Thank you to Goldspot for sending this Faber-Castell over for review!
Body Material: Resin
Length (capped): 138.9 mm/5.46''
Length (uncapped nib-end): 121.1 mm/4.77''
Length (posted): 155.0 mm/6.10''
Barrel Diameter: 10.9 mm/0.43''
Section Diameter: 8.6 - 10.9 mm/0.33'' - 0.43'' chrome to barrel
Nib material: Steel
Weight (all): 30 g
Weight (cap): 16 g
Weight (body): 14 g
Fill type: Cartridge/Converter
Where to buy: Goldspot
I like the packaging for this pen - fairly minimal and simple. It's not really exciting, but I don't feel like it's excessively wasteful. The firm cardboard box is white, slim, and has Faber-Castell and the logo on top, in silver. It's a clean and elegant look. The tray slides out to the side and the pen sits in a cardboard bed, inside a plastic sleeve, along with the instruction manual. the pen itself contained one short cartridge inside it.
The section is very small and is thinner than the barrel. There is no indent or flare before the nib; it's very plain, although it stands out against the barrel because it is shiny chrome. The pen looks like it's wearing a little barrel shirt, which is rather cute. I love the aqua color and the chrome trim offers nice contrast.
This medium steel nib is a good shape and size for this pen. It has a single slit and no breather hole. There are many little dots all over the nib, but they aren't breather holes. The nib is also engraved with M and the Faber Castell logo.
Overall: a great nib; an excellent performer!
First, the spring-loaded clip is great. I really like the look of it, but it's practical and easy to use.
Unposted, the pen is a decent length, but when gripping the barrel, I found it a little unbalanced. The cap posts by clicking in place, but it's pretty heavy. When it's posted, it's a little top heavy. The cap posts by clicking in place, but the cap itself is quite heavy. When it's posted, it's not surprising that it's top heavy. It's more comfortable to grip near the middle of the barrel - to have somewhere to grip, but also to balance the weight of the pen. I actually prefer to use the pen unposted, and gripping near the bottom of the barrel, bordering on the chrome. I think those with larger hands would prefer it posted.
The last thing I noticed is the cap clicks in place very tightly. While this in itself is a good thing, it takes a good pull to uncap it. If you pull it with a twist without really noticing it, that actually unscrews the section from the barrel a little bit - then it has to be tightened. See previous point for the issue there.
All my gripes aside, I still enjoy this pen quite a bit. This nib performs really well, and it did right out of the box - no tweaking, adjusting, or fiddling necessary - which is more than I can say for some other very expensive pens in my pen case... It's a reliable writer, it doesn't hard start, it doesn't skip, and it's very pleasant to use. The clip is great, the pen is cute but still classy, and it's affordable. Even with my gripes, I think this is a great pen and for someone seeking an affordable pen, steel nib, modern design, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this. Now I just want a broad nib.