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For some reason, this pen would catch my attention but I would forget it soon after. Don’t ask me why. In general, Faber-Castell designs don’t really interest me. The e-Motion, on the other hand, seemed really nice. When I had a chance to get one at almost half off the street price, I decided it was time to jump in.
The first thing that grabbed me about this pen is the shape. The cigar shape looks a bit fatter than most of my pens. I like chunky pens. I purchased the black pear wood version. The pear wood looks to be a kind of binde over a brass tube. This gives the pen significant weight. The cap alone accounts for nearly half of the total pen weight. This thing is heavy. Weighing in at 50 grams and the cap at about 22 grams, it is a hard hitting heavyweight. Understandable with an all metal chrome cap. Did I mention this pen is heavy? 😛 The cap has some FC branding engraved on it but it is tastefully done.
The clip is spring loaded and feels strong without being overly tight. The fit and finish of the whole pen is excellent. You can post the cap but the pen feels really unbalanced. If you leave the cap off, the pen is very comfortable despite being heavy. The balance is very good without the cap.
Nibbage. This pen has great nibbage. That is all that needs to be said really. It is a smooth medium steel nib in a #5 size. This is probably the smoothest “out of the box” experience I have had on a non-custom pen. The medium nib starts up and flows ink with no issues. The smoothness is just right. It does not skate on this Rhodia paper but it does not scratch either. One thing, it is a nail. I do wish it would have been a slightly larger nib purely for aesthetic reasons. I think a #6 nib would have looked better. I do realize it might not have been possible to do this because of the shape of the cap.
Shortly after I got this pen, I learned of an all matte black stealth version. It is on the higher end of my personal pen price spectrum (around $200 USD) but it is one I hope to have some day.
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The Fountain Pen Sith Lord
After seeing some very nice examples of this “Bamboo” pen by Ken Cavers, I knew I wanted one. It took me a while to finally decide ti contact the good doctor and place my order. The hardest part of the whole ordering process was deciding what material the pen should be made of. After a few emails back and forth, the order was complete. I thought deciding what material to chose was the hard part. It’s not. Waiting was the hardest part. You see, these pens have become popular and Ken has a long waiting list of orders to fill. Add in the fact that pen making is not Ken’s day job (He is a real doctor) and that equals a 6 month wait list. Fortunately, I did not have to wait that long. It was more like three or four months, I don’t remember exactly now but it was worth the wait.
The pen is done in what Ken calls Red and Black acrylic. It has a fiery look to it that is really cool. Being a Fountain Pen Sith Lord, I renamed the pen material, “The Fires of Mustafar”.
Capped the pen is very large. It clocks in at just under 6 inches or 151 mm. Without the cap, it measures 132 mm. You cannot post the cap. I am okay with that as I rarely post my pens. The pen is perfectly sized for my hand without the cap anyway. The section, at the thinnest point measures 10.3 mm and 17.7 mm at the thickest point of the barrel. The slightly hour glass shapped section makes it very comfortable to hold. While there is a step down from the barrel to the section, it is high enough on the section that it is not an issue. (Just a note on measurements, I just bought some calipers so the measurements differ from my written review and this typed review).
The filling system is cartridge converter and with a little silicone grease this could easily be turned into an eyedropper filler. I am not sure how much ink it could hold but it looks like it can hold a sizable amount. The converter is a bit larger than what I am used to so it holds enough ink for me. Please keep in mind I like to say I have ink ADD. This is taking into account the wet flowing 1.1 mm nib.
If you want a custom pen at a good price, don’t hesitate to contact Ken, it will definitely be worth it!
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Just an update and a thank you to Alejandro M. for asking about the number 6 nib fitment in the Wancher Naranja pen. It is an obvious homage to the Delta Dolce Vita. I also want to thank Carl for pointing out that the Bexley 802 has a #6 nib. I have the cracked ice version of the Bexley 802 but never liked how the two tone steel nib did not match the rest of the pens silver colored hardware. A few swaps and one more pen and my Bexeley has a steel nib that matches and my Naranja has a two tone B nib that works way better than the stock nib. Thank you again Carl and Alejandro! I have a 1.1 mm Goulet nib on the way!
This is not really a review but more of an initial impression log. Thanks to the FPN’er that lent me this pen! I am using new paper and it is blank. My text tends to be a little crooked. I am trying out something new. 🙂
UPDATE: I need to apologize. I misunderstood some details of the pen. This is a direct from the factory Music nib. It has not been modified at all. This makes the nib even more attractive to me.