Chelpark company Pvt. Ltd. is an old company in India primarily engaged in the manufacture of fountain pen inks and related stationery items. When the chellaram family took over the Parker ink manufacture operations in India, the company was renamed Chel-park. The full story of the transition can be read here.
The company in the 1990s introduced a line of fountain pens, among them was a piston filler model called the "MOTI" which in Hindi/Urdu means Pearl.
After another FPN member reminded me about this pen, I could locate a few pieces in a shop in the bylanes of Bangalore and impressed by the quality decided to review it here on FPN.
The pen is made of plastic and has a decent heft. The section and barrel is one piece and has a nice tapered section profile which makes finding the natural grip very easy. The pen is a comfortable 5 1/4 inch capped.
The nib is a stainless steel unit with an ABS heavily finned feed in a marked departure from the usual fissured ebonite feed. The nib width is a western Fine.
The piston is moderately stiff, but seems to be long lasting from the looks of it, I can't comment much on it since I am yet to use the pen for long time. The piston has three rings.
My only complaint about the pen is its clip which is not spring loaded, so it cant be clipped very comfortably onto thick fabric. The cap is secured onto the pen by a standard three finger clutch.
The pens with filling instuctions on the cardboard sleeve.
The writing performance is moderately smooth, definitely not a "hot knife over butter". I would view this pen as a daily user pen which is very reasonably priced. From an Indian cost perpective, the cost is a bit higher for the pen to be given to a beginner student, I think it will be more suited for a high school/college student. the pen is well built for its price and is a good buy if you can find the pen.
Edited by hari317, 16 August 2008 - 08:49.