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Fountain Pen INDIA
Aug 18, 2017
In Lotus Excel
The Indian Fountain pen industry has had a very long,lustrous and prestigious history. For an Indian Student,your first Fountain Pen was invariably Indian Made. Usually made of ebonite, Eye-Dropper and Indian made generic nibs. And oh the universal "feature" of Ink Burps and leaks. Unfortunately I was one of those students who waited impatiently till 8th grade when we were allowed to use Ball pens. Please forgive my ignorance of childishness. Recently I was contacted by Mr.Arun Singhi of Lotus Excel Pens about his new line of Fountain Pens with premium materials. Some standout features of their Lotus Excel line of Fountain Pens are: Japanese Nikko Ebonite: Which provides mirror finish without any additional coatings/treatment. International Standards of craftsmanship. Interchangeable nibs ie. JoWo in the case of the Jina. Unique out of the box designs: Symmetrical "Zeppelin" design in case of the Jina,while at the same time maintaining 50/50 balance. High quality trims: 18k Gold plated trims on the Jina. Lifetime Guarantee. I guess its time to get into Indian Pens again. Presentation:The Pen comes in a Functional clam shell case with the Minimalist Lotus logo on the box. The Pen is stored in a velvet pen couch with draw strings.I like these boxes as they can act as storage for at least 3 pens.The Velvet string pouch can also be used as everyday carry. https://scontent.fmaa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20157419_10154494710991008_3684100610658490308_o.jpg?oh=eefb5aeb2eb4edf53b76e00a30e812cb&oe=59F9FC4F Construction:The first thing you notice with this pen is the perfect,near mirror,glossy polished surface of the pen. Mated with the strikingly gold plated appointments: the Split Nib,cap ring and cap band, there is a very pleasant contrast between the ebony and the gold.  Overall the pen has a tapered torpedo shape with smooth flowing lines,all the trims being flush with the body. The Split Clip is reminiscent to some nibs from Waterman. It is spring loaded and has good tension.Below the Clip is a golden circular band. At the end of the cap is a broad gold plated band,which is at the exact middle of the pen. This gives the pen a very pleasing visual balance. The barrel of the pen is plain and tapers down. The cap unscrews with 2.5 turns and does not have the typical Ebonite on Ebonite screaching feel. The section is very comfortable in width and length and ends with a lip towards the nib. The cap screws are very low profile and do not cause any discomfort when gripped.There is about 1mm of step up from the section to the barrel.The section unscrews in 2.5 turns and again,very pleasent turns. The pen accepts International Cartridges and Converters. I havnt tried it but I think the pen can be used as E.D too.In the hand,the pen has a very balanced feel and comfortable unposted. The pen can be posted but becomes very unwieldy and top heavy Specifications: Material                    : Japanese Nikko Ebonite ​ Total Length             : 155 mm ​ Length without cap : 135 mm ​ Total Weight             : 24 gms ​ Weight without cap : 11 gms ​ Schmidt Converter ​  Nib: Fitted with C/C type Gold Plated Jowo # 6. Available in F/M/B Size Comparisson: Sailor Pro Gear II, Mont Blanc 149, Lotus Excel Jina, Lamy 2000. Writing:My pen came with a #6 Jowo in Medium and it wrote as well as any smooth,wet Jowo Nib. No flow issues noticed out of the box. Maybe the nib was checked before being sent out? The Little Things: Its really hard to believe that this material is just Polished Ebonite. It can easily be mistaken for resin. I cant wait to see more colors in this material. I really like the Symmetrical design of the pen.And its a design that works functionally as well as aesthetically. The low thread count for the cap and section is a welcome change compared to other Indian Pens. Quality of threads:The amount of sheen in the material is maintained over the threads too! Wide selection of nibs as these pens accept JoWo Nib Units. Conclusion:Its good to see New Indian Pen Manufacturers venturing into the scene and more so with such strong products like the Jina. The quality of materials,craftsmanship,product aesthetics and Service is a breath of fresh air for not only Indian Buyers but International as well. I feel Mr.Arun Singhi of Lotus Excel Pens has hit a home run with the Jina and things can only get better from here. Shop Now Referemce
