Folks, I think we have to remember we're not comparing apples with apples here (so to speak): the FPR Himalaya is a $30 pen ($33 with flex nib option) - and for mine, what you get for that price is a pretty decent pen. It *will* require tinkering - and with the ebonite nibs provided you *will* get a fairly wet writer, no matter what nibs you swap in. The cheapest Franklin Christoph pen is at least 5 times the price (more if you buy it with a gold customised flex nib!) - so it shouldn't be surprising that you get a more refined pen.
Another thing to think about, when you're talking about the wetness (or otherwise) of the Himalaya pen is that FPR have two kinds of ebonite feed: a 'regular' feed and a flex feed. The latter has a wider and/or deeper ink channel. You'll probably only have received the latter if you ordered the pen with a flex nib, but it's worth bearing in mind.
Oh, and one more thing: heat setting the nib and feed to reduce any potential gaps between them may also help to reduce flow - though for me, the wetness is part of the appeal!
I agree. Though it is a tinkering pen, out of a small batch of nibs or even the one you receive, you have a descent probability of finding at least one that works and it's worth it... if you get that nib.
But it's not going to be as reliable in being ready OOTB as say a TWSBI Eco, which uses a Jowo, or a Lamy Safari. However, you're not going to get as wet a writing experience with these more popular pens nor with the large majority of the fountain pen options out there, especially for this price. And that wetness can really make inks worth it... like Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng for one. SOOO I agree with you in that we are comparing apples to oranges. There are trade offs.
But what I would love to see from FPR is an integration of a higher quality nib options. ASA sells both Indian nibs and German nibs as they recognize and meet the demand and IMO acknowledge the upgrade in quality of such nibs, while providing both choices. Ranga's come with jowo's and now some Sheaffer nibs. Ranga's, from my experience, are as reliable as an F-C pen, both using Jowo setups like the ASA 3-in-1's.
I'd love to be able purchase a Himalaya with a Jowo or bock #5 setup, and even if it adds $20 to the cost, it's still well worth it. Right now that is ASA territory, but I can't get those locally and I have to wait for sometime to have them sent (seems worth it, though).
Edit: What I'd really love to see is something like the Himalaya without such a steep taper of the section down to such a narrow diameter at its narrowest... and maybe putting a #6 nib on that... maybe a jowo #6 unit later on.
Edited by IndigoBOB, 17 January 2018 - 04:23.