Pen Review – ASA Rainbow (ED)

ASA Rainbow
ASA Rainbow

 

The review is about a pen which was launched on Whatsapp Group of 20 members at that time and I believe was first of its kind launch for a pen. Approximately 50 odd pens were made and beleive me on this all got sold out within half an hour. So beautiful were they to look at first site. They were RAINBOW.

ASA Rainbow - Posing
ASA Rainbow – Posing

This happens to be an ED model and the updated model with C/C mechanism is soon to be launched at  ASA Pens on 23rd September.

My other review of ASA pens are as follows:

  1. ASA Spear
  2. ASA Galactic
  3. ASA I-Can
  4. ASA Porus
  5. ASA Patriot
  6. ASA Viraat

Rainbow is first multicolored acrylic pen from the house of ASA Pens.


DESIGN & BUILT: 4 / 5

It’s a simple classic cigar shaped pen with rounded bottom and top. Actually nothing is much happening on the design front. it though is a small pocket sized pen. It is actually the material which is doing all the talk.

ASA Rainbow - Swirled Acrylic Material
ASA Rainbow – Swirled Acrylic Material

The pen will to begin with eventually will come in following colors when launched.

  • Cherry Red (in pic above)
  • Midnight Blue (Blue and Dark Blue swirls)
  • Black Pearl (White and Black swirls)
  • Fiery Orange (Orange and Black swirls)

The color yellow with green swirls might be added later which is being reviewed.

ASA Rainbow ED
ASA Rainbow – Cherry Red and Yellow Swirl

To begin with what i really like about this pen is its size and girth. It is small pen but not that slim. Lovely part is the grip section which is the thinnest portion in whole pen. It’s so wonderful to grip and write with this pen.

ASA Rainbow - Pocket Sized Pen
ASA Rainbow – Capped
ASA Rainbow - Uncapped
ASA Rainbow – Uncapped
ASA Rainbow - Rounded Top and Bottom
ASA Rainbow – Rounded Top and Bottom

The pen has silver trims. Actually the pen has only clip as a trim and a nib. No other metal parts were used. its a minimalistic design pen. The clip is sturdy and stiff and not springy at all. fits shirt pockets easily.

The pen cap has no breather hole unlike many other Made in India pens. The cap finial is threaded and can be taken out easily also.

ASA Rainbow - Cap View
ASA Rainbow – Cap View
ASA Rainbow - Cap inner View
ASA Rainbow – Cap inner View
ASA Rainbow - Tear Drop Clip
ASA Rainbow – Clip

Built is amazing and is well finished and polished pen. however i have to add one thing this pen is acrylic and requires maintenance and care to ensure no scratches just by throwing pen on desk or anywhere else.

Below are the few images of the pen showing comparison with other pens.

Gama Kuyil vs Pilot 78G vs ASA Rainbow
Gama Kuyil vs Pilot 78G vs ASA Rainbow
Gama Kuyil vs Pilot 78G vs ASA Rainbow - uncapped and posted
Gama Kuyil vs Pilot 78G vs ASA Rainbow – uncapped and posted

BALANCE:  5/5

I love the fact that the small pens don’t have to be necessarily slim and this really goes down well with me. And i love ASA Rainbow also because of its girth too.

Its very well balanced pen and feels amazing in your hand whether you write with cap posted or not at the back.

ASA Rainbow - Writing Unposted
ASA Rainbow – Writing Unposted
ASA Rainbow - Writing Posted
ASA Rainbow – Writing Posted

The cap posts very securely and also posting does not add to that much heft. This one is aptly balanced pen.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 3.5/5

Our first feedback for this beautiful pen was to make it C/C mechanism pen because ink filled in barrel changes the color of the barrel and darkens it and thus it will be soon launched with C/C mechanism on 23rd September.

The nib on the pen in question is Fine-Medium Ambitious 35 mm nib (#6) and is chrome finish. I love the ambitious nibs of size 35 mm and 40 mm. This nib writes with welcome feedback and writes wet. I love the way it writes. The nib has got certain springiness to it.

ASA Rainbow - Nib Unit top View
ASA Rainbow – Nib Unit top view
ASA Rainbow - Nib Unit side view
ASA Rainbow – Nib Unit side view
ASA Rainbow - Nib Unit bottom view
ASA Rainbow – Nib Unit bottom view
ASA Rainbow - Nib Unit angled view
ASA Rainbow – Nib Unit angled view

Though the upcoming pen with C/C filling mechanism will come in following nib options:

  • Schmidt monotone F Nib
  • Schmidt monotone M nib
  • Schmidt monotone B nib

This pen has an eye dropper fill mechanism and hold good 3 ml of ink. The feed is made of ebonite and fitted very tight and securely. The removal of nib will require knockout block as the nib is friction fit.

ASA Rainbow - Eye dropper fill
ASA Rainbow – Eye dropper fill

I recommend people to buyers is to chose pen with option of fountain pen testing at checkout which takes time but you get the pen which writes good out of the box and this facility is being given by ASA pens free of charge.

Below are the few images showing hand written review and also certain specification,

ASA Rainbow - Page 1
ASA Rainbow – Page 1
ASA Rainbow - Page 2
ASA Rainbow – Page 2
ASA Rainbow - Page 3
ASA Rainbow – Page 3

Conclusion : 

This is a beauty and I am sure it will outsell any other model ASA pens has launched because this pen has it all going for it when its launched in C/C mechanism. However i would not recommend using this pen as ED as the barrel gets discolored because of the ink not that the ink burps.

Go ahead save some money to buy this one. I recommend it.

ASA Rainbow
ASA Rainbow
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10 thoughts on “Pen Review – ASA Rainbow (ED)

  1. Hello, I would like to know that using the pen as an eyedropper in the darker shade like the cherry swirl, which I have decided to buy, would it change the colour too much? I prefer eyedropper over the c/c mechanism,as eds hold a ton of ink.
    And is the pen much prone to scratches?

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    1. Every pen is prone to scratches.. If you don’t take proper care of the pen it will be surely not in good condition..
      And yes in darker cherry Swirl there won’t be too much color change if you use as eyedropper.. Though yeah.. Color change will be there for sure..

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  2. Thanks for yet another well crafted review Vaibhav, it’s great as always! I’ve always wanted to get an ASA FP for myself but somehow none of their models appealed to me. The Rainbow certainly looks different from the others though and I might just get this one on the 23rd.

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  3. Vaibhav, must say the name Rainbow is apt with the range of colours liste out. The Schmidt Nib means no problem whatsoever and irons out any doubts in the mind regarding nib performance. The advice of testing the pen sure does help to avoid any performance issues which is very well put too. The pen seems to have grown on me and will surely buy once launched on 23rd September

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