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#1 Subbu_ASApens

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Posted 11 January 2015 - 11:58

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-

 

Ritesharp Fountain Pens

Ricoh

Sabena-75

Swan VIP

 

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

 

About Officer-

 

The officer is an eyedropper pen, with a Jumbo ink Capacity. The pen sports a beautiful cap and a very sturdy clip. 

 

Officer-1.JPG

 

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.

 

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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-

 

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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! 

 

 

 

 



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#2 hari317

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Posted 11 January 2015 - 12:21

Interesting discovery and opening of a new Pandora's box ;) . More so since this company has sat all along, bang in the middle of the pen district at Narayana Mudali street in Parrys.

 

Pls do show us some pictures of this heavily finned feed, somehow I suspect plastic and Taiwan, but would like to see anyhow.

 

the mini appears to be a direct copy of the Stipula passaporto


Edited by hari317, 11 January 2015 - 12:21.

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#3 Subbu_ASApens

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Posted 11 January 2015 - 12:31

May be Taiwanese feed... have you seen it in other Indian models?

 

 

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#4 hari317

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Posted 11 January 2015 - 14:01

May be Taiwanese feed... have you seen it in other Indian models?

 

 

attachicon.gifOfficer-3.JPG

 

oh, this is a bog standard Indian Ebonite feed. Quite common, but it is a good one. Let me dig up a few pictures.


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Posted 11 January 2015 - 14:06

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#6 Subbu_ASApens

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Posted 11 January 2015 - 15:36

Kudos!!!

 

Bang on...I think its the exact one like the middle one.

 

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#7 mehandiratta

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 16:09

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-

 

Ritesharp Fountain Pens

Ricoh

Sabena-75

Swan VIP

 

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

 

About Officer-

 

The officer is an eyedropper pen, with a Jumbo ink Capacity. The pen sports a beautiful cap and a very sturdy clip. 

 

attachicon.gifOfficer-1.JPG

 

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.

 

attachicon.gifOfficer-2.JPG

 

attachicon.gifOfficer-3.JPG

 

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-

 

attachicon.gifMini-T.JPG

 

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! 

 

 

 

 

i just love the baby pen.... amazing find Mr. Subramaniam... i keep waiting for ur posts

i so wish that they manufacture the same in clear transparent body without a clip....

 I am sure Mr. Subramaniam u can do that...

 

 m eagerly waiting to get hold of this...


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 20:19

Just to add to this old thread ... I happened upon an Officer pen recently, and I agree entirely with the review. It is a delightful pen in the hand, and a very good writer. I hope the company is finding a wide enough market to continue in the business, as they are certainly making a contribution. As is Mr. Subramaniam by describing them.

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