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Fountain Pen INDIA
Aug 18, 2017
In Lotus Excel
LOTUS “TECTONA”. Some time back Mr. Arun Singhi of LOTUS Pens, came up with the proposal of making a premium ebonite fountain pen and approached for suggestions, for a model, of the LOTUS EXCEL series. I suggested a few changes to the section, weight distribution on the barrel, trimmings, and from the prototype, developed a beautiful instrument of my choice, the “Tectona”, within the Lotus Excel series. First Impression:  The pen arrived in a well cushioned box with a decently presentable look. The pen is a classic slightly tapered cigar shape, sober looking with a minimum of shiny trimmings, no clip matte finish. The matte finish accentuates the wood grain wholesomeness of the ebonite itself. I love the wood grain look and unpolished feel of the surface on this pen.  I have named this pen, the “TECTONA”, derived from the scientific name, Tectona grandis, a variety of teak, native of this part of the world. Tectona has the same pronounced grain and, the reddish brown hues show up well when polished. One small brass ring has been put in as an embellishment, which does not detract from the visual and tactile appeal of the finished surface. Dimensions: The pen weighs a total of 27 grams including the cap. This design writes with the cap un-posted and at 19 grams, minus the cap, is a very comfortable weight to write with for long sessions. The heft and balance is just correct. Capped, the pen measures 14.6 cm. The length from nib tip to end of barrel at 14 cm. would be comfortable for most users. The diameter at its thickest point is 16.2 mm and the section diameter has a gradual taper from 11.4 mm to 10.6 mm at the end, which is quite comfortable for me. The section is also in matte finish so chances of slippage, are remote. Nib: This pen takes in a standard #6 Jowo nib unit, screwed in, which can be replaced very easily. I have a preference of writing with thick point nibs, and Mr. Singhi was kind enough to arrange for a Jowo unit in B point. Having used regularly over the past 10 days, am happy to note that the feed keeps up with the ink volume requirements of a B point, with no skipping at all. Filling Mechanism: The filling mechanism is the standard Schmidt K5 converter, which lives up to its reputation in this pen as well. Conclusion: In the final analysis, I find the LOTUS Tectona, a very comfortable writing instrument for prolonged writing sessions. Despite its size, it is quite friendly on the grip. Excellent value for money and is worth every penny. In appearance, it has a classic shape, solid and classy look, with an old world graceful charm of its own. Sanjeev Prakash. Shop Now
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Fountain Pen INDIA
Aug 18, 2017
In Lotus Excel
Hello Fellow Pen Enthusiasts! I have been eagerly anticipating the launch of the Tectona fountain pen recently introduced by Lotus Pens, and immediately ordered one and now it's here! A friend recommended Lotus Pens and I thanked him for his suggestion having had a pleasurable writing experience with the Tectona. A New Fountain Pen Review: The Lotus Tectona In addition to the overall appearance of the fountain pens we use, we are also focused on their performance. The Tectona's nib is made by JoWo, carefully selected by Lotus Pens for their writing instruments. Fine, medium and broad points are available. JoWo is German-made and highly reliable. The 6 mm size nib is perfect as it does not skip, is not scratchy, and the feeder delivers a consistent ink flow, with no obstruction. Ink to paper is neither too dry nor too wet...just right for an ideal write! Filling is via cartridge or converter--a K5 Schmidt converter is included. The threading of the Tectona operates smoothly/ flawlessly, and the fit and finish and general construction are impeccable, demonstrating attention to detail in the manufacturing process. The material utilized is a unique combination--ebonite with a wood finish, and the Tectona can be ordered with or without a clip. My wife calls the Tectona, "handsome", and a pen friend called it, "majestic". It simply feels great and looks great. A side note.... The Lotus Flower, the national flower of India, symbolizes spiritual enlightenment and rebirth. There are 3 species of the Tectona tree, and they are often called, Teak. Teak is