Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Three Deccan Onyxes …

The Onyx is one of the staple models from the Deccan Pens’ stable.  It is a sort of bread-and-butter pen for user-customers.  Everything is as a Deccan fountain should be, except for subtle designing that they spend time and skill over their other slightly more expensive sort of limited edition pens.  The Onyx keeps changing its shape and keeps moving up and down in terms of size too.  So, when you ask for an Onyx you might get a model that is currently on display, which may not be exactly the model that you see in the pictures here.  Onyx, then, is a straightforward ebonite ED filler fountain pen.

I purchased this set of 3 Onyx fountain pens during my previous visit to the Secunderabad branch of Deccan Pens, when I had purchased the Deccan Wispys too.  This set of 3 has one light striated brown, one dark striated brown, and one striated green.  These pens are actually really thin, slightly bigger than the Deccan Wispy.  These pictures make them look fatter.  When I saw them, I was not sure whether I wanted these pens or not.  They looked nondescript, but for me a Deccan FP is a Deccan FP and somewhere I also felt that I should not abandon these pens just because they are not glamourous. 

Ha ha ha … itta excuje kaiku de rein bhai … lene ka dil kara to le liye … bus uttaich … arre, jaando bhai … bachche ko kaiku pareshan karrein …
baataan nakko karo, pichchaaraan batao … 

hau bhai, abhbhich batatoon … haan, yeh dekho pen ki pichcharaan …  



The clips look straight and sturdy ...


One gets these accidental beautiful designs only on ebonite ...



These are the cap jewels ... very well rounded and symmetrical with the caps and clips



In these pens too they have used the Wality nibs ...  I had bought these three and the Deccan Wispy together and this is the first time I was seeing such slim Wality nibs ...


Regular ebonite feeders ...


A side view of the nibs and feeders


Another look at the swirls ...


Here's how thin they are actually ... the Onyxes along with the Wispys ...


And for those who are familiar with the MB 146, this is how thin the Wispys and Onyxes look in comparison ... 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jai, nice post, thanks! I had bought these same pens a few years back, they came fitted with "Preema" nibs then.

I believe the wispy and the Onyx nibs are different. From what i remember of the Wispy pics that you showed me, the nibs were plain without the scroll work that the Onyx nib has. Proportions wise, the Onyx nib looks a shade larger also.

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Hari

Dheeraj said...

Hello Sir,

As you live in Hyd you can access Deccan pen store. What are the options for Indians living away from big cities. We can buy online. Yes, but Indian brands aren't very obvious except asapens. I found fountainpenrevolution.com but it sells Indian pens at costly prices! Is there any good resource you can direct us to.

Thank you.