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Airmail 58C


Sometimes you have some pens just because they bring on pure nostalgia. This one is one of those for me. A pen by Airmail. Rather any pen by Airmail. We, 90’s kids of India, and also the kids before, grew up using this brand during our school days at least ones.

Airmail Pen Company was established in 1951. Since then, they have been manufacturing some awesome pens, especially fountain pens. They are based in Mumbai, India. This review is about one of their offerings, Model 58C. I hope you will enjoy reading it.

First Glance

I personally don’t like huge pens. There are some exceptions of course. This, in my books, is a very big pen. But it is value for money. And when you have its value in mind, its a damn good pen. You get it in â‚¹180 (i.e. barely $3). I bet you wont get this quality fountain pen in a $3 pen elsewhere. You can compare it with the build quality of Noodler’s Pens.

Looks

The pen does not look that great for my taste. A very bulky but not at all a bad looking pen. How do you spot an Airmail from far is the steel band they have on the cap. It’s their trademark. Also this pen isn’t something you can flaunt in your shirt pocket. It is too huge for that.

Finial and End-Cap

The finial and end cap have a reflective, pointed dome made of steel which looks nothing but simple.


The Clip is pretty tight but certainly useful with any type of shirt pocket. Simple steel clip.


The Cap is Screw Fit & works great. The threads are all plastic as the pen is. Threads are not sharp at all. The only flaw (I would say) is the threads have 3 openings. This keeps the capped pens clip from aligning itself from the Airmail logo on the barrel. Small thing it is. And also something that you would not expect from a cheap pen.

Filling Mechanism

This is a eye dropper pen where you have to fill the ink directly into the barrel by using an eye-dropper or a syringe. The ink it should take is about (at least) two times of what a standard long ink cartridge can hold, though I have not measured it.

Writing Experience

I bought a Fine since it was the only nib option available with the retailer. I worked a bit on smoothing of the nib. There were very few fine nibs I have liked out of the box like my Lamy Safari’s. This nib was a bit scratchy for me. Now it has become somewhere between fine and medium since I worked on it.

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Posting

Posting makes this pen top heavy. And it makes it so long that I could practically scratch my nose while writing 🙂


General Info & Measurements

Locking Mechanism: Screw fit
Filling Mechanism: Eye dropper
Posted: 17.4 cm
Capped: 15 cm
Uncapped: 13.2 cm

My Ratings (after I worked on the nib)

Nib: 6/10
Looks: 6/10
Pocket Looks: 1/10
Writing Experience: 6/10
Wetness: 2/10
Scratchiness: 3/10
Cost: 10/10
Line Variation: 7/10
Reverse Writing: 4/10
Overall: 5/10

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Disclaimer: This review is all about my personal views about a product especially the one I have used (for this review). You may come across a same model which you might find better or worse.

 

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Kingsley Chequer

Kingsley Chequer (Gunmetal Fountain Pen)

Intro

I bought this pen in London. A very nice looking pen. I didn’t even know this brand exists till I bought it.

The Packaging

This pen comes in a gift box. I bought a set of a ballpoint and a fountain pen because I got it cheaper than a single fountain pen.

Set of Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Pen

The Body

The variant I happened to choose was the gunmetal one. I like the body of this pen. Gunmetal color with engraved grid on the barrel. It looks perfect.

Clip & Pocket Looks

The clip is fairly hard but it looks nice in a shirt pocket. As to the finial, there’s nothing but a reflective metal as you can see in the picture.

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Finial
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Pocket Looks


The Cap

Cap is snap fit. The sound of that snap is very loud and secured.

Filling Mechanism

This is a cartridge converter pen with standard international cartridges. The box comes with a cartridge but without a converter.

Filling Mechanism

Writing Experience

This pen came with an iridium point medium nib. My experience with this pen was pathetic. As you can see in the image, it feathers a lot, almost on ask the papers I tried. I have tried fixing it but couldn’t fix it to my satisfaction.

