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Asa Halwa In Pistachio, Celebrating Rio De Janeiro

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#1 Bobje

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 16:56

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The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games start in a few days, which is a good time to write about a pen that celebrates the last city to host the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro.
 
In August 2016, I led an award-winning program in digital storytelling to Rio, for 25 students from the United States, Brazil, Germany, and Italy. The students, mostly journalism majors, collaborated on multimedia stories about the impact of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the host city. To commemorate this adventure, I asked several people for ideas on a Rio-themed pen. Among them were Prithwijit Chaki, Ian Roberts, Lakshminarayanan Subramaniam, and a half-dozen moderators from the Fountain Pen Network.
 
A design emerged that incorporated iconic elements of Rio: the green of Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events took place, the color of sunsets at Ipanema and the Red Beach near Botafogo, where our program was headquartered, and a clip based on Christ the Redeemer, the monument overlooking the city. We decided on a Conway-Stewart material called pistachio for the pen, which was based on Prithwijit Chaki's Halwa design. L. Subramaniam, who runs ASA Pens in Chennai, India, created it.
 
The pistachio acrylic supplies lush versions of green and red, but I havent completely followed through on the clip. I found a lovely silver demitasse spoon based on the monument, called Cristo Redentor in Portuguese, but havent had the heart to have the spoon cut, twisted, and soldered into place. Instead, a silver peacock serves as a roll-stopper, inspired by the peacock headdresses of carnival in Rio which is taking place as I write this review.
 
The pens 1.9 mm music nib from Franklin-Christoph, headquartered in my home state of North Carolina, supplies a Sailor ink called tokiwa matsu in exuberant quantities. The ink is evergreen, but sheens in the color of brownish-red pine cones. The nib's "FC" imprint mirrors a statue of the composer Frederic Chopin at Red Beach -- Praia Verhelma -- created by the Polish community of Brazil during World War II, after a statue of Chopin was torn down in the invasion of Warsaw.
 
The Rio pen is delightful to write with, and bears the craftsmanship of ASAs custom projects, which are remarkable, understated, and attentive to detail. It's large, about the diameter of a TWSBI Vac 700, but a little longer. Dimensions are on Prithwijit Chaki's account of making the Halwa. The barrel contains a cartridge-converter and bears an imprint to celebrate the city where the Olympic project took place, the date, the pens maker, and the city where the pen was made. Imprints document the creation of a pen for this generation and the next. Imprints are underrated, and I love them.
 
One of the key lessons our students learned in Rio was that an event like the Olympic Games makes a permanent impact on both the topography and the residents of the host city. These individuals take pride in the celebration, and they pay for it. A corollary is that city residents make an unforgettable mark on Olympic history and on everyone who takes part in the games. Its like a positive version of the Locard exchange principle, the basis of forensic science. Every contact leaves a trace.
 
L. Subramaniam shipped this pen to me in May 2017, which means this review is long overdue. I have been thinking about the excitement and anticipation of creating the pen, of the emails, drawings, and photographs exchanged in the spring of 2016, and of the ideas and contributions of Ian Roberts, in particular. Ian, who passed away recently, was an enthusiastic participant in the Rio pens creation. Known on FPN as Ian the Jock, he was Scottish, hilarious, articulate, irreverent, joyous, and generous. Ian teased me about my affection for green pens, which he disliked. But he loved red, and he enjoyed pens with nautical and ocean themes. Ian brightened this little pen community much like the people in cities who host the Olympics, or like the students who trained hard for month after month in the spring and summer of 2016, and then made a success of our adventure in Rio. Every contact leaves a trace.
 
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Posted 04 February 2018 - 18:12

WOW!! Superb Pen. Lovely writing sample. Is this pen available for sale on ASA website too?



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Posted 04 February 2018 - 23:35

Do the FC nibs normally fit the Asa model? I love my bakul but the nib is a bit dull.

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 02:27

Hi Bobje, thanks for the superb review. I also wanted to ask, are these ASA pens (this one and the dartmoor) custom orders? And did you have to send them the material? 



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 03:39

Sumit, Uncial, Steve, thank you. This and the dartmoor were custom orders based on existing ASA models. The material was shipped from Turners Workshop in England. The nib is the same size as a standard Jowo no. 6.

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 07:13

Beautiful pen with a great story behind it. The peacock roll stop may not have been the original intention, but it is lovely. Also, I love the name.



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 13:50

A Heart warming concept for a pen and Amazing craftsmanship by A.S.A Pens.



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Posted 06 February 2018 - 02:11

Sumit, Uncial, Steve, thank you. This and the dartmoor were custom orders based on existing ASA models. The material was shipped from Turners Workshop in England. The nib is the same size as a standard Jowo no. 6.

Thanks for the information. It's worth the hassle!



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Posted 06 February 2018 - 02:42

Articulate, interesting, and full of good cheer. As always. Well done, Bob.


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 06:28

wow... it's your picture and the article which makes the pen so desirable... 

I remember you planning for this themed pen...

 

and kudos to the job executed by ASA Pens


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 17:16

Hi Sir,

 

Thanks for sharing this "Lovely pen", in the most "Lovely Way" with the world.

 

Wishing you a great time and many pleasant memoriies of Rio, always.

 

Regards

Subbey, ASA Pens



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Posted 06 February 2018 - 17:23

Fantastic pen, and a great story. I've bookmarked the 'queens in Rio' page after simply looking at the photos - I will go back to read some of the stories.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:03

Touzeen, Randal, amk, Mr. Subramaniam, Mehandiratta, thank you.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 14:11

The pen looks gorgeous, the clip is a work of art, & the background behind why you got the pen made is interesting.

 

Good thing you've not tried to get a pen made to celebrate the legacy of the London Olympics - it'd look OK at a distance, but evaporate as you got closer to it. I doubt if any of the original residents of the area have received any benefit from the much vaunted 'Legacy' projects. The cynic in me thinks 'Go back to Rio after the 2024 Olympics & see whether there is any discernible legacy then. If there is, it'll be a first.'.

 

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 15:03

Richard, excellent point. The impact is among people. Economic impact, questionable. It's so much easier for developed economies to host these events than undeveloped ones, because the infrastructure and most resources are already in place.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 08:06

Beautiful review Bob...I thoroghly enjoyed every bit of it..and lovely handwriting indeed..


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 17:44

Awesome pen and beautiful writeup. Enjoyed reading it. 



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Posted 11 February 2018 - 18:20

Thank you Sagar and Dinuraj. The Franklin Christoph music nib is so much fun to write with.



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Posted 30 September 2018 - 10:15

Superb pen, Bobje and such an elegant use of your Franklin-Christoph 1.9 mm music nib. Do you also have the Franklin-Christoph feed, or are you using the ASA ebonite feed? I suppose you obtained it locally and added it to the pen yourself; I dont suppose it is an Asa option?
I was considering trying a 1.5 Jowo nib, as I have the 1.1, which I like, but the FC might be an excellent alternative.
I have been using Sailor Rikyu-Cha which is almost a complex greenish-brown off-black with my 1.1 nib, but this tokiwa matsu seems to have a similar if different lighter brownish-green complexity which I also feel I like very much.
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Posted 30 September 2018 - 14:02

Great pen made with great craftmanship as well great photography. Thanks for sharing the story behind its creation.
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