Pen Review – Wality 70 AM

Wality 70 AM - Capped
Wality 70 AM – Capped

Walitys or Airmail are one of the most sought after Indian fountain pen manufacturers. Both brands are manufactured by AIRMAIL PEN COMPANY based out of Mumbai, India. And they have a good lineup of fountain pen and most of them are Eyedroppers and few of them are Piston fillers. My previous review of the two other Wality Pens I have reviewed are as follows:

Wality 52 PD

Wality 69 A

The pen that I am reviewing or we will be discussing about is one of the sleeker version of the Wality/Airmail pens and is named as WALITY 70AM or AIRMAIL 70AM. (A = Acrylic and M = Medium).

Wality 70 AM
Wality 70 AM

DESIGN & BUILT: 5/5

Made out of premium acrylic in brownish orange marbled and swirled finish, this is one of the best designed pen Wality pen. And it comes only in one color and that is orange brown swirls with pearlescent effect and in actual it feels really premium. The cap is made of metal in silver color and has guilloche design pattern in matte finish.

Wality - 70 AM - Uncapped and Ready to spill some ink
Wality – 70 AM – Uncapped and Ready to spill some ink

The cap bottom or the lip has an extension which is made of the same acrylic material of which the pen is made of. Actually it seems the metal cap is bonded to the acrylic cap through some process. The cap top is in shiny chrome finish which is in dome shape. and even the clip is in shiny chrome finish.

Wality 70 AM - Cap Top
Wality 70 AM – Cap Top

The pen clip is sturdy and stiff and will fit even shirt pockets and not slide.

Wality 70 AM - Cap
Wality 70 AM – Cap Guilloche Pattern

The section of the pen is small and when i try to hold the pen in my hands my fingers touches the threads which actually are smooth and not that sharp and they actually provide the grip to otherwise slippery hands.

Wality 70 AM - Sleek Cigar Shape pen with small Grip Section
Wality 70 AM – Sleek Cigar Shape pen with small Grip Section

The pen easily opens in 1 and 1/2 turns which actually is not seen in Indian handmade ebonite pens. The pen actually tapers from lower half of the barrel towards the section gradually. Its slender well-built pen.

Wality 70 AM - Cap Threads and Extended Lip
Wality 70 AM – Cap Threads and Extended Lip

The built quality of pen is far above acceptable, the only glitch remains is the Nib and the feed placement and alignment which we will be discussing later in “Nib and Ink Filling Mechanism” section later. As you can see in the image below the thickness of the acrylic in the barrel, its evident the quality is okay.

Wality 70 AM - Barrel Inside View
Wality 70 AM – Barrel Inside View

Below are the few images which shows the comparison with few other pens to get the idea for size of pen.

ASA I- Can vs Jinhao X750 vs Pilot MR vs Wality 70 AM - Capped
ASA I-Can vs Jinhao X-750 vs Pilot MR vs Wality 70 AM – Capped
ASA I- Can vs Jinhao X750 vs Pilot MR vs Wality 70 AM - Uncapped and Posted
ASA I-Can vs Jinhao X-750 vs Pilot MR vs Wality 70 AM – Uncapped and Posted
ASA I- Can vs Jinhao X750 vs Pilot MR vs Wality 70 AM - Side View
ASA I-Can vs Jinhao X-750 vs Pilot MR vs Wality 70 AM – Side View

The pen is well built and well designed just one or two quality finishes you might encounter which are not noticeable to human naked eye.


BALANCE: 4/5

The pen is approx 140 mm when capped and 120 mm when uncapped including nib. And posted the length is 170 mm, which makes it fairly large.

The pen unposted is apt for small or medium size hands, however, people with fairly large hands might want to write with the cap posted at back.

Wality 70 AM - Cap Unposted
Wality 70 AM – Cap Unposted
Wality 70 AM - Cap Posted
Wality 70 AM – Cap Posted

The cap posting makes it slightly unbalanced even though the cap posts securely at back. Since its metal cap whole lot of weight goes to the cap and posting puts all the weight at the back, thus it becomes a bit unbalanced.

Otherwise, it is a perfectly balanced pen for writing unposted.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 3.5/5

Nib that comes with the pen is monotone gold colored steel nib which writes Indian fine (finer that western fine).

Its always a love and hate relationship with the Wality pens you either love them or hate them, but mostly you want to love them. You will probably sometimes hate them will be just because of nibs. Their nibs are bit of hit and miss.

The fine nib that cam with this pen wrote with certain scratchiness and its a hard nib, no flex, no semi flex, but after certain buffing it writes pleasantly albeit with a welcome feedback. Please note that you will love this feedback.

I love the way this nib holds my writing which actually helps you in slowing down and gives your writing some depth.

I will recommend this to people who want to improve their hand writing, it doesn’t glide away so that you don’t have control to hand while writing. I love it because it helps you slow down without being scratchy but at the same time this pen is not meant for fast notes taking or something like that.

