Pen Review – Fosfor Islander

Islander - In the Wild
Islander – In the Wild

Well this particular pen, ISLANDER from Fosfor Pens was love at first site when I actually saw it in person at Delhi Pen Meet. I had seen lot of Islanders in the Wood online but never saw one in polycast resin. And Rishminder was the guy at pen meet who had the pen made out of polycast resin in tri colors of Indian Flag and i must complement Manoj Deshmukh of the wonderfully executed job.

And trust me friends, it was love at first sight. I ordered the pen that very day and waited patiently for 3 weeks while going through the process of selecting colors, clips and bands. It was an amazing experience dealing with him and thus it lead me to ordering few more pens from him.

This review is about Fosfor Islander. (Islander being named because it was first commissioned by a person who lived on an island)


DESIGN & BUILT: 05/05

Where shall i start ? Actually i was speechless when I first saw the pen. It’s such a beauty. It arrived in very nice cardboard package which actually is a nice case for this big pen. The pen box is the only area where the branding is done. and you won’t find the branding anywhere else.

Islander - Glamor Shot
Islander – Glamor Shot

The pen is made of polycast acrylic resin which Manoj Deshmukh of Fosfor pen casts himself and thus you have the flexibility of having the pen in any color mix you want. And I actually wanted something brownish orange with white as a base and Manoj has produced a beauty.

Islander - Close Up
Islander – Close Up

And as far as finish is concerned, I can find not even a single fault. It’s supremely well finished not even a single lathe mark. I can even go to an extent of saying that the pen is the best finished pen of India. The quality of the resin is superb though I beleive that being acrylic it is brittle. So care is needed in that regards. Its an eye-candy for sure.

As far as design is concerned it’s a beautifully designed and executed pen. It’s a straight cylindrical pen with barrel tapering at bottom. The cap top and barrel bottom have soft rounded edges. Below are the few images which might help in design understanding.

Islander - Capped
Islander – Capped
Islander - Uncapped
Islander – Uncapped
Islander - Uncapped
Islander – Uncapped

The cap top and barrel bottom have sublime protrusion i.e. they are raised. Clip is springy and stiff and like the fact the bottom is raised for easy clipping. The band above the clip is above has intricate design and is made of pure Silver.

Islander - Cap top View
Islander – Cap top View
Islander - Cap Side View - Silver Band
Islander – Cap Side View – Intricate Silver Band

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

Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson's Essential vs Pilot 78G - Capped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Capped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson's Essential vs Pilot 78G - Uncapped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Uncapped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson's Essential vs Pilot 78G - Uncapped - Side View
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Uncapped – Side View

I love this pen and soooo beautiful. And this has taken place in my top 5 pens with steel nibs.


BALANCE: 04/05

It’s a perfectly balanced pen when writing uncapped and unposted. But for me it becomes quite large and uncomfortable when cap is posted at back. Yes the cap posts quite securely.

The pen length is 149 mm when capped and 133 when uncapped.

Below are the images of the pen showing comparative of writing with cap posted and unposted.

Islander - Writing Unposted
Islander – Writing Unposted
Islander - Writing Posted
Islander – Writing Posted

Since its a long pen I don’t think there is no need of posting cap.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

There were lot of nib options like JoWo, Schmidt and Ambitious and I opted for Schmidt silver monotone #6 Medium nib which is tried and tested.

Islander - Nib angled view
Islander – Nib unit angled view
Islander - Nib unit top view
Islander – Nib unit top view
Islander - Nib unit side view
Islander – Nib unit side view
Islander - Nib unit bottom view
Islander – Nib unit bottom view

The ink filling mechanism is via converter and cartridge mechanism. It can also be used as eyedropper.

Islander - Cartridge Filling Mechanism
Islander – Cartridge Filling Mechanism
Islander - Can be used as eyedropper
Islander – Can be used as eyedropper showing inner side of cap at top and barrel bottom

This pen writes beautifully and writes wet and is perfect for shading inks. Below are the few images which shows the handwritten review along with test of wetness and line variation.

Islander Review - Page 1
Islander Review – Page 1
Islander Review - Page 2
Islander Review – Page 2
Islander Review - Page 3
Islander Review – Page 3

CONCLUSION:

This pen is available starting from 70 USD. And is available in different materials like wood, ebonite, acrylic resin.

It is my top favorite pen. No.1 in my top favorite followed closely by Ranga Model 4C. Just to tell you all that this is completely handmade pen. Kudos to Mr. Deshmukh. Thank you.

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23 thoughts on “Pen Review – Fosfor Islander

      1. Thank you… As designer, all the creativity and knowledge does not help when it is not supported by good
        market understanding. During the process of product innovation effective interaction with the market and consumers is very helpful. During my time, working for a hairdresser’s product company, we had excellent correspondence with top hairdressers all over Europe, which removed the risk of guesswork out of the design process… good old days 🙂

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      2. I totally agree with you.. Currently I am working on School Buildings.. And who better than curriculum provider to tell you the anomalies of bad design.. This helps in better design by experience

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  1. Hello Vaibhav! A very nice review + you have some nice photography skills. I wanted to ask you if Bril blue ink is better than Camlin blue ink? And is Camlin blue better than Parker Quink blue? I have used both Parker and Camlin, but I am new to this stuff so I don’t get the difference. And can I remove the piston converter from my Baoer Eight Horses and use eyedropper to fill ink in the barrel? Will it work that way? I also wanted to ask if Camlin inks lasts for years in books/papers? And one last question, what’s so special about Lamy ink that it’s sold for ₹400?

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    1. Bril blue is better than Camlin blue and Camlin blue is better than Parker… Because the color is more saturated in Bril Royal Blue… Parker blue is faded ink.. And no you can’t use Baoer eight horses as an eye dropper as that is metal pen… Well camlin or bril or lot of other inks are years proof but they generally don’t fade if kept in dark place.. If exposed to light they will fade for sure.. And lastly Lamy Ink are imported… The price goes up.. Though generally they have good flow property and lubrication and are safe to use in expensive pens because of safe chemicals…
      But I prefer to use Sailor inks or Waterman inks… Also if u want to use permanent inks that will not fade.. Get iron gall inks.. Like kwzi inks

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      1. Ahhh! Thanks for explaining. Do you know any website that explains fountain pens in detail like nibs (medium, fine, extra-fine) and wet nib, swabs, etc and some good tips & information (like the one you said about keeping written notes in dark so it lasts longer) about fountain pens? By the way which (brown/yellow) ink brand did you use in this review?

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  2. I accidentally stumbled upon your blog searching for Indian made Fountain pens. It has been an amazing day today going through your reviews.. I have been a regular user of fountain pens for the past 12 years. Have got into collecting new pens only recently and your blog has fuelled the need for me to buy more pens! Thanks for the wonderful job!. By the way can you find Noodler’s Inks for purchase in Delhi?

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  3. I love reading your reviews. You have convinced me, I think. It may be time to put a Fosfor on my list of pens to buy. Now should I get a wooden pen or resin? 🙂

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  4. Very nice looking pen reminds me of a hot cup of cocoa, you outdid this time by choice of colours. The matching ink is a perfect match for this pen. The reviews of yours make me buy one every time and this time too. Please help me with a good choice of pen from FOSFOR. The pictures are of very quality and review very detailed clearing all doubts if any

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