This is in continuation of my posts to showcase some of Indian Fountain pens of yester-years.
I have written a series about some rare finds and this post comes after a long gap.
My other posts of this can be found here-
I had recently been to Alandur- an area in Chennai,for one of my friend's wedding. As usual I made some time to explore some local shops for fountain pens. Interestingly one of the shops had a collection of fountain pens from a brand called "Owner". I have heard of this brand but it was for first time I could hold a pen made by owner.
There were 2 models which got my interest. One was a Classic Jumbo Pen by name "Officer" and the other was a Mini Demonstrator Pen "Mini-T". I picked a box of each of this.
Further searching and investigation lead me to "The Raja Pen Company", who were the owners and manufacturers of these pens.
It was a pleasure for me to find out that right in the city where I lived existed this manufacturer and his facility, though like most pen makers they had a few hundred designs in the Ball-point and roller-ball categories. They had some remarkable Fountain Pen Models too.
About Raja Pen Company-
The Raja Pen Company is the a 40 year old company and they are manufacturing quality fountain pens under the brands Owner, Swissco and their most recent Cartridge pen series Geb Zee,
In my interactions with the owners I could make out that they are serious players and offered to make/customize any model for me.
For more information refer their website here
As informed I picked up 2 models- Officer and Mini T
The officer is an eyedropper pen, with a Jumbo ink Capacity. The pen sports a beautiful cap and a very sturdy clip.
The pen is a acrylic moulded and the cap is a thin gold coloured sheet over a plastic inner cap. The Cap has guilloche pattern etched, giving it a stunning look. The cap top is enameled with a black band. The Nib is a local made nib and I found it extremely smooth (swiss point). The pen uses a highly finned feed, which I think is made by them locally, as I have not seen this feed in other brands.
This pen is now my current favorite. It feels full in my hand and its a pleasure to write. The Cap is an eye candy for the eyes.
About Mini T-
This pen is called a Baby Pen, maybe because of its size. The pen is hardly 80 mm capped and 100 mm posted. Its a curio pen but is very much functional. Has a hooded nib and is also a smooth writer.
The pen comes in 5 transparent colours Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Orange.
I hope you enjoyed reading about this pen and the new Indian Company.
Thanks for looking!