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How To Score Vintage/discarded/nos Pens From Stores In India?


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Hi everyone,

 

As a fountain pen collection and restoration enthusiast it has been very hard in my city to come across more affordable pens, after exhausting the selection of easily available ones (I have a tight budget as I am a student)

 

However, a few days back I went to a stationary shop for some work and say that they had some old chelpark inks on display (ofcourse I bought all of them), curiously I asked the man if he had fountain pens, he told me that he had many old unsold ones and didn't know where they were, after a lot of persuation he agreed to look for them and have them ready in a few days.

 

So the next day I went and he said he didn't find them and to come back a few days later. So I did, again and again. (was pretty desperate to get a hold of some childhood oens)

 

Fortunately, after a week or so, he finally had them ready. They were not exactly vintage, but old pens indeed, some quite damaged. I got a few Camlin No. 6 pens, some Flora Pens (the model number is not known) and a couple Hero 323. All of them were more or less usable atleast after some repairs.

 

This brings me to my question, if this man had old stocks, probably other shops do too, and it would be great to have a few tips on how I can get these shops to sell me their old stocks, even if they're broken or damaged, how do I persuade them to dig them out for me, because every other shops I've asked, have said 'no we don't have fountain pens" to my face.

 

 

Btw I'm new to FPN (this is my first thread)

 

Regards,

Anurag.

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Good for you. You have been bitten by fountain pen bug. Keep persuading people. That's the way.

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Hi everyone,

 

As a fountain pen collection and restoration enthusiast it has been very hard in my city to come across more affordable pens, after exhausting the selection of easily available ones (I have a tight budget as I am a student)

 

However, a few days back I went to a stationary shop for some work and say that they had some old chelpark inks on display (ofcourse I bought all of them), curiously I asked the man if he had fountain pens, he told me that he had many old unsold ones and didn't know where they were, after a lot of persuation he agreed to look for them and have them ready in a few days.

 

So the next day I went and he said he didn't find them and to come back a few days later. So I did, again and again. (was pretty desperate to get a hold of some childhood oens)

 

Fortunately, after a week or so, he finally had them ready. They were not exactly vintage, but old pens indeed, some quite damaged. I got a few Camlin No. 6 pens, some Flora Pens (the model number is not known) and a couple Hero 323. All of them were more or less usable atleast after some repairs.

 

This brings me to my question, if this man had old stocks, probably other shops do too, and it would be great to have a few tips on how I can get these shops to sell me their old stocks, even if they're broken or damaged, how do I persuade them to dig them out for me, because every other shops I've asked, have said 'no we don't have fountain pens" to my face.

 

 

Btw I'm new to FPN (this is my first thread)

 

Regards,

Anurag.

Patience and lots of leg work. Enter any shop that you feel might have stocks and enquire. Shopkeepers want to get rid of dead stock. One tip. Dont cherry pick, dont haggle over prices. Buy in entire lots. This helps build confidence and the shopkeepers usually direct you to other shops who might have dead stocks available.

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Good for you. You have been bitten by fountain pen bug. Keep persuading people. That's the way.

 

 

It's bitten me real hard. 50 pens of various ranges in 2 months 😅

 

(the pilot metropolitan has become my favorite)

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Patience and lots of leg work. Enter any shop that you feel might have stocks and enquire. Shopkeepers want to get rid of dead stock. One tip. Dont cherry pick, dont haggle over prices. Buy in entire lots. This helps build confidence and the shopkeepers usually direct you to other shops who might have dead stocks available.

 

Thanks a lot. Exactly what I'm gonna do. I'm ready for the legwork, but the patience I have to learn 😅

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It's bitten me real hard. 50 pens of various ranges in 2 months

 

(the pilot metropolitan has become my favorite)

Careful. Be mindful of your wallet.

Knowledge Power

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Hi Anurag ... nice to see someone willing to do the legwork to source out old fountain pens ... as Hari said, have patience too ... follow Hari's advice ... I know ... he's been my pen guru for ten years now ... and a great friend ... and don't lose sight of your target, chase it, you may slacken a bit here and there, but don't let go ... here are two posts on my search(es) for vintage fountain pen brands ending in success here in Hyderabad ... would hopefully inspire you not to give up the chase ...

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/232569-in-search-of-the-nostalgic-misak-fountain-pens-in-hyderabad-india/?hl=misak

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/270072-hema-fountain-pens-from-hyderbad-india/?hl=misak

 

Jai

Writing and posting about fountain pens exclusively on www.jaisiri.blogspot.in ... recent posts on Hema Pens (Hyderabad), Haul at Majestic (Bangalore), and Asoka Pens (Tenali)...

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Hi Anurag ... nice to see someone willing to do the legwork to source out old fountain pens ... as Hari said, have patience too ... follow Hari's advice ... I know ... he's been my pen guru for ten years now ... and a great friend ... and don't lose sight of your target, chase it, you may slacken a bit here and there, but don't let go ... here are two posts on my search(es) for vintage fountain pen brands ending in success here in Hyderabad ... would hopefully inspire you not to give up the chase ...

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/232569-in-search-of-the-nostalgic-misak-fountain-pens-in-hyderabad-india/?hl=misak

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/270072-hema-fountain-pens-from-hyderbad-india/?hl=misak

 

Jai

 

Thank you so much for the links!

I'm so ready for my fountain pen journey!

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Hi Anurag ... nice to see someone willing to do the legwork to source out old fountain pens ... as Hari said, have patience too ... follow Hari's advice ... I know ... he's been my pen guru for ten years now ... and a great friend ... and don't lose sight of your target, chase it, you may slacken a bit here and there, but don't let go ... here are two posts on my search(es) for vintage fountain pen brands ending in success here in Hyderabad ... would hopefully inspire you not to give up the chase ...

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/232569-in-search-of-the-nostalgic-misak-fountain-pens-in-hyderabad-india/?hl=misak

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/270072-hema-fountain-pens-from-hyderbad-india/?hl=misak

 

Jai

Also, can you provide me with some information for Kolkata? I am a regular at the pen hospital and its amazing, but it shouldn't hurt to know about other such places around here, with a better collection perhaps.

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