Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey: Ink Review

Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey Ink Review

August’s Ink Drop theme was “Trailblazing” and included a sample of Faber-Castell Stone Grey. This ink is UV-resistant and resistant to certain chemicals
and solvents. Personally, I love grey inks because they offer something different than your typical blue or black ink, while still being professional. 

 Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey Ink Review
Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey Ink Review
Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey Ink Review
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • When I was using a medium nib, this ink still wasn’t completely dry after 30 seconds. I’d be sure to allow extra time for this ink to dry completely on your page.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Medium – This ink is fairly water-resistant. I wouldn’t call it permanent, but if you were to accidentally spill water on the paper, you’d still be able to see your writing. I think it would be great to use for writing lists, notes or letters.


  • Medium-High -You can see a difference in the swabs, showing the saturation of this ink.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium –This ink required just a bit of effort while I was cleaning the pen and nib.


  • High – This ink has great shading, which I loved!


  • Medium – I enjoyed writing with this ink and found the flow to be nice in many different nib sizes.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 75 ml bottle
  • Beautiful design! It could be great to display on your desk. 
  • Comes in a box

Inks Similar in Color 

Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey Ink Review

I love the color grey! I found the shading in this ink really enjoyable and the flow made it easy to write with. Also, feathering and bleed-through were not noticeable. Personally, I liked the way it looked on the page with the Lamy extra-fine nib the best, so I can see myself inking up with it. If you want to see this ink used in a previous Monday Matchup, check this post out.

Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey Ink Review

You can find a 75 ml bottle of Faber-Castell Stone Grey at for $30 or a 2ml sample for $1.50. 

Did you try Faber-Castell Stone Grey in your August Ink Drop? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Write on,

2017-10-11T14:37:59+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Ink Reviews|8 Comments
  • Lori Arrowood

    This is my favorite grey! I’ve yet to find one that I like better

    • Madigan

      Hey Lori! It is really beautiful. 🙂

  • Tom Johnson

    Gray is one of my favorite ink colors. I have Lexington Gray in two pens now. In one wet pen it looks almost black, in a drier pen it is just like this Stone Grey ink. I may mix a batch of it with Whiteness of the Whale for use with wetter pens. Thanks for these reviews, great information.

    • Madigan

      Hi Tom! Grey ink is tricky- sometimes it’s lighter, sometimes darker. It seems to depend on the nib/paper combination. 🙂

  • Michael Winn

    I like grey too, and the Faber-Castell Stone Grey in my last Ink Drop was excellent. (I used a Klingner-Rohrer glass dip pen, and it was impressive. I must say, however, that it has serious competition from Irushizuku take-sumi and, for extra pizazz, from J. Herbin gris orage (Stormy Grey).

    • Madigan

      Hi Michael! It’s hard to decide with so many great grey inks out there! Glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂

  • Otter

    Thank you for this review. It’s interesting how much lighter it looks in this review than in the Monday Matchup! Thanks for providing that link as well, as I would never have known the range it had (and written it off as too light) without seeing it in both places. I, too, have Lexington Gray at the moment, but will consider this one the next time I’m shopping for a gray color. 🙂

    • Madigan

      Hi Otter! Yeah!! Both Margaret and I commented on that. It just goes to show how much the nib size and paper can change how an ink looks. It’s one of my favorite things about fountain pens. 🙂