I was interested in adding an ebonite pen to my collection, but they all seemed quite pricey, and I was hesitant to spend that much money without knowing more about what I was buying. So, I took a look at eBay to see what was available. There were some of the usual suspects from Bexley and others and a single buy it now listing from a vendor I had never noticed before. These were tan with green striations. I wrote to the vendor, asking about the type of nib and whether he had any other colors available. He did and posted the brown and tan version on his store. I asked him about the manufacturer of these "no name" pens. He told me they were handmade by a company in Asia, where they make 3-4 a day. With a pedigree like that, how could I resist?
It looks quite nice. It has a traditional cigar shape and is a medium-sized pen. The body of the pen is made from polished ebonite and is brown with black striations. The barrel is unadorned. The cap has two brass (I think) rings and a black rubber “jewel.” The clip appears to be made of a lacquered copper. The name on the cap is “Brahman.” That company is unfamiliar to me, but sounds Indian. Fit and finish is very good, but not perfect. When examined very closely, you can see light machining marks that were not buffed out. But, this requires a very close inspection.
The cap takes 5-6 tuns to remove. This is not a pen to take to meetings.
Gold-plated, very firm, fine, steel nib. It’s slightly on the medium side of fine. It writes quite smoothly, but is noisy. Perhaps it is the alloy or shape of the nib, but it sounds a little scratchier than some other pens, but does not feel at all scratchy.
Eye drop filler. It holds a ton of ink.
Cost and Value
This pen cost $25.00 plus shipping.
As soon as I picked it up, I knew that it was hard rubber rather than plastic. It warms up to the hand quickly. Now that I know what ebonite is about, I will probably collect more. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy this very attractive, inexpensive ebonite pen.
Edited by jonro, 15 March 2007 - 02:23.