Graf Von Faber-Castell Tamitio fountain pen review

I like unusual style, especially when it goes hand in hand with quality. Functionality is important as well. For me both design and function work together to produce a useful product. When it comes to stationery products I find it beneficial that the product is both pleasing to the sensibility while fulfilling my need for the product. This is a hard task for designers and engineers who sometimes come at odds with these contrasting principles, which in the end is dictated by cost effectiveness. It could be that the most cost effective product compromises on aesthetics, or a beautiful product doesn’t work effectively. Happily for us it’s not always the case. One of the brands of fountain pens that provide a full package of experience is Faber-Castell / Graf von Faber-Castell. Fountain pens signed with FC / GvFC logo stand out from the competition thanks to interesting design, materials used for production and quality.

Just look at their affordable workhorse pens – Faber-Castell Ambition and Emotion. They truly  stand out in their price range. On the other hand company’s premium products with Graf von Faber-Castell and Handmade in Germany logo are expensive and moderately competitive. They look great, they write well, they are carefully crafted and finished. Still, for the price of 300 – 600 $ you can buy a lot of interesting fountain pens made of unusual materials (Visconti Homo Sapiens, Visconti Wall Street) and equipped with interesting filling system (vacuum-filler, Bulkfiller ). Graf von Faber-Castell doesn’t experiment a lot and creates only pens filled with cartridges or converter. For the money needed to get GvFC pen you can have Conid, Pelikan M800 / M1000 and even one of Montblanc Meisterstuck pens.

Of course, when we speak about premium products it’s important to notice that purchasing decision it is rarely taken only on the basis of the price or value for money. Many purchases are made against common sense mainly for the pleasure – also aesthetic pleasure. I guess that’s one of the reasons (the other – more obvious – is that Faber-Castell successfully operates in many product categories and their portfolio is diversified) why Graf von Faber-Castell finds its place on the market. There are people willing to pay dearly for their pens. I’m one of them.

Tamitio 

Some time ago I came across an ad showing Tamitio line. I was hooked – the pen looked elegant and interesting with its ribbed body and matte finish.

 

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Tamitio has an interesting name. I don’t know if the word means anything or it’s just supposed to sound well. Google Translate has detected a word Tamitio in Samoan. However it translates it to English and other languages as Tamitio and that doesn’t tell me anything. It sounds good though.

Some time ago I came across an ad showing Tamitio line. I was hooked – the pen looked elegant and interesting with its ribbed body and matte finish. It’s easy to say – from sight alone – that Tamitio was made by GvFC. The design is unmistakable. The finely fluted barrel made of metal is lacquered in several elaborate working steps. This varnish imparts a matte finish which is non-reflective and smooth to the touch. The front section, rear section and cap are all polished metal.  The fluted body gives the pen a sleek look and allows for a solid grip.  Tamitio is offered with an Extra Fine, Fine, Medium or Broad nib.

Fit and finish

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This is a weighty but well balanced pen. The attention to detail and finish are impressive. Ribbed, metal body covered with dozens of layers of lacquer feels great in hand. Also the matte finish contrasts nicely with steel elements.

Nib

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I appreciate Graf von Faber-Catsell fountain pens not only for their design but also for their excellent nibs. I had few of their pens and all wrote very well. Tamitio is unusual pen compared to the rest of GvFC portfolio – it has steel nib. To be honest I’m surprised that the company associated with premium fountain pens decided to extend the range of their pens with a steel nib. Until now, I was convinced that the division was simple – Faber-Castell fountain pens offer interesting design and are equipped with a steel nib, while the Graf von Faber-Castell logo appears only on gold nibbed premium fountain pens.
I like steel nibs, actually my favorite pen has steel nib. On the other hand I find it disturbing that many premium fountain pen makers tend to offer steel nibs in expensive pens (examples Visconti Van Gogh, Montegrappa Parola and Ducale, Graf von Faber Castell Tamitio). None of this, however, is important. I won’t change this so I can, at best, express my dissatisfaction and either opt for a pen or not. As you can see there was more pros than cons. Let’s focus on how Tamitio is doing on paper.
I’ve managed to get Tamitio with broad nib. It started up immediately after I inked the pen, and I’ve had no problems with skipping, hard starts, or scratchiness. The nib is smooth, but firm without any springiness. What I enjoy most about it is the wetness and thickness of the line. Simply great.

Filling system

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Tamitio includes a Graf von Faber-Castell converter and is compatible with international cartridges. Nothing fancy.

Dimensions

Length: 135mm closed, 117mm open. Weight 37 g.

Summary

Tamitio is great fountain pen that could be considered as affordable step up from Faber-Castell pieces into the luxury pieces offered by Graf von Faber-Castell. In Poland it costs around 820 PLN (220 $). I managed to buy it for  80 % of MSRP. With this money you can have a lot of fountain pens, including Lamy 2000 which undoubtedly  is a better pen (almost indestructible piston-filler with golden nib). With this money, you can get Pilot Custom Heritage 823 or 1,5 x Pilot Custom Heritage 92, but so what? I prefer Tamitio. I enjoy the pen and make good use of it.

The only real issue some people may have with the pen is its section or rather lack of the section. and shape of the pen. The little chrome section is definitely too small to be useful – it can’t be used for grasping the pen while writing unless you have really small hands.  If you’re the kind of person who likes holding your pen toward the nib, you should reconsider getting this one. I hold the barrel and I find it very comfortable but some of you may have different opinion on the topic. In any case – be warned. And if like me you find GvFC design interesting enjoy the pen!

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3 thoughts on “Graf Von Faber-Castell Tamitio fountain pen review

  1. Ah, that cap, how I love that cap! I would love one of these, but the section is a bit of a turn-off. I wish they made a GvFC without metal on the section.

    But their nibs are second to none for modern nibs. I have two eMotion pens and they have the most beautiful writing steel nibs I’ve ever tried. Smooth but textured feel, not like ice on glass.

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