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#1 hari317

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:39

GAMA is a pen brand in existence from the 1940's in South India. Gem and Company in Madras (now Chennai) are the owners of this trademark and market these pens from their showroom on NSC Bose road. The present line up of Gama pens are plastic pens, huge capacity ED filled, equipped with steel nibs, but it was not always like this. In the past they had a nice line of Gold nibbed models such as the Gama Kid, Gama Coronation, Gama Manifold and the Gama Royal. In addition to pocket pens, from time to time they also made some hand turned acrylic desk pens in really limited numbers. This post features the Gama Royal, Gama Manifold and an unnamed desk pen.

GAMA Royal:

The Royal was their flagship model in the 1950s-1970s. The pen is modelled after the Parker 51 and VS in external looks. The body is made of a nice plastic which has held up very nicely in the two pens that I have. The cap is gold filled and looks very similar to a 51 cap, the clip shape is different though. The clutch ring and the cap clutch look very much like 51 units. The nib is very sturdy (also firm) and is made of 14Ct gold. A well made comb type feeder is used. The pen is ED filled. During the time they were made, the pens were priced at INR 50 to 60. Have a look at the photos:

The Royals with a '46 Vac 51 for comparison:


The pen posted:


Nib and feeder details, observe the '54 Date code:






The Cap and barrel stamped GAMA:



The plastic Cap jewels:


Gama MANIFOLD:

My Manifold is fitted with a 14Ct Manifold nib with a 15 year point, the nib I am told was rated for 15 years of continuous use.




Gama Desk pen:

This desk pen is fitted with a nice steel nib, the pen is around 30 cms in length, I have not had the heart to ink this one up yet.





Hope you enjoyed reading about some extinct examples of the GAMA pen as much as I enjoyed writing about them.

Cheers,
Hari

Edited by hari317, 30 July 2008 - 06:00.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:54

No words for you Hari!
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#3 Abhik

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 10:14

Hari,
Gama pen certainly looks beautiful. laugh.gif
Desk pen looks cute? How did you manage to get that pen in this pristine condition? How that pen was supposed to be used with out a supplied base & flute?
Finish of Gama pens are looking better than other vintage pens you posted in recent pasts!
Warm wishes from heartland of Africa!
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Edited: Some personal comments made earlier.

Edited by Abhik, 29 July 2008 - 12:29.


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Posted 29 July 2008 - 10:50

Thanks for the info and photos! That desk pen looks so fascinating.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 11:42

Hari,
Your posts are consistently fascinating, and very well photographed.
The Royal nib is a direct copy of the Montblanc wingnib on the 25x series of pens, down to the star outline with the letter inside. Nothing wrong with copying the best.
Thanks again,
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#6 Abhik

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 12:46

Hari, I just saw you photo-srvet of some Chennai pen shops! Did you also got some Mini-Ed filler celluloid pens? If, yes, please post some photos of those lovely Parker Vacumatic clones as well!! That is good for me!
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 14:49

Another great post, Hari. smile.gif Thank you! I especially like that desk pen. I can understand why you haven't inked it yet. smile.gif

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 16:14


wub.gif Oh boy are those nice. Great reviews, and thanks for taking the time with the detailed pics. Wow. I really like all of these pens. Utterly cool desk pen. Thanks!


#9 hari317

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:15

QUOTE (Abhik @ Jul 29 2008, 03:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How did you manage to get that pen in this pristine condition? How that pen was supposed to be used with out a supplied base & flute?


Hi Abhik, The shopowner gave me that pen from his personal collection. You get a desk ink well set with a concave depression to keep the deskpen horizontally upon.

QUOTE (gary @ Jul 29 2008, 05:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hari,
Your posts are consistently fascinating, and very well photographed.
The Royal nib is a direct copy of the Montblanc wingnib on the 25x series of pens, down to the star outline with the letter inside. Nothing wrong with copying the best.


