That question troubles every fountain pen lover in India and abroad. In this age of the electronic devices, writing in longhand is perceived to be an ancient habit. Even when we have to scribble a word or two, there is the ubiquitous ball point pen at hand. Fountain pens are considered an aberration, used only by eccentrics. It is a piece of antique craft that is cumbersome and difficult to use and maintain. Fountain pens have disappeared from many stationery shops in the city where I live: Kolkata. You can only find some plastic pens made for school children and cartridges filled with ink. No real fountain pens, no fountain pen ink, no ink pot, no rubber dropper to help you fill your eyedropper pens with ink. Hence the question that torments anyone with a love for fountain pens is where to buy them.
It is precisely this that compelled me to search for fountain pen retailers online. There are sites on the internet that sells fountain pens but most of them are managed abroad and to import a fountain pen, you need to pay hefty shipping charges. During one such search, I came upon Mr Subramaniam’s fountain pen store ASA PENS. I bought a set of three Wality pens and got acquainted with its gentleman proprietor.
Mr Subramaniam, the owner of ASA PENS, resides in Chennai, India. He is a perfect gentleman and his own story, recorded in his website, will tell you that he acquired a fascination for fountain pens long ago as a child. His passion for fountain pens is evident by the scrupulously careful manner in which he conducts his online business. He will get in touch with you over an email and if necessary, over telephone, as soon as your order is placed and payment made. His service is prompt and he will always be eager to know your opinion about the pen you bought. His enthusiasm for these writing instruments would soon infect you. Indeed, it is always a pleasure to buy fountain pens from Mr Subramaniam’s fountain pen shop ASA PENS.
Over the last few years, I have bought several Gama and Wality pens from his online shop for myself or as gifts for my friends. I intend to buy more in the future. The stock at ASA PENS is limited to fountain pens made mostly in India. But I like it that way and I have no doubt that as you survey the site and review the pens, you’ll enjoy its Indian flavour. Mr Subramaniam has also started producing his own brand of fountain pens named ASA. At the time of writing this post, I find 16 different versions of ASA pens as well as Fellowship, Gama, Doctor, Wality, Oliver and Camlin Kokuyo fountain pens among the other Indian brands and Jinhao as a foreign (Chiense) brand available in Mr Subramaniam’s e-shop. ASA PENS ships the products to anywhere in the world. It also offers free shipping if you spend a certain amount to buy pens.
So, next time you confront the question where to buy fountain pens, think no further. Visit ASA PENS. You won’t be disappointed.
The Clear Demonstrator is a distinctive genre of fountain pens. These pens were once used by pen dealers to “demonstrate” the features of upcoming fountain pen models to potential customers. Also called Skeleton pens, these were especially useful in providing the future owner of the pen an opportunity to observe the filling mechanism, the feed and the nib as well as other components inside a fountain pen. These pens also have an aesthetic appeal especially useful in helping a novice pen user to graduate into the domain of experienced pen lovers. The transparent barrel helps you to observe the ink level. The colour of ink under the barrel changes under different shades and amount of light and the ink within happily sloshes around. Thus, the Clear Demonstrator Fountain pens have a special appeal especially to newbies in the world of fountain pens.
Lamy Vista Demonstrator Fountain Pen
As such I accepted ASA Pens Combo Offer of FIVE Indian clear demonstrator fountain pens for the very reasonable sum of Rs. 460 plus postage with much glee. According to the seller these are the best-selling eyedropper demonstrator fountain pens made by Indian manufacturers. The pens are Oliver Ideal, Fellowship 505TR, Wality 67T, Serwex 77TR and Doctor Deluxe. All the pens are fitted with standard fine nibs of golden colour.
These are medium-sized pens, the smallest being Fellowship 505TR measuring just above 5 inches while the largest Doctor Deluxe measures about 5½ inches. All the pens have transparent barrels but whereas with Oliver, Fellowship and Serwex the barrels are clear, the barrel of the Wality pen has swirls and that of Doctor has straight grid-like lines. The Serwex 77TR has a beautiful transparent rounded end while Oliver Ideal has a long bottom cap of the same colour as the cap of the pen. Two of these pens, Oliver Ideal and Fellowship 505TR has golden clips and trims while the rest three have chrome or steel clips. Four of these pens have colourful caps (single colour or mottled) with the sole exception of Fellowship 505TR which has a transparent acrylic cap.
For a price of less than what you would pay for a single decent fountain pen, ASA Pens offers you five fine demonstrator pens, each having its distinctive colour, design, character, class and variety. I found the Doctor Deluxe the most suitable for long and uninterrupted writing without any fatigue. Its larger size would fit the hand perfectly. I found the Serwex 77TR as having the smoothest nib of all the five although it has the most undistinguished appearance. In my opinion Oliver Ideal is the most beautiful of these pens and the Wality 67T is charming with its green mottled cap and exquisitely-designed barrel.
The pens came decently and securely packed and on opening the package I found the pens in a plastic pouch. The proprietor of ASA Pens, Mr Subramaniam is very prompt in confirming orders and shipping them, so you can never complain of his service. As I opened the plastic pouch, I found a plastic dropper, a nice little device that I haven’t seen for a long time. Since all the five are eyedropper pens, the dropper would come in handy while filling the fountain pens.
The demonstrator pens often create stunning visuals as you fill them with ink of different colours. With the colours of the cap and the colour of ink in their transparent barrels, these pens would surely be a splendid addition to your writing desk. ASA Pens has offered a fantastic deal and you should accept the offer as long as it remains open. Highly recommended.