Ebony and Ivory … in perfect harmony

 

 Ebony and Ivory – perfect harmony from ASA pens Ebony and Ivory – the Paul McCartney – Stevie Wonder duet had hit the charts when I was in the final year of school, way back in 1982. Naturally, the lilting tune and the catchy phrasing of the song had turned

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Sniper from ASA – Surgical strike of an academic kind

 

 Sniper – the weapon of mass creation from ASA pens. ASA calls it the Sniper. And like a sniper, it aims to blend in, picking kills from a-far without blowing its cover. That explains the black matt body. It also explains the hooded nib, obviously an effort to ensure that

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BENU Hexagon – New Year Limited Edition

 

 BENU Hexagon Limited Edition – 500 reasons to celebrate the New Year! 2019 will be a year to remember. For the new year will break with the spotting of a new star on the horizons – the BENU Hexagon, New Year Limited Edition. The offering of this exquisite piece of

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Cross your heart and give Liberty a Rollerball

 

 Cross X Liberty United Collector’s Edition Gunmetal Gray Rollerball I abhor dot pens and gel pens and roller-ball pens. Lesser mortals all. Naturally, eulogising about them and their ilk is sacrilege, no less. But this one is different. This one is special. This one deserves a salute, even from a

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Hari Balakrishna : Fountain Pens and the art of collecting

 

 Hari Balakrishna on Fountain pen collecting Hari Balakrishna is one of the foremost authorities on India made fountain pens. An penthusiast who has carefully nurtured his all consuming love for everything fountain over the last three decades, painstakingly creating, in the process a collection that is unmatched both in quality and

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Dr Sreekumar handcrafted pens – Perfection from Palakkad!

 

 Dr Sreekumar creations – the story of fountain pen evolution reaching its apogee. For all those who claim that the Fountain pen is dead and buried, here is a small piece of news: there is a queue for them outside the gate of a man who is not a professional

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Origin One and the story of the Origin of the Addict

 

 Origin One where my addiction for fountain pens seeks its final solace I am a self-confessed fountain pen addict. Addiction, that borders on penophilia. Countless well-wishers have suggested that I seek professional help. Friends and relatives shun me. Colleagues nod disinterestedly in stoic silence every time I accost them with

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Opus 88 Picnic – Coffee, anyone?

 

 Opus 88 Picnic – no hanging rocks here. Many people do not know that Michael Hsu, in his earlier avatar, had been an OEM producer, supplying parts to many high-end writing instruments and had decades of experience to back the Opus 88 brand when it was finally launched. Needless to

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Monte Rosa 042g – and you thought Montblanc was about only one peak?

 

 Monte Rosa 042g – a collectable like no other. The Montblanc, particularly the ones with their black resin bodies, gold nibs and trademark white crest resembling the snow-capped peak of the mountain it represents on the finial is much more than a mere fountain pen – it is a status

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Japanese Pens – reverence from the land of the rising sun!

 

 Japanese Pens – delights to behold, wonders of craftsmanship. Legend has it that it was a friend returning from England, who first had shown a fountain pen to Kyugoro Sakata. Sakata was an engineer by profession and had immediately taken up the challenge of manufacturing fountain pens in Japan. The

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