In an online UK-based fountain pen enthusiasts group, I mentioned something about GvFC ink. A fellow replied with a comment that the inks are indeed high in quality, but not many people recognised the brand. As if to confirm it, at least two fellows asked us about the brand. Honestly, I used to think that it is exactly the same brand with Faber-Castell.
Graf von Faber Castell (GvFC) is indeed a quality diversification from the German stationery manufacturer Faber-Castell. GvFC makes high end writing instruments made with luxury materials such as ebony, resin, and ivory. GvFC offers a variety of fountain pens. The models offered come in a variety of finishes, such as wood, lacquered metal, amongst other finishes. Pen nibs are either 18K gold nibs, or polished stainless steel.
This particular GvFC I have is a Guilloche. The Guilloche series are made of precious resin by a special process. Each pen is engraved individually using a method otherwise reserved for jewellery or silver accessories. The barrel is then hand-lacquered and repeatedly polished. The result is a unique and most interesting surface texture. They said that no two writing implements are identical: each is an individual example of the craftsman’s art.
This GvFC pen has a rhodium-plated 18K gold nib. I have chosen the F nib width. The 18K gold provides a smooth and pleasant writing experience. Initially I filled this pen with GvFC Garnet Red ink, intended to use it for writing emphasised text only. But the enchanting writing experience made me end up writing red text for pages.