The “Wow” Ink Bottle: Graf von Faber-Castell

Graf von Faber-Castell ink bottle

I think of myself as a person who doesn’t care about ink bottles that much. A great ink bottle is always appreciated, and might tip the scales towards purchase if I like the ink, but an unappealing ink bottle won’t stop me from buying an ink.

But I just got this ink, in a trade: Graf von Faber-Castell Cobalt Blue. And, wow. This is a beautiful ink bottle. This bottle, alone, makes me want to buy more Faber-Castell inks.

I haven’t even tried the Cobalt Blue ink yet.Β  They had me at the bottle.

Graf von Faber-Castell ink bottle

You can’t really tell from photos how nice it is. The bottle is made of thick glass, and feels nicely heavy, with a stable base. The main part of the bottle is attractively ridged, and there’s a wavy undulation at the bottom. The label is lovely. And I don’t think I’ve seen a nicer cap on an ink bottle.

Graf von Faber-Castell ink bottle

Even the box is nice.

So, apparently I am besotted by an ink bottle.

I’m sure Faber-Castell focused on the bottle design. A great bottle can make an ink brand stand out. But I still expect it to be good ink. I really liked both Graf von Faber-Castell Carbon Black and Garnet Red. I have confidence in the Cobalt Blue.

I just wouldn’t have thought that I would ever be tempted to buy more inks solely because of the bottle. But if I were ever going to do that, it would be this one.

Graf von Faber-Castell ink bottle


9 thoughts on “The “Wow” Ink Bottle: Graf von Faber-Castell

  1. This bottle looks like the colonnade on one of those really grand old public buildings that seem a little stuffy and over-the-top when you first see them but then they really grow on you and their presence and bulk becomes friendly and reassuring. Lovely!

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    1. You are so right abut that. I think the glass, the silver cap and the label (and writing) all help lighten it up — because it feels serious but not stuffy.

      I wonder if the fluted glass is a nod to their pen bodies, some of which have that same look.


  2. I got their Royal Blue. πŸ™‚ And yes, I also fell for the bottle a little. It’s very… displayable πŸ™‚ It also feels very solid. That makes me more comfortable when filling my pen, since I don’t think it’ll topple over any second.
    Only thing I’m afraid of is if I can fill my pen comfortably from it when it’s mostly empty. But I guess I’ll see πŸ™‚

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    1. So true — I feel like every ink bottle becomes hard to use when it’s mostly empty, even Waterman or Caran d’Ache, which are the two best I’ve found. My solution? A Parker 51. Or a syringe. πŸ™‚

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