Facet Fountain Pen
Not for the faint of heart
The Facets fountain pen is not for the faint of heart: it's a big pen that's a handful. Uncapped it's 4 7/8" long, and posted a substantial 6 3/8" long to match its sizeable girth. While not a heavy pen, I found that when posted the balance was fairly neutral, but it was uncomfortable to write with due to it's size. Unposted the pen fits in my medium sized hands well, so while the Facets pen can work for those with medium to large hands by choosing to post the cap or not.
The tines on my pen required a bit of alignment (commonly required for a fountain pen out of the box), and experienced hard starting and skipping even though I had flushed the pen with water prior to inking. Using a pen flush with diluted ammonia was required to clear the feed and eliminate the ink flow issues, and now my pen puts down a wet and broad side of medium line.
The Facets fountain pen is beautiful, with great depth in the acrylic material in the body and cap. The metal furniture compliments the pen's look, where it would get compliments in both the lunch room and board room.
December 30, 2013
This was the first fountain pen I have purchased and I have to say I love it. I am getting used to using it because it gets dry after a couple of days of non-use, but that is the only drawback I see and I am learning how to deal with that. As for the pen itself, it is great. I would recommend this to anyone. I certainly feel very professional when I have to pull this pen out for meetings.
December 21, 2013
Purchased this pen online without holding or writing with it in the store, which we have about an hour away. Purchased with the discount around black Friday which was a great price with 25% off. When I received the pen and opened the case, it is a beautiful pen. Quality was great, wrote very nice, but it is a very larg (round) pen and the swirl ridges just didn't work for me, it was very annoying on my fingers. I took it back to the local store and traded it for another pen. Levenger traded it with no issues in the store, so I was very happy with the new pen.
December 7, 2013
I loved this pen but it was sitting on a table three feet off the ground when it was knocked off and it fell on to hard wood floor and the top broke. For $99 would have expected it to be a little more sturdy. I understand that it is plastic but three feet?? I now only hope they sell the cap or the pen is shot and it is barely three months old. Disappointing.
November 27, 2013
Smart pen, Smart price
Sale price for a outstanding fountain pen. My extensive collection just grew. A bunch of lavenger fountain pens are as stunning as the higher end instruments I own.
Writes well with excellent ink flow and a very comfortable balance in the hand. The color and the rich hue are extremely pleasing to the eye. The value is incomparable.have received great comments from friends and colleagues
Thanks again and I am eagerly awaiting the nest special offer
October 10, 2013
Oxblood Facets right on
The finish of this pen is even more beautiful than I expected, with a very deep lustre and rich colour. The nib, the heft, and the ink flow are all excellent. Even my friends who are not fountain-pen-familiar found the pen easy to use. Great job!
October 5, 2013
I love the style and feel of the pen. It sits nicely in my hand and I can write for long periods.
The only downside is it drys up after a day and it takes some prompting to get the ink flowing again.
October 5, 2013
Twist of Fate
This is a great value for a very interesting shape for a pen. The twisted shape not only is eye catching, but it fits your hand better. The nib is a bit stiff, but lays down a consistent and reliable line. The medium is a bit thick, which I like. It creates good readable letters in any style of writing. I print some labels, write notes in a modified Italic Hand. The line quality never skips. The tip is smooth on the paper. The color of the pen is even, and the fit of the cap is right on.The pen is bit larger in diameter than some, which eases hand fatigue. You may or may not want to post the cap while writing. Its pretty balanced either way.
October 5, 2013
I bought this pen on sale for a measly $49.00. It's well worth the full price of $99.00. I like this pen a lot. I first noticed it has a very nice heft to it, a good weight and a good thickness in the hand. Comfortable. The coloration is great although it's a bit more brown and gold than red. Very pretty nevertheless. I ignored the warnings about cleaning the nib to get rid of factory oils and just put the ink cartridge in and started writing. It's a very good medium nib, not to thick or thin bust just what I would want. It puts down a good bold continuous line without skipping or undue effort. It writes very nicely and smoother than I would expect from a stainless steel nib. I write regularly with a $600 Waterman with a fine nib and a $650 Park Duofold Centennial with a slightly broader nib and this jewel compares favorably considering the price. It's a great everyday pen and one I can take out of the house without fear of losing it or damaging it, the biggest drawback to my Parker! I recommend it without reservation
October 5, 2013
Beautiful, Original design, good function
So this is Levenger's newest FP design, and it is commendable for both being lovely to look at and handled and being quite original - not an immediate derivative like many other mid-tier FP models out there.
Quality is good but not "wowing": well made, light weight but substantial, thick and medium-large in size and seems sturdy. Metal fittings, nib section and threading seem accurate, there's no "play" in anything. Everything is tight and precision built. The sirface however is not perfectly finished. Close inspection reveals minor inconsistencies in the surface of the barrel section.
Looks: Stunning. perhaps theis is the pen's strongest point. The deep plastic colors create a 3-D illusion of swirling forms, and the color is stunning deep red. Regal. The faceted swirling panels form a nicely flowing dynamic form that beyond great looks is comfortable to hold and handle.
Nib and writing: the nib is a medium size (no other choices at the moment) steel nib. It lays a consistant line, wet, a bit thick for M some may say. There is little 'play" in terms of line dynamics, the nib is moderately responsive.
In short: an original design beautiful pen that writes a thick M and is given to only moderate nib flex or play. Consistent performance can be expected. Looks stunning but has some minor imperfections that make it stop one step short of wonderful.
April 12, 2013