highly desirable as a wood in fountain pens due to its durability, strength, and weather-resistance. Lotus Pens is a family-run business, and a business background taught me the advantages of buying products created by a family enterprise. The family is a natural team who can expedite decision-making and implement plans with speed. Most companies have to go through a political process to get things done--the politics are mostly avoided in a family business. There's a high level of trust among family members that is often lacking in a large commercial firm. Dedication to quality products and complete consumer satisfaction is a top-priority in a family-run company--and this devotion is evident with Lotus Pens, and certainly important to us as fountain pen aficionados. Concerning value vs. price. Price is a dollar amount. Value is price relative to product, i.e., what we get for what we pay. We certainly have a lot of choices...fountain pens can be purchased at every price point. I consider the Tectona to be of great value based on all of the aforementioned. I get excited about pens I enjoy, and therefore this Review is a reflection of my enthusiasm for the Tectona and for Lotus Pens, and not intended as a commercial. I have no financial connection to Lotus Pens. For Members who have questions and/or want further info. regarding products, pricing. Shop Now
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Fountain Pen INDIA
Aug 18, 2017
In Kanwrite
1. Appearance & Design: This is a rod shaped well designed pen, with multiple parts assembled to form the final shape. It is almost spindle shaped when capped, with middle portion much thick er and both the body and cap tapering towards blunt ends. The cap has an inverted cone shaped screw or finial that pins the clip to the tapering upper end of the cap. The clip is chrome coloured with ‘Kanwrite’ imprinted on it. It’s a bit stiff and tight for my taste, but I hardly get time to clip my pens to shirt pockets. It’s a solid clip with good quality metal. The cap ring at the other end is a thick chrome ring, again imprinted with ‘Kanwrite’ which in my opinion is not necessary at all, rather imprinting the word “Heritage” or leaving it blanc would have been more appropriate.  Indian fo untain pens have suffered from lack of good quality trims; Kanwrite Heritage is trying to reverse this trend with provision of quality me tal parts. The cap is a screw on cap, it opens with 2.5 turns, may be slightly less, there is no tightness while opening or closing the cap. The section tapers gently to wards the nibs with a small flaring just beneath the nib for good support of fingers during long writing sessions. Just below the threads there is an ink window, about 5 mm thick with chrome coloured thin rings lining both the top and lower margins. When capped, the ink window is covered by the cap. Now that might seem like a disadvantage, as you have to open the cap to see the ink level. But I have tried imagining the ink window below the cap ring, it really doesn’t make much sense design wise. At the end there is another chrome coloured ring, followed by a cap which covers the knob of twist piston filler. The end finial margin of the cap is not flush with that of clip metal and rest of the body of cap, there is a gap. Though it doesn’t take away anything, if Kanwrite is to go premium with variations of this model, such minute issues might get greater importance. I would love to see this model in premium acrylic and ebonite material, which will attract great deal of attention from fountain pen lovers. 2. Construction & Quality: Its made up of injection molded CAB plastic. CAB stands for “Cellulose Acetate Butyrate”, a form of plastic which is slightly softer and more durable. This will prevent easy cracking of the pen. This material is more eco-friendly than ABS plastic, that is used to create many other transparent pens. We must dispel the idea that just because Kanwrite produces cheaper fountain pens for masses with CAB material, this is a cheap or poor material.   