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Graf von Faber-Castell “Stone Grey” (grey): Ink Review

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GvFC “Stone Grey”: a solid alternative to black or blue ink

Faber-Castell "Stone Grey"

Ink name: Graf von Faber-Castell “Stone Grey” (Steingrau)
Unit capacity: 75 ml (glas flacon)
Price: 25 €
Price per ml: ca. 0,33 €

  Leuchtturm 1917 Spiral-bound Notepad
Color  Medium grey  Medium grey
Saturation  Quite saturated  Quite statured
Shading  Lovely shading in a narrower spectrum  Lovely, narrow shading
Feathering  None  None
Bleed-through  None  None
Wetness  Moderate  Moderate
Drying time  10-15 sec.  5 sec.
Smudging when dry  No  No
Regular smear test  Ok  Ok
Left-page smear test  Ok  –

Handwritten review on Leuchtturm 1917 paper
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)


Handwritten review on a Standard Spiral-Bound Notepad
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)


“Stone Grey”, as the last GvFC that I have reviewed, is a very solid performer. Color-wise, the name of the ink really hits the nail on the head. It is sort of a stone grey – a medium grey in color and saturation. I would say that it is actually pretty close to Diamine Grey, with some distinctions.

Without making this an ink comparison, “Stone Grey” shades a little different than Diamine “Grey”. It shades pretty ‘tight’, which gives it a nice and compact look.  This makes it a great everyday ink for all those occasions in which you do neither want to opt for a blue nor a black ink, but still want something that looks kind of serious and not all too playful.

The GvFC is a very well behaved ink with no tendency to feather, bleed through or smudge once dry. “Stone Grey” has a reasonable drying time, too. It takes quite a lot more time to dry on better than on cheaper paper, however, even as a lefty, I never had any issues with smudging in everyday usage.

Pricewise, the Graf von Faber-Castell inks are a premium. They range on about the same price as for instance Pilots Iroshizuku inks or the Pelikans 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.

As for its ‘leftyness’, “Stone Grey” benefits from (according to the GvFC-wesbite) being document proof, indelible ink. It is, for instance, next to impossible to smudge. This, in combination with its reasonable drying time, makes it a good pick for left-handers.

Lefty approved? Yepp!







I hope this ink review was helpful – feel free to check out my other ink reviews as well.

If you would like to compare this color to any other ink color/brand, I would suggest to head over to GouletPen’s “Interactive SwabShop” – a tool that lets you compare over 500 different inks, while the swabs are done under similar conditions. This is a wonderful tool for “cross-color-brand-comparison” that I can highly recommend.

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