Ink review: Graf von Faber-Castell in Deep Sea Green

Graf von Faber-Castell ink


Ink name: Graf von Faber-Castell in Deep Sea Green
Unit capacity: 75 ml (in a glass flacon)
Price: £25/25 €
Price per ml: 22p/ca. 0,33 €

Handwritten review on Leuchtturm 1917 paper

ink review

Graf von Faber-Castell Deep Sea Green is an ink that is slightly similar to Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine, but with a twist. It is a lovely teal, but beyond the blue-green, you will find some grey shimmering through – especially in the lighter areas – which I find really nice.

The ink is neither very saturated, nor watery, which makes it quite legible and a good all-around ink that can easily be used on a daily basis. The colour is not too quirky to make it too weird to use in business settings, still, the greyish teal is interesting enough to make the ink a pleasure to look at.

Faber-Castell labels the ink ‘indelible’ or ‘document proofed’, which is another plus in my book: the ink doesn’t smudge, even though it has an average dry time only. 10-15 seconds for drying on paper is not particularly slow, but it is not very fast either. Once the ink is really dried in, there is no way you are going to smudge it, even if you rest your palm on the page. This is great news for lefties, because it makes this beautiful ink lefty-friendly.

Ink in use

Overall, Deep Sea Green is a very well-behaved ink that also works very well on cheaper office papers. There is no feathering or bleed-through. It flows nicely, while not necessarily being the wettest of inks.

Pricewise, the Graf von Faber-Castell inks are a premium. They range on about the same price as, for instance, Pilot’s Iroshizuku inks or the Pelikan Edelstein ink series. The GvFC ink bottles make a very decorative item on any work or study desk and definitely live up to their price premium. Most importantly, the overall performance of the ink is of very good quality, too.

Having spent the past one and a half decades studying, researching and teaching in both the public and the private sector, one thing that is naturally involved in all these engagements is taking notes and writing. Hence, it might not come as a surprise that I developed quite some experience with these things, having used a broad range of related techniques and products. Having been trained as a retail management assistant and specialist for stationery about 15 years ago on top of that, there was literally no way around me blogging about and reviewing stationery, which I do on my blog.

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