Founded in 1761, Faber-Castell is one of the oldest manufacturers of pens and pencils in the world. The company has been in the family for 8 generations, now run by its chairman, Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell. Its premium writing instruments are made in Stein, Germany. Faber-Castell products were introduced in the Philippines in recent years by Crown Supply Corporation.
The Faber-Castell Ondoro is a fountain pen with a six-sided barrel and matching stainless steel cap. It comes in orange, grey-brown, graphite black and smoked oak. My pen is of smoked oak; I bought it primarily because I was fascinated by the beautiful wood finish. The cap is heavy and has a sturdy clip, so I don’t post it at the end of the pen when I write.
The Ondoro’s nib (mine is a medium) is one of the best steel nibs I have ever experienced – smooth, firm and wet. This is the same nib in the other Faber-Castell pens (Basic, Loom, Ambition). There is a dotted design on the nib and no breather hole. The grip section is metal, but curved, so the pen isn’t slippery to hold.
The pen comes with a converter. There was a concern that if you filled the pen the usual way (by dipping the nib up to the section into the bottle), it would stain the wood. Fortunately any ink that gets on the wood can easily be wiped away immediately with a wet tissue, without any staining. Since some inks are more saturated than others, I’m being careful and fill the converter with a syringe, and just dipping the nib in the ink to prime it.
The smoked oak Ondoro costs a bit more than the resin ones, but to my mind it’s worth it. The design is classic and timeless. It performs well out of the box and is a reliable writer.
Faber-Castell fountain pens (and other products) are available at selected branches of National Bookstore and online at Design Pen Faber-Castell Philippines. I am not affiliated with the company or its distributors, except as a customer.