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.
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.
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.
The cap clip has conical dome shaped crown above the clip band in the same acrylic.
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.
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:
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.
The pen being acrylic doesn’t weigh much. Below are the images showing the weight of pen with or without the cap.
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.
The pen holds approx around 2 ml , an advantage being of an eyedropper fill mechanism.
I wish the nib could have been better.
Below is the handwritten review showing the writing sample also:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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 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.
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 (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.
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.
The cap has a breather hole which like many of the Indian pens it has which can be clear from image above and below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The pen offers a little variation but writes amazing in every stroke. And spreads nice even patch of ink.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
The pen clip is sturdy and stiff and will fit even shirt pockets and not slide.
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.
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.
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.
Below are the few images which shows the comparison with few other pens to get the idea for size of pen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Pens, who was the guy who gave certain technical inputs and who in actual executed one more custom pen after the SNIPER.
So here we are with new pristine white pen PORUS (named after Great Indian King- Porus, who was well built and tall).
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.
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.
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.
Overall a well designed and executed pen which is equally well built.
Now moving to certain details. The pen has rounded cap top and rounded barrel bottom which is quite evident in the pictures.
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.
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.
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
The pen is over sized jumbo pen which you can have an idea from few images below.
The below image shows the different profile of the cap tops.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below are images of my handwritten review which might give you idea of sample writing.
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.
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.