The review is posted at my blog with more images and handwritten pen samples LINK
Islander – In the Wild
Well this particular pen, ISLANDER from Fosfor Pens was love at first site when I actually saw it in person at Delhi Pen Meet. I had seen lot of Islanders in the Wood online but never saw one in polycast resin. And Rishminder was the guy at pen meet who had the pen made out of polycast resin in tri colors of Indian Flag and i must complement Manoj Deshmukh of the wonderfully executed job.
And trust me friends, it was love at first sight. I ordered the pen that very day and waited patiently for 3 weeks while going through the process of selecting colors, clips and bands. It was an amazing experience dealing with him and thus it lead me to ordering few more pens from him.
This review is about Fosfor Islander. (Islander being named because it was first commissioned by a person who lived on an island)
DESIGN & BUILT: 05/05
Where shall i start ? Actually i was speechless when I first saw the pen. It’s such a beauty. It arrived in very nice cardboard package which actually is a nice case for this big pen. The pen box is the only area where the branding is done. and you won’t find the branding anywhere else.
Islander – Glamor Shot
The pen is made of polycast acrylic resin which Manoj Deshmukh of Fosfor pen casts himself and thus you have the flexibility of having the pen in any color mix you want. And I actually wanted something brownish orange with white as a base and Manoj has produced a beauty.
Islander – Close Up
And as far as finish is concerned, I can find not even a single fault. It’s supremely well finished not even a single lathe mark. I can even go to an extent of saying that the pen is the best finished pen of India. The quality of the resin is superb though I beleive that being acrylic it is brittle. So care is needed in that regards. Its an eye-candy for sure.
As far as design is concerned it’s a beautifully designed and executed pen. It’s a straight cylindrical pen with barrel tapering at bottom. The cap top and barrel bottom have soft rounded edges. Below are the few images which might help in design understanding.
Islander – Capped
Islander – Uncapped
The cap top and barrel bottom have sublime protrusion i.e. they are raised. Clip is springy and stiff and like the fact the bottom is raised for easy clipping. The band above the clip is above has intricate design and is made of pure Silver.
Islander – Cap top View
Islander – Cap Side View – Intricate Silver Band
Below are the few images of the pen showing comparison with other pens:
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Capped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Uncapped
I love this pen and soooo beautiful. And this has taken place in my top 5 pens with steel nibs.
It’s a perfectly balanced pen when writing uncapped and unposted. But for me it becomes quite large and uncomfortable when cap is posted at back. Yes the cap posts quite securely.
The pen length is 149 mm when capped and 133 when uncapped.
Below are the images of the pen showing comparative of writing with cap posted and unposted.
Islander – Writing Unposted
Islander – Writing Posted
Since it's a long pen I don’t think there is no need of posting cap.
NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05
There were lot of nib options like JoWo, Schmidt and Ambitious and I opted for Schmidt silver monotone #6 Medium nib which is tried and tested.
Islander – Nib unit angled view
Islander – Nib unit top view
Islander – Nib unit side view
Islander – Nib unit bottom view
The ink filling mechanism is via converter and cartridge mechanism. It can also be used as eyedropper.
Islander – Cartridge Filling Mechanism
Islander – Can be used as eyedropper showing inner side of cap above and barrel below
This pen writes beautifully and writes wet and is perfect for shading inks. Below are the few images which shows the handwritten review along with test of wetness and line variation.
This pen is available starting from 70 USD. And is available in different materials like wood, ebonite, acrylic resin.
It is my top favorite pen. No.1 in my top favorite followed closely by Ranga Model 4C. Just to tell you all that this is completely handmade pen. Kudos to Mr. Deshmukh. Thank you.