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#1 hari317

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:34

I wanted to share some photos of the latest addition to my flock; a Leader Celluloid pen. Leader is one of the brands of Brahmam, Made in India in a small town called Vijayawada.

I was quite lucky IMHO to get this pen, since most of the times the celluloid material is reserved for costlier gold nibbbed pens and very few celluloid pens are fitted with steel nibs here.

The pen smells faintly of camphor. The photos are unable to convey the depth of the marbling in the celluloid. This is a petite and slender pen. 5 inches capped and 5 3/4 inches posted. The nib is a rigid steel unit; very smooth feeling though I have not dipped the pen in ink yet (didn't want to risk staining). The filling system as usual is Eyedropper. I have been told that the clip and cap bands are gold filled.








Hope you liked my new pen. Comments are welcome.

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#2 dare_nova

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:51

Congrats Hari on your new addition! Beautiful color!

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:02

Hari.............once again you show your skills at magic in digging up these beauties.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 03:48

Hari...Hi...that is a beautiful pen...I think you should do a separate post on Brahmam Pens...though very little of history is available...photographs of pens may be available, the pens themselves may not be affordable...ha ha ha...

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 04:13

hari,

Thank you very much for sharing this. Do you have any idea as to when this was manufactured?

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 10:46

My goodness, it looks like they re-incarnated a Parker True Blue and re-colored it green!

Nice work, Hari. Love these Indian pieces!

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#7 hari317

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 16:52

QUOTE (philm @ Jul 25 2008, 09:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you have any idea as to when this was manufactured?


Sometime in the last 5 years...

QUOTE (rroossinck @ Jul 25 2008, 04:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My goodness, it looks like they re-incarnated a Parker True Blue and re-colored it green!


and made it slimmer and shorter and ED filled!

Thanks for the interest shown by all of you in pens from this part of the world.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 21:14

Bravo Hari, bravo! Your perseverance is unparalleled! May I break the cardinal un-spoken rule and ask what was the cost?
Very good photographs!!
Thanks for sharing!
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#9 hari317

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:19

Hi everyone, I was lucky enough to find more of these Leader celluloids hidden away in a shop. cloud9.gif The branding I found are Leader, Brahmam and Solar.



Now that I have backups, I can ink up some of them and use them without any worries.

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#10 hari317

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 08:30

Added two more Brahmam/Leader celluloid pens to my collection:





The Red Dome is inked up right now fitted with an aftermarket F-EF duopoint nib cloud9.gif

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 10:00

Wow, gorgeous pens and great pics! I'm always happy to see the photos of Indian pens because I have never seen one in the celluloid. Thanks.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 10:09

QUOTE (HDoug @ Jan 17 2009, 03:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow, gorgeous pens and great pics! I'm always happy to see the photos of Indian pens because I have never seen one in the celluloid. Thanks.


Thanks Doug! These celluloids are extremely difficult to come across here now. All these pens were made years back and are old stock. To the best of my knowledge only Guider still has solid yellow celluloid material left and is making pens. I find that nowadays I buy each and every Indian swirled celluloid that I happen to chance upon.

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#13 hari317

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 14:30

Acquired these celluloid pens last week from Hyderabad. The first one is a beautiful orange celluloid ED pen.











The next one is similar to my ball clip Leader celluloid, however this one features a Squeeze filler fashioned using the sac guard from a Hero pen. The clip is also different, I liked this clip better than the ball clip version.





Comments welcome!

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 18:08

I will be visiting Mumbai in a months time are there places that sell these pens? I do have your tour of Mumbai Pen stores that I am sure I will be visiting.

Thanks,
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#15 hari317

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 08:42

QUOTE (susegad @ Mar 24 2009, 11:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I will be visiting Mumbai in a months time are there places that sell these pens?


I bought these from Hyderabad and Bangalore, very tough to find, all are old stocks. You will find a lot of modern pens in Mumbai. Look me up when you are here.

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#16 hari317

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 13:58

Added two more elusive celluloid Brahmam's to the flock. This time with 14Ct handmade gold nibs.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 18:35

Gorgeous!

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 18:36

Wow cool stuff Hari. Love the pelikan replica. Does it have a piston fill mechanism?

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#19 hari317

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 18:54

Gorgeous!

Thank you Doug!

Love the pelikan replica. Does it have a piston fill mechanism?


That is a Pelikan M450, not a replica, just put it in the photo to give an idea of the size of the Brahmam.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 00:03

Wow Hari, these are simply gorgeous. So do you specifically make these trips to Hy'Bad or travel is part of your occupation?
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