Graf von Faber-Castell Intuition Platino Magnum black

This is a special pen. It was a gift to myself purchased from stylo.ca and it marks three years since I quit smoking. I love this pen and believe it’s a perfect way to reward myself. So glad I quit smoking and truth be told my pen collecting really ramped up when I quit. Guess I reward myself a lot. 🙂

A funny thing happened when I got this pen. I opened the box, took out the pen and opened it only to be surprised by the lack of included converter. My Intuition Ivory came with one so I was disappointed to say the least. I wrote Stylo right away and they apologized and told me they’d send me a new converter right away. Great customer service.

 

 In the mean time I wanted to use the pen so I borrowed the converter from my other Intuition and quickly realized I couldn’t put the barrel back on with the converter in place because the Platino had its own converter stuck inside the barrel. It was only seconds after I realized this that I got an email from Stylo suggesting that this may be where my converter was and that it was a known issue with these pens for some reason. I used a spare Edison nib unit to hook onto the converter and drag it out. I let Stylo know that they were right and so my transaction with them was complete. 

This model has an ingenious design that I love enough to purchase this pen in addition to my Ivory Intuition. The barrel is super smooth with no seam or threads. A pinstriped end knob twists to pop out the nib and converter. It also can be filled using international long or short cartridges. 

 

 The nib is amazing. It’s amazing once it works that is. This pen suffers from the exact same hard starting issua as my other Intuition. I now suspect it’s a design flaw and perhaps the cap doesn’t properly seal the pen to stop it drying out between writing sessions. Once going though this nib is perfect for my great line and performance–a real winner. In fact I like this pen so much I’d buy a third if the price were right so I guess hard starts don’t bother me that much. 

The cap on this one is all metal with a spring loaded clip and is quite heavy on its own making the pen unsuitable for using posted. It ends up being too back heavy. Without the cap this pen is perfectly balanced and very comfortable to hold. 

 

 Fit and finish on this pen are great and I think this may now be my favourite German pen maker. I hope to explore the brand further. 🙂

What about you? What’s your experience with Graf von Faber-Castell?

6 Comments

  1. Denise

    Your pen is beautiful. I like the design and finish of it; it’s very classy.

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thank you Denise! And thanks for watching / reading / commenting. 🙂

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  2. Franz Dimson

    Maybe it’s time for me to look into GvFC pens. Your review made me want the Platino. =)

    Awesome review and keep it up sir! 3 years of not smoking is great!

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Cheers Franz! It’s a great brand–you should definitely investigate. 🙂

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  3. Larry

    Re the hard starting issue, I have the identical issue with my LOOM. It happens every time I run the cartridge completely out, completely dry at the nib. After installing a new cartridge it takes forever, overnight even, for the feed to fill up and work again. My only answer so far is to never let the nib go dry, or else, to dip it in an ink bottle for fifteen seconds or so, to allow the feed to fill. That works well BUT I can’t just dip-and-go. Allowing those 15 seconds of capillary fill seems to be the key.

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Ah ok. Dipping in ink would work too but a drop of water seems to do it. In my case the ink seems to dry out in the nib and feed even though the cartridge is full. Cap isn’t air tight I guess.

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