ASA Sniper – Hooded nib custom pen acrylic pen images (Update: 26 March 2015)

This is a second update to the Group Buy that we created for custom hooded nib pen made in acrylic or ebonite at fountain pen network.

Group Buy Link : FPN GROUP BUY

Link for Buying Pen : ASA SNIPER

The new images for acrylic pen is below.

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Lot of people who have bought the pens will get the emails about pen dispatches soon.

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Pen Review – Wality 52 PD

The pen I am reviewing today and actually using for quite long is Wality 52 PD. And this is my every day carry (edc) pen.

Wality 52 PD
Wality 52 PD

This is actually the second Wality pen I bought after Wality 69 A, because i liked the way 69 A wrote. Wality pens are manufactured by Airmail Pen Company based out of Mumbai, India. Like 90% of my pens this pen also was procured from ASAPENS also. It is also available at Fountain Pen Revolution albeit at Higher price.


Design:

This pen arrived along with my other Wality pens like 71JT, 70 AM and Pilot 78G BB Nib. This actually is my second Wality pen and it happens to be a piston filler. It comes in variety of colors like green, teal, burgundy, blue and black.

Wality 52 PD - Uncapped
Wality 52 PD – Uncapped

Like my previous Wality pen this also gives a certain pungent odor and from what i have come to know is that they they have used a LDPE plastic, which smells a bit. I washed it with detergent water and also kept it overnight in detergent water but still a faint smell persists which now at the time of writing review has subdued.

The pen is a classic design and has an amazing build quality for an inexpensive pen. Unlike many Chinese pens (no offence) this pen has a certain character and recall value.

Classic Design with matte finished silver cap and clip inspired from the skyline series. And has that feel and character to it which makes it my EDC pen.

Wality 52 PD - Classic Vintage Look
Wality 52 PD – Classic Vintage Look

 

The pen actually feels quite solid in hand and has certain heft to it. The cap top and bottom of pen are rounded and pen itself is quite straight without any tapering towards bottom or top.

Rounded top and bottom.
Rounded top and bottom

 

The Nib is monotone gold colored and the cap has inner lining of plastic and actually the matte silver metal is molded with the plastic. Also there is a inner plastic lining to prevent ink drying.

Metal matte silver finish cap molded with plastic cap
Wality 52 PD – Metal matte silver finish cap molded with plastic cap

 

Nib is Monotone - Gold Color
Wality 52 PD – Nib is Monotone – Gold Color

 

The pen cap open in 2 1/2 turns. The Clip is also silver colored and quite sturdy and springy at the same time. No complaints whatsoever in those regards.

Wality 52 PD - Close up of Cap
Wality 52 PD – Close up of Cap

 

 

Wality 52 PD - Clip
Wality 52 PD – Clip

 

Wality 52 PD - Inner cap lining
Wality 52 PD – Inner cap lining

 

There is an ink window on the barrel just below the threads which actually is beneficial to get the idea of ink levels.

Wality 52 PD - Ink Window
Wality 52 PD – Ink Window

 

This piston filler mechanism at the bottom is separated from main barrel via a silver colored ‘O’ ring.

Below are the images showing the comparison in size with other models.

Wality 69 A vs ASA Patriot vs Wality 52 PD - Capped
Wality 69 A vs ASA Patriot vs Wality 52 PD – Capped

 

Wality 69 A vs ASA Patriot vs Wality 52 PD - Cap Posted
Wality 69 A vs ASA Patriot vs Wality 52 PD – Cap Posted

 

This retro look classic design pen is built for lifetime and rough tough usage. Full marks to the build quality.


 

Balance:

Its a regular sized pen measuring 135 mm when capped and 120 mm when uncapped including the nib.

Even though the plastic used is quite sturdy and thick but that doesn’t make the pen heavy. Yes the metal cap gives it a certain heft if you prefer writing with the cap posted at the back. However i prefer writing with cap unposted.

Feels extremely well balanced when writing with the pen unposted.

 

Wality 52 PD - Writing Unposted
Wality 52 PD – Writing Unposted

 

Even though the pen when posted makes it suitable for large sized hands but as mentioned earlier ads good amount of heft to pen which will make it unbalanced for small sized hands.

Wality 52 PD - Writing Posted
Wality 52 PD – Writing Posted

 

This is perfectly sized pen for my small hands and i prefer writing with cap unposted.


 

Nib and Ink Filling Mechanism:

The gold colored monotone nib was bit scratchy initially but after certain amount of tuning and smoothing of nib, it writes perfect. The Nib comes with engraving of “Wality Special Tipped Iridium”.

The nib now writes with the perfect fine line which gives you a welcomed good amount of feedback. And actually you will love the feedback this nib gives you and it is by no means scratchy.

Wality 52 PD - Nib top
Wality 52 PD – Nib top

 

Wality 52 PD - Nib Side View
Wality 52 PD – Nib and Feed Side View

 

Wality 52 PD - Nib Bottom, Feed side view
Wality 52 PD – Nib Bottom, Feed view

 

Feed is made of ebonite and has a quite a good supply of ink. The nib and feed are well inserted in the section and up till now there has been no ink burping or leakage as i beleive there is no air gap.

Wality 52 PD - Close up of nib and feed section
Wality 52 PD – Close up of nib and feed section

 

Wality 52 PD - Close up of nib and feed
Wality 52 PD – Close up of nib and feed

 

And as far as the ink filling mechanism is concerned it is a piston filler, the best way to fill ink. Love the pen.

Below is my hand written review showing the flow of ink, line width and ink drying detail also.

Wality 52 PD - Page 1
Wality 52 PD – Page 1

 

Wality 52 PD - Page 2
Wality 52 PD – Page 2

CONCLUSION:

This pen is a nice buy for the price it demands. Well I would recommend to add it your collection as it is a piston filler which is mostly present in premium pens.

