The Faber-Castell Ondoro is one of the pens I recently purchased on MassDrop. It caught my eye because of its classically styled design and hexagonal barrel. Faber-Castell has been making quality writing instruments since 1761 so I had to give this unique pen a try.
- Stainless steel nib
- Chrome-plated metal cap
- Spring-loaded clip
- Precious resin or smoked oak barrel
- Refill type: Converter, international standard cartridge
- Length, capped: 5 in (12.8 cm)
- Length, uncapped: 4.9 in (12.4 cm)
- Length, posted: 6.3 in (15.9 cm)
- Precious Resin, weight, posted: 1.1 oz (32 g)
- Precious Resin, weight, unposted: 0.5 oz (14 g)
- Smoked Oak, weight, posted: 1.6 oz (44 g)
- Smoked Oak, weight, unposted: 0.9 oz (26 g)
The Ondoro is received in a white box with the Faber-Castell logo printed on top in silver trim. The box has a sliding tray that pulls out to reveal the contents. Located in the tray is the pen, a cartridge loaded with Graf von Faber-Castell Cobalt Blue ink, converter and the instruction manual. The box is very contemporary which goes well with the pen's design.
The Ondoro has a contemporary and sophisticated design. The hexagonal barrel is made of resin and its shape prevents the Ondoro from rolling around on the desk. It also provides a comfortable ergonomic writing experience. The grip tapers near the nib providing excellent support and comfort while writing. The chrome snap-on cap is hefty with a springy clip and beautifully engraved with the Faber-Castell logo. In the American market, the pen comes in graphite black, orange, grey-brown, and smoked oak. In case you're wondering, the Ondoro pictured is the grey-brown model.
All models are fitted with a stainless steel nib. The dotted pattern and Faber-Castell jousting knight logo make for a beautiful and unique nib design. You'll also notice the absence of a breather hole, but this has no effect on the writing experience. As many of you may already know, the breather hole isn't for ink management purposes, instead, it's intended to relieve stress on the nib.
Faber-Castell really outdid themselves with this undeniably smooth nib. The medium nib is so smooth that I often forget I’m using a stainless steel nib. It glides across the page like skates on ice. JoWo manufactures the nibs for almost all Faber-Castell fountain pens, so rest assured this is a quality nib also found on other popular pens like the Edison Nouveau Premiere, Edison Pearlette, and TWSBI Vac 700. Unfortunately, you will not be able to create much line variation as this is a stiff nib.
During my testing, I used Graf von Faber-Castell Cobalt Blue ink(included), Pilot Iroshizuku Take-Sumi (Black), Levenger Greystone, and Levenger Cobalt Blue. All flowed extremely well with little pressure and laid down a clean wet line, especially Levenger Cobalt Blue. Levenger has some very well lubricated ink, so I'm not surprised.
The Ondoro feels extremely comfortable in the hand despite the size and weight(32g posted, 14g unposted.) It feels quite balanced unposted but is a bit top heavy while posted due to the heavy chrome cap weighing it down. Unposted, I can write for hours without pain or fatigue.
Penman's Final Remark
The Faber-Castell Ondoro is a quality pen for half the price of some of it competitors. With its ultra smooth nib, I don't think you'll be disappointed.