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    Default Re: Any Indian fountain pen recommendations?

    My go to sources for Indian pens are the previously mentioned FPR or ASA Pens. Iíve tried others but my current favorite is the FPR Himalaya.


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    Default Re: Any Indian fountain pen recommendations?

    I had an ASA Sniper which I thought was very well made. The company was very responsive--it took a bit to make but that's understandable as I chose a custom option.

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    I have an FPR Jaipur V2 with a fine nib that I like quite a bit. Great value. I also have one of their Himalayian V2 in Ebonite with an ultraflex nib. It writes quite well and is very light. I also enjoy the ultraflex nib. The only downside to it is that it needs some very FP friendly paper because of the nib...but that was to be expected.

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    Default Re: Any Indian fountain pen recommendations?

    Camlin has focused on the school pen market I think though there is a nice 'Trinity' fountain pen at 100 rupees and the Elegante (don't know the price for that). I also love the Camlin cute I bought in old Delhi and that is a cracking little pocket pen.

    They are good reliable user pens in my experience.

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    Fountain Pen Revolution has a 15% off sitewide sale going on. It might be a good time to pick up an Indian pen from them. I've got an ebonite Himalaya V1 (replace the nib with a JoWo 1.1) and Guider Ebonite Schmidt broad from them and they're nice pens. I use both as eyedroppers with ESSRI and R&K Salix and they perform great.

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    Default Re: Any Indian fountain pen recommendations?

    The long-awaited FPR Darjeeling arrived last week. I have been disappointed by all the other supposedly flexible modern pens I've bought but not this one. The ultra-flex nib is splendid - very flexible with fast snap-back. In use, it doesn't feel quite like the vintage flex of Swans or Onotos. It has a little stiffness moving horizontally in either direction, though not diagonally. It isn't serious and once I recognised its existence I could allow for it. I think polishing the inside edges of the tine tips might cure it.

    The pen itself is very nice. As it's in orange and black it has more than a hint of the early Duofold about it, though it's by no means a copy. The fit and finish is very good. It's a very good pen for the price. In fact, never mind the price. It's just a very good pen!
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    Default Re: Any Indian fountain pen recommendations?

    I have a few Indian made pens. My Kim & Co pen is enormous. #8 nib, ebonite and eyedropper fill. Airmail/Wality used to make a piston filler that I only know as "Black Beauty". It is one of the nicer pens I have seen. It is all black with an ink window. I do have to grease the piston often or it stiffens up quickly. Noodlers don't have anything on it in their vegetal resin lines but even after many years, I can still detect that distinct smell. It is faint but it is there.
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    Default Re: Any Indian fountain pen recommendations?

    I finally broke down and ordered a Himalaya from FPR. It arrived today, and I love it. I got it in a very traditional green/black rippled ebonite with a 1 mm stub nib, which is wonderfully smooth. The pen's not huge -- more or less "standard" size, I guess you could call it -- but as an eyedropper will hold enough ink to allow me to write for a good long while. Now as long as it doesn't burp...
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    Default Re: Any Indian fountain pen recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post
    I finally broke down and ordered a Himalaya from FPR. It arrived today, and I love it. I got it in a very traditional green/black rippled ebonite with a 1 mm stub nib, which is wonderfully smooth. The pen's not huge -- more or less "standard" size, I guess you could call it -- but as an eyedropper will hold enough ink to allow me to write for a good long while. Now as long as it doesn't burp...
    I bought the Himalaya V1 three months ago but replaced the nib with a JoWo 1.1. There was nothing wrong with the nib sent with the pen, but I like the JoWo better. At first, it was a tad dry, but a minute spent opening the tines made it perfect. I've kept it inked with ESSRI and it writes like a champ. No hard starts, no burps, holds a good bit of it.

    I think you've bought a good pen and for the value it's hard to beat.

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