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  1. Hi I'm a newbie here thinking to start writing with a fountain pen again. I had tried earlier with a classmate Octane but the nib was too sratchy still continued with the two barrels and later switched back to ball pen. Had seen fountain pen all my childhood but never could write with one. Then through out wet shave fb group got in touch with few like minded people who still write with them. One of the makers Pinkwoolf also does send a lovely handwritten note with a fountain pen that ignited the aviation fuel build up which was awaiting ignition. Very unfortunate to hear that the companies have gone so greasy that even with inflation included the prices are no match to what it was earlier in india. Have shortlisted -Click Aristocrat demo medium nib pen as the initial days per ml keeps haunting. -Sheafer no nonsense -Diamine black ink -Bril black ink
  2. Continuing my quest for fountain pens from Andhra Pradesh & Telangana… I had heard about Hema fountain pens or rather, I had seen the name of Hema Pen Company on the net while browsing for information on fountain pens in Hyderabad, but I understood that they no longer manufacture fountain pens and there is Hema Pen Stores, also in Hyderabad, and when I called them to find out about fountain pens, they told me that they don’t sell fountain pens anymore and only sell general stationery… But I instinctively felt that there are Hema fountain pens out there and it is only a matter of time before luck smiled on me…and luck did indeed smile on me and in the most unexpected of places … right in my neighbourhood, in a small stationery shop… I go with the intention of asking in small stationery shops about fountain pens but most of the times, I stop short and come back without asking…and most of the times that I have stopped and asked, I have been rewarded and how!! I had found a whole set of Misak Pens in a dusty folder in a small shop in Hyderabad when I had stopped and asked… and again when I stopped and asked in this stationery shop near my house, the owner rummaged around in the bottom of his cupboard and came up with an old cardboard box which contained two Hema ebonite fountain pens…I only have to overcome my diffidence…!! Here are the pictures of these two lovely looking ebonite fountain pens… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/1-HEMA_zps42a20fa4.jpg Hema FPs capped…the pens have nice flat ends… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/2-HEMA1_zps6ba6a762.jpg Caps & Clips…nice flat clips… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/3-HEMA_zpsfdaed840.jpg Brand name on the barrel… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/4-HEMA_zpsa33ae118.jpg Hema FPs uncapped… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/5-HEMA_zps6f0357a2.jpg Hema FPs posted…posts well… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/6-HEMA_zps89894c43.jpg The nibs…I feel these are nibs customized for the Hema brand…in one, you can see the brand name HEMA with SWISS POINT along with some decorative etchings…and when I pulled out the nib, below all these, I saw the letters H.P.C. etched inside an oval …the letters presumably standing for Hema Pen Company…the other nib doesn’t have the brand name, and instead of SWISS POINT, we have SWISS ELECTRO POINT along with a kind of three point star and two small circles etched on the face of the nib…and again, below all these, I saw the letters B.P.D. etched inside an oval…I wonder what the letters stand for…and it was kind of refreshing to see SWISS instead of the ubiquitous GERMANY that one sees very often on Indian ebonite pens… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/7-HEMA_zps0db36cbe.jpg The feeders…plain ones… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/8-HEMA_zpseb095e39.jpg At present I don’t have any information about the manufacturer/s as such, which would have added some history to the brand…for the time being, we have to make do with pictures…!!! As in the case of so many small fountain pen making units in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana that have closed shop, Hema pens too are no longer being made… so, for me finding these two Hema Fountain Pens was delightful and added to my collection of fountain pens from Andhra Pradesh & Telangana… These are simple no-frills pens, but they form a part of the history of fountain pens in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana…and India… And the search continues… Shrujaya
  3. In 2004, I was on a long work related visit to Hyderabad. On the day of my departure back to Mumbai, the official car dropped me at Nampalli, some 2 hours in advance of the time of departure of the train that was to take me back. I put my bags in the cloak room and to kill time, walked into the Abids area which is very near to Nampalli. I entered the Abids main road from the Chermas end. so it was a 100-150 metre walk upto Orient estate, when I saw a shop sign saying "The Deccan Pen Stores". Now, I was not already a full blown pen nut in 2004 but yes, I was then very much pen crazy and was thrilled to see a pen shop. I entered. On the counter to the left were rows of big huge pens. While I was looking at the pens, Mr. Wasim greeted me and offered to take out the pens and show me. We had a long conversation about pens and I ended up buying two Black HR Advocates for a princely sum of 125Rs each. I was about to miss my train that night. Anyway, there has never been a subsequent visit to Hyderabad where I have not visited the shop or asked my dear Hyderabadi friend Jai to pick up some new models for me and we meet and I bring the pens home. A few months back, Jai informed me about some new rippled ebonite Advocates that Deccan had made and apparently they had come out very well and gorgeous etc, so I had to have them... I think this might be a good time to show you folks how the model Advocate has evolved over the last decade. This evolution is a forced thing. There are only a handful of people who make nibs, clips rings etc in India and once they discontinue a style, the pen makers have to make do with the alternatives available. Deccan have managed to keep their Advocate alive despite these changes and it still remains the long, flat top reliable ED that we know it as. Onto the pics: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9531.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9532.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9533.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9536.jpg The three generations compared: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9537.jpg open: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9538.jpg subtle evolution of the section shape: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9539.jpg The clip profiles(newest at top, oldest at the bottom) and the "Advocate" engraved by hand: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9540.jpg Some shots of the new rippled ones: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9541.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Advocate/IMG_9542.jpg Cheers! Hari
