As soon as I found out that Faber-Castell would release this all-black version of one of my favourite pens, I contacted Faber-Castell (I HAD to try this one out!) After a lot of Emailing back and forth with about five different people (all related to Faber-Castell) I finally reached the right person, and they would send me one as soon as they got them in stock. And last week, the moment I had been waiting for quite a long time: I received the pen in the mail. (Oh boy, was I excited!)The shape of the pen has remained the same, but the materials they used on the barrel, and the finish of the brass parts are quite different. Instead of using wood for the barrel, they used Aluminum that has a laser-engraved diamond pattern on it. And as if that wasn't good enough, they made it black. To make it even better (yes, it can get better): instead of using chromed parts for the cap and grip section, they made the brass parts matte black as well. Oh, And did I mention that the nib is also black (I have no idea how they do that, but it sure looks great)
So knowing that I like Black pens, this is like the Holy Grail of pens to me!
Again, the full metal build of this pen makes it quite heavy, and because of the thick grip section, it appears even more 'chunky'. It is a massive pen, which is how I generally prefer my pens, but it could feel a bit too bulky and heavy for some people. Now also keep in mind that posting the cap isn't possible, but it is already quite heavy on it's own, and it is definitely long enough for me (for a reference: my hands are about 18cm/ 7Inches long and the pen is still more than long enough!)
One of the biggest selling points of these pens are its smooth nibs, and believe me, these steel nibs are as good -if not better- than some gold nibs out there, while being much cheaper. But the nibs aren't only good writers, they also look great, the engraving is very stylish and subtle at the same time, and well... it's BLACK!
Note: this pen was sent to me by Procura KTC, the Belgian Faber-Castell distributor, free of charge, so I could write this review. I was in no way influenced in the making of this review, nor was I monetarily compensated. The opinions shared in this review are completely my own!