My first fountain pen


TH bought me a lovely fountain pen for Christmas. I’ve always wanted one but never felt compelled to get one. For one, I didn’t quite understand how to fill the pen with ink. I was always under the impression it was a messy responsibility. And the fountain pens that used ink cartridges was limiting in color. I’ve had (and still do) pens where I’d  dip the nib into a bottle of ink. Although I enjoyed writing with them, they were a pain in the ass because I’d have to dip often.

We were in a store specializing in fountain pens. They are typically not open on the weekends but they had a special event where they were open on a Saturday. We looked over so many variety of pens. I was overwhelmed but at the same time, nothing really struck me as a pen for me. As a design professional, I wanted a pen that was elegant, thoughtful, and unique. And then I saw a limited collection of pens with wooden bodies from Faber-Castell. I don’t think I had noticed any other pens that featured wood. Many of the pens I saw were metal or had metal trim, and many others in high gloss plastics. As soon as I picked up the Ambition fountain pen in Coconut wood, I knew this was the pen for me. As you may have guessed, the barrel is made of coconut wood, which gives the pen an exotic look. The pen came with a converter and an ink cartridge. I learned that the converter is the vessel that holds the ink. The ink is drawn up through the nib by the converter. It’s pretty cool how it works.


It took me a month to pick up a bottle of ink. I knew I wanted a brown or sepia ink but there are so many shades to choose from. Luckily, my options are limited to what the store carried so I purchased a bottle of chestnut-brown ink by Pilot Iroshizuku. I love chestnuts, and I especially love the color of this ink.


I wrote my first letter of 2014 to a friend on a sheet of Italian stationery I acquired many years ago when I studied abroad in Italy. I had to get used to the weight of the pen. I’m not accustomed to writing with an instrument that required a bit of balancing between my fingers. The chestnut ink flowed smoothly and the nib produced beautiful lines. I couldn’t be more happy.

This is by no means a review of the pen but I’m very happy with the Ambition fountain pen in coconut wood by Faber-Castell. Actually, I love it. As I mentioned, I’ve always wanted a fountain pen. Now that I have one, I look forward to using it with increasing frequency. Thank you, TH.


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