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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 24 January 2017

Off lately I have been away from the scene due to certain personal commitments and workload. Hopefully going further I will be more regular with my blog postings.

Today I am using Guider Raja in Red Acrylic which is fitted with #5 Schmidt Nib and it is filled with Sheaffer Red Ink.

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Today’s thought comes from one of the greatest American sports hero George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth.

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

 

 

 

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Pen Review – Guider Acrylic Medium

Guider Pen Company is one of the three fountain pen companies of Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh State of India. Other being Ratnam and Ratnamson. Guider Pen is owned by G. Lakshmana Rao currently.

Guider Pen Company was started by G. Subbarao in 1946. And they manufacture the pens from various materials like ebonite, acrylic and also celluloid.

This review is about one of the acrylic pen from their stable called “Acrylic Medium“. Quite an unusual name. Right ?? I thought so. This pen came in box with cardboard sleeve with no branding.  The pen was purchased via discussion with him over whatsapp after he showed me the current stock and I selected few and ordered all in all 6 pens which was easy. However challenging part was asking names of each pen that I bought from him.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – In the Wild

 

DESIGN & BUILT: 5/5

This is an exquisite looking pen from Guider. It come in various beautiful acrylic colours and I got two pens in different colours, one being green as shown in the picture and the other one being white pearl colour. This is a medium sized pen which is beautifully finished.

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Uncapped

 

The pen is classic design with Parker style arrow clip and two centre bands. The trims used are golden colour and they beautifully complement with the green acrylic. The fit and finish of the pen is amazing with no visible lathe marks and even the two bands are equally placed.

The pen is thickest at the centre of barrel  apart from cap and tapers down to rounded bottom.

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Capped

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Uncapped

 

The cap clip has conical dome shaped crown above the clip band in the same acrylic.

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Top Crown Shaped End and Rounded Bottom

 

The cap has no breather hole like many Indian Pens. The pen opens in 2 & 1/2 turns which is unlike many ebonite pens made in India. I see the momentum going towards less threads now. Branding is only done on the clip and the nib.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Uncapped : Close-up showing the clip in vintage Parker style

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Cap Top View Showing Branding on arrow clip

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Cap Side View showing the centre-bands

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Cap Inner View

 

I really like the built quality of the pen, acrylic used is strong and it has taken one or two falls and yet nothing has happened, however I need to be more careful as it is acrylic. Beautiful product from Guider and full marks to Guider on turning this beauty.

Below are few images showing the comparison between Guider Acrylic Medium with other pens:

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Guider Acrylic Medium vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari – Capped

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari – Uncapped

 

Pen is just slightly bigger than Lamy safari by almost 7 mm .

Kudos to guider for such a beauty.


 

BALANCE : 3.5/5

The pen is around 125 mm including nib and fits perfectly in my small hands. The pen is very well balanced when writing unposted. The pen cap doesn’t post deep and thus making it a large pen when cap is posted at back at 173 mm and honestly, to me it feels a bit uncomfortable and awkward even though it is surprisingly balanced. i would have preferred more if the cap would have posted more deep.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Writing Unposted

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Writing Posted

 

The pen being acrylic doesn’t weigh much. Below are the images showing the weight of pen with or without the cap.

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Weight without the cap and with ink filled

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Weight with the cap and with ink filled

 

Few Specifications of the pens are as follows:

  • Length of Pen – Capped  = 146 mm
  • Length of Pen – Uncapped including nib = 125 mm
  • Length of Grip Section = 18 mm
  • Length of Barrel = 91 mm
  • Length of Pen – Cap Posted = 173 mm
  • Dia. of Barrel @ centre = 13 mm (avg)
  • Dia. of Cap = 14 mm (avg)
  • Dia. of Grip Section = 10 mm (avg)
  • Weight of Pen including Cap and Ink filled = 23.53 g
  • Weight of Pen without Cap and Ink filled = 14.47 g

 

 

NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 3/5

Nib is #5 Gold Colour Steel Nib which writes fine and was a big, bigg, biggg disappointment. I will actually give only one mark for the nib for actually being there. The feed is ebonite.