Thanks Gary for your kind comments. The Royal seems to have inherited (borrowed) the best from all the brands!

Leigh, Fateh and Sharkle, thanks for your kind comments.

Best Regards,
Hari

Edited by hari317, 30 July 2008 - 08:18.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:20

Hari:
Are you from Chennai? I am also a pen collector and know Prathap Kumar of GEM pens quite well. I would love to get in touch with you. Please send me an e-mail to sprasad_m@rediffmail.com, with your contact number and I shall call you.

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QUOTE (hari317 @ Jul 30 2008, 01:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Abhik @ Jul 29 2008, 03:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How did you manage to get that pen in this pristine condition? How that pen was supposed to be used with out a supplied base & flute?


Hi Abhik, The shopowner gave me that pen from his personal collection. You get a desk ink well set with a concave depression to keep the deskpen horizontally upon.

QUOTE (gary @ Jul 29 2008, 05:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hari,
Your posts are consistently fascinating, and very well photographed.
The Royal nib is a direct copy of the Montblanc wingnib on the 25x series of pens, down to the star outline with the letter inside. Nothing wrong with copying the best.


Thanks Gary for your kind comments. The Royal seems to have inherited (borrowed) the best from all the brands!

Leigh, Fateh and Sharkle, thanks for your kind comments.

Best Regards,
Hari

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 18:54

Oh my, I wonder where I could find a Royal. I am a 51 lover so I'd love to get my hands on one of these.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 03:41

Nice review and great photography.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:35

Oh my, I wonder where I could find a Royal. I am a 51 lover so I'd love to get my hands on one of these.


Your best bet is to get in touch with Mr. Pratap of Gem and Company in Chennai. They are the owners of this brand.
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 08:35

Oh my, I wonder where I could find a Royal. I am a 51 lover so I'd love to get my hands on one of these.


Your best bet is to get in touch with Mr. Pratap of Gem and Company in Chennai. They are the owners of this brand.


Hari,

Fantastic review, thanks

regards

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 06:45

Thanks Hari for the thorough review and excellent photographs! Really enjoyed it.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 06:57

Great stuff - thanks.

Unlike others, if it were mine, I be inking the desk pen immediately - I would be absolutely itching to see how it feels and writes! Such a thing would be for signatures etc. at a hotel reception desk, do you think, rather than for everyday office work?
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 10:28

Hi Hari,

I lived in Chennai till 2009 and while I've visited the pen stores at NSC Bose and have seen quite a few of these Gama pens, I never bought one. I usually ended up buying Walitys. But the pens that you describe appear to be well-made. I'll be visiting Chennai again this year and will be sure to buy some of these pens.

Thanks for sharing the info.

Best,

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 10:37

Thank you for your nice review. I have been able to know the information about interewsting Indian pens.

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#19 hari317

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 19:52

Great stuff - thanks.

Unlike others, if it were mine, I be inking the desk pen immediately - I would be absolutely itching to see how it feels and writes! Such a thing would be for signatures etc. at a hotel reception desk, do you think, rather than for everyday office work?


:vbg: I have still not inked that desk pen. It is peacefully resting. Since it was a one off example, I want to keep it like new. Maybe one day I will ink it up...

I lived in Chennai till 2009 and while I've visited the pen stores at NSC Bose and have seen quite a few of these Gama pens, I never bought one. I usually ended up buying Walitys. But the pens that you describe appear to be well-made. I'll be visiting Chennai again this year and will be sure to buy some of these pens.


Somnath, the currently produced Gamas are at a different quality level corresponding to their price point. However Mr. Pratap might have saved a few of these outstanding older Gamas. It is worthwhile to check out their shop.

Thank you for your nice review. I have been able to know the information about interewsting Indian pens.

rokurinpapa


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 04:32

hi , mr. his hari im from chennai please send me indian best pen list . ,  i have bought qa gama pen in gem and co last week  , mail me about brand pens in  india , i willing to collect the best pens  from  india ..

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