I purchased a FPR Jaipur sometime ago from India and around labor day got notice of FPR's new US site, so decided to purchase their new Himalaya. FPR is a great business, but like any order from India, slow to ship, so it's fantastic they now offer some US based Inventory. The new web site is great, it shipped immediately and arrived within 3 days at the lower cost first class mail and the site have email tracking updates with a map showing where the pen was at each juncture.
I really like FPR pens, to me, they are quite comparable to Noodler's, but without that funky nib and I feel that they are better made. FPR is not as buzzworthy in respect to branding, no trendy names, packaging, and less variety in colors, but a solid product. My Jaipur for $18 is a pretty solid performing piston filling pen.
The Himalaya is $29 and comes in acrylic or ebonite, with a 5.5 FPR nib and 5.1 ebonite feed. Unlike Noodler's pens, where this one directly reminds me of the Konrad, FPR offers a variety of nib sizes and types.It has a threaded converter like the Ahab, or can be used as an eyedropper.
The nib and feed and can be adjusted to taste like the Noodlers pens, but a significantly tighter and more consistent nib seating, where my Noodlers pens are all over the board. But for people who like the ability to tinker with the ebonite friction fit feeds, can achieve the same, but a better experience.
Although I know most lower cost Indian pens typically need a good flushing, nib seating and tinkering to get them working well, I did try it out of the box out of curiosity, but had some flow issues. However once flushed the pen and seated the nib, it writes fantastic just like my Jaipur did. The cartridge had a bit of seepage into the barrel on my first out of the box inking, but after flushing a little silicon in the converter and lower section threads solved that easy enough with the next inking. Not sure on ink capacity, it's certainly more than a typical international cartridge, but possible slightly less than a Ahab.
My Jaipur occasionally creeps some ink in the cap, which gets on the threads, hence, on your fingers when writing, believe other reviewers experienced this, so I don't use it as a shirt pocket pen for work, but the Himalaya so far seems to avoid this problem and looks sharp for use in meetings.
It's an ebonite pen, but at the $29 price point, not quite a nice in quality and finish as more expensive hand turned ebonite pens, but found it to be a well made pen. The clip is strudy and the cap is banded with the FPR logo on it.
Excellent writing pen, ink flow is good and the line is consistent. I like the Duofold look of the Jaipur, but this pen in ebonite has more of Sailor pro style and is a little dressier of a pen.
Great pen and really happy with the purchase. I recommend this pen over the Noodler's Konrad, the acrylic and ebonite are the same price and lower than comparative models of the Noodlers pens.
I have no connection or endorsement from FPR for this review, just a happy customer. Give one a try, you will be pleased.