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    Default Faber Castell Ondoro Graphite

    Years ago, back when I first got introduced to the madness of browsing the internet for pens, I saw a pen that caught my attention. It's a curiously shaped pen, with a cap that looks almost too big for the pen, totally weird proportions, and the barrel looks uncomfortably big and faceted. The section is even worse, for it is incredulously short and stubby.

    Yet for some reason I can't forget about that pen, and kept thinking that I would actually enjoy using it. It's not a rare pen, at any moment I can just buy it off many places, but I never did. Then I got into vintage pens, and well, the pen seems to move into my forever "one day" slot

    Until a few weeks ago, I managed to get this pen along with a few others.


    Yep, the one that I fell in love with is the Smoked Oak version, but this Graphite one is as close as I can get to it. And I was right! I love this pen, I love everything about this pen, including the awkward proportions, big faceted barrel, and yes, the short and stubby section

    Not to mention the immaculately strategic placements of the Faber-Castell logo on the cap finial and the nib:


    One more design highlight. I think the way the cap is fastened by the ring at the edge of the section, is very cool. This makes it possible for part of the barrel where your fingers are, to be completely smooth without any need for a ring or tabs or other mechanism to secure the cap.

    I use this pen unposted, just like how I tend to use all my pens except the ones that are designed to be posted. But this pen can be posted securely and it's not terribly back-heavy when it is.

    Alright, let's get on.

    Hands On: Let me just get this one out: This is a comfortable pen. The faceted barrel somehow just position itself, cradled by my hand. Too big for those with small hands? Maybe, but in my medium-sized hand, it's perfect. This lightweight Graphite would be a boon for those who writes (or sketch) for a long periods of time. By the way this plastic material is also available in other colors: Orange, White, and Grey, I think that's all. Filling system: C/C that is ... well, practical. Nothing else to report here, next.

    Lights On: This pen looks awesome, and handsome. Whoever designed this pen deserves an award. The cap is nice and beefy, not as heavy as it looks, with a nice springy clip. Of course a fingerprint and smudge magnet, but then I can buff it with a piece of cloth and it's back to its shiny self. Being a used pen, the shiny black barrel now has some parts that are no longer shiny, but hey, no marks, scratches, or notches. Still looks awesome.

    Write On: The nib is steel, but the famous Faber-Castell steel nib. The design is just cool, no breather hole, dimples as ornaments, and of course, the logo. Firm Medium is what I would call this. And by Medium, it's Medium-Broad for those who are used to Japanese nib sizes. I think I still can sketch with this nib, just need to go bigger

    Move On: If it's not clear to you by now, I love this pen. Having this Graphite one only makes me yearn more for the Smoked Oak version, so in the low possibility that you have one that you just can't stand, give me a buzz, I'll give it a new home.

    I'm not holding my breath.
    Last edited by penwash; October 22nd, 2020 at 12:51 PM.
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    Default Re: Faber Castell Ondoro Graphite

    Really interesting looking pen. Thanks for the great review!

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    Default Re: Faber Castell Ondoro Graphite

    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    Really interesting looking pen. Thanks for the great review!
    Glad you find it useful. I so very rarely review modern pens. And I have to say, the feeling that I just can buy the pen I review is nice ... once in a while
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    Default Re: Faber Castell Ondoro Graphite

    Thank you for the review.

    I also found the F-C steel nib in my Loom to be good enough to compare against many, much more expensive, nibs.

    P.S. The smoked oak version is available on Amazon.co.uk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Thank you for the review.

    I also found the F-C steel nib in my Loom to be good enough to compare against many, much more expensive, nibs.

    P.S. The smoked oak version is available on Amazon.co.uk
    Their steel nibs seem to be very consistent in quality.

    Actually a few weeks ago I spotted a listing on ebay that offer the Smoked Oak version at a much lower price than other places, and I let it slip by me.

    But, if anything, collecting vintage pens has taught me patience, so I'll patiently wait for the Smoked Oak that "follows me home".

    In the meantime, I have this Graphite version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Thank you for the review.

    I also found the F-C steel nib in my Loom to be good enough to compare against many, much more expensive, nibs.

    P.S. The smoked oak version is available on Amazon.co.uk
    Their steel nibs seem to be very consistent in quality.

    Actually a few weeks ago I spotted a listing on ebay that offer the Smoked Oak version at a much lower price than other places, and I let it slip by me.

    But, if anything, collecting vintage pens has taught me patience, so I'll patiently wait for the Smoked Oak that "follows me home".

    In the meantime, I have this Graphite version.
    The smoked oak version also comes with a steel section that might be more slippery than the one you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Thank you for the review.

    I also found the F-C steel nib in my Loom to be good enough to compare against many, much more expensive, nibs.

    P.S. The smoked oak version is available on Amazon.co.uk
    Their steel nibs seem to be very consistent in quality.

    Actually a few weeks ago I spotted a listing on ebay that offer the Smoked Oak version at a much lower price than other places, and I let it slip by me.

    But, if anything, collecting vintage pens has taught me patience, so I'll patiently wait for the Smoked Oak that "follows me home".

    In the meantime, I have this Graphite version.
    The smoked oak version also comes with a steel section that might be more slippery than the one you have.
    That's a good point. I usually do not prefer smooth metal sections.

    But the section on this pen is so short, there's really nowhere that my fingers can slip on. Maybe this is intentional (if it were, I'm even more impressed).
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    Default Re: Faber Castell Ondoro Graphite

    I have the oak and the orange Ondoros, and while I don't covet any other colours, those two pens are wonderful users that see regular desk time.

    Come to think of it, it's time the oak came out to play again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amk View Post
    I have the oak and the orange Ondoros, and while I don't covet any other colours, those two pens are wonderful users that see regular desk time.

    Come to think of it, it's time the oak came out to play again!
    That's cool!

    Feel free to post photos of your Ondoro's here.
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    Thanks for the breezy review! I got this pens more pricey aesthetic cousin, the GvFC Intuition, this spring and have been really enjoying it, stocky and girthy as it is, ever since. I find the similarities between them very interesting, considering the vast difference in price. Itd be fun to hear your thoughts on the Intuition...Ive sent you a p.m in case youd like to try mine out for a couple weeks.
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    Default Re: Faber Castell Ondoro Graphite

    Will, have you checked out the latest prices for the Ondoro's on Amazon? GB66 is the pre Black Friday price on Amazon.co.uk. Cheaper than all of those I saw on ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Will, have you checked out the latest prices for the Ondoro's on Amazon? GB66 is the pre Black Friday price on Amazon.co.uk. Cheaper than all of those I saw on ebay.
    Thanks, Chrissy!
    Alas, that one is the Grey resin, not the Smoked Oak model.
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