The review is about my second oversized pen ASA Viraat that i bought along with the Gama Supreme which i will be reviewing later.
The detailed review is posted on my wordpress blog here : ASA Viraat
This happens to be custom job that he did for me and supposedly upcoming model in growing list of ASA Pens.
My other review of ASA pens are as follows:
DESIGN & BUILT: 4.5 / 5
This pen comes in two ebonite colors like black, light brown rippled, dark brown rippled. The pen in review is light brown rippled often called as White Tiger Ebonite.
ASA Viraat – Top View
ASA Viraat – Uncapped
Built wise its a amazing, thick and the quality of the ebonite used is top notch. No qualms about it.
Also there are two option of finishes available for this pen, Polished and Matte. Matte being new finish on the colored ebonite from ASA Pens. I am using the Polished version which can be seen in the image below.
ASA Viraat – Polished version. Look at the shine
The thickness of material is amazing. Its built like tank. Throw it here and there and forget. No damage will happen to this tank like built pen. The pen is fat and average thickness of pen is 15 mm, with maximum thickness at 16 mm around center of barrel and then barrel tapers down to bottom to 14 mm.
ASA Viraat – Capped Pen View
Compared to Gama Supreme it is smaller by 4 mm in length. The pen is around 160 mm in length which is quite big.
The cap is @17mm dia at bottom and @16mm at cap finial. The clip is quite stiff and sturdy. Also there is a band at the edge of bottom of cap called lip band. All the trims are in silver chrome finish.
I personally don't like the lip band but that doesn’t discount from the fact that it is well executed pen. Some people may like this some may not.
ASA Viraat – Cap with silver trims
ASA Viraat – Inner Cap View
The grip section length is small though. The pen is flat top and bottom design with certain amount of tapering towards at either ends.Overall its a simple design for a pen but in big proportions. Quality is top notch.
ASA Viraat – Flat Top and Bottom
ASA Viraat – View of Grip Section and Cap Bottom
Below are the few images showing its comparison with other pens.
ASA Viraat vs Gama Popular vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier
ASA Viraat vs Gama Popular vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier – Side View
ASA Viraat vs Gama Popular – Barrel Thickness
Few vitals are that the cap opens in 4 turns and the grip section is 13 mm thick.
The pen of these size are generally heavy but being ebonite its light weight. But because of its size there is just a little amount of welcome heft which make you feel that you are actually holding a big pen.
The cap posts securely at back but i don’t think that is required.
As mentioned earlier the grip section is small though and might be hassle for some. who hold the pen a bit higher.
ASA Viraat – Writing without cap posted
ASA Viraat – Writing with cap posted
As you can see the pen is quite big, thus no requirement of posting the cap at back. Also you can see the grip section being small in length and my grip touching the threads which actually are not sharp and provide slip resistance. Actually this thick section takes some time getting used to.
NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05
Now the pen is fitted with Broad Bock nib. Oh man l love this nib. Lovely. Lays down perfect wet line that broad nib is supposed to do.
ASA Viraat – Nib Unit Top View
ASA Viraat – Nib Unit Side View
ASA Viraat – Nib Unit Bottom View
ASA Viraat – Nib Unit Angled View
Pen is an eyedropper filler. And hold approx 5 ml of the ink. Feed is made of ebonite. And following nib options are available.
- Bock Fine Nib
- Bock Medium Nib
- Bock Broad Nib
- Ambitious 35 mm Medium Nib
- Ambitious 40 mm Medium-Broad Nib
ASA Viraat – Pen taken apart
ASA Viraat – Ebonite Feed
Below is the handwritten review showing the writing sample and ink drying tests.
This pen is for the serious buyers who actually are on lookout for oversized beauties. And this is one of them.
Edited by mehandiratta, 14 September 2015 - 08:00.