A few weeks ago on "Fountain Pen Pals India" whatsapp group (which I am a part of), fellow FPN'er Sulagno (@inkstruck) enquired about the possibility of getting a pen made to a certain flush rounded ends design.
What followed were a bunch of design ideas from (fellow FPNers in the group) Sulagno (@inkstruck), Vaibhav (@mehandiratta), Pradeep (@pdg84) and Mr. Subramaniam of ASA pens. Vaibhav transferred the design ideas into a CAD illustration and thus the ASA Porus design was born.
Mr. Subramaniam of ASA (NAYY) was very happy with the outcome and immediately set out to build a few initial models of the pen.
In less than a week the pens were built and delivered.
The ASA Porus is a large acrylic pen which comes in 2 flavours.
1. Flush design - where cap and barrel are flush.
2. Step design - there is a step down where the cap and barrel meet.
With this model, ASA pen has exceeded all the high expectations that were set by the group.
The pen is now on sale at on the ASA pen site here: ASA Porus (NAYY)
I chose the flush design and that is what I will be reviewing today.
Flush cap and barrel - no clip:
40 mm Ambitious gold plated nib:
Beautiful white acrylic cap and barrel.
Close up of the "M" grade 40 mm Ambitious nib.
The feed, the nib is not too deeply set, this is to my liking.
Inside of the barrel, thick barrel walls.
The nib and feed properly set:
Porus with Lamy Safari:
And finally, a writing sample. Ink used is Bril Royal Blue. Paper: 100 GSM JK Cedar.
The section is large but is very comfortable to hold. The acrylic material is beautiful, white and feels soft to touch. The 40mm nib does it job of being a nice wet writer. It is a big pen, but the feel is brilliant. Very well balanced.
This is the most beautiful fountain pen in my small but quickly expanding collection.
Kudos to Mr. Subramaniam of ASA pens of contributing to the design and being kind enough to actually see it to fruition. This I think is a first in the Indian fountain pen industry scene where a group of fountain pen enthusiasts designed a pen and ASA (a FP company) delivered all in a span of 2 weeks
Edited by Rakshit, 03 April 2015 - 07:35.