No, I don't think mine is a dud. It's just how the pen is, I guess.
I do agree that it's an evolution from the Guru, but I guess I had thought it'd be a larger leap, especially in terms of how substantial it'd feel in my hand. Perhaps I've been spoiled lately using the TWSBI ECO, which has just the right solid feel without being too heavy, for me. The Singularity is lighter than that but doesn't feel flimsy, and I have a Waterman Kultur along the same lines. For me, this Jaipur is not quite there, among my demonstrator pens in this < $30 price range, in terms of my subjective "feel" of it. Perhaps others will feel differently.
Can definitely tell it's resin from the smell, which is actually not as bad as my Ahab. I think fans of the Ahab demonstrator will be more used to this cloudiness in the material. It's not totally dirty, just isn't quite clear. Maybe that is affecting how I feel about the "substantiality" and "feel." The cloudiness and imperfections make me think it's fragile, but it probably isn't.
Design-wise, I can see the new plunger shape, and I hope the tighter cap will help keep the nib wet longer than with the Guru or Ahab, which have tended to dry quickly for me (the Ahab worse than the Guru).
It writes very well. I think FPR has done that with all their pens. My critique had been largely about look and feel, but performance wise, I love it.
Personally, I think I prefer the Guru more because it's a great $9 pen, but at twice the price at $18, I was hoping to like the Jaipur as much as my first impressions of the $15 Singularity. Again, it's all from my own tastes and biases; other Indian pen fans may feel differently when comparing this pen with other similarly priced contenders.
I will spend more time with it; maybe it will grow on me further.
Edited by spaceink, 26 September 2015 - 00:55.