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Chelpark ANTIC


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#1 hari317

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 18:39

Introduction:

Chelpark is primarily an ink manufacturing company which also made some good fountain pens. One of them was a piston filler called the Moti which I had reviewed earlier. This pen under review is a Eyedropper filled pen called the ANTIC probably to mean antique based on its classic looks and filling system.




Looks and finish:

The pen has a pleasing look; sober and understated. The cap jewel seems to be inspired from Eversharp. The clip is a nice curved one which is very functional and easy to use. The overall finish is quite good, on the lines of a very sturdy school pen.



Size and ergonomics:

The size is comfortable and can easily ride in the pocket at 5 1/4 inches capped. It is similar in size to a Wality 52 piston filler.
The gripping section is generous and the pen feels very balanced in my hand when posted, the diameter of the section and the pen barrel feels just right.

Filling System:

The pen fills by ED, however the ink capacity seems to have been restricted by design to around 1.5ml to avoid overflow under low ink level conditions. The section has a step just before the threads as an additional protection against leaks.




Nib:

The stainless steel nib and feed are friction fitted into the section. The feeder is of the regular fissured ebonite type. The nib on the pen I am using is a smooth Fine with a hint of feedback. The flow is quite generous and I am thinking of tweaking it to make it wetter.



The cap engravings:




Some colors I found:



Conclusion:

This is a good quality pen, solidly built. Can make a very nice and inexpensive daily writer. The ink capacity could have been made a little higher, but even the present ink capacity is in line with most C/C pens. I only wish Chelpark resumes making these pens available again.

I hope you enjoyed reading about a lesser known school pen from India.

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Hari

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#2 Abhik

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 17:28

Hari, this one is good looking and sturdy! Frankly, I never seen any Chelpark pens, but used their good quality inks of different shades many years!
From your thorough review, I feel the same that 1.5ml max allowed to avoid overflow at low ink capacity. Other Indian ebonite pens suffer from that ailment IMOH!! That's really positive.
Photos as usual are fantastic!!
Keep finding and sharing with us Hari!
Warm wishes.
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#3 hari317

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 15:55

QUOTE (Abhik @ Oct 20 2008, 10:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Keep finding and sharing with us Hari!


Abhik, Chelpark made some fine pens but don't know why the pens did not do well, maybe the price? Hope they resume making these FPs.

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#4 Taurean

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 19:55

I was browsing through the review section and found this one..I acquired a couple of Chelpark Antics(black and teal) in Ahmedabad a couple of months ago.
Great review as usual, I find these pens to be understated and highly functional, excellent writers.
The nibs on my Antics, however, are somewhat different from the conventional gold toned ones you have.
Let me see if I can capture it.

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The word 'Ambitious' is engraved on the nib.

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The nib is unconventional, it circumscribes the feed almost entirely, leaving a small gap.

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 11:46

Nice review, thanks.
And how can this be, because he is the Kwisatz Haderach.


#6 hari317

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 12:00

Nice find Taurean, Ambitious is a well known manufacturer of fountain pen Nibs in India and the nibs for many Indian pen manufacturers are in fact made by Ambitious and one another nib company. Chelpark is in fact a Bangalorean Company, if possible, do visit their ink and pen works.

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#7 Brian

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 19:59

Interesting and informative. A great review of a pen I'd never get to see otherwise. Thanks.



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Posted 12 March 2011 - 18:33

You seem to have reviewed almost all the pens I bought last week. Very good stuff. I'll keep looking and maybe I'll find something I can comment on to add to the mix.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:13

Hmmm...not bad! If I ever get my hands on one, incidents like the Sonnet Snap won't take place, anymore...at least, not to a relatively old pen with almost impossible-to-find parts! :bonk:
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#10 rishi

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 14:50

well thts another nice pen ...hope to get one of these as m going for a month long trip to various parts of the country..







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