Indian Fountain Pen market has lately seen a lot of new entrants and among them, Lotus is one of them. They initially made a lot of prototypes before actually taking a plunge in the market.
Lotus Pens is based out of Mumbai and they make custom pens and handpainted pens also. They caught my eye with the simple looking elegant pen, Shikhar (seems to be inspired by Sailor KOP). And I approached them for buying one of the Shikhar’s as it comes in various ebonite options. Ebonite they use is Japanese Nikko ebonite.
So today I am showing the glimpse of the new pen that arrived a few days back.
Shout out to Tarun Durga for letting me write with his Lotus Shikhar which actually spurred me to get this beauty.
Below are the few more images of the pen and my pen comes with black JoWo Broad nib to match with the black coloured clip.
The review will be coming soon after I have had enough to say and write about this pen.
And I am Back….. from a much-needed break or you can say Hiatus from this fountain pen hobby.
I have been running this blog for past now close to now 3 years and with total post numbering to 132. There has been a lot of love and appreciation given to me and it really has aspired me to become better and more responsible person. Thank you to all of the followers and supporters and especially the admin members of Fountain Pen Network.
Now, I have been away from this hobby for almost good 5 months and part of that is due to some personal reasons.
First, I have joined a new organization which apart from just Architectural Designing and Coordination takes up more of my time in imparting training and developing new courseware and doing a lot of research work. With the new job, I have climbed up a career ladder and thus more responsibilities (thanks to Almighty God).
Secondly, my new job involves a lot of traveling to a different Country where I can’t carry most of my pens and inks and also that Country has a restricted internet policy. I couldn’t access Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram….. the apps or websites I use most often.
And lastly, there was a demise of someone close to us in the Family. It was tough.
But now I am back with more determination and vigor and will take this moment to apologize to all of you who have been following my blog and who have asked me something and I have not been able to answer them in time. Also, I would like to apologize to pen fraternity in India who have sent me some ink samples and pen for review which I have not been able to do so. Thank you for showing your trust in me and my target is to catalog those pens and inks in forthcoming months.
So, yeah I have a lot of news for you. I have recently purchased a lot of stuff from my travels abroad and will share those here also. There will be few upcoming Giveaways that I will organize on my Blog and also on FPN.
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Thank you again for all of the love and appreciation. I can’t wait myself for the upcoming posts.
Do let me know if you have certain suggestions and recommendations that you want to see on this blog.
Back in 2016, I created a wishlist of desired pens and inks that I planned to purchase. I did purchase lot of pens and inks apart from the wishlist. In this blog post, I will share the list of my ink purchases last year and let’s see how close I stuck to my wishlist. I hope my wife doesn’t see this post.
First in the list are from Japanese manufacturer “Sailor“. I purchased following Sailor Inks and here I stuck to my wishlist as far as desired inks were concerned:
Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – DoYo
Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Miruai
Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Nio-Sumire
Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Souten
Second in the list are the inks from german ink manufacturer “Montblanc” and these inks were not part of my wishlist. Inks I purchased were:
Montblanc Golden Yellow
MontBlanc Meisterstuck Blue Hour – Twilight Blue
Montblanc William Shakespeare – Velvet Red
Third in the list are the inks from Liverpool based ink manufacturer “Diamine” and the ink which was in my wishlist was not purchased rather I purchased the following inks
Diamine Eau De Nil
Diamine Majestic Blue
Diamine Sunshine Yellow
Fourth in the list are the inks from an American Boutique ink manufacturer “PrivateReserve” and again these inks were not part of my wishlist. Following are the list of the inks that I purchased:
Private Reserve Blue Suede
Private Reserve Sherwood Green
Private Reserve Shoreline Gold
Fifth in the list is another German manufacturer “Graf von Faber-Castell“. I wanted this ink for a long time, however, I delayed buying this ink fro a long time and this was also not part of my wishlist of 2016.
GvFC Hazelnut Brown
Sixth in the list is Indian manufacturer “Sulekha” which is quite elusive. One of fellow fountain pen user who was visiting Kolkata helped me in getting these inks and again these were not part of my wishlist. Inks are as follows:
Sulekha Master Brown
Sulekha Crystal Violet
Sulekha Scarlet Red
Sulekha Royal Blue
Sulekha Executive Black
Sulekha Turquoise Blue
Sulekha Shocking Pink
Seventh in the list is another ink manufacturer from India. Krishna Inks are made by Dr. Sreekumar and he is a one man show. These again were not part of my wishlist and I got following inks:
Krishna Yellow Valley
Krishna Kot Massi
Krishna Dark Chocolate
Eighth in the list is a third German manufacturer “Kaweco“. I love both the inks that I purchased and are as follows:
Kaweco Midnight Blue
Kaweco Caramel Brown
Again these inks were not part of my wishlist.
Ninth on the list one of my favorite these days “KWZ Inks“. These are handmade in Poland by husband and wife duo, Konrad and Agnieszka. They have almost 61 colors which include 21 Iron Gall inks. I purchased 12 inks last year few directly from Konrad and few from Fontoplumo. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:
KWZ IG Green #3
KWZ IG Red #3
KWZ IG Turquoise
KWZ IG Green Gold
KWZ IG Violet #3
KWZ IG Blue #5
KWZ IG Aztec Gold
KWZ Monarch (Fontoplumo exclusive)
KWZ Azure #5
KWZ Grey Plum
I have got few purchases planned from KWZ this year also.
Tenth and last on the list is another Indian manufacturer “Bril“. These are one of the most trusted ink manufacturers in India and have now started taking orders online. I exhausted my Bril inks and thus needed a new complete set. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:
Bril Turquoise Blue
Bril Laurel Rose
Bril Royal Blue
Inks that were part of my wishlist but did not make way to my cupboard are as follows with reasons listed:
Edelstein Aquamarine (was not convinced to buy because of the reviews)
Pen & Message – Cigar (difficult to get and too expensive)
Pen & Message – Vintage Denim (difficult to get and also had better choices)
Sankodo Canal Brown (difficult to get and too expensive)
Iroshizuku FuyuGaki (delayed for next year)
Diamine 1864 Blue Black (delayed for next year)
What were your purchases and what was your most expensive purchase aaaaand which ink you liked the most?
The continuing chronicles of Jose Dalisay Jr., aka Butch Dalisay, a Filipino collector of old fountain pens, disused PowerBooks, '50s Hamiltons, creaky cameras, VW spare parts, poker bad beats, and desktop lint.