Review: Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche

The Numbers:
Weight: 30g
Length (capped): 134mm
Length (uncapped): 125mm
Body Material: Resin and metal
Nib Material: 18K Gold
Filling Mechanism: Standard international cartridge and converter
Colours: Various

Intro:
My thanks to Gautam for loaning me his pen for review.

Graf von Faber-Castell is the big sibling of Faber-Castell. They carry the high end stationary which includes fountain pens. In general Graf von Faber-Castell fountain pens are gold nibs fountain pens with snap caps. They tend to be #5 sized nibs as well. Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche is no expection.

Performance:

Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche is mostly cylindrical except the cap. The cap is mostly straight but it flares outwards at the top of the cap. The cap, grip, clip and end finial are made of polished metal making this pen one finger print magnet. The clip is spring loaded and is shaped with an upward curve at the tip. It is easy to slip the clip over most items.

The cap pops open easily and closes with a click. The cap can be posted on the barrel but it changes the balance of the pen drastically. Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche is well balanced maybe a little front heavy because of the metal grip when it is unposted. When the cap is posted, it makes the entire pen very back heavy.

The barrel is made of black precious resin and has been engraved with a chevron pattern and then polished, giving it a unique texture and look. The pattern makes the Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche looks eye-catching but yet understated at the same time.

Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche is a slim-ish fountain pen. The grip is no different. Though the grip is long and concave just the way I like it, I found the grip too thin. I am always gripping the pen too tightly for fear I lose control of it. I would much prefer the pen to have a wider grip or maybe a heavier grip section so that the weight might ground the pen in my hand.

Like all Graf von Faber-Castell fountain pens, the Guilloche takes standard international converter and cartridges. For the price that one of these Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche is going for, it might be pricey for a cartridge / converter fountain pen. However, the cartridge / converter filling system is one of the most reliable and require the least amount of maintenance. I don’t consider it a negative point that an expensive pen doesn’t have a “special” filling system.

The nib of the Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche is a wonder. It is smooth and has great flow. If you pair it with a wet ink, it would be writing on glass smooth. Even when I had initially filled it with OMAS Green, an ink on the dry side, it wrote beautifully. The nib carries the Graf von Faber-Castell logo front and centre, along with the nib size and the carat. It isn’t the most elaborate design out there but it is still a beautiful nib.

Conclusion:
The Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche is a great writer but the silm grip would be a problem for some. The nib more than makes up for the annoyance of the grip. However the price might give me pause to get one for myself. The Guilloche older sibling, The Intuition Platino Wood is speaking to me instead.

Pros:

  • Smooth nib and great writing experience
  • Understated design

Cons:

  • Finger print magnet
  • Slim grip
Posted on August 12, 2016 and filed under Fountain Pen, review.