  4. Sharing the pictures of my new Deccan Author Red Ebonite eyedropper pen. There are 2 previous posts discussing about the acrylic versions of this pen: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/216836-deccan-aurelius-author/https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/224094-the-deccan-aurelius-aka-the-author/I bought the eyedropper, ebonite Author in red colour, with Deccan stock fine nib. Overall design: It is a simple and elegant design. The colour appears more brownish-red than bright red that is seen in images with light. The clip appears slightly off the center (but it doesn't matter to me). There were small fragments of chipped off ebonite material in the barrel. The cap opens in exactly 2 turns. With cap posted: Barrel is quite thick and the pen looks very sturdy: Nib: The junction of nib/feeder and section is beautiful. Deccan logo (stylized D with stars): It is quite comfortable to hold in hands while writing. I will use the pen for a couple of weeks and follow-up with how the nib writes. My favorite writing style of nib is a fine nib that puts down a wet line. I will do whatever tuning it takes to suit this pen to my regular writing need. Please share your pictures of this pen if you have.
  5. Hari’s post on the evolution of the Deccan Advocate in the last decade inspired me to put together this post … a sort of companion post … I bought my first Advocate in December 2007 and that was a fortuitous event for me as far as fountain pens are concerned … I have been living in Hyderabad since 1992 and I remember visiting Deccan Pens at Abids around 1995 or so in search of a fountain pen … I had no idea about handmade Indian FPs, let alone pens made of ebonite and celluloid … I vaguely remember seeing long black thick bodied pens under the glass cases there … I didn’t even bother to ask the price of this pen, but distinctly remember buying a plastic fountain pen, which could also be used with a cartridge … after that it was in 2007 that I went again to Deccan Pens … I called up before going and was pleasantly surprised to know that they had a branch in Secunderabad too … and since it was on my way back home from college, it was convenient too and so, I got down at Secunderabad and wended my way to the shop … to cut things short, I saw the legendary black Advocate (I didn’t know about the legendary status then…) and bought it without thinking … oh my god, how good I felt … a pen should be like this, I thought … and since then, I have bought many Advocates, and gifted many more … so, here is my Advocate story … with pictures … a kind of photo essay … http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs1_zps8b9f5729.jpg The black Advocate seen here is the first Advocate that I bought … and the striated green one was bought in March 2008, along with a striated brown one (I subsequently gifted the brown one to a friend … I hope he is using it well … I don’t know … I will check and take it back if he is not using it…) … I had also bought a striated brown metal cap Advocate in March 2008 … the almost plain light brown seen here was bought sometime later, I don’t remember the exact month … possibly very late in 2008, I think … http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs2_zpsc9823005.jpg The Advocate always had a steel band on the cap lip whenever I have seen it, till almost recently … and you can see that in this photo and also the ball clip … this clip and band were distinctive features till almost 2009 … and therefore I was surprised to see that Hari’s Advocates bought in 2004 did not have this cap band … http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs3_zps7ee03478.jpg http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs4A_zps23e28f69.jpg These two pictures show the feeders of the 2007-2008 Advocates … the feeder on the black Advocate is distinctively different and it had, as Hari says, “the feeders had an extra air channel/groove running underneath the feeder and also some extra fins hidden inside the section”… I never found it again in the full ebonite Advocates that I bought subsequently, except the striated brown metal capped Advocate … from then on it was the usual shaped feeders that we see on the Advocates … so, I feel this is a change that can be seen from 2007 to 2008 as far as full ebonite Advocates are concerned … also if you observe closely, the shape of the section has changed ever so slightly, the smooth curve seen in the black Advocate gives way to a slightly sharper cut … http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs10_zps07e2f6c9.jpg http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs10A_zpsd5192146.jpg This is the striated brown metal capped Advocate … the metal cap Advocate is a different thing altogether … Deccan made it with rounded ends as well as flat ends … I bought the one with rounded ends … in fact, it was after reading Hari’s post on the metal capped Advocate that I ran to Deccan at Secunderabad the same evening and bought it … Hari has both versions and I have always been eyeing the flat topped green metal capped Advocate, but never felt forced to buy it … here again, we see that old feeder … this feeder has never appeared again … and in the flat topped example that Hari shows, one can already see the tear drop clip, that would go on to be the stale clip for the next 5 years … http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs6_zps0e5108b7.jpg http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs7_zpsdce82e57.jpg I put these two brown advocates to show the transition in the clip … the dark brown one has the new tear drop clip … the ball clip never to be seen again on the Advocate … I didn’t like this clip one bit, but I bought this dark brown Advocate to compensate for the earlier ball clip one that I gave my friend … the steel cap band is