Wality 70 AM - Nib Unit - Top view
Wality 70 AM – Nib Unit – Top view
Wality 70 AM - Nib Unit - Side view
Wality 70 AM – Nib Unit – Side view
Wality 70 AM - Nib Unit - Bottom view
Wality 70 AM – Nib Unit – Bottom view
Wality 70 AM - Nib Unit - Side View
Wality 70 AM – Nib Unit – Side View

Good quality paper of minimum 70 gsm is recommended to be used with this pen.

The ink filling mechanism of the pen is through eyedropper. While writing hand written review I finished the entire barrel and it never burped or spilled ink even once. So I am really satisfied in that department.

Wality - 70 AM - Taken Apart
Wality – 70 AM – Taken Apart

The pen barrel holds approx 2.5 to 3 ml of ink which I think is a good quantity of ink. You can easily take out the nib and feed and disassemble the pen. Its very easy.

Wality 70 AM - Barrel - Ink Tank
Wality 70 AM – Barrel – Ink Tank

Also i would have preferred if the nib would have been either in chrome finish or dual tone to match with the cap metal color.

Below is the detailed handwritten review of the pen for writing sample.

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Conclusion:

Its a good buy @ Rs. 235/- plus shipping. I would recommend it to acrylic pen lovers and people who want to sit and relax and write and also to people who want to pay attention to their writing.

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Group Buy – Ranga Bamboo Pen

This is a group buy effort for the Ranga Bamboo Model – 16 mm dia. Which has been initiated at Fountain pen network.

LINK : RANGA BAMBOO GROUP BUY

NOTE : Please register on FPN webpage to avail discounted price for the pen.

Also ebay seller price are as per the link : RANGAHANDMADE-EBAY

Best Prices will be unlocked only after we reach 25 members. So kindly register for a group buy whoever is interested. 

Details of the pen in two options are as below:

Ranga Bamboo (Eye Dropper Version):

  • Finish – Polished or Matte (Bakul)
  • Clip Option – White or Gold Colored Clip or Clip-less
  • Nib Option : Wality F Gold Colored, Wality M Chrome Finish, Bock (With Conklin imprinted) M or B is available
  • Default settings: Wality Fine nib & Clip-less model pen
  • Colors available: Mottled Brown, Solid Black, Brown Ripple, Green Ripple, Olive Ripple, Yellow Ripple, Blue Ripple,Pink Ripple.

Ranga Bamboo Pen with  German Screw in nib (Jowo/ Schmidt) and Converter:

  • Finish – Polished or Matte (Bakul)
  • Clip Option – White or Gold Colored Clip or Clip-less
  • Converter : Schmidt K5 Converter
  • Nib Option : JoWo Nibs ​​/ Schmidt Nibs
  • JoWo Nibs options : Gold Color  Mono tone M or B nib, Silver Color Mono tone F or B, Dual Tone EF, F, M, B , 1.5 Italic (Steel Nibs)
  • Schmidt Nib options: Gold Color monotone F, M, or B.
  • Default settings: Schmidt Gold Colored monotone F nib
  • Colors available: Mottled Brown, Solid Black, Brown Ripple, Green Ripple, Olive Ripple, Yellow Ripple, Blue Ripple,Pink Ripple.

Images are as below :

Ranga Bamboo
Ranga Bamboo
Ranga Bamboo - Uncapped
Ranga Bamboo – Uncapped
Ranaga Bamboo - Taken Apart
Ranaga Bamboo – Taken Apart
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Pen Review – ASA Spear

This review was long due for the first pen I bought from ASA stable. I have bought few Gama pens and Pilot pens from ASA prior to buying this.

There are certain pens which u look at and just buy. YES SPEAR was an impulsive buy and the day it was launched i just  immediately placed an order and have been using this pen for past 6 months on and off.

So this review is an detailed review of the ASA Spear.

ASA Spear - Glamour Shot
ASA Spear – Glamour Shot

Design & Built: 4.5/5

The Spear was an upgrade to the ASA Athlete, though they share the same design but the major difference lies in the internal mechanism.

Design wise its a clean, subtle and yes contemporary. Its a linear design which tapers down from mid of barrel to bottom of barrel. I love the way Cap neatly flushes with the barrel. Simply Love it, very Neat. The section length is long and thus it helps people who hold the pen a bit higher without any obstruction of threads.

ASA Spear - On top
ASA Spear – On top

The green rippled ebonite looks premium and amazing and actually adds to the design. I bet the matte finish also looks amazing which you can see in my other pen Patriot.

ASA Spear
ASA Spear

The pen opens in 4 turns which is not bad.

The cap top and the bottom of barrel have flat clean finish. Even the edges are very neatly finished. As far as branding is concerned it is big and bold and engraved, I actually am not a fan of this big and bold branding and yes the seller has taken a note of the same and the are new models coming with very good and smarter branding which I personally like.

