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The "Doric"


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#1 hari317

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 15:29

The Doric was one of the many brands manufactured by Mhatre pens and plastics in Mumbai, India. These pens are very well made and soundly engineered, employing the ED filling mechanism. I have been able to locate these two examples only after more than two years of search.

This post features two variants; the steel capped one is marked simply as the DORIC and the all plastic one is called the DORIC JUNIOR.

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The DORIC has a superb spring loaded clip:
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Both the pens have the same GP steel nib:
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The DORIC has an Eversharp type feeder, the Junior's feeder is the regular Indian Ebonite feeder:
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Mhatre I believe bought some of the tooling from Eversharp and made many models based on Eversharp like the Clipper Airflow

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#2 bluemoon

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 17:57

:clap1: Really great find and really great photos.

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#3 framebaer

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 17:59

I like the "Waterman inspired" clip on the one pen!Posted Image
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#4 hari317

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 18:15

:clap1: Really great find and really great photos.

Thanks Bluemoon.

I like the "Waterman inspired" clip on the one pen!Posted Image

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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#5 DHC2010

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 10:14

I agree, congrats on a great find! Posted Image
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#6 Rena

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:35

Hari,
Thanks for taking us along on the examination of the "Doric" — many interesting features to note in the styling and in the materials. It's unusual to see an ED from India that is not made from ebonite, isn't it? Do you know when this pen was produced?

#7 hari317

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 18:37

Thanks Doris, Rena.

Rena, there were several plastic FPs made in India from the early 60s onwards to date. Wality and Camlin are the major brands that still make platic pens using machines. Extinct brands were Wilson, Plato, Pilot India etc. The handmade pen turners used Celluloid and Ebonite, these are the pens that got the most exposure on FPN. I suspect the Doric was made in the late 60s.

Thanks for your interest in pens from this corner of the world.

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It's unusual to see an ED from India that is not made from ebonite, isn't it?


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