ASA SNIPER – Hooded Nib Custom Pen ( Update : 12 March 2015)

This is an update to the Group Buy that we created for custom hooded nib pen made in acrylic or ebonite at fountain pen network.

Group Buy Link : FPN GROUP BUY

Link for Buying Pen : ASA SNIPER

The new images are as below. Also there is a new blue color. Enjoy. Products will start shipping on 28th March.

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Pen Review : ASA Patriot

Lately ASA has released lot of pens and believe they will be coming up with lot more in near future.

And today I am reviewing another great pen by them which is ASA Patriot.

ASA Patriot
ASA Patriot

I had my eyes on Gama Eyas / Gama Hawk for a quite a long time because i wanted an ebonite pen with the rounded top and bottoms. I was just about to buy the pen and then ASA came out with this beauty named PATRIOT and i quickly grabbed the same.

DESIGN & BUILT:

The pen is a regular sized pen and comes in 5 color options, shiny black, matte black, light brown rippled, dark brown rippled and green rippled finish. Its a regular sized pen which comes with JoWo nib options of F, M , B and 1.1 Italic size. The pen that i reviewed today comes with 1.1 Italic nib.

ASA Patriot with 1.1 JoWo Itaic nib
ASA Patriot with 1.1 JoWo Itaic nib

It has a clean and minimalist design. The pen open in 2 and half turns which I beleive is the highlight of the pen being an Indian pen.

The top and bottom of pen are rounded which are quite nicely done and has been paid lot of attention as it is a handmade pen.

ASA Patriot - Top of Cap and Bottom of Barrel - Rounded
ASA Patriot – Top of Cap and Bottom of Barrel – Rounded
ASA Patriot - Uncapped
ASA Patriot – Uncapped

The section of the pen is finished in black shiny finish which is quite okay and provides for sturdy grip. However i would have liked it even more if the section would also have been given a matte finish.

Below is the image which shows the pen broken down in to parts, which shows the Schmidt K5 converter also.

ASA Patriot - Taken apart
ASA Patriot – Taken apart

The Clip is chrome finished and quite sturdy and the O ring of the clip is well hidden by the rounded cap top. (Update: The clip is push type thus no O ring and that is the reason for uniformity in cap and cap top). Also i got an option to engrave my name on the pen and i opted for the same to be done at the cap which really adds to the beauty of pen.

ASA Patriot - Sturdy Clip
ASA Patriot – Sturdy Clip
ASA Patriot - Name Engraving
ASA Patriot – Name Engraving

As mentioned  earlier the pen is the regular sized pen and below are the few images to show the comparison against various pens.

ASA I Can vs ASA Patriot vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Sheaffer No Nonsense
ASA I Can vs ASA Patriot vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Sheaffer No Nonsense – Capped
ASA I Can vs ASA Patriot vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Sheaffer No Nonsense -  Uncapped
ASA I Can vs ASA Patriot vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Sheaffer No Nonsense – Uncapped

This i a well designed pen which is just a class apart in built quality. Actually its a no fuss design.


Balance:

I loved the pen just because of the look but when I hold the pen it just feels that this pen was made only for me. It fits so perfectly and yes it has and amazing balance. The size is approx 145 mm when uncapped and when capped it is 136 mm including nib.

Like most of my pens I love the writing with the pen without cap posted at back.

ASA Patriot - Unposted
ASA Patriot – Writing Un-posted

And also the cap easily fits the back and yes it fits perfectly but i was bit reluctant to post it for long because I beleive inner thread of the cap will spoil the matte finish. And yeah cap posting ads certain heft to pen which lot of people might like but not me.

ASA Patriot - Writing Posted
ASA Patriot – Writing Posted

Overall love the pen in my hand. AMAZING.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM:

I ordered this pen with 1.1 Italic nib which is a dual tone steel nib from JoWo. It is one of the smoothest italic nib i have come across. Not a hint of scratchiness. Love the way it writes.

And yeah the nib by itself is beautiful and adds to the aesthetics of pen. The feed is also from JoWo and is made of ebonite plastic.

ASA Patriot - JoWo 1.1 Italic Nib
ASA Patriot – JoWo 1.1 Italic Nib
ASA Patriot - Nib Side View
ASA Patriot – Nib Side View
ASA Patriot - Nib Feed Bottom View
ASA Patriot – Nib Feed Bottom View

The nib feed mechanism fits perfectly inside the section. Actually it flushes with the sections and becomes a unitized mechanism. Below image explains it a little bit more.

ASA Patriot - Nib Feed View
ASA Patriot – Nib Feed View

The ink filling mechanism is 3 in 1 which means you can use cartridge, converter with this pen and also use this pen as an eye dropper.

This come pen with Schmidt K5 converter at additional cost and i decided to go with the same.

ASA Patriot - Ink Filling Mechanism
ASA Patriot – Ink Filling Mechanism

Overall it gets full marks for the nib options and ink filling mechanism. Below one more image shows the closeup of the nib. Looks beautiful.

ASA Patriot - Nib Close up
ASA Patriot – Nib Close up

Further down below is my hand written review in detail which also highlights the written sample.

ASA Patriot - Handwritten Review Page 1
ASA Patriot – Handwritten Review Page 1
ASA Patriot - Handwritten Review Page 2
ASA Patriot – Handwritten Review Page 2
ASA Patriot - Handwritten Review Page 3
ASA Patriot – Handwritten Review Page 3

CONCLUSION:

This is one no fuss designed pen which plain yet elegant and oh yeah fits perfectly in to the hand. I would definitely recommend to people who are in a lookout for the their first premium fountain pen under Rs. 2000 (INR).