Faber-Castell Grip 2010
Let it be my first Faber-Castell fountain pen, let it be my first fine nib, let it be my first turquoise ink I have ever written with. So, a lot of ‘let it be”s just to express my enthusiasm for reviewing this pen.
Oh, and it’s also my first time I placed an order with penworld.be. They called me on the phone because there was a little delay with the fine nib not being in stock. They where very kind and eventually the next week I received the pen as ordered. The delivery was accompanied with a nice letter and everything was packed very well. You notice the people at penworld.be aim for high quality service, so this will for sure not be my last order.
I ordered the turquoise livery of the Faber-Castell ‘Grip’ pen on January 3, 2020. Together with the pen I ordered turquoise ink cartridges and a Faber-Castell converter. I paid 14,96 EUR. Why turquoise? Some people like to match the color of the pen with the color of the ink, and that’s what I also had in mind for reviewing and testing this pen. I didn’t order a bottle of turquoise ink, because I was (and still am) in doubt about the use of the turquoise color, so I stick to cartridges for this color.
Because I’m still at the early stage of buying low-entry fountain pens, my focus is obviously on those pens. Many times I spotted the Faber-Castell Grip as a potential buy, and now I got my hand on this pen.
My first impression? Faber-Castell, based in Germany, is well-known for its high quality pencils, this since 1761. They spread out worldwide and have more than 8000 employees. The offer a wide variety of (fountain) pens en pencils. So I should expect a lot from them. The Grip is their fist-step fountain pen. They promote this pen as a school pen for young and older school pupils. And that’s also my first impression. The Grip is a fancy, lightweight fountain with a nice looking stainless steel nib, and this for a rather cheap price.
The pen is almost completely made out of plastic, with a high quality shiny look. I didn’t notice any spots on the pen where they molded the plastic parts. As a result the Grip only weighs 15 gr and 9 gr. without cap. So without a doubt, this pen is until so far my lightest pen. This means you can use this pen for long writing sessions without your hand or fingers starting to hurt.
The plastic cap has a metal clip. This clip is very useable. On the cap they put a gold looking Faber-Castell logo which gives it a chique touch, something I like.
I bought the pen with a fine stainless nib.
I like the look of the Faber-Castell nib with those typical small dots. Now, due to the fine nib, I expected the nib to be a bit scratchy, and it is. But the scratchy feeling didn’t borrow me in such way it influenced my way of writing. Besides, it makes also a nice sound when writing. Regarding the inkflow, I have some minor remarks. Initially the inflow was ok, but after a while I expected some minor problems with less ink coming out of the nib, though not such that the inkflow stopped completely. I had to work a little bit on the nib, and then this problem was solved. The inkflow is just fine, and the wetness of the pen is not too wet.
I’m really satisfied with the grip of the Grip. The grip is so soft that it’s really a pleasure to write with. Perhaps it’s almost not noticeable, but the grip has a somewhat rounded triangular shape, but not so much as with a Lamy Safari. So only good points for the grip.
Also nice to mention is, when you turn the body on the grip section, you encounter some kind of click at the end, like a way to secure it. If I’m not wrong, the Pelikan Twist has the same mechanism.
The pen uses standard international cartridges, available in short or long size. I you much more prefer a converter, Faber-Castell has available converters, so you can use your favorite bottle ink.
The body of the pen is also in plastic, with on it yellow Faber-Castell dots. Also the body has a rounded triangular shape, same as the form of the grip. Big advantage is the pen will not easily start to roll with the risk of falling of a desk.
I used this pen for writing this review, but also for doing some doodling art. No really problems with writing, but for doodling the fine nib is not very suitable for colouring spaces. But, you can really use this pen for the finer art work.
In general, I don’t have the habit to use my fountain pens posted. I tested this pen in a posted way, and due to the lightweight no problems with that and the cap stays tightly on the barrel.
As a final conclusion, my main worries about this pen was the inkflow when starting up the nib for first use. But after working on the nib, this problem was solved. And now I have to admit, I really like this pen. Although for me personal I much more prefer a medium nib. This pen is more than suitable for students and has all it should have for quality writing.
The Grip 2010 is available in turquoise, pink and blue. Don’t confuse with the ‘Classic’ Grip 2011, available in Silver, Black and ink blue.
After this review I’m ready for a new Faber-Castell fountain pen 🙂
The good and the bad:
+ light weight
+ quality ‘plastic’
+ quality of the grip
– starting up the nib gave me some inkflow problems
Some technical info:
- 13,9 cm closed
- 12,9 cm without cap
- 17,3 cm posted
- 15 gr. complete (ready to write)
- 9 gr. without cap
- 1,2 cm barrel
- 1 cm grip
- 1,4 cm cap
- 1,8 cm cap with clip included
The concept Grip 2010 convinces all writers who love fresh, trendy colors. Sophisticated ergonomics and great design. The characteristic dots are in contrast to the shaft colours.