Body Material: Pearwood
Length (capped): 5.47"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 4.79"
Length (posted): 6.2"
Barrel Diameter: 0.44"
Section Diameter: 0.35"
Nib type: German
Nib material: Steel
Weight: 33g/1.1 oz
Barrel design: Round
Fill type: Cartridge/converter
Price: £59.40 (£49.50/$75USD excluding VAT)
Where to buy: The Pen Company
The Pearwood barrel Ambition is a round pen from cap to end, with blunt edges. The cap is relatively short and it is shiny and chrome-plated, as is the clip, the very small section, and the back end where the cap posts. The awesome clip is classy and spring-loaded - one of my favourite features of Faber-Castell pens. When posted or capped, the cap is flush with the pen body. The pearwood barrel is a rich brownish orange colour. Of course, saying that makes it sound hideous, doesn't it? (Update: Gentian suggested sienna to describe this! PERFECT. Thank you so much Gentian! Sienna is bang on) It isn't. It is striated like woods often are, though very subtly, and it is quite smooth to the touch. It is eye-catching and very attractive. The warmth of the pearwood and the contrast of the chrome is pretty.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
With a fair amount of pressure, as in, more than you would exert in typical writing, there is some line variation possible. I wouldn't call this flexible or springy, but the tines can spread and give you wider lines should you really want it. As such, you should expect a stiff nib for normal writing.
By the way, as I mentioned, the clip, like my Graf Von Faber-Castell fountain pen, is quite awesome. It is one of those spring loaded clips so it's easy to use and won't tear your papers. It's one of my favourite parts of this pen.
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- Nice, consistent ink flow.
- Reliable writer - no hard starts.
- Not a very wet writer - a suitable choice for lefties.
- Posts very snugly.
- Awesome spring loaded clip.
- Pen is very tightly capped.
- I worry about the life of the plastic sleeve inside of the cap.
- Body can be scored/scratched by sharp materials.
- Short section.
The Faber-Castell Ambition Pearwood fountain pen is a lovely, attractive pen, and is not badly priced. The steel nib is a reliable one to write with, and the pen will offer a comfortable, decent writing experience. It's not a juicy nib if that's what you're looking for though A very nice choice for a new user as this is a pretty low maintenance pen that will likely not need tweaking, but also great for experienced users. There is nothing bad to say about the performance of this pen; I think it's quite lovely. The only thing thing I dislike is how short the section is.
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This gorgeous pen was sent by The Pen Company for review. I was not compensated monetarily, but I am spoiled rotten and get to keep this delectable thing. All opinions here are 100% my own, cross my heart.