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Graf von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown

This ink sample was provided, free of charge, by Anderson Pens.

This is it, the last of the inks from Graf von Faber-Castell. So, let's finish with what is probably my favorite from the set. I was taking an interesting poll that was posted in the fountain pen sub on Reddit, and I was surprised that "brown" wasn't an option for "Favorite ink color" and I was surprised that I wanted to pick it. I think I really like browns right now.

Anywho, this Hazelnut is an excellent ink. The flow was excellent in my sometimes-dryish Lamy, it behaved very well on copy papers, and it exhibits some shading. There's no sheen, but that's okay. (I don't actually know of any brown inks that have a sheen. Do you?)

This picture kinda spoils the water-test, but my original pictures turned out a little green. Oh well. 

This is certainly a brown brown. It's not yellowish or greenish, and it's not so dark that you'd think it was black. If you're looking for an office-brown, then this isn't the one for you. (Check out Sailor Doyou for an awesome brown-black.) If you want an ink that's clearly a brown, then you should give this one a try.

I didn't have any other browns inked up when I wrote this review, but Copper Burst is kinda close. I think Hazelnut Brown is more brown than copper, though. 

Copy Paper Test

Excellent performance from this ink. It's a fine nib, but there's nothing coming through the other side of the page. I sorta doubt that there would be a problem with bigger nibs. This isn't one of the partially document proofed inks, but it performs like one when it comes to bleed-feathering-spreading on cheaper paper.


Neat combination of dyes in this ink, huh? I expected to see the reds, browns, and the dash of yellow, but I didn't expect to see the blue in there.

Check this ink out at Anderson Pens where it sells for $30 per 75ml bottle.  (3ml samples and cartridges are also available.)

Video Review and Water Drop Test

 There's not a lot of resistance to this ink. So, not document proofed, but still dang good. 

The ink for this review was provided free of charge by Anderson Pens. The review was all mine, however.
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