Dear Ajaynatu, each company has various selling products catering to different segments of buyers/ different market demands...like Camlin Pens, Kanwrite have some very cheap ED, piston, cartidge/ convertor or 3-in-1 system enabled pens like Kanwrite Desire, Zyphr, Saloon, Relik etc. Likewise Heritage is just one of their products and nowhere in my review I have claimed its the only product from Kanwrite. Its one of their top range piston filler pen. Piston fillers attract many buyers separately as they find it more convenient to fill the pen. There are not much quality piston filler at this price point, there is one Gama piston filler made of ebonite, recently launched at rs1500 price. There were Chelpark Sona at rs 300 which was very good piston filler pen with limited nib options, but now discontinued. Few generic Indian piston fillers are available in ebay India website, but most are basically rebranded Kanwrite products. Ahab for your information is made by the same Kanwrite company for Noodlers company. About ASA and FPR pens- ASA pens are very good for price and I had done multiple reviews of them, I am waiting for their piston filler just like you. FPR is basically pricing wality/ airmail pens 3-4 times and cheating buyers from abroad. I do have Wality pens and I cannot say they have the same functionality as this pen. About putting Kanwrite nibs on other pens- yes, no problem. But this is a review of a pen and not the nibs, people are welcome to experiment. I have put Kanwrite nibs to my Guider pens. The ink volume is a big let down for everyone....but again ink requirements vary considerably. The whole point was a reliable piston filler at this price point which is difficult to find. I have also done a review of Kanwrite Desire as a cheap 3-in-1 EDC pen for rs 500 with similar nib options. Kanwrite has introduced new acrylic material with more polish. About who can buy a fountain pen for rs 1500- let's not get into that discussion. There are cheaper pens with good experience like Chinese pens, few Pilot models, even a Sailor clear candy and Platinum preppy or plaisir. Its upto a certain buyer to invest for a pen at the price the manufacturer/ seller asks and many would concur with you that this pen seems overpriced. Again many are buying this pen even without going through a review. My review was to disclose whatever I gathered and I think I have written down most points, be it positive or negetive for the product. The buying decision rests with buyer and certainly not every buyer will think that rs 1500 is too much. Hope this helps you.
Thank you for the clarifications. I still had some reservations about this. After a lot of thinking I ordered it to test whats so special about it. Been a little over 3 weeks now I am using Heritage and now I have stopped using it. Washed, cleaned, dried and stored it back of the study table.
1. About Airmail/Wality pens being sold at 3-4times the cost on FPR; i totally agree with you. Im a regular user of those for past 25yrs ( thats the instrument i started learning writing with rather than a pencil) and on seeing the pricing on FPR left me astounded.
2. I knew about Ahab being made by Kanwrite, however Kanwrite does not offer that to Indian customers directly. Anyways, not the point of discussion.
3. About Wality pens not having same funcionality as Heritage- I totally disagree. Again, its an indivudual choice and requirement one has from a FP. I have been using Heritage past 3 weeks now and totally disappointed.
4. Comparable to Wality/ ASA/ Camlin
a> Skipping- Half the sentence is over written- tried the stub and flex. There is a good wet feed but it does not flow till the paper. I suspected a baby bottom issue with it. Wality,ASA,Camlin,Pilot,Gama have till now never had this issue. Extremly reliable FPs.
b> Ink capacity- Even you agree to that. With a stub and flex, I have never gone more than a page. Usage is limited only for Signatures and not even taking notes.
c> Material - Plastic?!!!! Not a sturdy pen that gives a feel of holding it in hand. Prone to cracks. Comparable to what rest offers- again price to quality- Wality/ASA has much more reliable construction.
5. Whats good:
a> Nib options: Its a whole page long nib options which i just loved. This is not seen in Wality.
b> Nib smoothness: though excessive skipping, whatever little i could get to write it was butter smooth.
6. About Kanwrite offering other models. Yes, least they match with the quality vis-a-vis the price they have. Camparing Heritage 1500/- to ASA/Gama models around same 1000/- bracket it is sensible to go for later. Again, this is in comparison to the usage, reliability, material, construction.
6. About who can afford 1500/- is not the point. Its about getting worth every rupee out of it. Which i think Heritage fails in giving.
This is my take, our opinions differ on this and thats the best part. If all agree then there is no discussion .
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Edited by ajaynatu, 12 January 2017 - 00:44.