I have a Franklin Christoph 19 that I thoroughly enjoy so it made sense to look at the Franklin Christoph table when I visited the Dallas Pen Show. I walked away with a Model 31 Omnis and I find that I cannot stop writing with it, which is ultimately a wonderful thing.
The best description of the Franklin Christoph 31 is from the F-C website itself:
“The Model 31 encompasses features from several F-C models. The grip section is like that of the 40 Panther, the silhouette is a slightly slimmer version of the 19, precision posting like the 20, 45, and 03, cut grooves and recessed nib like the 20.“
It is definitely slimmer than the 19 but I really love the recessed nib. For whatever reason, I absolutely love the look of this feature and the gold nib is quite striking.
The nib itself is the medium in 14k gold and has some bounce to it as opposed to the steel counterpart of the same nib. Jim at F-C tuned it before handing it over to try it and that personal service resonated with me. A very nice and personal touch.
The pen material is quite interesting as well. It is a matte finish and the pen blanks for this pen model come from Jonathan Brooks at the Carolina Pen Company. It looks remarkably like granite in person but without the weight that would go along with it. In certain light, there is an iridescent quality to the blank that really adds to the granite likeness here as well as develops a richness overall.
I love the heft of the pen, the thickness, the material and the writing experience I get with this pen. Franklin Christoph has a reputation for quality and I find that to be quite true with both F-C pens that I own.
This review is based off of my experience and opinion. I do not represent Franklin Christoph in any way nor am I being compensated.