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#1 hari317

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 13:41

Introduction:

Camlin is a major manufacturer of fountain pen inks in India. This company was founded by the late Mr. Sharad Dandekar. This pen is a tribute to the founder from his son in the form of a fountain pen which is embedded with the signature of the founder.



Presentation:

The packing is fairly simple with an ivory colored outer jacket enclosing a faux black leather covered pen case. The box contains the pen, a piston converter and the pamphlet. One side of the pamphlet lists the features of this new pen(scan above) and the reverse contains the filling instructions.









The Pen:

Looks fairly simple and ordinary at first glance. The cap is metallic and the body is claimed to be made of a high impact resin. I bought the black color, it is also available in maroon and navy blue colors. The pen feels quite solid in hand with a moderate comfortable weight. The uncapping and capping action is very precise. The clip is very well designed and it is linen shirt friendly too, clipping and unclipping is a breeze. The initials SD feature on the clip.







The embedded signature:



Filling system:



The filling system is C/C with international cartriges. Carts are not included with the pen but a piston converter is. I immediately refilled a Pelikan GTP cart with Waterman BB and stuck into the pen, ink start was immediate, no cart squeezing or shaking was required.

Writing Performance:

When I initially saw the nib, I thought it was too small in proportion to the overall size of the pen. However this small size combined with the profile of the section made writing a very comfortable experience. The nib is gold plated steel with SD engraved. it is quite smooth with a generous flow, the section has a gentle step in the section which I thought will be a bother but I did not notice it while holding the pen, it seems like Camlin have hit upon a balance here.





That is a plastic feeder.

A small writing sample:



Dimensions:

Capped: 137mm
Posted: 152mm
Unposted: 123mm
Barrel dia: 14.3mm
Section dia: 10.8mm, 12.7mm

Cost:

This pen retails at 600INR which is also the MSRP. It translates to about 12USD at current rates.

Overall Impression:

I had bought this pen last weekend and used it for a day at office. When I took it out yesterday to photograph and write the sample, I found that it started up instantly. The pen is not a great looker IMHO but I like it for it's comfortable. The clip is very well designed. overall I give it a thumbup.gif

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#2 fatehbajwa

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 14:19

Good looking pen, considering its from Camlin..........the nibs finish could have been better.
Thanks for the review Hari.
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#3 hari317

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 14:49

QUOTE (fatehbajwa @ Mar 1 2009, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
the nibs finish could have been better.


Thank you Fateh! I would personally have liked a monotone white steel nib.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 15:13

That was interesting and informative, as always. Congrats on your acquisition!

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 15:30

The Camlin brand name is new to me. Thank you for the informative review. A nice looking pen I must say and for the price, good value for money too.

Mike

Edited by Keng, 01 March 2009 - 15:33.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 15:54

For $12 it looks pretty good to me - thanks for the excellent review. smile.gif


So where would one purchase one of these from?

Edited by Aysedasi, 01 March 2009 - 16:05.


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Posted 01 March 2009 - 16:12

Thank you Rahul, I am told Deccan also is carrying this pen in all colors.

QUOTE (Keng @ Mar 1 2009, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Camlin brand name is new to me. Thank you for the informative review. A nice looking pen I must say and for the price, good value for money too.


Thank you Mike. Camlin makes some piston filler pens like the 47 and sleek. I had reviewed the 47 last year. They also make a pen called the Trinity which was reviewed recently by Shrujaya.

QUOTE (Aysedasi @ Mar 1 2009, 09:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For $12 it looks pretty good to me - thanks for the excellent review. smile.gif


Thank you Andrew. Yes, it is a good pen and 12USD is a small amount in the international arena but is quite a large sum to spend on a pen in India so I am not sure if the pen will be a success here... their previous piston model the Premier was a huge failure due to its price.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 22:17

Nice find Hari! Good to see that Indian brands too are coming out with their own signature lineups. I'm hoping to see more of these in near future. Your handwriting sample shows that the nib is pretty neat; I like nibs that write this way!

Did you have a chance to check out Today's pens? They too were gonna come out with their lineup of high end fountain pens.....

Cheers!
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:45

QUOTE (s_t_e_v_e @ Mar 2 2009, 03:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Did you have a chance to check out Today's pens? They too were gonna come out with their lineup of high end fountain pens.....


Thank you Steve. I did not know about Today's pens, will have to find out.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:39

This is a nice pen Hari. A bit costly in Indian standard! Not for school children. Nib tip shows a good amount of tipping material, have you tried writing with nib up-turned position? I liked the cap design with signature. How end of the barrel looks? What is there? Good photos as usual.
Thanks Hari!
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 17:43

QUOTE (Abhik @ Mar 2 2009, 06:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is a nice pen Hari. A bit costly in Indian standard! Not for school children. Nib tip shows a good amount of tipping material, have you tried writing with nib up-turned position? I liked the cap design with signature. How end of the barrel looks? What is there? Good photos as usual.
Thanks Hari!
Abhik.


Thank you Abhik. I have not used the nib upside down however. The end of the barrel has a metallic jewel, a glimpse of which is visible in the photo where the pen is taken apart.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 23:00

A really nice review of an interesting pen most of us in the States do not get to see. Thank you.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 00:03

Another nice find, Hari! thumbup.gif
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:18

It is a really nice looking pen and a great value.

Thanks for sharing Hari. smile.gif

The pictures are very beautiful and informative, they could be used as a promotional tool by the company.


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Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:29

Thank you Brian and Richard.
QUOTE (Anne-Sophie @ Mar 3 2009, 10:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The pictures are very beautiful and informative, they could be used as a promotional tool by the company.


Thank you Anne. I have noticed that Pendemonium is carrying some custom ground Camlin piston pens and so is Hisnibs(Norman Hasse), maybe they can try to bring this pen to the International audience.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 14:02

Excellent review and a good find Hari .

Mumbai seems to be one of those Indian cities , where fountain pens are popular thus the avialibility is quite abundant . One of these days , i'll visit Mumbai and get hold of you for guided tour of your sources of such treasures ....

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 17:23

QUOTE (devjeethensh @ Mar 5 2009, 07:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
One of these days , i'll visit Mumbai and get hold of you for guided tour of your sources of such treasures ....


Thank you Dev. You are most welcome. It will be my pleasure to show you.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 15:41

Hi Hari,

Thanks for the excellent review of SD. One complaint though about the company. They do not advertise the availability of such a good pen. Even their website has no mention about this pen.

So, if you had not reviewed, we (even in India) would never have come to know of such a pen.

Also, they must see to it that it available in every big city. It is not available in my city.

Great job. Keep up the good work.

Thanks & Regards,
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Posted 29 March 2009 - 17:19

Its a nice pen though, I'd wish for it a bigger converter to contain more ink considering the diameter of the pen itself.
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:54

QUOTE (gampupen @ Mar 29 2009, 09:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the excellent review of SD. One complaint though about the company. They do not advertise the availability of such a good pen. Even their website has no mention about this pen.


Thank you Gampu, I agree about the advt. part. This pen is still not available in many shops, most probabaly since it will be a slow moving item considering its high cost in the Indian market context. I think you can try in Madras, it will surely be available.

QUOTE (archie001 @ Mar 29 2009, 10:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Its a nice pen though, I'd wish for it a bigger converter to contain more ink considering the diameter of the pen itself.


Thanks! I would have wished for a piston filler like the Camlin special editions in the past. However the Pelikan GTP5 cart with a good ink capacity fits the pen well. I have not yet used the converter.

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