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#31 WestLothian

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:19

Thank you very much for the reassurance. The Ahab and other Noodlers are made from a "vegetal" vegetable resin - this may have a gas smell.



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 18:03

I've noticed some pens being listed on e-bay that are marked  "Sterling Stationery". They are cartridge pens, and marked "made in India".

Does anyone know who the actual manufacturer might be, and would they be worth bidding on. They're very cheap I might add.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 18:31

I've noticed some pens being listed on e-bay that are marked  "Sterling Stationery". They are cartridge pens, and marked "made in India".

Does anyone know who the actual manufacturer might be, and would they be worth bidding on. They're very cheap I might add.

Thanks,

Doug

no idea, looks intriguing.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...h-/111341409716



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 18:37

Those are the ones I was looking at. I almost wish they weren't in the package, I can't make out any details.



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 17:31

I have not even heard the name of a company here in india

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 18:01

I too, like Indian pens. I have purchased modern pens from ASAPens and Fountain Pen Revolution. I also purchased a vintage ebonite pen from EBay. I have been pleased with most of them. The pens fall into the categories of eye dropper fillers in several materials (ebonite, acrylic, injection molded plastic), and injection molded piston fillers. I am still waiting for the ebonite, celluloid, and acrylic piston fillers. The Deccan pens have consistent quality. Gama has been inventive in producing small batches of pens at excellent prices. Airmail/Wality and Chelpark produce nice pens. I have been impressed with the smoothness of Oliver nibs. The Serwex pens i have tried struck me as low cost and low quality. They may have nicer pens that I have not seen.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:54

To follow up, I received the pens, took one out and inked it up. They are very nice pens for the money (1 US Dollar each), and I'm very pleased with them :)

I've done some further searching, and believe them to be made by the Flair Writing Instrument company. Probably an outdated design or something.

The nibs are marked "Iridium Point Germany" , and the ink is a very pleasant blue.

Now I'm looking to purchase a Pierre Cardin Veer FP; I've decided to get a black one with a red clip. Has anyone had any experience with these?



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Posted 10 June 2014 - 07:40

I have to say, I am not a big fan of Serwex... they look and feel quite cheap.

 

I like Deccan's pens - best of the lot and also have an aerometric option now on some of their models (I dont like ED!).   Am a big fan of Ranga's work as well, although i usually send him my nibs to install.  He's making a couple of custom pens for me this week - will post photos and review when i get them.  Also +1 to Wality Airmail - have quite a good collection of them, thanks to Hari  :)

 

Rantamsons and Guiders were a bit iffy for me - they are inexpensive and require a bit of tweaking of the nibs to make them work.   I'd rather pay a little more and not have to bother.  YMMV.


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:10

Never tried a Serwex, we don't get them in Mumbai.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 10:08

I buyed one Click Bamboo F.P  from Vadodra ,An Eye Dropper quite large tank , The nib writes somewhat fine and col is marble blue. I also purchased a calligraphy set from the same company . The company has a site "uniquepen.in" a large no of fountain pen are there in there product range. The pen was quite reasonable

http://www.uniquepen...e-fountain-pen/



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 17:47

Click??? its a new name I heard in a indian fountain pen industry

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 10:26

Seems many of the pens that show up on that website are also found under other Indian brands. Not sure if they made them for all of them, or if they're reselling pens made by someone else.

 

Recently got one of the pens on their site, the Tulip, though branded Oliver. Pretty nice, and the piston seemed to work better than in most cheap pens, but I had to replace the nib with a Serwex nib (which I think is made by Platinum (not the Japanese one)) because I didn't like the one it came with.


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 05:26

It is showing in their site that they are an OEM manufacturer for various brands along with their own brand which is " CLICK"  this could justify that many of the models in their product range are also with other brand.

  But i see some are quite new.



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 04:52

It is showing in their site that they are an OEM manufacturer for various brands along with their own brand which is " CLICK"  this could justify that many of the models in their product range are also with other brand.
  But i see some are quite new.



#45 bahekarvishal

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 04:52

It is showing in their site that they are an OEM manufacturer for various brands along with their own brand which is " CLICK"  this could justify that many of the models in their product range are also with other brand.
  But i see some are quite new.



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 18:31

So I just re-inked my Ratnam Gandhi with their handmade gold nib.    It is a nice pen - good girth and heft, and that gold nib is actually really nice:  smooth, wet with just a hint of paper feedback, which i like.   That feed is a effing disaster, though, blobbing ink out every few minutes.

 

If I could replace it with a better feed, that'd be a damn good writer.


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 21:01

Hmm, it sounds to me like your feed is not really snug in the section? Have you tried heat-setting it? or maybe just trying to get a tighter fit?


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 06:27

So I just re-inked my Ratnam Gandhi with their handmade gold nib.    It is a nice pen - good girth and heft, and that gold nib is actually really nice:  smooth, wet with just a hint of paper feedback, which i like.   That feed is a effing disaster, though, blobbing ink out every few minutes.

 

If I could replace it with a better feed, that'd be a damn good writer.

Never heard of a Ratnam "Gandhi". send it to me if you like.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 16:30

Sorry, it is a Ratnam Supreme.  I think my brain was on holiday yesterday.

 

I'd love to take you up on that offer, Hari - thank you.  I'll post it out to you in a day or two - would you mind emailing me your address, I dont think i have it.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 16:32

Sorry, it is a Ratnam Supreme.  I think my brain was on holiday yesterday.

 

I'd love to take you up on that offer, Hari - thank you.  I'll post it out to you in a day or two - would you mind emailing me your address, I dont think i have it.

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Posted Yesterday, 16:13

I buyed one Click Bamboo F.P  from Vadodra ,An Eye Dropper quite large tank , The nib writes somewhat fine and col is marble blue. I also purchased a calligraphy set from the same company . The company has a site "uniquepen.in" a large no of fountain pen are there in there product range. The pen was quite reasonable

http://www.uniquepen...e-fountain-pen/

 

I also have a Click Bamboo in blue as well, haven't inked it yet. At first sight it's got a bit of No Nonsense thing going, but is of course quite different. I found a couple of small issues with it: the trim disc at the top of the cap was not properly installed: a blob of epoxy resin was applied to the recess for the disc to sit in, and the disc placed in position,but it was not pushed in properly, so it was sitting at an angle. It took me just a few minutes to rectify this.

 

The areas on both sides of the cap band are not very nicely made so there's a bit of untidiness, for want of a better word. That said, these problem areas do not impact badly on the pen's function, but to appeal to a new customer, these factors contributing to the first impression could be further refined a little more.


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Posted Yesterday, 18:14

Hmm, it sounds to me like your feed is not really snug in the section? Have you tried heat-setting it? or maybe just trying to get a tighter fit?

 

I tried to get a tighter fit, didnt work.   Never really tried heat-setting, so i think i may take up Hari on his offer to help.   This pen I kinda like - the handmade gold nib is really good.


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Posted Yesterday, 22:57

I have only one Ratnam, and it was perfect from the first, but I have had to do some tweaking with Indian pens... mostly with Guiders, to be honest. If all else fails, I find myself changing the feed; that has never yet failed to fix a balky pen. But heat setting works like a charm for many: hold the nib and feed in really hot water for about half a minute or so, then take it out and press them together with your fingers (protect them against the heat!). If not immediately better, repeat.

But if you take Hari up on his offer, I'm sure you'll get your pen back second to none...


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