ASA Spear - Uncapped
ASA Spear – Uncapped

The Built quality is like no other. Neatly executed an well finished pen. Its sturdy and built for a lifetime and yes being made of ebonite it is not that heavy and has a certain character which attracts you.

The pen cap top and barrel bottom are flat as shown in image below.

Flat Finish Cap top and Barrel bottom
ASA Spear – Flat Finish Cap top and Barrel bottom
ASA Spear - Uncapped. Neatly executed threads
ASA Spear – Uncapped. Neatly executed threads

The only thing I did not like about the pen is the Clip design. I just wish it would be flat clip design. However that being said the clip is sturdy and springy but is not too tight. The pen tends to slide in my shirt pocket as clip is not that tight enough but holds well on thicker cloth like trouser or  jackets etc.

ASA Spear - Clip Top View
ASA Spear – Cap Clip Top View
ASA Spear - Cap Clip Side View
ASA Spear – Cap Clip Side View

The cap has a breather hole also to avoid moist deposits inside the cap. So that nib can breathe i beleive. Which certain times results in ink drying in certain weathers.

The section thickness of material is apt for the size of pen and gives it sturdiness.

ASA Spear - Barrel View
ASA Spear – Barrel View – Quite a thick section profile
ASA Spear - Cap inner thread View
ASA Spear – Cap inner thread View

Now coming to the size of pen it is regular sized pen. Actually just above the size of the Lamy Safari.Below are the few images showing the comparison with other pens.

ASA Spear vs Wality 70 AM vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Jinhao 886 - Capped
ASA Spear vs Wality 70 AM vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Jinhao 886 – Capped
ASA Spear vs Wality 70 AM vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Jinhao 886 - Uncapped and Posted
ASA Spear vs Wality 70 AM vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Jinhao 886 – Uncapped and Posted
ASA Spear vs Wality 70 AM vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Jinhao 886 - Side View
ASA Spear vs Wality 70 AM vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Jinhao 886 – Side View

I love the green rippled Spear. I bought it only for design and looks. Turns out it writes well also.


Balance : 5/5

It has perfect thickness, slenderness in the Barrel and perfect length. Dia of barrel is 14 mm and length of pen is 150 mm and length of section is 30 mm (which i like because i hold pen a bit above on the grip section and generally my hands touch threads, but on this case).

Its a perfect size pen for both genders and all different sized hands. Trust me you will love the feel of pen in hand. The size, the weight, the slenderness of pen is just apt. Large sized and hands would love to post cap and no problem there, cap posts securely at the back and provides certain heft which people with large size hands will love.

ASA Spear - Writing Unposted
ASA Spear – Writing Unposted
ASA Spear - Writing Posted
ASA Spear – Writing Posted

Perfectly balanced whether cap is posted or not. Love it.


Nib & Ink Filling Mechanism : 4/5

Ohhhhhh….. You will love the design of nib. Yes this is what separates mens from boys. This is what separates it from ASA Athlete. Athlete had something missing and yeah this 10 breather hole Medium nib, Designed like arrow is the solution.

ASA Spear - Nib and Section View
ASA Spear – Nib and Section View

This nib, made of steel and chrome polished, comes in medium size only and really adds to the beauty of pen. Its a stunner to look at.The feed is made of plastic. The complete nib unit is made by JoWo,Germany.

ASA Spear - Top View
ASA Spear – Nib Top View
ASA Spear - Side View 1
ASA Spear – Nib Side View 1
ASA Spear - Side View 2
ASA Spear – Nib Side View 2
ASA Spear - Nib Bottom View
ASA Spear – Nib Bottom View

Writing with nib is all together a different experience. It writes on any paper without any hassle.And if you look closely on written sample, it provides certain shading also (You can see in above image).

Ink Filling mechanism is triple filling (3 in 1) i.e. Eye Dropper, Cartridge and Converter. Which gives you liberty to use the way you want. The pens comes with Schmidt converter. International cartridges and converter are accepted by pen.

ASA Spear - Ink Filling Mechanism
ASA Spear – Ink Filling Mechanism

The pen can be easily taken apart into every part as shown in below two images.

ASA Spear - Taken Apart
ASA Spear – Taken Apart 1
ASA Spear - Taken Apart 2
ASA Spear – Taken Apart 2

The only hassle i had with my pen was that nib tended to slip which was replaced by seller ASA Pens easily. So assurance is there as far as the seller is concerned. And now my pen writes like a dream.

Below is my handwritten review with sample which might give you insight on writing samples with the pen.

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

Conclusion : 4.5/5

You wont get a pen of this kind at such a rate elsewhere. Love it. I recommend its a necessary addition to collection.

People who are on short of cash can certainly try out ASA Athlete.