Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Deccan Retro Series Fountain Pen - A new FP model from Deccan Pens, Hyderabad






This time I am showcasing a new model by Deccan Pens, Hyderabad…called the Deccan Retro series by them… Made of ebonite, it is light brown in colour with prominent black streaks, a natural design that ebonite lends itself to. It was very difficult to capture the pen in its right colour while photographing as the light brown would turn into dark brown in the photos and the first photo is one of the three photos that show the pen in its correct colour. The rest of the photos that follow that show the pen as dark brown…the photos are sharper though and the pen looks beautiful in dark brown too…

The pen is an ED filler and pen connoisseurs would recognize many influences on the design of this pen…the flat conical cap and the ball clip reminds us of Bexley’s ‘America is Beautiful’ model (as noticed by my friend Hari), Montegrappa Extra 1930 model, and some Eversharp models as well…the distinctive feature of this pen is the curve at the cap lip, not a straight horizontal cut…Deccan Pens have fitted this pen with a Swan Oxford fine tipped nib… the line is slightly finer that I normally would have liked, but the ink flows well and writing is a pleasure… I filled it with Chelpark turquoise ink and didn’t like it at all, mostly because the ink itself was light…I emptied the barrel and refilled it with Camlin Royal Blue and it writes like a dream now… and as always with Deccan Pens (IMHO&E), no starting problems… and for the statistically minded, the pen is approx 5 ½ inches capped, 6 ¼ inches posted, and 5 inches uncapped…

As I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts on Deccan Pens, when you see a new Deccan model, pick it up immediately, because it might just not be there the next time as all new models are made as limited editions initially…and they are all handmade, so the pen-maker himself has to make these pens…there is no assembly line process here…and this pen was no exception…but one of the second generation brothers alerted me when this model was being made and I told him to keep aside two for me…one for my use and another for my friend Hari…

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2 comments:

lively lawry said...

Hello Dr Jayasrinivas,
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regards
Levine

hema said...

Dear sir,
I too am an avid collector of fountain pens from Mumbai. I really love this pen. I was wondering if I could get a couple of these in Mumbai. Any advice?