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Posted 17 October 2008 - 18:39
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.
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.
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:
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.
Posted 20 October 2008 - 17:28
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!
Posted 21 October 2008 - 15:55
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.
Posted 02 April 2010 - 19:55
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.
The word 'Ambitious' is engraved on the nib.
The nib is unconventional, it circumscribes the feed almost entirely, leaving a small gap.
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