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The ‘Himalaya’, From Fountain Pen Revolution

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#41 IndigoBOB

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 22:36

 

You might want to let Kevin from FPR know about your nib issues - he's pretty good with customer support!  I've had issues from time to time with EF nibs (though the #6 EF I bought recently was great!), but the F and M nibs have always been good for me.  The B nib is not much broader than the M, so that may be your best bet.

 

Will be interested to get your take on the ebonite vs acrylic materials - I have one ebonite 'version' of the pen, and 3 acrylics, but the ebonite is fairly new and I haven't paid sufficient attention to notice any difference in 'tactility'.  

 

I did.

 

Kevin provides A+/superb customer service.  You really feel like you're dealing with a solid company.  Gives you that reassurance that FPR wants you to have the optimal writing experience for an affordable price.

 

I wanted to see how the Broad wrote first since I don't want him to spend extra money sending me a Fine when I may prefer a Broad, which is on the way, or Medium instead.  I want to get my bearings.

 

I'm quite optimistic about the Broad fitting my preferences and if it has that same sturdy quality, presence of pleasant feedback I detected, but puts down a smooth line, I'll be very happy I think.

 

Besides the scratchiness of the nib, I actually think it is good quality for the money.  It doesn't have that cheap feel to it like a Jinhao or a Wing Sung nib.  The flow was excellent when I tried the Free pen I received (the Muft).  If I received a nib like you reviewed I would be so happy.  For the high functionality of the pen, the lovely design, sturdy build, and inclusion of a free pen that isn't (bleep) (which I love for some strange reason), I think FPR is worth trying.

 

FPR is definitely on my radar now, I think they have immense potential.  I would love to see them make  more alternative options for presently popular pens and their designs since they come with great acrylic, provide eyedropper options, and have ebonite feeds.  I want them to compete harder in the market against popular models.  


A voice:  I'll write pages and pages, days upon days, to be able to breathe out a few lines,

I'll do whatever it takes to breathe out those few lines, where the breath breathes out on its own, in on its own,

To thine own...

...breath on its own.


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#42 half_inked_one

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 07:23

You guys are dangerous! (Iceman TM)

You have convinced me and I have ordered one with flex + 1 mm Stub additionally. Saffron Orange, like the one from Jamerelbe :) .



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Posted 28 November 2017 - 12:48

You guys are dangerous! (Iceman TM)

You have convinced me and I have ordered one with flex + 1 mm Stub additionally. Saffron Orange, like the one from Jamerelbe :) .

 

I've got 3 acrylic Himalayas now, plus the green ebonite - and at this point Saffron Orange is still my favourite, though I'm also pretty partial to the blue!  Congratulations on your order: I trust you'll find yours to be everything you were hoping for.  Be warned, the 'stubs' don't tend to be very 'stubbish' - though you can find some advice on the forum about how to grind them into submission if you search around!



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 00:12

Received the Green Ebonite Himalaya Broad nib.  

 

My optimism was accurate.  The ebonite provides additional traction for grip on the pen; an apparent step up from the acrylic with regards to traction.

 

The Broad nib it came with is nice and smooth and has a lovely feedback to it, and I am very picky about feedback.  I received a Medium Nib, which was also very nice, obviously not as smooth as the Broad, but with no complaints here.

 

I got the chance to receive a TWSBI Eco-T in the same delivery.  I love the TWSBI Eco and now the Eco-T as well, and I had an equivalent impression with the Ebonite Himalaya.  

 

I highly recommend trying out the Ebonite versions especially if you have ever found yourself worrying about slippage problems with any kind of material.

 

At the price range this pen competes with some big time players like the Lamy Safari and Eco/Eco-T, but I think the Ebonite version holds it own, and if you don't have any slippage problems, I think the Acrylic version does a good job, but there's something about the ebonite version I really like.


Edited by IndigoBOB, 01 December 2017 - 00:21.

A voice:  I'll write pages and pages, days upon days, to be able to breathe out a few lines,

I'll do whatever it takes to breathe out those few lines, where the breath breathes out on its own, in on its own,

To thine own...

...breath on its own.


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Posted 01 December 2017 - 03:45

Received the Green Ebonite Himalaya Broad nib.  

 

My optimism was accurate.  The ebonite provides additional traction for grip on the pen; an apparent step up from the acrylic with regards to traction.

 

The Broad nib it came with is nice and smooth and has a lovely feedback to it, and I am very picky about feedback.  I received a Medium Nib, which was also very nice, obviously not as smooth as the Broad, but with no complaints here.

