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Faber-Castell Basic Fountain Pen

Faber-Castell Basic Fountain Pen

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What pens would be similar to this pen? This is my current EDC, and I would like to get another pen similar to this one, but can't seem to find anything. Suggestions?
Is there anyway that I can get a cap replacement? The inside of mine seems to be worn down and will no longer stay posted. It keeps falling off the back end of my pen.
Looking forward to getting this pen and being able to compare it to the LOOM, which is one of my current favorites.
I already picked up a converter from Goulet (only$5) since this drop doesn't offer one.
If anyone is debating purchasing it, just pull the trigger. I have tried quite a few pens so far, none that are more than $50, but nonetheless, this is by far the best pen I own, as well as it being my favorite. It is super comfortable to hold and writes very well. The only thing to note is that it is on the heavier side in terms of weight as it is heavier towards the back end, but it isn't so great that I wouldn't use it. It is a great pen for fountain pen beginners and veterans, in my opinion.
Just got mine! Quick question though, I perceive that the nib on this is a tad thinner and and possibly a bit more flexible than Faber-Castell Loom. So it has some flex to it (I don't want to really overdo it) and pleasant line variation. If you have this pen, is this also true for yours?
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For those who already own this pen, can you comment on the balance? Do you recommend using it posted or no, and how the weight difference of the differing models will affect it.
PS: Does Faber-Castell follow the Western or Japanese standards with regards to nib sizes? I already own an Italix in medium and a Pilot in fine, was thinking maybe an EF or F. Again, a shoutout to owners for your opinion :)
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Oh yea, LOOM‘s section actually has a slight convex curve so it is thicker than the body, and BASIC is almost entirely flat but the rubber section is actually a tad thinner than the body. That’s probably why it feels fatiguing using my LOOM. Also, I have the Matte Gunmetal. The section has some groove to it but I don’t feel like it helps with the grip, so I might be selling it or giving it away.
CalvinLimuel13
yeah, I tried out my mom's when i gifted it to her, and I think it might feel just a tad more balanced in terms of the weight, but I definitely felt that the Basic was a lot more comfortable for me.
No option to add a converter on this drop?
Gotta love delayed shipping with no updates.
Still not a single update about the delivery date. What's going on?
Euro
I know. Absolutely ridiculous, and not typical of Massdrop ...
What is the new delivery date?
What large cartridge would work in this pen? I want a larger cartridge so i do not have to swap it as much. I like black ink if that helps.
If you decide to buy this, just know that you can't write with the cap on as the center of balance will be above your hand. Flow from this pen isn't the too good either.
Curious about the weight - It’s shows 1.2 oz (34gms) - Being they are made fro different materials, I wonder if they also vary in weight as well. I love the black carbon fiber.
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Good thought and thanks for checking into it :)
j-e-g
Faber-Castell's US Customer Service department has responded with the following weights: Fountain pen Essentio metal matt medium (#148520) - 1.3oz Fountain pen Essentio metal shiny medium (#148500) - 1.2oz Fountain pen Essentio Black Carbon medium (#148820) - 1.0oz Fountain pen Essentio Black Leather medium (#148830) - 1.0oz
Cheers!
(ps. Great service by the manufacturer!)
Still waiting. In Spain. What happens?Carlew
CarlesTrekkie
Hmmm... carbon fiber 1.0 oz - Seems light. I like(d) the carbon fiber and maybe the Satin... Thanks for taking the time to look into it and sharing what you learned :)
I just received mine, and it looks and feels a lot better then I expected. My only issue is that this is my first fountain pen so I ordered a Fine nib, but it is a lot thicker then I expected it to be. Does anyone know if the nibs are interchanegable and how I would go about getting an Extra Fine nib and swapping it?
Edit: the satin finish on the body seems to be easily scratched. I have only had it a day and only used it for an hour and it has quite a few marks already. Only had it clipped in my pocket for about 20 minutes prior to using it.
Edit: still using my pain daily and still going strong, 12/14/17
JustFluxz
Hi, you can by international nibs and replace with. You can also check with Faber Castell (check closest online retailer or shop) and get a replacement nib in EF. Very gently hold the tip close tot he barrel, screw off and replace with a new one. :)
My dream came true. It got shipped early! :)
I am hoping for the elusive early shipment lol. This is my first fountain pen and I want it now lol
Can anyone with experience comment on the comparison between this pen and the faber-castell LOOM which is also up for a drop?
