23 April 2017

This year’s addition to the fountain pen collection…

Some of you who are close to me personally or professionally are aware that I use fountain pens almost exclusively for writing and also maintain a small collection. I wrote with my first fountain pen in fifth grade (1977) and in spite of all the messiness of ink all over my fingers, I have always preferred the feel of the ink-and-nib mechanism over the rolling-ball or simple gel mechanism.

While finding fountain pens became difficult over the years and certainly after I moved to the US of A, what became really difficult was getting the right paper that would neither bleed (most standard paper do) nor prevent the ink from drying (too glossy surface).  At the same time, it had to be smooth enough that the pen did not pick up any fibre from the surface that would muck up the capillary gap in the tongue of the nib. As a result, I normally stock up on writing pads once I find them to be fountain pen safe and almost always use a fine point nib only. I do have a very small cache of broad, italics and extra fine nibs for some calligraphic writing. (I am not very good at it though).

Annually, I add a few pens during the Fountain Pen Show in Atlanta. This year I went for some dual-toned bodies with bright colors. The total collection is starting to get close to the half century mark.

Missed my partner in crime Roger Whitney this year…



Posted April 23, 2017 by Rajib Roy in category "Fountain Pens

29 COMMENTS :

  1. By Abheek Chatterjee on

    I love fountain pens. Although I refrain from using it on a regular basis. I keep them for the times I jot down random nothings.

    Love your collection. Would like to try out a few during the summer, if you don’t mind of course 🙂

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  2. By Sudipta Chattaraj on

    Tui amake ekta WATERMAN dkyechili.as a token of love ota bhalo babe sangrokshito ache.ami abar back bichar na kore pen kini.dactar hisebe kadar nei kintu pen lunatic hisebe besh parichiti hoyeche.

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    1. By Rajib Roy on

      Next time jokhon dekha hobey, I will check on your collection. I am still yearning to get one of those “Hero” pens I used to use in India while in my high school. (They had an elongated nib that was integrated into the body. You could not change the nib. And it had a small transparent window in the body to check ink level)

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    2. By Rajib Roy on

      The ones we used had a slightly different nib structure. See the base of the nib is a circle in the picture. For us, it was more of a U shape. The green body in the pen in the picture would project further down the nib in our versions

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    1. By Rajib Roy on

      Are you not in Turks and Caicos. You would have foregone that for the pen show? 🙂 on a related note, the Dallas show is on Sep 8 and 9

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    1. By Rajib Roy on

      Unfortunately PenWright closed in Dallas. Couple of options: Go to the Fountain Pen Show in Dallas on Sep 8th and 9th. There will be many ink providers there with an array of colors that will make your head spin. Also, they will give you very good deals. Alternately, go to http://www.andersonpens.com/ and you should get ink bottles for $10 each. This is a Wisconsin based business owned by a very nice husband and wife. If you go to the fountain pen shows, you can meet them and their cute kids that we have seen grow over the years virtually from being new borns!!

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    1. By Rajib Roy on

      I do not have an Artex pen from the yesteryears. They have become very difficult to get in India. There were the Wilson, Camlin and Chelpark pens too!

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    2. By Chiranjib Misra on

      Aha – you reminded me of Chelpark. They used have chelpark ink as well. In Calcutta/Bengal we used to have Sulekha pen and ink as well.

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