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Kindly treat this post as an extension to my first review/documentation of the model Gama Kambar from Gem and Co., a pen shop and pen manufacturer based in Madras, India. https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/264032-the-gama-kambar/ This pen is the latest avatar(I call this the Kambar Mark-II to keep track of the evolution) of the Kambar concept of an oversized pure flat top design. Gem has acquired some blow hole free Indian BHR rods in the large diameters and they decided to make a few such pens out of the rod stock. The Dimensions are as under(dimensions in brackets are of Kambar Mark-I for the sake of comparison): Capped: 165mm (161mm) Open: 153mm (150mm) Section dia: same at 13mm-15mm, tapered. Section's gripping length: same at 22mm Barrel dia: 17.5, steps down to 15.4mm (18mm no step) Cap dia: same at 19mm Essentially the pen has been made slightly longer and the cap thickness has been increased at the cost of a step in the barrel diameter. Onto some pictures now: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/mark2brushed/IMG_9793.jpg L-R: 2 nos Kambar MK-II, Kambar Mk-I, MB149 http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/mark2brushed/IMG_9794.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/mark2brushed/IMG_9795.jpg Mk-I and Mk-II with stock nibs. http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/mark2brushed/IMG_9797.jpg special Mk-II for M800 nib unit shown with stock Mk-II http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/mark2brushed/IMG_9801.jpg closeup of the M800 nib unit as installed. http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/mark2brushed/IMG_9798.jpg same special Mk-II now installed with JoWo #6 nib unit shown with stock Mk-II http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/mark2brushed/IMG_9799.jpg showing the entrails with JoWo #6 installed. http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/mark2brushed/IMG_9800.jpg Closeup of the JoWo as installed. Interesting developments and pen design tweaks taking place at Gem and thanks to ASApens.in , despite my large physical distance from Gem and company, I am able to get to buy their new offerings from time to time, almost hot off the oven. Cheers! Hari
The Kambar was born out of my desire to have a thick, absolutely pure flat ends pen. The problem with such pens is that if the exterior is a pure cylinder, the section to barrel interface will have an irritating step. To avoid this, I had the cap diameter increased slightly. The pen was manufactured for me by Gem and Company in Madras. The owner of Chennai based ASApens.in was the interface between me and Pratap (Owner of Gem and Co.), without his help this pen could not have been made. The pen has the name Kambar, a honorific version of the name Kamban, the name of the medieval Tamil Poet and author of the Tamil version of the epic Ramayana, known as Kambaramayanam. http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/IMG_9720.jpg The stock 35mm (German designation No. 6 ) nibs http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/IMG_9721.jpg The pens dimensions are as under: Capped: 161mm Open: 126mm+24mm or 28mm depending on the nib fitted, will come to that in a bit. Section dia: 13mm-15mm, tapered. Section's gripping length: 22mm Barrel dia: 18mm Cap dia: 19mm I have to admit that this pen is inspired by my wonderful Dani Trio Sho Genkai, but without the shutoff valve coming in the way: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/IMG_9729.jpg But the Dani Trio has a 40mm gold nib installed, so I also arranged a version of the Kambar featuring a 40mm nib unit from the M1000: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/IMG_9730.jpg The nibs: Stock IPG, Sho Genkai, M1000 installed http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/GamaKambar/IMG_9732.jpg Cheers! Hari