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Getting Into Fountain Pens Cheaply (As Much As One Can) In India.

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#21 hari317

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 05:57

First thing to note is that fountain pen availability varies tremendously depending on where you live in India. Mumbai Delhi Chennai have tremendously better availability and range as compared to other cities like even Pune. So the situation is very much dependent on where you are located.
Pens within 500/- are best bought from shops rather than online where the Best prices may not be realised.
You might be able to buy a Pilot tank pen within 500/- in Chennai. Chinese pens like the hero 329 are still very good options within 100/- esp if you buy from a brick and mortar pen shop where you can select the one with the smoothest nib. WALITY availability is very poor. But with a replacement nib, they are very good pens.
There may be some steel nib ebonites from RatnamSon or guider within 500/- just whatsapp them.
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Posted 29 June 2020 - 11:26

The cheapest fountain pens are BRIL pens Rs 15 each available in some indian online shops  and nowadays from their own website brillindia dot com. Bril pens are very bad but cheapest. Cheapest is 15 costliest is rs 30.

 

 

WHAT ELSE YOU WANT IS YOU LOVE THE WORD  "CHEAP"

Hahaha yes they are really cheap in every sense and that shows like you pointed out when cheap is game they are top, but I am pretty sure that anyone who starts with them in fountain pens will start to hate the pen and will have cemented the doubts and false rumors as truth thus killing the point of the post. I mean starting cheap does not really mean starting with worst of bunch...its funny to think though. Thanks for telling source though I personally am tired of these under 60Rs pens, they are too bad for what they are and have more issues than need to be. Could be my personal experience was bad and will vary with people but I really will not recommend them to anyone who is starting fountains.



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Posted 01 July 2020 - 09:45

The sub 60 Rs pens are an amusement to us, to see if their faults can be massaged out with care & attention.

How many rupees does a Wality 69EB sell for?

That was my first Indian-made fountain pen and I was unaware of the variability of the Wality nib & condemned the pen unfairly.

So it is easy for a total newcomer to fountain pens to condemn ALL of them after encountering a really bad example.

A total newcomer should ask friends for advice and maybe take a friend who can ask the right questions of the vendor.



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Posted 01 July 2020 - 12:49

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Posted 01 July 2020 - 15:20

The original poster admitted that the really cheap stuff ought to be avoided. A Jinhao X450 ought to be a nice starter pen. The section is contoured for the fingers, but I find that the standard nib is on the broad side of medium to suit my taste. I have a Kanwrite nib in a Jinhao Duofold Centennial. I just fitted a Kanwrite 35x6mm nib into a Jinhao X450, so it's possible if you tired of the OE Jinhao nib.



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Posted 21 July 2020 - 21:17

The sub 60 Rs pens are an amusement to us, to see if their faults can be massaged out with care & attention.

How many rupees does a Wality 69EB sell for?

That was my first Indian-made fountain pen and I was unaware of the variability of the Wality nib & condemned the pen unfairly.

So it is easy for a total newcomer to fountain pens to condemn ALL of them after encountering a really bad example.

A total newcomer should ask friends for advice and maybe take a friend who can ask the right questions of the vendor.

These guys have gotten at 650Rs now. Then is problem of Wality nibs being massive hit or miss (Hit in my case miss in many).



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Posted 21 July 2020 - 21:43

I was looking at places one can get pens cheaply and their sources....well there is a pinned post about where to get what from so never bothered posting other individual links.

https://www.fountain...continent-asia/

 

The link just in case.

 

So I was browsing some sites and came across a few sites having some interesting pens. One was thepenworld.com second being the pen seeker. Some things were interesting as there were brands which I dont usually see much then the fact that all things were either dot on MRP/MSRP. I mean some do cost same on the manufacturers site so dot MRP/MSRP others I felt were expensive like click aristocrat was Rs350 (which is higher then what I pay for them abid I buy in bundles of 3). This got me thinking about them and how was peoples experience with them if someone has one with them.

 

I did add the names cos I found them, will I recommend them to others is mixed feeling, I mean I can gladly get around the price for pens like constellations 88 and endless notebooks but for others....I dont know fellas.

 

And about the writing sample of trinity.....well there is damage in nib when looked under magnifying glass(tings seem a bit bend so corrected it) but with no micromesh around.......well sorry for a while will see what I can do.

