Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition

So here we go, my first fountain pen review.  I’m not really an organized person when it comes to this stuff.  I don’t have a mind-map or pre-planned structure for this.  I’m winging it and I hope it works out and I hope you like it.  Feel free to give me any constructive criticism in the comments or email me at admin@mycoffeepot.org.

This pen represents a few firsts for me.  This is my first Graf von Faber-Castell and also my first “luxury” pen purchased in a brick-and-mortar pen store.  All pens previous to this were purchased online through eBay or online merchants.  I had really tried to buy a pen in a store before but couldn’t bring myself to pay full retail price when I knew I could get it significantly cheaper online.  One such incident (story time!) was in the summer of 2012 when Katie and I went to Chicago for a two day super-tour.  Katie agreed to go with me to Century Pens and I had money in my budget to buy my first store pen as a souvenir–that would soften the price blow. I looked at some vintage pens that were nice but out of my price range and I thought about getting a Conklin Mark Twain crescent filler–but the price for a steel nib…. anyway, I settled on a Lamy 2000.  I got the friendly clerk to dip a broad L2K and I scribbled a bit on a pad he had there–very nice.  But the price–it was full list of some $199 at the time (I think)  and I knew I could get it cheaper from Goulet Pens even including shipping.

I get it–retail stores have way higher expenses than online retailers do–rent is way higher and you probably need more staff. Still, as you can probably guess, I didn’t buy the pen.  It’s a great shop and I do suggest you visit when you are in the area and I hope to be at a stage in life one day where I don’t care as much about saving a few dollars but yeah–for now every dollar saved is a dollar that could be put towards another pretty pen, am I right? Well, things changed this past holiday season when I was visiting family in Montreal.  On Boxing Day we were near the pen store Stylo and I decided to have a look around.  My new approach was to ask the clerk to only show me pens on final clearance.  This proved to be a winning strategy and I was drawn to this pen that was on sale for $120 less than MSRP.  I actually took out my smartphone and couldn’t find a better price anywhere.

I gave it a day to think about it and research it.  I decided I liked it and wanted and went back to buy it.  The store owner was there and he dipped it up for me and it wrote beautifully.  Super smooth and wet with just a little bit of tooth.  I tried to get him to bring the price down even more or throw in some ink (worth a try, right?) but he wouldn’t budge.  I told him I’d take it so he cleaned it up a bit and adjusted the tines a bit too so everything was perfect.  Boxed and bagged the pen for me and off I went.  I recall he dropped the pen box as he was bagging it but the pen was ok so no points lost there.

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The pen itself is a medium sized pen and is made of smooth cream resin on the body and black resin for the cap.  All trim is platinum plated.  As I mention in the video the pen has a very cool way to fill.  You untwist the end capto push the nib and converter out of the solid barrel. This gives it a seamless body which I find quite elegant.  I can say, hands down, that this is the best implementation of a cartridge / converter filling system in a pen.  I like how the nib comes out of the body so you can fill it without getting ink on the body of the pen–which is convenient as it’s ivory coloured.

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The nib is a great performer and is one of my favourite broad nibs.  The flow is perfect and the line wet giving lots of pooling and shading.  It’s a two-tone 18k nib in number 5 size.  The wood bodied Intuition pens have the larger number 6 size nib and I’m so happy with this pen I might keep my eyes peeled for one though I’m not sure I want to worry about wood potentially cracking in this variable Canadian climate.  Anyway, my only complaint is that the pen can be a hard starter if capped for a while.  I’m guessing the pull cap doesn’t have an inner cap or somehow there isn’t an air tight seal on the nib so there may be some starting issues.  Once it’s going though you have no problems with it for the duration of the writing session.  Great nib.

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The pen also posts very securely and deeply and is well balanced and easy to write with for long sessions in this configuration.  I’m paranoid about scratching pens though so I prefer to use it un-posted.  There’s a spring loaded clip that works well and has great tension and looks fantastic.

