This Just In: Faber-Castell E-motion

Picture of the white Faber-Castell E-motion

Actually, this arrived the same time as my Faber-Castell Basic Black. Like the Basic, it has a medium nib. I picked the Rhombus Style in the color white, making this my first white pen.

Why did I get it?

It’s a pen with a big girth which I’m beginning to like more and more. I picked white because I don’t have any white pens. I picked a medium nib to add a little variety to my nib selection. This video review by Stephen Brown turned me on to the E-motion and put it on my radar back in October. The metal section (chrome plated) had me holding off since I was worried about gripping it. But after hearing more rave reviews about Faber-Castell nibs I decided to go for it.

I liked the simple design in the photos and I like it as much with it in my hands. I don’t see myself getting a lot of white pens, but I like it with the chrome on this pen.

First Fill

For it’s first fill I picked Diamine Oxblood. It’s an ink I only recently tried in (another pen) and liked it immediately. But that pen developed a small leak so I had to empty it.

The steel medium nib is as buttery smooth as everyone claims. Between the nib and the ink this pen immediately became my primary writer today after I used it.


While this was my primary writer today, I haven’t done much writing. The chrome plated section hasn’t caused me any problems but I haven’t used the pen for more than 5 minutes at any one time.

I did have one false start after having the pen uncapped for about 45 to 60 seconds. In testing it seems to start having problems after about 45 seconds and after 60 seconds the first letter is dry. This seems a little quick to evaporate for me but since the pen and ink are new I can’t say which is the cause. I don’t have any flow problems when writing. It’s a consistent and well saturated line.

It’s a twist off cap with a very short thread length. For some reason I wanted to treat this as a pull off cap. Although I’ve used it enough today to have broken that habit.

The pen is heavy but that’s due to the chrome cap. The pen can be posted but the cap seems too heavy to make that comfortable, even for people who post their pen caps. I don’t like to post the caps so this isn’t a problem for me and without the cap the pen is a comfortable weight to write with.

The clip is nice, in that it has a bit of lever action to allow easy pocketing and un-pocketing by loosening the clip with your thumb (or finger).

I think I’m going to like this pen a lot.

This Just In: Faber-Castell Basic Black Leather

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.

Picture of my Faber-Castell basic Black Fountain pen

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?