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#21 Jamerelbe

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:24



 

Nice

 

Be sure to let us know what nibs can swap into it : )

 

If it can fit a Jowo, I might have to pick one up.

 

FPR Triveni Jnr (new #6 version) with transplanted JoWo nib:

 

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Haven't got time to try and do a side-on macro shot - suffice to say the nib looks a very snug fit with the feed, and the writing sample should tell you the rest!



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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:26

 

Wow, an decent ebonite pen that could take international cartridges.  :thumbup:

 

The ebonite pens that ASA and Ranga are now producing, that incorporate Schmidt, Bock or JoWo nib units, are also compatible with standard international cartridges and converters - but tend to be a bit dearer (the Rangas especially).  But, yes, that's a definite attraction with these pens.



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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:33

The Triveni Jr is on sale now too...that combined with these pics is killing me hahaha.

An all ebonite pen that takes #6 nibs and standard cartridges/converter is a beautiful thing!

 

It's good to know that the #6 fits snugly because on the Himalaya a standard #5 isn't loose, but not as snug as I'd like.

 

[Correction: The Jr takes a #5 nib, but the full-size Triveni takes a  #6. My bad.]


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#24 Jamerelbe

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:51



The Triveni Jr is on sale now too...that combined with these pics is killing me hahaha.

An all ebonite pen that takes #6 nibs and standard cartridges/converter is a beautiful thing!

 

It's good to know that the #6 fits snugly because on the Himalaya a standard #5 isn't loose, but not as snug as I'd like.

 

[Correction: The Jr takes a #5 nib, but the full-size Triveni takes a  #6. My bad.]

 

Nope, the ebonite Trivenis, regular and Junior, *both* now take a #6 nib.  The pen I've been photographing for you is a #6 Junior.  [I couldn't resist the temptation to order one of the 'remaindered' Jnrs with a #5 nib while I was at it - but that's another story...]

 

Go to 'FPR Collection' in the Pen "pull-down" menu, and you'll find the new Juniors listed - for some reason there's no direct link to them from the front page.



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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:14



 

Nope, the ebonite Trivenis, regular and Junior, *both* now take a #6 nib.  The pen I've been photographing for you is a #6 Junior.  [I couldn't resist the temptation to order one of the 'remaindered' Jnrs with a #5 nib while I was at it - but that's another story...]

 

Go to 'FPR Collection' in the Pen "pull-down" menu, and you'll find the new Juniors listed - for some reason there's no direct link to them from the front page.

 

Ah ha! Thanks for clearing that up! It appears that just the old #5 Jrs are on sale now. 


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:20

 
Ah ha! Thanks for clearing that up! It appears that just the old #5 Jrs are on sale now. 


That's right - but it also looks like there's a site wide 15% off sale at the moment, discount code VDAY15 - unless that offer has expired?

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:47

 

FPR Triveni Jnr (new #6 version) with transplanted JoWo nib:

 

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Haven't got time to try and do a side-on macro shot - suffice to say the nib looks a very snug fit with the feed, and the writing sample should tell you the rest!

 

 

 

AAaaaah, many thanks!...  Enticing to see a Jowo fit well with the pen :puddle: .  You just moved this onto my radar.  And that's a lovely blue ink you have with some nice shading.

 

I have an ASA Maya and Custom Ranga's on the way from India as well as FPnibs you suggested for the Himalaya so I might wait a while.

 

It's definitely nice to see an affordable ebonite pen, that can swap with a Jowo, enter the market.



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Posted 10 February 2018 - 09:29

 

 

 

AAaaaah, many thanks!...  Enticing to see a Jowo fit well with the pen :puddle: .  You just moved this onto my radar.  And that's a lovely blue ink you have with some nice shading.

 

I have an ASA Maya and Custom Ranga's on the way from India as well as FPnibs you suggested for the Himalaya so I might wait a while.

 

It's definitely nice to see an affordable ebonite pen, that can swap with a Jowo, enter the market.

 

Robert Oster School Blue - my only ink from his range, despite his (relatively) close proximity.  

 

A fair call if you want to wait for a while - accumulate slowly is (becoming) my motto...  It's a shame that FPR nibs don't readily fit into Jinhao and other pens of that calibre - it'd make for a cheaper upgrade than buying a JoWo or Bock - but popping a JoWo stub into the Triveni certainly makes for a nice upgrade!