Fantastic, yes this pen looks fantastic.  There’s nothing about the overall design of this pen that I can complain about–it’s stunningly beautiful from every angle.  This pen loves the camera and has been featured heavily in my instagram feed (here’s an example)

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So yeah–go buy this pen.  Drying out a bit is the only issue I’ve had and only detail I can complain about.  That also might just be my pen–maybe others seal better? Oh and you’ll notice in my video, it takes quite a bit of effort to pull off the cap and gives a very satisfying click as it snaps

How did I do? Should I get into ratings or should I break this into sections? All feedback is welcome–well, as long as it’s polite anyway. 😉

32 Comments

  1. Amanda

    Great review! Very nicely done for your first video, friend. Also, can I just say, you’re adorable. So Canadian! I watched the whole video, which admittedly I don’t always do with reviews of items. Anyway! Keep up the good work, buddy!

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      So Canadian? What does that even mean? I don’t think I appologized to the pen. Hmmm. Thanks for the comment tho and thanks for watching!

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      1. Amanda

        You know exactly what I mean. 😛

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        1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

          Okie dokie–and hey, you fixed your avatar. Yay! How did you do it?

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          1. Amanda

            I had to get into my old WordPress account. It was telling me I didn’t have an account but I somehow found my way back in so I could update it. It was actually a lot of work, but I want to be able to comment on all your posts, so I made it happen in the name of friendship!

        2. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

          Aww, you’re the best. 🙂

          Reply
          1. Amanda

            No, YOU’RE the best, Gerry! 😉

  2. aleks

    Awesomeness!!! 😀 Godspeed my friend, cheers to many more reviews to come!!! 😀

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thanks Aleks! Will be sure to review some Parkers for you. 😛

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      1. aleks

        im already glued to your blog waiting for that Duofold 😀

        Reply
        1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

          🙂 it’s gonna be up around midnight probably. At 1mbit/sec it takes ages to upload. Hey, are you able to see the bexley tuckaway review? Weird it hasn’t even got one comment. Thanks for checking in!

          Reply
  3. Leigh

    Woohoo! A great first review, with a neat story and video to boot. 🙂 more, please!

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Aww, thanks Leigh! 😀 you want it, you got it. Stay tuned!

      Reply
  4. Ecclectitbits

    Well done; a fabulous start to what I am sure will continue to be a pentacular blog!

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  5. Azizah A. (@GourmetPens)

    Great review – I very much enjoyed it. Not too long, not too short; it was just right. Looking forward to many more reviews by you 🙂

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Wow, thanks Azizah! I’m looking forward to doing more and hopefully putting the spotlight on some pens less frequently covered elsewhere. Thanks for your encouraging words!

      Reply
  6. Dean

    Excellent post, about one of my favourite pens. Pretty strange as I too purchased mine from a brick and mortar store, something I rarely do! With this Intuition though the shape and filling mechanism fascinated me, along with the super wet and smooth nib 🙂

    Look forward to many more reviews and posts!

    Dean

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Cheers Dean. Yeah–it’s such an attractive pen and great writer.

      Reply
  7. Peninkcillin

    Great review! I live near Chicago so maybe I should pay those guys a visit sometime. But I’m a bit too comfortable with online-window-shopping.

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thanks! And I so hear you with the online window shopping but use it to your advantage to not overpay for something. Century Pens is a really nice store and definitely worth visiting.

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  8. Karen

    Nice review! Congratulations on the new blog. I look forward to more. =)

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Aw, thanks Karen! I appreciate your support!

      Reply
  9. Junee

    Great review! I hope you continue reviewing pens!

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thanks Junee! I hope so too–got tons of ideas for reviews.

      Reply
  10. Charles

    Awesome review! Looking forward to more. Congrats on the new blog. Fantastic looking pen.

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thanks Charles! More to come!

      Reply
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  12. Ryan

    Thanks for the review! I too, am planning to buy the Intuition pen of GfVC and I’m worried about the drying out issue. How long does it take for it to dry out? Is it hard to start it again after drying out? It seems the drying out issue is quite well spread as other reviewers pointed out the same issue.

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Interestingly it hard starts most with the Graf Von Feber Castell moss green. Some other inks I’ve tried with a different surface tension have no issues and start up right away. You can shake down a drop or use the converter to prime the feed.

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