I was tempted to immediately refill the pen with more Garnet Red but being a new pen I will change things up. The ink was easily flushed from the Model 20 and the converter.
I want to ink the Franklin-Christoph Model 20 up right away, even with its wide medium nib. But there was almost a week where I barely used any pens so I’ll be giving the other inked pens some attention before I re-ink the Model 20.