The law of diminishing returns suggests that spending just a little bit extra on an entry-level pen will lead to a large gain in quality and overall experience.
This has proven to be the case with the Faber-Castell Loom.
The Loom occupies a funny price point, with it being a fair bit more expensive than traditional beginner pens such as the Lamy Safari and Pilot Metropolitan. The Loom is also cheaper than pens seen to be the next step up, such as the TWSBI Mini and 580.
Regardless of its relative price point, the Faber-Castell Loom has proven to be a faithful companion.
The Faber-Castell Loom
The Loom takes the place of one of the entry level pens in the Faber-Castell line up. It is available as either a pencil, ballpoint, rollerball and most importantly fountain pen.
The Loom comes in a variety of different designs. The pens metal body is available in a matte or shiny finish, along with a recently announced gunmetal grey.
The cap colours are Black, White, Silver, Grey, Orange, Blue, Green and Purple.
The overall design of the Loom is clean and simple. This is immediately clear when looking at the packaging. A simple sleeve makes way for a draw section that houses the pen.
The Faber-Castell Loom is an aluminium bodied pen with a plastic cap that uses a snap mechanism. The polished silver clip is nice and springy and makes it easy to snap the pen into any desired spot.
The Cylindrical metal body tapers into a metal grip section. I’m normally not a huge fan of metal grip sections, but the section has a number of unobtrusive rivets which creates a comfortable writing experience.
The metal body unscrews to reveal a simple cartridge/converter, which accepts standard international cartridges.
The famous prancing horse logo (not Ferrari…) is imprinted on the side of the cap, as well as stamped onto the steel nib. The nib is an interesting design. It has no breather hole and has a golf ball like dimpled surface.
The pen is on the short side, so for those who enjoy a larger pen, posting is an option! As it is a metal body, you do have to watch you don’t mark the pen but I haven’t had any problems.
The one point of annoyance with the pen is that it attracts fingerprints in a big way! This matte finish is prone to smudge marks, however, the shiny finished Loom is far more susceptible! If you are meticulous about a spotless pen, this could cause some headaches!
Overall, I can’t see anyone buying the Loom on looks alone. It isn’t a bad looking pen, in fact, I think it looks quite smart, but it is a very safe and understated design.
From the moment you pick up the pen, it immediately emits a sense of value that other pens in this price bracket do not. The weight of the metal body gives the pen a solid feel in the hand despite its relatively small stature.
This feeling of quality is perpetuated when you put pen to paper. The medium nib on this Loom is by far and away the best steel nibbed writing experience I have ever had. Right out of the box, it was perfectly adjusted and incredibly smooth! There is almost no feedback, regardless of the paper you are using.
My only quip has been some ink splatter that happens from time to time. The feed sometimes soaks and ink has leaked into the cap on multiple occasions. This is defiantly an annoyance, but it hasn’t happened often enough for me to put down the pen.
As with other Faber-Castell pens, the nib does run on the broad side of medium. Part of this is due to it being quite a wet and juicy nib.
I think this is an easy one. At $40 (USD), the Loom offers a great writing experience and an impressive build quality. Other pens around this price point that may challenge the Loom are the Lamy Al-Star and the TWSBI Eco and 580.
The Loom trumps the Al-Star simply on writing performance alone. The two offerings from TWSBI are equally good value, mainly due to the piston filling mechanism they provide. The Loom has the advantage of having a metal body, which for me at least, is a big plus. I think the Loom is often overlooked in favour of the more excitingly designed TWSBI’s, however, on writing experience alone, the Loom is hard to beat at this price.
It should also be noted that a converter is not included with the pen, so that is a cross agains the Loom.
As I am sure you have worked out, I am a big fan of the Loom. The unassuming body makes way to a beautifully performing steel nib. Whilst the finish may not be as exciting as some other pens in the price point, I feel the quality and writing experience make up for this point.
- Excellent value
- Super smooth nib
- Well made metal body
- Lots of different colour combinations
- Small pen if not posted
- Not the most exciting design
- Converter not included
Disclaimer: I purchased this pen with my own funds and the opinions in this review are all my own. This review contains an affiliate links.