 

PS I will be looking something related to luxor in next topic, not in this post else this one will fly who knows where......there is something that bugs me with them and recent things made me,,,,,na forced me to look again.



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Posted 22 July 2020 - 16:02

 I mean some do cost same on the manufacturers site so dot MRP/MSRP others I felt were expensive like click aristocrat was Rs350 (which is higher then what I pay for them abid I buy in bundles of 3). This got me thinking about them and how was peoples experience with them if someone has one with them.
 

I use click aristocrat daily. It has an elegant look. Holds well in hand. Nib is good. Never gave a problem. It has ink converter and takes cartridge.

It also comes with nice colors.



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Posted 22 July 2020 - 16:19

I use click aristocrat daily. It has an elegant look. Holds well in hand. Nib is good. Never gave a problem. It has ink converter and takes cartridge.
It also comes with nice colors.


I was curious about this. It seems to come in 2 versions. Chrome trim with a variety of nib choices mrp 350/- and the golden trims one with only a F nib but cheaper at 300/- which one do you have? And wheres the best place to get them?
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Posted 22 July 2020 - 16:51

I was curious about this. It seems to come in 2 versions. Chrome trim with a variety of nib choices mrp 350/- and the golden trims one with only a F nib but cheaper at 300/- which one do you have? And wheres the best place to get them?

 

I bought mine from ASApens (3 pen set for Rs. 885). It has golden trims and F nib. It writes quite well.



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Posted 22 July 2020 - 16:56

 
I bought mine from ASApens (3 pen set for Rs. 885). It has golden trims and F nib. It writes quite well.


Thanks. 3 might be overkill for me.
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Posted 23 July 2020 - 08:19

I use click aristocrat daily. It has an elegant look. Holds well in hand. Nib is good. Never gave a problem. It has ink converter and takes cartridge.

It also comes with nice colors.

It is a nice pen indeed I  bought mine from ASA too in set of 3, they were liked so much by my younger cousins that they took 2 with then........you just cant refuse the kids it seemsbiggrin.png



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Posted 23 July 2020 - 11:08

Very nice work to recommend pens at different price levels and inks too for those starting out with fountain pens.

 

Some cheapies surprised me with their excellence, like Camay, others like Montex were... unusable. It's always worth asking around on a market street, as I found cheap and good FPs on sale in little towns like Chanderi, Vidisha, and also in Varanasi just by asking around the stationery shops.

 

Kolkata has a pretty good stationery area and there's Fountain Pen Hospital, Old Delhi's Nai Sarak also had a few FPs but it was getting increasingly difficult to find them.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 15:24

I recently got a pen called V'sign Stride from Beena pens. It is inexpensive and good. I do not know much about different pens to compare it with others, but seems good to me.

https://www.amazon.i...96206823&sr=8-1

It is interesting that Beena fountain pen never comes up searching on amazon. I got the link from their facebook page.



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I recently got a pen called V'sign Stride from Beena pens. It is inexpensive and good. I do not know much about different pens to compare it with others, but seems good to me.

https://www.amazon.i...96206823&sr=8-1

It is interesting that Beena fountain pen never comes up searching on amazon. I got the link from their facebook page.

thanks for bringing them in light, it looks very promising pen indeed, nib like camlin trinity while body like mini version of camlin trinity eligante.

Beena tend to slip under the radar quite quickly which is rather odd considering they are good pens in general.

 

The list of pens not coming on amazon search are long I mean I saw kanwrite once on amazon when googled it but never when actually did searched in app itself. This in my experience extends to many brands and specific pens, I mean try searching for platinum curidas its there when googled (abid unavailable right now) but it will show Churidas (dress type). I think the main culprit is the algorithm that looks at what is being searched most and what people search to create trends and then is the practice of trying to sell what gets better results....and profits (no offense to anyone its just normal and nothing much).

The Fountain pen world is already a niche market and then its overcrowded with fakes and Chinese pens at this price. there is also fact that most Indian sellers don't use them as platform for obvious reasons (too much payment that they need to do making the pens more expensive and the fact that many cater to brother/sisters outside India so shipping is also issue making it even less lucrative proposition, there might also be many other factors but these are very much visible).







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