Monday Matchup #35: Faber-Castell Basic – Black Carbon in Fine with Montegrappa Black

He was known as “The Genius.” He wrote and performed music that transcended genres and brought together people at a time when unity was desperately needed. Ray Charles innovated in music and in life.

We’re not just honoring the late Ray Charles because February is Black History Month, or because he’s one of the greatest influences on music. Ever. But there is something about his style that lends itself to Monday Matchup. Take the groundbreaking song “What’d I Say.” It starts with some Latin influences, gospel, blues, jazz, and controversial vocals — then mixes it all together — and spits out what was to emerge as rock and roll. The best part was that it was born in total spontaneity at the end of a live show. And it’s the way we feel about mixing pens and inks. Small experiments can lead to big things.

Adam, our Fulfillment Team manager, put pen to paper for this imaginative ink portrait of Ray. The Faber-Castell Basic – Black Carbon fountain pen features a carbon fiber body, ergonomic rubber grip, and a stainless steel nib. Shown here in Fine, the pen is also available in Broad, Extra-Fine, and Medium. The Basic accepts standard international cartridges and comes with one included. The pen does not come with a converter, and while it accepts standard international cartridges, the full-size standard international converter is too long to fit inside this pen due to a redesign that occurred around April 2015. The converter that will fit it is the slightly shorter Monteverde Clear Ink converter that’s available for $3.50. Taken together with Montegrappa Black ink, Adam is able to draw out Ray’s passion while rattling off the hits.

The Faber-Castell Basic – Black Carbon in Fine is available on for $45. Montegrappa Black ink is $20 for a 42ml bottle or $1.75 for a 2ml ink sample.

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Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team
2017-10-11T14:01:26+00:00 February 16th, 2015|Monday Matchup|20 Comments
  • debraji

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Otter

    A great drawing, and so creative to put it on music note paper! I own 2 Faber-Castell Basics (including a leather-covered one I bought from Goulet) and they are among my favorite pens. Nice smooth nibs. 🙂

  • Yagan Kiely

    I must know what paper that is! I understand that Clairefontaine have a Music Notebook but this doesn't look like its that.

  • Kathy

    OMG! This is incredible! These Monday Match-ups seem to get better each week! I can't believe the talent on your team. This is a delightful antidote to the ice storm we' re having! Thanks for sharing!!! PS. What is the paper?

  • John E. Dunn

    OMG this is fantastic!!!

  • nickdanny

    superb..v nice.
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  • nickdanny

    good one..v nice.
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  • Melody

    Thanks for the penspiration! This Monday Matchup is just a bit of joy wrapped in ink!

  • jason

    No mention of the paper, quite interested in fp-friendly manuscript paper

  • John

    Um, shouldn't Adam be somewhere else? Like an artist in residence somewhere? That's incredible – well done!

  • This is amazing!! I had no idea I was getting in on this when I bought a pen from you all. Thanks for sending this along, not only a great pen I have to sketch with now, but inspiration as well! 😀 <3

  • Brad M

    Very well done, Adam!! You are a gifted man.

  • Andrew

    It needs a black clip! Then it would be the ultimate Al-Star.

  • ReBecca

    Great Job. Can I buy the Art work Adam did?
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    ReBecca Mathewson

  • Don

    Excellent likeness, Adam. Brother Ray will always be one of my faves. God broke the mold after creating him. I heard him live at a concert in my hometown of Rochester, New York, many years ago. What a kick!

  • Derik Ling Yii Zhan

    Are those yoyo strings?

  • It is a Clairefontaine music notebook! It's the top staplebound notepad. We might have two extras around the shop if you wanted to pick one up. We don't stock it regularly anymore.

  • Yagan Kiely

    I think I might! How would I go about doing that?

  • Heath

    Is the release of these getting any closer???? It officially early March. 🙂

  • That looks amazing! The montegrappa pens are a delight to work with and you've used it excellently.