The downside of using CAB is one kind of funny smell. Besides, pens made from ABS plastic can have better transparent finish and they are more scratch resistant. I haven’t found transparent Kanwrite CAB pens to attract scratches more easily, but if one is still skeptical, I would advise to buy some coloured transparent pens like blue or yellow. Durability is more important to me and Kanwrite pens are more durable. The smell is not intrusive while writing (it’s not detectable unless the pen is sniffed directly) and hands doesn’t smell for long after using the pen. Trim quality is good. Overall the pen feels substantial in hand and pictures might not reflect the actual feeling while using this pen. 3. Weight & Dimensions:  The dimensions are as follows Weight:   22 gms Length: 140 mm Length of uncapped pen: 130 mm Posted length: 160 mm Diameter of section: 11.5 mm- 12 mm Barrel diameter: 20 mm Ink window: 5 mm Ink capacity- 1.2 ml The pen is beautifully balanced. I have seen those pens which have around 130 mm uncapped length and ≤ 12 mm section diameter (11.5 mm best) work best for me. So for my grip and finger pressure, this is a perfectly balanced fountain pen. It feels easy in my hand and I can continue writing for prolonged periods with it. The smooth nib compliments the grip and balance. Posting is not a good option for me as it gets much longer than my taste. 4. Nib & Performance:  Kanwrite produces a large variety of nibs. Heritage model accepts international #35 sized nibs. The nib comes in a screwed in interchangeable nib-feed unit, but you can pull out and replace the nib only with other spare Kanwrite nibs. All kinds of nib options are available, like EF, F, M, B, BB, Italics, Oblique and very attractive steel semi-Flex ones in different tip sizes. Sandeepji can produce almost all steel nibs under the sun. He is developing gold nibs as well. The review of Kanwrite nibs demands one separate page, but for short these are extremely versatile nibs. The gap between the tines is perfectly designed and tip is smooth with nice wet sustained flow of ink. There is a definite ‘feedback’ while using Kanwrite nibs, they are not glassy smooth. This resistance is what makes writing experience with Kanwrite much enjoyable. Occasional nibs might be scratchy as with all production houses, but just a little bit of micro mesh-ing will quickly turn them into very good nibs. I enjoy Kanwrite fine nibs more than medium or broad ones. As these spare nibs are cheap, one can actually indulge in a great deal of experimentation and customization. There is no skipping, hard start, burping or leaking. Reverse writing possible but scratchy.  And forgive me for my hideous handwriting while trying to write quick, that depicts the true ability of a doctor's writing skills. ​ ​ 5. Filling System & Maintenance: This pen is twist type piston filler. It can easily be disassembled, cleaned and put together without much problem. One has to grip the threads for the small cap at the back and twist to open the piston system. It is made up of plastic and robust. The pen can be cleaned from above by easily removing the nib unit as well. The following pic from Dr. Soumya Mukherjee as he disassembled his Kanwrite for better cleaning. ​ ​ ​ 6. Cost & Value:  This pen is valued at INR 1500 ($30 USD). It’s an affordable workhorse pen with great value on the long run. It’s available in Amazon and also one can contact Sandeepji directly. ​ 7. Conclusion:  This is one of the best pens to happen to Indian fountain pen scenario and truly deserving worldwide market. The possibilities are endless with almost all nib types available in house. Some newer developments would certainly take this pen further. This is a 'must have pen' for any fountain pen lover. Shop Now Reference: FountainPenNetwork
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Fountain Pen INDIA
Aug 04, 2017
In Lotus Excel
Please see what one of the Patron Mr. Yusuf Mansoor have to say about the Lotus Excel products line ......thank you Yusuf bhai          Being privileged few who have witnessed Lotus product, i feel imperative on my part to let others know why Lotus... My observation about Lotus Excel are as such..  1. Nikko ebonite and craftman ship are amazing.  2. Quality of finish is as par with any international hand turners. 3. Ease of interchanging nib unit which to me is was a cumbersome task with many.  4. Most of the designs are kind of unorthodox but supremely balance to suit any hand. Amazing indeed. 5. Quality of accessories, like trims and clips, which r plated in gold n palladium (not polished) r worthy of mention.  Last but not the least I appreciate their confidence in their products which reflects in lifetime guarantee they r providing... Good luck to you Arun Singhi ji.....
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