I actually grinded the nib to oblique italic to suit my handwriting and now it writes like a dream with amazing ink flow via ebonite feed. I am actually really fortunate that nib grind turned out to be blessing in disguise for the shitty nib provided along with this pen. I have been writing with this pen for past one month and it has not burped on me even though i have been careful of topping up the ink when ink level goes really low.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Nib Unit Top View

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Nib Unit Side View

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Nib Unit Underside View

 

The pen holds approx around 2 ml , an advantage being of an eyedropper fill mechanism.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Eyedropper Ink Filling Mechanism

 

I wish the nib could have been better.

Below is the handwritten review showing the writing sample also:

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Handwritten Review -Page 1

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Handwritten Review -Page 2

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Handwritten Review -Page 3

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Handwritten Review -Page 4

 

CONCLUSION: 11.5/15

I recommend this beautiful pen to people who can tune or change the nibs on their own, not that the nib is difficult to change, it actually is an easy job provided you have a standalone spare nib and also to people who don’t mind using the Pen with euedropper fill mechanism.

I bought this pen for Rs. 1000  (approx 15 usd) including shipping  which was not a bad deal.

What I Like:

  1. Classic Design
  2. Well Finished
  3. Beautiful Acrylic Material
  4. Lot of Ink Capacity

What I don’t Like:

  1. Bad Steel Nib

 


 

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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

Group Buy – ASA Popsicles

Dear All

This is new group buy for the new model of ASApens named “Popsicles“. Completely handmade.

Popsicles is homage to classic design of Sailor King of Pens.

Fitted with Schmidt #6 Nib in Chrome color. (Fine, Medium and Broad Available). Comes with Schmidt K5 Converter.

This is made of premium thick acrylic and comes in following colors:

  1. Shiny Ivory
  2. Floral Rose
  3. Tangy Orange
  4. Pure White
  5. Pastel Green
  6. Sky Blue
  7. Coral Red

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You can pre order this pen here POPSICLES 

We are running a special Group Buy Offer for FPN members and Pentrace Members. The price mentioned here is the special group price of Rs.2000/- for Indian Customers and 49USD for international customers. Limited Period Offer.

Normal Price is 65 USD for international shipments and 2500 for indian customers

Offer expires on 31st August.

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Pen Review : Wality 71 JT

Wality 71 JT - Close up
Wality 71 JT – Close up

Wality 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

Wality 70 AM

Wality Pens are generally not easily available in northern part of India, I actually can to an extent of saying that they are not even available in that part. Reason could be poor marketing or poor sales. Surprisingly Wality pens are manufactured in Mumbai and even in Mumbai you will find them only certain parts not everywhere.

This particular pen i.e. WALITY 71 JT was bought from ASA Pens. Amazing, passionate pen man Mr. Subramaniam behind the store. He actually has enabled lot of people in around the world. Best part is even if i have certain issues with pens he offers to replace or service them which is his forte. Though this only happened once with ASA Spear.

Wality 71 JT gave me lot of troubles which will be covered in detail review below and how it became one of the best writers i have today. And surely it is #inexpensive.

Wality 71 JT
Wality 71 JT

DESIGN & BUILT : 4.5 / 5

Oooooh that look ….. Beauty.

This pen is gorgeous. One gorgeous demonstrator pen. Lovely. What not. One look at it and I am sure you will love to grab this pen.

Wality 71 JT - Beauty Shot
Wality 71 JT – Beauty Shot

Wality 71 JT (Jumbo Transparent) is a reasonably large pen when capped. The barrel is transparent and is amazingly polished inside and out. Its crystal clear, and rest of the pen i.e. cap and section are made of solid swirl acrylic and it comes in various colors like Blue Swirl, Green Swirl, Purple Swirl and many more.

Wality 71 JT - Uncapped
Wality 71 JT – Uncapped

The trims are chrome silver finish. Cap top is like a conical dome as you can see from the picture above and the silver colored clip is trademark Wality sturdy stiff clip.

There is a big silver center band in the cap with circular ring pattern all over and engraving at the bottom “Mfg. by Airmail Pen Co.” The thing that i don’t like is that the silver center band easily rotates in this model and is not fixed and that is the reason why I have deducted half point out of built.

