Faber-Castell LOOM Fountain Pensearch

Faber-Castell LOOM Fountain Pen

Faber-Castell LOOM Fountain Pen

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QUICK QUESTION: Grip section; matte vs glossy?
For anyone wondering where this pen is made. It is in fact Made in China. I wasn't wondering because I was sure it was a German made pen from the Massdrop description and generally what I know about Faber Castell. I was a bit disappointed to read China under the pocket clip. Would have been a deal breaker for me at this price. I really don't need another $40 Chinese pen.
I don't know what option I should take. The gunmetal matte looks good but I heard there's a significant weight difference and that it's less solid which option should I go for ? Is the gunmetal shiny weight the same as the classical models ?
When I check the Low Cost Fountain pen Poll, this pen got only 24 votes whereas the TWSBI ECO White Fountain Pen got 167 votes. So what is happening?
antseverywhere
Probably the only one they could get a price break on
I thought I'd be joining this drop, but upon looking through the body options available I find myself disappointed.
There's only one option with an all matte body (Gunmetal Matte) but it costs an extra $6 and judging from the picture the finish on the body doesn't really match the finish on the section all that well.
Oh well, for anyone in Australia that prefers an all matte pen you can get a Loom for a little less than the drop price (admittedly in a rather boring range of superseded colours, and only one colour per nib size) here:
http://www.larrypost.com.au/brands/faber-castell-1/design-series/loom.html
Anyone's Shiny Gunmetal Loom have clear coat chipping/rubbing off?
Mine shipped today. Shipping says it will get here Monday!
Any news on shipment?
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Email does not say order will be cancelled if delay exceeds 30 days:
"Due to an unexpected delay, these orders may ship later than the original estimated ship date. Our apologies for any inconvenience. If we find that the drop is going to be delayed by more than 30 days, we will let you know. If you would prefer to cancel your order, please contact Community Support using the “Contact Support” button on your transactions page and our Community Support Team will be able to help cancel your order up until it is ready for shipment."
Of course it's not helpful to say "may ship later", when presumably Massdrop now knows it's going to be late. And rather than leave us up in the air, why not give us an ETA? My pet peeve is when a company waits until an estimated delivery date passes before telling you it's going to be late. Massdrop is a serial offender in this respect. Just give us the exact information you have, when you get it, instead of now waiting another 30 days before telling us.
Pavarotti
You're right, I misread it! My bad!
I'm with you this one. It's just a no brainier, good customer service is important. Assign someone to look into the issue and give us at least an ETA, not just a default form letter. I understand there's a lot of drops going on, but with quite a few drops comments sections with more than a few people feeling they're missing the mark on pricing, they really can't afford to be messing this up.
Dear Seller,
May I request to stamp the manual/ warranty paper for this pen? Thanks.
Kind regards.
Great pen I just wish there was a left handed option!
rootduck
As a lefty fountain pen user myself, you’re not likely to find many specific lefty options. A fine or medium nib should work well for you, and choose dryer inks (Robert Oster is good) and more absorbent paper if you’re worried about smearing. The loom is a good beginner pen. Or, go to mrpen.co.uk and order a pen with a right-foot oblique nib.
Hope mine doesn't get cancelled this time. In for gunmetal matte in fine... though that Olive color is also nice, just worried a bit about the shiny (and possibly slippery) barrel...
Mine finally arrived after a massdrop delay AND a fedex delay. This experience really tested my patience but I'm very happy to have it now. I got the gunmetal matte. I really like the look of it. The gunmetal looks more like a warm brown-bronze than the darker gray I'm used to when thinking of "gunmetal", but it really is a good-looking pen. Very sturdy, and a good size with a sturdy clip so I plan to carry this around a lot. It does write really well. My only gripe is it is quite hard to uncap it, but I knew this was a common complaint so I knew what I was getting into. Hopefully it really will get easier. Overall I'm quite happy with it. Side note, the cartridge it came with had a small hole at the top (not where it is inserted into the pen), so it was leaking when it arrived. Fortunately I ordered a converter so it wasn't dead in the water. Did anyone else have this? I suspect since I'm at a higher altitude the pressure change caused it to "pop" a hole in the weakest part of the plastic. Is this common with cartridges or are these just cheap quality?
I (finally) received my pen today. For the price, it was worth the wait. The nib (I have an EF) was one of the finest I've experienced from a western pen, and wrote surprisingly smoothly. The construction is sturdy and the pen is comfortable in-hand. I imagine it may be a little top-heavy if posted (the cap is surprisingly hefty), but unposted it is well balanced. For me, the biggest appeal is the color - I have the matte gunmetal version, and it is a very attractive pen.
When would the order ship? It usually takes 30 days or so to reach where I live.
bobgr8
Looks to be soon, I just got emailed a tracking number, so others might be getting numbers soon too.
Does Massdrop still announce here when they get their shipment in for processing? I have an estimated ship date for today, but it still shows "order placed with vendor." I hope they are not delayed, I'm getting impatient. :)
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Yeah, just saw that. That's annoying. No ETA either, just a vague delay with "if it's more than 30 days we'll tell you."
