Pen Review – Faber-Castell Ambition

Pen Review – Faber-Castell Ambition

The Faber-Castell Ambition is, in many ways, indicative of what sets F-C’s pens apart from many other pens on the market: design.  Their pens just don’t look like any other pens out there.  The Ambition is very modern and sleek-looking.  And the very unique coconut wood finish of this particular pen does even more to set it apart from its fine writing peers.

The unique-looking steel nib lacks a breather hole, and is stamped with a clean dotted pattern across the face of the nib.  My medium nib was quite rigid. It is a moderately wet writer, and a moderately smooth one as well.  I find, however, that despite the smoothness of the nib, there is more feedback than I would generally like.  I did have to do a bit of adjustment and smoothing, but now it’s a good writer for me.

The only real issues I have with the pen have to do with the section and shape of the pen.  While I like the overall look of the rigidly cylindrical barrel and section, a lack of a more “natural” flow in the shape does tend to feel a bit unusual in the hand.  And the silly little chrome section is far too small to be useful for anything other than collecting fingerprints. It can’t be used for grasping the pen while writing.  So, if you’re the kind of person who likes holding your pen toward the nib, then be wary of this pen.

All in all, however, I really do like this pen.  It’s quite a looker, and I have to applaud Faber-Castell for spending the effort on design to make a pen that doesn’t look like every other pen out there.

And in case you are curious, you can see my review of Montblanc’s Irish Green Ink here.

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