 

I got the chance to receive a TWSBI Eco-T in the same delivery.  I love the TWSBI Eco and now the Eco-T as well, and I had an equivalent impression with the Ebonite Himalaya.  

 

I highly recommend trying out the Ebonite versions especially if you have ever found yourself worrying about slippage problems with any kind of material.

 

At the price range this pen competes with some big time players like the Lamy Safari and Eco/Eco-T, but I think the Ebonite version holds it own, and if you don't have any slippage problems, I think the Acrylic version does a good job, but there's something about the ebonite version I really like.

 

Hi IndigoBOB, so pleased to hear that the ebonite version solves your problems - I haven't noticed any slippage issues with the acrylics, so I'm OK with either, but the form factor is excellent and the filling mechanism pretty trouble-free.  I'd like to try the TWSBI Eco-T sometime, too - but not sure I'm ready for another outlay of that kind right now (especially since 4 Sing Sung 3008 pens just arrived in my letterbox today... :yikes: )



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 06:58

Well I hope to see you join the 3008 conversation/thread.  I'm impressed by those myself.  I hope you got at least one with the click lock mechanism on the piston knob.

 

Yes I am very happy with the Ebonite version.  Since it felt good I inked it up and even smoothed out the Fine nib I first received and it writes quite lovely now with a pleasant feedback to it.  A wonderful introduction into ebonite.

 

This FPR Ebonite pen definitely has a different feel from my TWSBI's, the Lamy Safari, and other pens.  I like the different feel it brings to my collection.  It creates a nice variety for a daily rotation.


A voice:  I'll write pages and pages, days upon days, to be able to breathe out a few lines,

I'll do whatever it takes to breathe out those few lines, where the breath breathes out on its own, in on its own,

To thine own...

...breath on its own.


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:17

I have had some time to write with the Ebonite Himalaya-Fine version and play around with it and I say I am loving this pen and a lot has to do with the materials used.  

 

It has been a wonderful introduction into Ebonite, which is like finding something I've been missing all along.  The lovely traction that the material provides for gripping is unequalled in my experience.  To get that same security and comfort of grip with acrylic pens is something I've only partially accomplished with articulated sections like those on the Lamy Safari, TWSBI Eco-T, and Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta, all of which I really like, but they won't ever have that ebonite feel if you know what I mean.

 

Another fun aspect about the Himalaya is the Ebonite feed and how you can use it with a converter as well as an eyedropper, which is an option I like having.  The flow is fantastic and I can get a healthy saturation out of an ink to the level I can't with a plastic feed.  The flow seemed increased by a lubricated ink like Sailor Jentle Doyou, which I also inked up in the free Muft Pen which is really fun to write with, too.

 

Both the Muft and Himalaya-Fine required tuning of the nibs, but I have found that it was as much a disadvantage as it was an advantage.  Now I can't generalize how other nibs are, but I like how these nibs polish very incrementally so that I can tune them more easily.  Where a Jowo nib will smooth out drastically with one figure eight on 12000 micromesh, these nibs took a couple and maybe more figure eights to smooth out to that same increment, which means I can tune these more specifically to my liking.  

 

But I really like the feedback that comes out of these nibs.  It's quite pleasant, and I'm very picky about feedback and honestly minimizing it, but not with these nibs.  That's just a characteristic I have found in these FPR nibs I have tried and I like it.  In conjunction with the rich flow from the ebonite I have had a nicer feel for a finer nib with this pen that I have not experienced with with others with plastic feeds.

 

All in all, it has been a different experience from something more mass produced like the before mentioned acrylic pens, but I really like what this has brought to my fountain pen experience and the positive addition to the variety this adds to my daily rotation.  And these aren't Medium nibs nor Broad nibs.  I have tried a broad nib and it was very smooth upon dry writing, and even too smooth for my taste.  The Medium being right in the middle.  

 

The enjoyment and pleasure I have gotten out of the writing experience of this $30 pen has surpassed experiences with pens that fit my preferences at 5 times that amount.  I think FPR's mission to provide a quality writing experience at an affordable price has been accomplished with regards to my writing experience with this Ebonite Himalaya.


A voice:  I'll write pages and pages, days upon days, to be able to breathe out a few lines,

I'll do whatever it takes to breathe out those few lines, where the breath breathes out on its own, in on its own,

To thine own...

...breath on its own.






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