Why would I like one or both of these pens ? A two part answer.
Part 1: I have never heard of either of these pens, I don't own any Indian Pens, and would be very happy to give either of them a home I say 'one' so that two people can benefit from your generosity. If you think they should be kept together then I, of course, would be happy to have both of them. If I were to choose one, it would be the orange one as I like the 'more natural wood look 'about it.
Part 2 relates to 'my story of pens':
I've never thought about 'my story of pens' before - so thanks for asking as it allowed me to explore that a bit. Here it goes:
I've loved pens my whole life and I always kind of thought it was weird because none of my friends were into pens lol. It makes sense I suppose as I ended up studying Fine Arts in University. My first fountain pen was a Shaeffer that my grandmother bought for me when I was about 10 or so (it was black with a blue plastic cap- I think it was a pretty cheap pen but it was the coolest pen I had ever seen as I had never seen a fountain pen before. I thought it must have been super advanced and expensive at the time- it came with a blue ink cartridge).
As an artist I'm always drawing and sketching and have filled many sketchbooks over the years but most of my recent work has been photography and some other digital designs and illustrations. I was looking through some sketchbooks for some ideas and realized that I always do these drawings (hard to describe) and I had tried to paint them, and draw them digitally, but they lost something in the translation and I couldn't figure out how to make them seem more than 'just sketches'.
About a year ago (ish) I thought - why do I need to make them in another medium. Why can't they just be pen drawings ? And so I started looking into some different pens to use and that led me to fountain pens! So I started with some permanent black ink (Platinum Carbon Black) and bought my first fountain pen (TWSBI 580 AL) since that Shaeffer when I was a kid. Since then I've been a bit obsessed with fountain pens and inks and trying to figure out what I'm doing with them. I love watching the ink come out of the pen all wet - it's kind of like putting a thick gob of paint on a canvas - or watching a black and white photo start to emerge on the paper in the darkroom. But smaller and less mess -I can just grab a pen and paper and I'm good to go.
It's hard to find time to do the things you want in life but fountain pens are one way that is pretty easy to feel like I'm making some art again. They are a good motivator to make things. It's hard to motivate myself and find time to get out paints and setup a canvas and not make a mess of the house and the walls and floor around the canvas - darkrooms are a big mess and the computer (digital darkroom) while awesome and full of opportunities - is so 'digital' that I think it's made me want something more analog. I'm on computers all day at work and the immediacy and the feedback of a pen and ink on paper - with a hardcopy product that doesn't require colour correction and sharpening and printing - so simply perfectly not digital.
I have never used an Indian pen before and would love to be able to be non-digital with a pen from India!
Thanks for reading.
Edited by Simulacrum, 06 February 2018 - 15:55.