Graf Von Faber-Castell Anello Titanium was my second fountain pen, after a Lamy Al-Star. This pen needs no back story because it has pretty much created an ongoing fantasy. That sounds weird. I just mean it's magical.
Brand: Graf Von Faber-Castell
Model: Anello Titanium
Body Material: Titanium + Platinum
Trim: Platinum plated
Length (capped): 13.75 cm/5.41"
Length (posted): 17.145 cm/6.75"
Nib type: Medium
Nib material: 18K gold + iridium tip
Weight: 46 g/1.6 oz
Barrel design: Round. (Awesome).
Fill type: Cartridge/converter (comes with pen)
Graf Von Faber-Castell Anello Titanium arrives in packaging worthy of its beauty. I absolutely love the wooden box with the delicate, tasteful writing on the top. Inside is soft and cradles this gorgeous pen gently. There is a little booklet with details of other products, and a drawstring pen bag. The felt base has three slots and can house other pens along with your Anello. It's very well made and looks fabulous. This packaging is certainly what I would consider a luxury presentation box.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The nib on the Anello is very interesting. It's not too large and has the Graf Von Faber-Castell shield stamped on it, as well as M for medium, 750, and 18 ct. It's somewhat intricate and although there is a lot on it, it is not crowded.
UN Luggage's Fine Writing Instrument Writing Night in Winnipeg. I thought I liked my Lamy Al-Star a lot, and then I tried this pretty thing. I couldn't believe a nib could be so smooth and soft; my first experience with a springy nib! The making of this nib has over a hundred steps, most of which are done by hand. At the end, the nib is run in by hand as well. As a result, the pen writes straight out of the box - no flushing or adjusting needed. The nib is a wet and springy writer, with a feed that easily keeps up with the ink requirements. The nib is smooth and pleasant to write with and because of its wet nature, it really brings out the shading in inks. With gentle pressure, the tines spread and provide decent line variation, and then snaps back quickly. It's not a flex pen but it sure is fun to write with. That's the whole point of a fountain pen, right?
The Anello is a fairly substantial pen, though not particularly large in either length or diameter. Uncapped, it is very comfortable to write with and it's easy to maintain control of the pen, resulting in nice, uniform writing. The pen can be posted, which is also very comfortable to write with, though because of the size of my hands, I find it a little more difficult to keep my writing uniform. This is not to say I find the pen too long when posted - it is that I hold the pen very close to the nib, making the pen a little top heavy. If you have larger hands, this will likely not be an issue for you.
- Exceptional nib
- Gorgeous body and design
- Highly desirable writing experience
- The converter that came with the pen is quite a decent converter - it works well and so far (in the four years I've had this), no ink has sneaked deeper into it where it cannot be cleaned from. The converter is also solid and does not rattle around (as some converters on my more inexpensive pens do).
- For such an outstanding pen in every other department, I am ever so slightly disappointed this is a cartridge/converter filler. A piston-filler mechanism would have been pretty awesome, but it is a metal pen so I suppose this was not feasible.
- I am also surprised the pen did not come with an ink cartridge or two for those who want to use it immediately.
This pen's price puts it into the executive price range ($500 - $999, according to FPGeeks). I was fortunate enough to be able to try this pen before purchasing it but I can comfortably recommend it to you sight unseen. So long as you are comfortable with heavy pens, I can't think of any reason you wouldn't love this one. It is a beautiful pen that performs spectacularly - the nib is truly delightful and perfectly complements the pen's appearance and elegance.
Watch SBRE Brown's review of this pen!