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Faber-Castell Fast Gel Z Is My New Fave

10/31/2022

Faber-Castell, a venerable name in the art world, sent a number of pens to review, but the standout is the Fast Gel Z.

This pen easily beats the Uni-ball Signo that I have used for years. The ink flows better, is more black than the Signo, and dries faster. The nib is slightly smoother and has less feedback. The Fast Gel Z is 5mm longer but otherwise the dimensions are virtually identical. The Z’s clicker is larger and more easily depressed, both advantages for me. The balance on the Z is dead center but slightly closer to the nib on the Signo.

I tried to get the ink to smear but was unsuccessful. Such a fast drying ink isn’t a requirement for me but it does have its advantages. I asked a leftie to try it out and she liked it. Then I passed out a few more to good results.

Under running water on the back of a cheap envelope, the Fast Gel Z lost a tiny amount of ink which the Signo 307 did not. However, the latter decided to migrate through to the back of the paper so it produced an unacceptable result.

Often I just want to write a few words and only have one hand free to do it. Uncapping a fountain pen doesn’t fit that work flow so a mechanical pencil has filled the gap. However, the Fast Gel Z is the better choice when ink is preferable to lead.

Am I a convert? Yep. If you like gel pens, get your hands on a Faber-Castell Fast Gel Z. You won’t be disappointed. It comes in 0.5 and 0.7 line widths with black, red or blue ink. I like the 0.5 black for general writing especially in my 5mm lined notebook. The pens aren’t available everywhere yet, but Amazon does carry them so I’ve included links to the current offerings.

Faber-Castell Fast Gel Z 0.5 Black

Faber-Castell Fast Gel Z 0.5 Blue

Faber-Castell Fast Gel Z 0.5 Red

Faber-Castell Fast Gel Z 0.7 Black

Faber-Castell Fast Gel Z 0.7 Blue

Faber-Castell Fast Gel Z 0.7 Red

9 comments

  1. Sometimes rollerball/gel pens are just the correct tool for the job! Sounds like you’ve found a good choice of one.

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    • Indeed. What is on your desk besides fountain pens?

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      • Right now I have a Pilot G-2 and some Paper Mate Ink Joys. It fluctuates, though, based on what I feel like at any given moment.

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        • No pencils?

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          • Not at the moment! I don’t use them as often.

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            • Pencils aren’t for everyone. A Uni alpha-gel 0.5 with HB lead, the Fast Gel Z and a stylus are the only tools always loose on my desk. Fountain pens have a small tray to themselves that isn’t quite at hand but still convenient. Fountain pens need to be close by in case I want to doodle. They are just right for that activity as well as writing in my journal. A pencil is all I use in my planner because I am always changing my plans. I am so predictably unpredictable as my Muji plastic eraser will attest. What do you use in your planner?

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              • I use fountain pens in my planner, along with Zebra Mildliners to mark off blocks of time. This does mean that I sometimes need to resort to correction tape (and then a ballpoint pen) to make corrections when I change plans, but it’s not as often as I feared. I determined that I like using my fountain pens enough that I was going to make them my go-to pens. I use them in my daily journal, too.

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