Wality 71 JT - Cap
Wality 71 JT – Cap

The cap has a breather hole which like many of the Indian pens it has which can be clear from image above and below.

Wality 71 JT - Breather Hole.
Wality 71 JT – Breather Hole.

There is a inner lining of the same acrylic material also provided which is slightly visible from the image below. The cap opens in 3 turns.

Wality 71 JT - Cap Inner View
Wality 71 JT – Cap Inner View

The grip section of the pen is small in size and people who hold the pen a bit higher might encounter the the threads but the good thing is that these threads are not the sharp threads and in actual they provide more grip to otherwise slippery hands.

Wality 71 JT - Small Length Section
Wality 71 JT – Small Length Section

The pen (without the cap) is thickest at the center of the barrel and it tapers down towards both the ends. Also the bottom of the pen which is solid crystal also has the same conical domed shape similar to cap top.

Wality 71 JT - Thickest at Centre
Wality 71 JT – Thickest at Centre

The quality of the acrylic used in this pen is far better than the other wality pens like Wality 52 PD, Wality 69 A etc which all give you a certain pungent odor, which is not the case here. Built quality is top notch only issue being  the loose center band which keeps rotating and thats the reason for deduction half of the point.

Below are the few images showing comparison of Wality 71 JT with other pens.

Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G - Capped
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G – Capped
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G - Capped Side view
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G – Capped Side view
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G - Cap Posted
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G – Cap Posted
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G - Cap Posted Side View
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G – Cap Posted Side View

Overall its an amazing beautiful looking pen which had one issue in looks department , that this pen came with Gold Color Monotone fine Wality nib which was replaced to Ambitious Chrome nib.

Wality 71 JT - At Top
Wality 71 JT – At Top

BALANCE: 4.5 / 5

The pen is Large Pen.

The pen is 152 mm when capped and 135 mm when uncapped including the nib. The pen as a whole is thickest at the lip of the cap which is 14 mm and the barrel is thickest at center which is 12mm.

The pen is very well balanced when writing uncapped and unposted. The length is perfect and feels really good and balanced and lightweight in your hands.

Wality 71 JT - Writing Unposted
Wality 71 JT – Writing Unposted

However when you post the cap at the back the pen really becomes long and uncomfortable even though the cap postes quite securely at back.

Wality 71 JT - Writing Posted
Wality 71 JT – Writing Posted

Thus i beleive there is no requirement of posting.


NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 3 / 5

This is what i was not at all happy with. The whole charm of the pen died in a moment when i inked it and started writing with it. First of all the nib was scratchy and then second thing was that it burped. it was a leaky pen.

Nib it came with was stock gold colored monotone fine nib which first of all did not go well with chrome trims.

I did lot of tinkering with the pen. Pushing the nib deep and heat setting the nib and changing the nib to dual tone wality nib even putting iron balls inside the barrel to prevent burping, but it did not work there was always a air gap in section which was leading to burping and none of the Wality feeds was proper match to it.

Then in last attempt I changed the nib to monotone chrome finish Ambitious #6 Nib and voila … it did wonders to my pen. I was extremely happy.

Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib replacement
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib replacement

The nib set deep inside the section and is a big #6 size nib which looks small as it is set deep inside section.

Now it writes medium and wet, just the way i like…Smooth. Love it. I bet you will also love it.

Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib - Top View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib – Top View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib - Side View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib – Side View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib - Bottom View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib – Bottom View
Wality 71 JT - Nib porn
Wality 71 JT – Nib porn

The feed is made of ebonite and this resulted in proper setting of nib by heat setting. Images below shows clearly the ebonite feed heat set with ambitious nib and also the ebonite feed bottom view ink channel.

Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib - Section View after Heat Setting.
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib – Section View after Heat Setting.
Wality 71 JT - bottom Feed view - Ink Channel
Wality 71 JT – bottom Feed view – Ink Channel

Ink Filling mechanism is through eyedropper and it takes approx 3.5 to 4 ml and being demonstrator love the ink sloshing in the pen barrel.

