Near the end of 2013 the inks from Graf von Faber-Castell started to appear on the market. I was luck to be in my local pen store when their stock had just recently arrived. Already the Stone Grey had sold out.
Graf von Faber-Castell notes their inks are indelible. That is, smudge-resistant, reproducible, light-fast and waterproof, cannot be erased and is resistant to many chemicals and solvents.
The ink is bottled in a very attractive oblong 75 ml art deco bottle. I think I would have preferred a black cap on the bottle, but the packaging of this ink is excellent. The bottle has an enlarged base so the bottle sits very securely on the desk. The glass of the bottle section is fluted giving the bottle an elegant look. There is good depth to the bottle which is a plus when it come to filling pens and accessing all of the ink. A little deeper would be better yet. I think the style of this bottle is timeless. It would look good if it was 1950 or any year.
Additional colours have been added, by Spring 2020 there were 19 different colours - Burned Orange, India Red, Garnet Red, Yozakura (a soft pink), Electric Pink, Violet Blue, Cobalt Blue, Midnight Blue, Royal Blur, Gulf Blue, Turquoise, Deep Sea Green, MOss Green, Viper Green, Olive Green, Cognac Brown, Hazelnut Brown, Carbon Black, Stone Grey. All inks are listed as indelilible with the exception of Royal Blue which is washable. Cognac Brown and Burned Orange have no designation.
One aspect of packaging that I do not appreciate is when the colour protrayed on the package is nothing like the colour of the product. Here is a case where if you look at the colour on the box, it is almost a blue-purple, but the colour of the ink is a beautiful cobalt blue - dark and rich in colour.
The ink is one I regularly use. It is dark in colour, has a good flow, and leaves an impressive line of link on the page.
I enjoy this ink as it is what I refer to as a true red. Some reds have an orange tone, others such as Star Ruby by Edelstein, which is a colour I really like, have a pink tone to give the red a vibrancy. Garnet red, on the otherhand is a true red. It the flat colour is easy on the eye. It is a good performing ink. If you like red, this is a very good solid colour to consider.
This is one of my favourite colours in the line of inks. I refer to this as a sophisticated colour. It looks good in both personal and business correspondence., The green is easy on the eye - looking good with just a few lines of text on say a card, or a full page of notes or longer letter. Good flow characteristics. The ink is very matt in look, and that is one of the things I particular like of the ink. I don't like inks with a sheen. Good flow with no feathering or bleeding. Water drops on a written page will be noticeable in the ink spreading and thining.
I must admit I like Indian red, it has a warmer look than the Garnet Red. While I like both reds, I find myself writing with Indian Red on a regular basis. It is warmer in colour, but does not have brown or orange tones as I see with the majority of the pens I have used. Yes as with most inks, the tone of the ink does change depending on the width of the nib. With nothing smaller than a medium in my collection, I tend to use the ink in larger nib pens. There is no smudging when you write with the ink, of course, while just on the paper, if you draw your finger through it, well what would you expect. But about about 15 seconds there is going to nothing wet enough to smear.
This is a very warm and inviting colour. There is gentle shading in the strokes your pen will leave on the paper. They are accented of course by the width of the writing line. I particularly like this ink for cards and short notes. The warm, softer brown colour has a more personal feel. I do find that the colour of this ink has a different look depending on the width of the nib. It is such a soft colour, if chaning inks in a pens, besure to completely wash out the nib. The slightest amount of any ink remaining will have its effect.
The ink has good performance. Dry time is reasonable. The colour variance by nib will either be a good or unwanted experience for the writer.
I like this ink. It has good performance. A solid colour that is easy on the eye regardless of whether you are looking at a short note written on a card, or a full page of writing. The flow is good. The colour is deep. It takes a bit longer to try in terms of any smudging while you are writing. But the wait is worth it. On the other hand, it is a bit more resistance to water.
The Graf Von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown is a dark black/brown ink true to the colour name. There are no warm golds or orange tones to this ink. I think that is what originally drew me to the colour.
The ink is a good performing ink. It dries to a good flat finish, no sheen or stickiness. I would say that based on the two Delta pens that I have been using the ink in the most, it is a relatively dry flowing ink... nothing gushing about the flow of this ink even with pens fitted with broad and stuf nibs. But there is a reasonable dry time and a page of writing looks good. This is definitely an ink that can be used for both personal and business correspondence.
I used this as my travel journal ink last year. I made that choice as I like how it looks on the page, the ink performs well in a variety of pens, and this is one of the colours that is reported to be at the high end in terms of being light-fast. Less fading. The downside is that this colour is less water resistant than some of the others.
The ink of course comes in the beautiful bottle. Oblong in shape with a large oversized base. It looks just great sitting on the desk.