Amon-Rukh
I have both.. they're the same in terms of nib quality (which is excellent, especially the EF and F). It comes down to looks.
Is the leather a faux leather or genuine? I can't decide between the satin and the leather. The leather is a lot more unique, but the satin pops more.
As a previous purchaser, permit me to say that this is one great fountain pen. I tend to go for Extra-Fine nibs, and this company knows what the term means. Most German nibs tend to be somewhat broader than their Japanese counterparts of the same name, but to Faber-Castell, Extra=Fine means exactly that. Imagine my delight when I first inked my pen and began writing. It laid down a line as fine as any I could ever wish, and if you're a lover of a real Extra-Fine nib, this is one great pen. I have no comment to make on the other nibs, since I've never used them, and perhaps someone with knowledge can offer an observation. And, as with anything Faber-Castell makes, this is truly excellent workmanship, a pen that will last you for years, and give you true delight every time you use it. It's comfortable in the hand, and the soft-touch feature is one of those right-on inventions. Right now I'm fighting down the temptation to purchase another one.
If I purchase it at 34, then price drops to 30, do I get the $30 price tag too?
JustFluxz
Yes you do, by purchasing, you help us all reach the numbers to unlock the lower pricing, you would be charged whatever that price is at the end of the drop.
I received my pen within a reasonable time frame, and can say that I'm entirely satisfied with it. Unlike many pens, the EF nib is truly EXTRA fine, and would likely satisfy an accountant. It has an easy, comfortable grip, and I'm totally happy journaling with it. Great value for the money.
One month later....still no pen.......
So after receiving mine, I tried a couple of standard international converters but they all didn't fit well on the section's connection. In fact, I tried a couple of empty international cartridges and they were also too big. I had to take the cartridge that came with the pen and empty it out. I cleaned the pen and feed before inking. I have tried Diamine Shimmertastic Night Sky (with shimmer particles) and that wasn't a great match up. Extreme hard starts. Flow issues. It was not fun. Then after cleaning, I tried Diamine Ancient Copper. Again, problems. Not as much as with the shimmer ink but still hard starts.
Sadly, this pen will go into the "looked kind of cool but isn't a great performer" pile. Once I get my tuning kit from Goulet Pens, I may attempt to work on the pen but at this point I am disappointed in this one.
Theryon
A follow-up to this: I did run a brass sheet (from Goulet Pens) between the tines of the nib. After that, I inked it up with Diamine Graphite. This has worked out well. Also, I ordered a F-C converter from GP and that has worked as well.
Once again one of the "lucky" few that hasn't gotten their pen yet, I've tried Massdrop but at this point spending the extra couple of bucks somewhere else is worth not having to guess what is the status of the order
What's the latest status of the drop? No emails since order was placed and it's 5 days past the ship date...
Found this if it helps anyone - Regarding the converters. On Amazon someone left this information in their review- The converter needed for the Basic and/or Loom - Faber-Castell Fountain Pen Converter 148785 There are several sellers on Amazon that have them, they appear to run about 5 to 8 dollars with shipping. Still looking to see if it'll take international long cartridges. Seems as if it should.. but just a guess.
I see some confusion about the converters. I am wondering if the Basic will take an international long cartridge ? Or even the combi-converters with the two different end sizes ? The pen looks long enough - just wondering if there is enough room in the barrel, both length and diameter for one to fit ? I see many positive reviews of the Basic and most all noted that the nib is excellent - Any one have feedback about the F-C Basic ? Thanks.
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I agree. This is a great price for the chrome options. I am actually getting one my self, in fine. Itll open up my loom to more writing as well, since the nibs can simply unscrew and swap. Once you get a few fountain pens you tend to lean towards the, must have more stage. So you will probably end up getting both in the end anyhow. :D
jsolar
You and @writerstephen are killing me here ! LOL In the end ... if it is a good writer... it's worth it... Now if I only had something worth writing about ;) You know the minute I buy one to try out... one I have been waiting for pops up ! Happens every time - :/
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