Wality 71JT  - Taken Apart
Wality 71JT – Taken Apart
Wality 71 JT - Ink Fill
Wality 71 JT – Ink Fill
Wality 71 JT - Threaded Section Barrel View
Wality 71 JT – Threaded Section Barrel Top View

So all in all I am quite happy now with Ambitious Nib and love it. I keep picking this pen again and again as my edc pen.

I have finished two barrels of ink completely without any burping now.

Below are the images of my handwritten review.

Wality 71 JT - Handwritten  Review Page 1
Wality 71 JT – Handwritten Review Page 1
Wality 71 JT - Handwritten  Review Page 2
Wality 71 JT – Handwritten Review Page 2
Wality 71 JT - Handwritten  Review Page 3
Wality 71 JT – Handwritten Review Page 3

The pen offers a little variation but writes amazing in every stroke. And spreads nice even patch of ink.


CONCLUSION:

I keeping coming back to this pen because of its looks.

Buy the pen and change the nib and you have a winner in your hand.

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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Pen Review : ASA Porus – A comfortable Oversized Beauty

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ASA Porus (Customized Pen)

There is a brief history about the pen that I am reviewing today. There was always an urge to design and get a customized pen and actually get executed. It all started when Pradeep from Mumbai took initiative to bring all like minded crazy people who just love fountain pen and actually are real serious about them.

One fine day Sulagno (I hope i have spelled his name correctly) asked why cant we do a customized pen and seeing an opportunity i jumped in and gave certain design inputs and offered to do CAD drafting for the same. What came out is a series of design inputs by Me, Sulagno, Rakshit, Pradeep, Anirban Bhattacharya, Burhan (from Singapore) and not to miss out Mr. Subramaniam of ASA Penswho was the guy who gave certain technical inputs and who in actual executed one more custom pen after the SNIPER.

ASA Porus - Beauty
ASA Porus – Beauty

So here we are with new pristine white pen PORUS (named after Great Indian King- Porus, who was well built and tall).

ASA Porus
ASA Porus

DESIGN & BUILT:

There were lot of iterations done for the design of the Pen. Pen had to be over sized, fat pen with long grip section that criteria was clear from the beginning. Three iteration were made, one flat top straight shaped, second stepped design and third the cigar shaped and lot of liking went for the cigar shaped and it was finalized for design.

ASA Porus - Uncapped
ASA Porus – Uncapped

It is designed to be clip less pen to give it a minimalist look. This is a no fuss design with no metal parts except the nib. It is a pure beauty when kept on the table. Just so clean, simple and elegant. This is a pristine white pious pen. Sign of peace.

ASA Porus - Photoshoot
ASA Porus – Photoshoot

Made of out of high quality white acrylic this pen has thick acrylic section and has fantastic built quality. Seems well built. however i will be careful to use it as it is milky white and top of that it is acrylic and has a bit of heft. A fall here or there might give certain crack or damage the pen. So I take precaution while using it for sure.

To add to this unlike other Indian acrylic cheap pens it has no Odor.

ASA Porus - Close up
ASA Porus – Close up

Overall a well designed and executed pen which is equally well built.

ASA Porus - Aptly named
ASA Porus – Aptly named

Now moving to certain details. The pen has rounded cap top and rounded barrel bottom which is quite evident in the pictures.

ASA Porus - Rounded top and bottom
ASA Porus – Rounded top and bottom

The pen opens in 7 turns which i beleive is bit on higher side. Can certainly be reduced. But that doesn’t take way the credit of amazing built quality of pen.

ASA Porus - Uncapped
ASA Porus – Uncapped

Cap has in built inner lining and has breather hole to avoid moist deposits inside the cap. So that nib can breathe. Images below might give clearer picture.