sumosha
Yep, and it's getting annoyingly common in the writing community too.
Anyone else get a cancelation notice? Mine was orange with a fine nib.
stoutreader
Yes, just got one. Also orange with fine nib. I would have accepted a different color/nib, but I don't know if it's just that combo that was cancelled. Bummer. Too bad, because GouletPens just had these on closeout (but they're gone from there too now).
stoutreader
Just got one as well, ordered the blue with extra fine nib,
Hey, wasn't there still 2 days left to the drop as of 16 hrs ago?
Very nice pen, I got it as part of the last mystery box, but what I'm stuck wondering is, what is the empty cartridge for? I opened the pen and there were two in there, and I can't figure out why I need an empty one. Is it for shipping? Other companies don't do that, or is there some other purpose I'm missing due to my own ignorance?
Zeired
I think it’s just a spacer for when you’re using short international cartridges, like the one it comes with.
Zeired
It's not actually an extra cartridge but rather a hollow one. You can use it as a spacer with a short cartridge or you can use it to help clean the pen. Just pop it in like a cartridge and since it's hollow you can shoot water through it and out the nib for example using a bulb syringe. You can flush the pen in just a few seconds that way! (You can of course clean the pen with a bulb syringe without using the hollow cartridge, but I've found that adding it helps the process go even faster and reduces the chances of water/ink dribbling or accidentally squirting out in some random direction.) Edit: stupid auto-correct.
awesome price for this pen. I paid 40 bucks for it and regret my purchase of lamy safari and pilot metro.
Bailey2013
Whoa that's saying a lot! Which nibs did you get for them
Where is this made?
Massdropist
I believe F-C manufactures plastic - body pens in China with their higher end ballpoint and brush pens made in Peru and fountain pens in Germany. Regardless of where its manufactured, this is a fantastic pen!
Echoing the praise this pen deserves. I was on the fence through several drops and finally bought one this summer. It has an excellent weight unposted and writes smoothly. My hands can be a little sweaty at times, but it this has not been the issue I thought it might be. The only small issue is that there seems to be some ink getting out of the space between the nib and the grip section. I think the nib section might need to be pressed in, but haven't tried pushed too hard for fear of damaging nib. Anyone else have this issue?
I was just about to buy one as a gift then saw the drop and got excited, then I saw the ship date and was sad.
These are great Pens. FC makes some of the best and most consistent steel nibs available. I would caution you that the nib sizes run larger than expected and if you like a fine an EF will probably be a better choice.
Note that this fountain pen depending on configuration can be obtained from Amazon.de for as little as EUR 20 with an additional 19% VAT exemption if shipped outside the EEA.
Very bad experience with this drop. One of the pen's body have many scratches to it. And both pens came without cartridges. i added a converter and they list it valued the same as the pen itself, resulting in issues with tax payment. worst experience so far.
Any updates on this drop? The estimated ship date is rapidly approaching.
choiceweb0pen0
Just received a shipping notification.
Anyone know of this comes with an actual usaable full cartirage, or is it empty which needs filling, i couldn't see anything upon reading. Also does the actual clip part come off at all, would love to hydrop dip it. I know it's probably not worth it but jusf purely fo experimental purposes. Some.sweet designs you can get, would look awesome against the piano white colour etc. Cheers
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I wish. I live in Texas, but I've been to Aus about 18 years ago for a semester of uni. Loved it.
choiceweb0pen0
top stuff =)
I've had a loom for about six months. This pen would be a bargain at $60, let alone the mark of 40 that I paid, or the 33 massdrop wants.
This pen has one of the finest steel nibs ever made. It's absolutely flawless, perfectly tuned with the barest hint of very deliberate feedback. Wet, butt not gushing, and the M I have is usable even on cheap paper (reverse writes a nice, smooth, fairly wet needlepoint) though for everyday use on copy paper, go for an extra fine or fine.
The only issue I have with it is the cap snaps on almost too tightly. This thing is never coming off unintentionally. It has eased up a bit as it has been broken in, but it's still pretty much a two hand affair to uncap.
The body is nicely weighted, not a lightweight pen, but very comfortable for notes or long writing sessions. The grip is very secure and comfortable. The cap is light, but very well made and the clip is perfection.
Get a converter. If this is your first pen, get a bottle of "sailor jentle" ink in your choice of color (i like yama dori , turquoise, Oku yama, red, or souten, blue) on Amazon. The whole joy of fountain pens is the ink.
What is the benefit of the converter?
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alright thanks
One caveat is that Higgins brand ink (found at art stores like Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and some higher-end art stores and boutiques) says on the bottle "For Fountain Pens" but it is not for these fountain pens. It's made for dip pens and it will clog these pens.
I'd visit Vanness1938.com, GouletPens.com, AndersonPens.com or others as they all sell ink samples in small vials so you can test out inks beforehand. If you want cartridges instead of bottles, you can get cartridges as well from those vendors (among others).
Can't decide between this or the Regal British Fountain Pen.
JustFluxz
I would recommend this as this is a really great starter pen with one of the best steel nibs available on the market.