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Camlin Sleek Fountain Pen Review

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#1 cjpandya

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:54

hello everyone!! this is my first ever review on FPN. hope i am able to provide at least a close-to-proper review and that you like it! any suggestions and tips about making it better are welcomed wholeheartedly

and with gratitude!

 

Introduction: Camlin Ltd is an Indian company engaged in manufacturing quality stationary products since 1946. In the year 1931, Dandekar & Co commenced its operation of manufacturing Horse Brand ink powders and tablets. Later it started production of Camel Ink. The company was renamed as camlin in the year 1946. camlin sllek is a piston-filler model. the pen comes in a variety of elegant dark and mute colours to choose from.

 

First impression: the pen looks quite elegant and with a matter-of-fact finish which is very subtle yet beautiful in its own way. Also, the line that marks the difference between the piston screw and the ink reservoir is not seen while holding the pen, which is quite nice.

 

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C360_2013-07-12-16-36-51-788 by deathadder_44, on Flickr

 

Body materials and built quality:

 

The cap is made of stainless steel with a golden coloured clip which is quite fexible and easily usable without the fear of breaking it.

 

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C360_2013-07-12-16-37-49-764 by deathadder_44, on Flickr

 

The body is made of good quality plastic and feels strong to hold. it is a single body from the grip section to the beginning of the piston screw with rectangular ink windows just above the grip section.

 

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C360_2013-07-12-16-38-59-212 by deathadder_44, on Flickr

 

The piston end of the body

 

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C360_2013-07-13-12-49-21-636 by deathadder_44, on Flickr

 

Filling mechanism: The piston mechanism is smooth and easy to operate, although i found it a bit difficult to open the screw at the first go, but that would probably be the case with many new pens. after the first use i found no difficulty in the mechanism whatsoever.

 

the piston as seen through the ink windows.

 

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C360_2013-07-12-16-43-09-251 by deathadder_44, on Flickr

 

the piston removed.

 

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C360_2013-07-12-16-43-47-224 by deathadder_44, on Flickr

 

The nib and feed: the nib is a gold coloured stainless steel nib which draws a fine and continuous line without any skipping. the ink flow is smooth and satisfactory without any problem (i used a camel royal blue ink).

 

the nib.

 

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C360_2013-07-12-16-41-17-920 by deathadder_44, on Flickr

 

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C360_2013-07-12-16-41-59-927 by deathadder_44, on Flickr

 

sorry i forgot to take the pictures of the nib and feed removed. the feed is standard ebonite which performs quite satisfactorily.

 

Conclusion: it is a fine everyday writing instrument which does its work well. it is nothing fancy and yet it feels good to look at. perhaps because to me, it represents the fine art of penmanship which was taught in the schools during my school years, an art which is slowly getting dissolved in this chaotic world of competition. this pen, like many others i own, brings back the memories of those care-free days! but all that aside, this is a good reliable pen which does what is has to do and does it well without ringing too many bells!



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#2 brahmam

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:02

Nice review with clear pictures. Keep it up.

Cheers!

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#3 cjpandya

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:02

sorry about the typing errors! in the introduction part, as you know from the heading, the name of the pen is camlin "Sleek" and not "sllek" as i wrote! :D and secondly in the "nib and feed" section i wrote "i used A camel royal blue ink". my bad! :)



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:04

Nice review with clear pictures. Keep it up.

Cheers!

Brahmam

thank you!



#5 WDP4BAAZ

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:32

Good review and pictures .

 

It comes only with broad nib ..Are camlin nibs available in local market in case of a nib change ??



#6 cjpandya

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 14:41

Good review and pictures .

 

It comes only with broad nib ..Are camlin nibs available in local market in case of a nib change ??

Thank you! All the camlin pens i own have factory-made "fine" nib on them, and i personally have not seen any camlin pen with medium or broad nib yet. And as for the nibs, i have not seen camlin nibs sold separately in the market but i have had one of my camlin pens restored and it accepted a locally made unmarked nib and i did not face any issues with it.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:59

Great review. This was one of my favorite pens when I was in 4th standard in the year 1996. As kids that was the first year when we were made to use Pens. It was in the second or third month of that year when I got that pen. The design as you say is flawless and the writing is also good. What I fell in love with was the piston at the back. I mean many other pens may be having similar mechanism but to me at that time it was novelty personified. It was so clean to fill ink in it. No need to open the pen at all. 

 

Those days it would cost 35 Indian rupees I believe.

 

I bought it today from the stationery supply for 60 Indian rupees. I am feeling very nostalgic today. Great to relive old memories.

 

Since many years I was using ball pens. Since past 1 week or so my interest in fountain pens has been rekindled.

 

Great forum. :)  



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:36

Good review. Love the pictures.

I like the subtleties if this design. Nothing pretentious. A very classy pen.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 20:19

Appreciate someone taking the time to review Camlins. They might be cheap, but offer great value for money. Thank you. 



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 17:28

Great review. This was one of my favorite pens when I was in 4th standard in the year 1996. As kids that was the first year when we were made to use Pens. It was in the second or third month of that year when I got that pen. The design as you say is flawless and the writing is also good. What I fell in love with was the piston at the back. I mean many other pens may be having similar mechanism but to me at that time it was novelty personified. It was so clean to fill ink in it. No need to open the pen at all. 

 

Those days it would cost 35 Indian rupees I believe.

 

I bought it today from the stationery supply for 60 Indian rupees. I am feeling very nostalgic today. Great to relive old memories.

 

Since many years I was using ball pens. Since past 1 week or so my interest in fountain pens has been rekindled.

 

Great forum. :)  

Glad to know that you are back to using FP's and were also able to buy a camlin you used in your childhood! Truly the writing pleasure good FP's provide can't be beaten! Enjoy your "New-Old" interest! :-)



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 17:29

Appreciate someone taking the time to review Camlins. They might be cheap, but offer great value for money. Thank you. 

I cannot agree more. One of the few brands that makes good quality affordable to the masses.


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 17:34

Good review. Love the pictures.

I like the subtleties if this design. Nothing pretentious. A very classy pen.

Thank you! :-) Glad you liked the design. And about the design, it does comes from the "no nonsense" era ot FP's when designs were classically elegant and functional.



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 18:37

Nice pen

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 18:37

Nice pen

#15 cjpandya

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 20:35

Nice pen

Indeed! :-)



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 16:34

Wonderful review and I managed to buy an nos sleek from a pen shop pure nostalgia
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Posted 21 April 2014 - 16:54

Wonderful review and I managed to buy an nos sleek from a pen shop pure nostalgia

Thank you! Glad to know you liked the review. Im happy you were able to find the pen, such fine value-for-money pens are getting rare day by day, and ofcourse with the feeling of nostalgia they endow..its just priceless! :-)



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Posted 06 April 2019 - 05:19

Its a great review. I'm new to fountain pen collection. I have some pens with me now. I am in search for this pen. cant find anywhere. I am in Tamilnadu, India. If anybody knows where i could find one please let me know.


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