Posted 05 April 2018 - 02:36
I am a huge fan of Indian pens. I do not have as much as experience with them as many members here, but I will give you my take on them. I own two Noodler's Ahabs, a Konrad, Nib Creaper, and Acrylic Konrad, an Asa I Can, and a newly acquired FPR Himalaya that came with a free Muft. I haven't used the Muft. I also have an Airmail Ebonite eyedropper on the way. Although FPR and Noodlers are owned by Americans their pens are Indian made so I still consider them Indian pens.
In some ways you get what you pay for. In my limited experience the fit and finish on Indian pens isn't the greatest. Even on the Handmade Asa machine marks are slightly visible and the cap threads are a bit sticky. I ordered the Asa with a german nib upgrade, but the feed wasn't set and the tines were spread so far apart that the pen flowed inconsistently. I, however, like to tinker, and beginning the hobby with Noodler's forced me to learn to set feeds and adjust nibs. Its part of the hobby that can be really frustrating, but also something I thoroughly enjoy.
Also, keep in mind that most of these pens were under thirty dollars, and while you can get better fit and finish from mass produced pens for the same price, Metropolitans, Safaris etc, Indian pens have incredible character. The designs are often classic but distinct and the materials available are beautiful and affordable. I prefer vegetal resin, acrylic, and ebonite over metal bodied pens or typical injection molded plastics, and it feels great to hold and write with the giant I Can.
Also, consider that most handmade Indian pens are eyedroppers so you are not paying for a filling system.
I'd highly recommend all of the brands I have mentioned. I think you will enjoy them as much as I do, especially if you know what to expect.
My next Indian pen will probably be another Asa or a Gama.