Pen makers experiences and stories I find always interesting. When ever I go to Calicut town, I have a tendency to go to Kim and Co and Krishna to see what all are happening there. As the shops are always busy, I stick up there either buying some pens, or as a silent bystander or if lucky I can find some senior pen collectors and share their experiences.
One fine morning, as usual I found myself ended at Kim shop. Asked for any new model pen, one man in the shop ( around 25 years old) say to my surprise say yes. Delighted! New model! Then one customer comes to the shop with a Kim Big pen, says
this is not writing properly ( I think he have bought it recently)
Shop man takes the pen and writes it. I stood there , silently observing both customer and the shopman.
To his and my surprise, the pen is writing with a beautiful fine line!
sir, this has no problem
no, I like to write it thicker ( it seems he dont know the word medium,calligraphy etc)
Now the man goes inside. After 5 or ten minutes he comes back with the pen. Now its writing in a thicker line.
Still our customer not happy.
this is not the real way he says.
Shop man asks are you an artist?
pen is for drawing?
both writing and drawing
Now he goes inside and comes back in 10 or 15 minutes. And pen writing with a good line variation and have more flow also. A calligraphy nib! This is what exactly I want! He Exclaimed . Another happy ending story!
Coming to the second part of the story,
Of the many prototype models made in the workshop of Kim pens, only very few models hit the market after extensive testing . Even after that, if response from people is negative, they are stopped very soon.
So what was that new modeloffered to me?.
After successful completion of many years of production, Kim now feels that its time for its Small pen to retire and replaced by another model. I think now people prefer bigger pens. The New Small is dimensionally equal to Small, but looks and feels bigger. I think Small should be compared to Sachin Tendulkar, as both are retiring at the same time after many years of service!
20131109_170300 by mohancv, on Flickr
THE NEW MODEL PEN FROM KIM. They are planning for yellow, lighter green, pink, black, rippled green finishes for this.
Coming to the third part of the story,
20131109_221144 by mohancv, on Flickr
KIM LADY PEN
This Lady pen is an answer to Kims own Lady pen of the past. Made by Sreekumar, the student of veteran pen maker Ramachandran, this pen do not go to production if I assume right.
20131109_221551 by mohancv, on Flickr
This is a small pen, well suited to small purses of ladies and is clipless.
An eyedropper, and made of ebonite. ( earlier Lady pens were made of Celuloid).Cap opens in less than a turn.
20131109_221438 by mohancv, on Flickr
Ink capacity only less than 1cc. May be due to its small size, or may be to reduce burping?
20131109_221456 by mohancv, on Flickr
20131109_221528 by mohancv, on Flickr
Nib is RITE SHARP, Made in Japan.( As far as I know, Ritesharp was an Indian Pen Maker, yet the nib does nt look Indian).
20131109_221725 by mohancv, on Flickr
COMPARED TO A VECTOR.
This is a phone conversation with me-
why you want this? This is scrap( he have already sold me some antique Kim Lady pens)
my wifes birthday, this should be my gift
but its not finished
I have no problem..I want a medium nib
Medium? NoNonsense Nib, Wearever Nib,. both costs 150rs
That I already have..
Townsend Nib is there costs 800rs
.... is it too much?
( after few more discussions, I settled for a Ritesharp Japan nib for a 100 rs).
After 2 days, I got this pen. One more happy ending story!
Thanks for reading,
Edited by mohan, 10 November 2013 - 07:01.