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Posted 05 March 2018 - 01:27

The part that drives me nuts is the small ink reservoir...

Has anyone figure out a hack to replace the piston filler with something larger (without making it an eyedropper)?

 

Not knowing what I'm doing, and for the "what the worst that could happen files", as I was cleaning my pen I noticed that the size of the filler was very close to a Lamy cartridge, since I had a couple empty lying around I decided to cut the "bottom" of the Lamy cartridge and force-screw it into the body.
By doing this thread grooves were made, then filled it with a syringe and ready to test.

It seems to work just fine .... fingers crossed

 

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 01:57

Got my first 2 Himalaya today, one extra fine, other stub. Only inked the extra fine until now.

 

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 02:04

The part that drives me nuts is the small ink reservoir...

Has anyone figure out a hack to replace the piston filler with something larger (without making it an eyedropper)?

 

Not knowing what I'm doing, and for the "what the worst that could happen files", as I was cleaning my pen I noticed that the size of the filler was very close to a Lamy cartridge, since I had a couple empty lying around I decided to cut the "bottom" of the Lamy cartridge and force-screw it into the body.
By doing this thread grooves were made, then filled it with a syringe and ready to test.

It seems to work just fine .... fingers crossed

 

attachicon.gif Himalaya-LAMY.jpg

 

Nice hack! What is the diameter of the hole the converter screws in to? I wonder if one of the wider mouthed Chinese cartridges or converters could also work.


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:13

It is  6mm ID for the converter.  Let me know if you find one that works

 

 

So far it has worked fine, and I didn't need to refill after 4 days.  However I didn;t make the cut very straight and need to make those edges even.



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Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:14

The blue looks amazing!!

Congrats

Got my first 2 Himalaya today, one extra fine, other stub. Only inked the extra fine until now.

 

 

 



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Posted 12 March 2018 - 13:35

It is  6mm ID for the converter.  Let me know if you find one that works

 

 

So far it has worked fine, and I didn't need to refill after 4 days.  However I didn;t make the cut very straight and need to make those edges even.

 

Thanks. Nope, nothing that wide over here. 3.4mm is the biggest. I wonder if you could do the same with a Sheaffer cartridge by just sawing the very end off.


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 16:44

Sheaffer cartridges?  It is possible, even though I'm not sure of dimensions.  The only thing that can go wrong is that the plastic cracks in the refill.

 

 

Maybe a Parker will also work (5.3mm diam)

 

   

For the next iteration I will inmmerse the cartridge in hot water after cutting to make sure it conforms to the threading better and seals perfectly

Lamy

 

 

According to this site, the Platinum cartridges may work.... (6.2mm diam)

 

PS I tried linking the images but webp is not allowed :(

 

 

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UPDATE (3/13):
Since we were snowed-in last night I checked the cartridge, after a week I still had 1/3 of ink (yay!)
However the cartridge had cracked on the threaded junction and thus it went to trash 
Fortunately the Himalaya also works as an eye dropper pen and no leaks!
 
Back to the drawing board :)

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 01:09

V2 is on, the Lamy cartridge cracked on the thread after refill.

I also had a couple of Parker Cartridges.  These are of a diferent plastic and have longitudinal "ribs" which make them stronger.

I took my time, dipping the cartridge in hot water to make it soft and using a conical tool to expand the "mouth" to about 6.1mm

I ended with a "straight" section which screwed in perfectly

 

I will come back after a week or so with results after reload

 

 

Nice hack! What is the diameter of the hole the converter screws in to? I wonder if one of the wider mouthed Chinese cartridges or converters could also work.

 

 

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 01:22

V2 is on, the Lamy cartridge cracked on the thread after refill.

I also had a couple of Parker Cartridges.  These are of a diferent plastic and have longitudinal "ribs" which make them stronger.

I took my time, dipping the cartridge in hot water to make it soft and using a conical tool to expand the "mouth" to about 6.1mm

I ended with a "straight" section which screwed in perfectly

 

I will come back after a week or so with results after reload

 

 

Thanks for the update and your continued experiments with this! 

Fingers crossed that the Parker cartridge will work long term. 


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 01:16

Got one of the in the real with the "flex" nib. It is VERY tough to beat its bang for the few bucks!
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Posted 17 March 2018 - 20:06

Ordered 3 of the Himalayas today. Now playing the waiting game.



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:41

Himalayas are fantastic pens. Got my third one in last week. Love them.

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