Ink Review #249: Graf von Faber-Castell Cognac Brown


It's new releases week! Today we are taking a look at Graf von Faber-Castell Cognac Brown. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens. Cognac Brown is available in 75ml bottles and cartridges. 


The color:

Cognac Brown is a light brown/tan. I've never seen or drank Cognac, so I don't know if the name is a great description of the color.


There is no sheen. When pooled, the ink turns a darker brown. This ink did make really satisfying ink drops.


Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper there was some feathering but other than that the ink behaved well. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Franklin-Christoph Honeycomb, Graf von Faber-Castell Cognac Brown, and Noodler's Golden Brown. Honeycomb seems a little bit more yellow and a few shades darker.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M800 on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

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Overall, it's not an ink I'm crazy about. It's pretty well behaved, but it's just not something that really grabs me. Give it a try, you might love it. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.