still very much there … http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs11A_zps60a2529d.jpg All right, these three black Advocates were customized at Hari’s behest by Deccan … Hari is not too fond of the cap band and had asked them to remove them for this particular order and as you can see, he had also asked them to reduce the length of the pens so that it becomes slightly more convenient to keep in one’s shirt pocket, but since Deccan already has a shorter and thinner Advocate Junior, they just customized these Advocates for Hari and continued with the earlier specifications for the regular Advocate … the long and the short one are mine, and the shortest pen is Hari’s … I have already documented the latest avatar of the Advocate in my blog and so, will not bring it here again … suffice to say that, the present Advocate is very very good compared to its previous version (that tear drop clip!) … the cap band is gone forever, I think and the new flat clip gets the look just right, I feel … http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs13_zps9dd98644.jpg http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/DecAdvs12_zps48fb0d93.jpg Now, for the final group photo of all the different versions of the Advocates that I have bought from 2007 onwards till date … and remarkably, the nibs have remained the same … the engineering remains the same and the writing experience is still very good … Thanks for visiting and reading… Regards, Shrujaya
  6. I was looking for some pictures in my album and came across these pictures taken one evening in April 2008 when I was visiting Hyderabad. The RP road, Secunderabad branch of Deccan pen stores: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0915.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0916.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0917.jpg The gold nibbed Indian beauties. Rare as hen's teeth now. http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0918.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0919.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0920.jpg The Abids branch of Deccan pen stores: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0921.jpg One of the older employees, I have not seen this gentle man for the last 2-3 years. http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0922.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0923.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0924.jpg The Ebonite counter: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/deccan%20visit%202008/IMG_0926.jpg Cheers! Hari
  7. When Zubair showed me this pen four days back, I thought this was the manufacturer’s sample piece of an old model. I was struck by the sheer beauty of this pen and told him that if ever he decides to sell this pen, I would want it. It was then that he told me that this is a model that ‘bade saab’ has been trying to perfect and it has reached this stage now. Bade saab hasn’t perfected it yet and this is only a kind of ‘preview.’ Bade saab is probably working on making a pen in wood for the first time and there are many things that he has to look out for, Zubair said. And this is no ordinary wood. It is Red Sanders also known as Red Sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus); known as Raktachandan in many parts of India. It is an endangered species and protected by government rules and regulations in India. I was genuinely pleased to see this pen. Hari had recently uploaded a post on Platinum Izumo Glossy – Tagayasan, a pen made of rosewood and I was wondering if any of our Indian penmakers would attempt something in wood. And I go to Deccan and Zubair shows me this pen made of Red Sanders!! As I said, the pen is not yet complete. I am not sure when it would be perfected and be ready for the market. I took Zubair’s permission to take photos of this pen at this stage… I stopped myself from saying too much… needless to say I was overwhelmed by this beauty…I took these photos in the Deccan Pen Stores, Secunderabad branch, and tried my best to see that the photos are sharp and bring out the beauty of the pen… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/1-DeccanRedsander-capped_zps1d626f80.jpg The Deccan Red Sanders – Capped – the size is similar to the Deccan Masterpiece… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/2-DeccanRedsander-uncapped_zps3d93b380.jpg The Deccan Red Sanders – Uncapped http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/3-DeccanRedsander-posted_zps44116d62.jpg The Deccan Red Sanders – Posted http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/4-DeccanRedsander-clip_zps587c8052.jpg The Clip…this is something very interesting…Bade saab has actually sprinkled the Red Sanders wood dust on the clip… obviously, some kind of adhesive on the clip surface before the sprinkling took place…Bade saab wanted the wood feel to extend to the metal clip too… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/5-DeccanRedsander-section-ebonite_zpscd4f2ce8.jpg Another interesting feature here…the aperture which holds the nib and feeder is made of ebonite and fixed to the section which is made of Red Sanders…this is to prevent ink from coming into contact with the wood while filling as wood tends to swell/shrink depending on exposure to moisture/heat and either way, it would affect the nib fitting… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/6-DeccanRedsander-nib_zps26714030.jpg The nib – this is a two-toned Ambitious nib… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/7-DeccanRedsander-feeder_zps658f9f74.jpg The feeder… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/8-DeccanRedsander-aerofill_zpsae7f2098.jpg Yeah, the pen is an aerometric filler…I think it has to be that for a complete wood pen… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/9-DeccanRedsander-fill-section_zpsacdf48e7.jpg The joint where the aerometric filler is fixed to the section… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/10-DeccanRedsander-capbarrelthickness_zps5519a145.jpg One can see the thickness of the barrel wall and cap wall… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/11-DeccanRedsander-closeupofcap_zpse62e79cd.jpg Close-up of the cap…it would be a snap-cap pen… http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn280/bambli_mass/12-DeccanRedsander-closeupofbarrel_zps9e388e72.jpg Close-up of the barrel… Thank you for visiting and reading… Shrujaya

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