A disappointing development with the Grip Fountain Pen
I posted a positive review of the Faber-Castell Grip a couple of weeks ago, even going as far as to suggest that this new fountain pen could give the Lamy Safari a run for its money.
Unfortunately, less than two weeks after writing this review, I had a problem with my Grip fountain pen that made it unusable to the point that I am sending it off for replacement. Please keep in mind that my sample size is tiny - I only tested one pen. However, I feel that this problem is significant enough to share so that any writers that may purchase the pen on my recommendation are at least aware of the potential problem.
The problem I had is that the inner cap and outer cap have separated. This separation is problematic as the inner cap mechanism clips the cap to the pen, and without it, the outer cap is loose. Additionally, the inner cap is now tricky (and messy) to remove from the nib.
As I investigated the problem, I looked down the barrel to see how the original inner cap is supposed to mount. It must be a mechanical system, but I don't see a ridge or ring that would accept and hold the inner cap in place. I was tempted to glue the inner cap back in but felt that the long-term effect of glue inside a plastic cap may be ruinous over time. Especially for a pen that is still new and on the first ink fill!
I contacted the Canadian distributor of Faber-Castell and explained my problem. They will replace the fountain pen if I mail it to them. The cost of the mail is going to be a similar investment as the gas to return it with a smaller time constraint.
Looking at the mechanics of the cap makes me wonder if this will happen again. I am going to send off the pen for replacement and will compare the new cap mechanism to this one to see if I can further identify the cause of failure.
Until then, I do recommend caution in purchasing the Faber-Castell Grip. Aside from the cap, I like the pen, but a failure from regular use within such a short time after purchase concerns me.