ASA Porus Cap Closeup with breather hole
ASA Porus Cap Closeup with breather hole
ASA Porus - Cap inner view
ASA Porus – Cap inner view

Porus comes in two versions one is flat flushed version and other is caved in flushed version. In both the cases cap is flushed with the barell

ASA Porus Flat Flushed Version vs ASA Porus Caved in Flushed version along side Gama Supreme
ASA Porus Flat Flushed Version vs ASA Porus Caved in Flushed version along side Gama Supreme (Pic Credits : ASA Pens)
ASA Porus - Caving around meeting point of cap and barrel
ASA Porus – Caving around meeting point of cap and barrel
ASA Porus - Slightly Opened cap
ASA Porus – Slightly Opened cap showing 2 mm caving in

The pen is over sized jumbo pen which you can have an idea from few images below.

ASA Porus vs Gama Kuyil vs Pilot Metropolitan vs ASA Rainbow vs Gama Airborne
ASA Porus vs Gama Kuyil vs Pilot Metropolitan vs ASA Rainbow vs Gama Airborne – Shot 1

The below image shows the different profile of the cap tops.

ASA Porus vs Gama Kuyil vs Pilot Metropolitan vs ASA Rainbow vs Gama Airborne - Shot 2
ASA Porus vs Gama Kuyil vs Pilot Metropolitan vs ASA Rainbow vs Gama Airborne – Shot 2

Below are the two images of pens with cap posted at back and you can have an idea of shear big size of ASA Porus.

ASA Porus vs Gama Kuyil vs Pilot Metropolitan vs ASA Rainbow vs Gama Airborne - Posted
ASA Porus vs Gama Kuyil vs Pilot Metropolitan vs ASA Rainbow vs Gama Airborne – Posted
ASA Porus vs Gama Kuyil vs Pilot Metropolitan vs ASA Rainbow vs Gama Airborne - Posted Side View
ASA Porus vs Gama Kuyil vs Pilot Metropolitan vs ASA Rainbow vs Gama Airborne – Posted Side View

This is my first over sized pen and I am so happy with this. It is bound attract lot of stares. Its a stunner. Its Like YEAH LOOK AT ME I AM HERE.

LOOK AT ME
LOOK AT ME

BALANCE:

This pen is approx 170 mm long when capped and 160 mm when uncapped including. I would not even think of writing with this pen with cap posted at back.

Nevertheless the cap posts at back quite securely. But its too big.

ASA Porus - Writing Unposted
ASA Porus – Writing Unposted
ASA Porus - Writing Posted
ASA Porus – Writing Posted

Yes the pen has certain heft due to its large size and even though its oversized pen it is not at all uncomfortable. I am actually loving this pen like anything.

Its a must buy for people who love big pens and people who love white pens.And i would also definitely recommedn it to fellow with regular sized hands to try this pen. Try it with me in Delhi. Drop me a message, Iam 100% sure you will want to buy it.

My guts say its a must buy pen. Its one big chunky beauty which is comfortable and well balanced at the same time.


NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM:

Pen of such proportions should have good amount of ink capacity and thus eye dropper mechanism justifies the pen.

ASA Porus - Ink Tank Barrel
ASA Porus – Ink Tank Barrel- ED Mechanism
ASA Porus - Section with feed well set inside
ASA Porus – Threaded Section with feed well set inside
ASA Porus - Section Closeup
ASA Porus – Section Closeup

As far as staining is concerned i beleive low quality inks should be avoided. However the seller has assured that no discoloration will happen in exterior.

As far as the nib is concerned it comes with tried and tested 45 mm ambitious nib which are very smooth and wet nibs. It writes toward western medium.

ASA Porus - Nib & Feed - Top View
ASA Porus – Nib & Feed – Top View
ASA Porus - Nib & Feed - Side View
ASA Porus – Nib & Feed – Side View
ASA Porus - Nib & Feed - Bottom View
ASA Porus – Nib & Feed – Bottom View

Feed is made of ebonite which can be tuned to your liking if you want more ink flow.

All I can say is that this is an amazing nib for an amazing pen.

Amazing Nib
ASA Porus – Amazing Nib

Below are images of my handwritten review which might give you idea of sample writing.

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Conclusion :

Just to add to above detailed review.

The pen is a pure white beauty which will prone to dust settlements which again can be easily cleaned is a must grab for ppl with large hands. I have small hands i love it. I love it when people are mesmerized by its looks. Its Pure and Calming.

TO BUY PEN CLICK HERE ASA PORUS

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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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