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The Nib
Writing Sample
Writing Sample

Posting makes this pen a little top heavy but not too much.

Posting

Cost

I bought a set of this pen and a ball pen for £37.50 (₹3700 approx). Strange thing is, it was available as a single product for £49.99. There must have been some promotion at that time. Because as i still check the price while writing this review, it costs you £49.99 for the fountain pen and £25 for the ball pen.

General Info & Measurements

Locking Mechanism: Snap fit
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge Converter
Posted: 14.2 cm
Capped: 13.4 cm
Uncapped: 11.8 cm
Capped Weight (Uninked): 28.3g
Uncapped Weight (Uninked): 16.5g

My Ratings (after I worked a lot on the nib)

Nib: 3/10
Looks: 7.5/10
Pocket Looks: 8/10
Writing Experience: 4/10
Wetness: 6/10
Scratchiness: 5/10
Cost: 7/10

Overall Rating:
6/10

Do let me know how you like the review.

Disclaimer: This review is all about my personal views about a product especially the one I have used (for this review). You may come across a same model which you might find better or worse.

Parker Frontier

Intro

Now this is one of the oldest pens I have in my fountain pen collection. When you are at a initial stage of your fountain pen obsession, Parker is the brand you end up having 90% of times.

The Packaging

This pen comes in a regular cardboard box provided with most of the Parker pens. Nothing fancy here. But I have also seen a same product in a different tin box packaging.

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Packaging

 

The Body

The variant I happened to choose was the chrome one. I like the body of this pen. There is noothing going much with it. Simple yet works best.

 

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Body

 

Clip & Pocket Looks

When you carry a Parker in your pocket, everyone around knows what brand you are carrying (if they are into FP world). That’s because of the clip of the pen. Parker’s trademark arrow clip. Works great. Spring loaded. Looks awesome.

The Finial
Pocket Looks

 

The Cap

Cap is friction fit. Not anything more with that.

Filling Mechanism

This is a cartridge converter pen with standard international cartridges. The box comes with a cartridge and Parker converter.

Cartridge Converter

Writing Experience

I don’t know about the current league of Parker Frontiers, but this particular pen I have is too scratchy. I had to work a lot on this pen over last 6 years. Had to tune the nib to suit my writing style. Overall, not a very good experience.

Posting

Posting makes this pen too long (15.2 CM) but not top heavy indeed. I don’t find any difference in writing experience whether you post it or not.

Posting


Cost

This pen costs you around ₹600 in India and I saw it on Amazon US for $9.

General Info

Locking Mechanism: Friction fit

Filling Mechanism: Cartridge Converter

Posted: 15.2 cm

Capped: 13.2 cm

Uncapped: 12.3 cm

My Ratings

Nib: 4/10

Looks: 6/10

Pocket Looks: 7/10

Writing Experience: 4/10

Wetness: 3/10

Scratchiness: 1/10

Cost: 9/10

Overall Rating: 4/10

Sheaffer Intensity

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I have been using this pen for more than three years now. It was gifted to me by my wife on my birthday. It gets very simple if she wants to gift me something. She knows it has to be a fountain pen and I’m the one who chooses the specifics. And Sheaffer, being a more than 100 year old company makes some awesome writing instruments.

The Packaging

This pen comes in a regular cardboard box provided with most of the Sheaffer pens. It’s a simple cardboard box. Nothing to talk more about. I have 3-4 Sheaffer pens and all have the same box.


The Body

I am biased towards all metal and heavy pens. Which kind of brings some attitude to it if I am the one who’s judging it. This pen looks simple but classy. Not a very good looking pen but being an all metal I like the looks of it.

The Nib

I remember when I started using fountain pens, I used to like only fine nibs. Eventually I changed that and developed my taste to open for all types of nibs.

This particular nib is medium and this pen works well. Not great but good enough. A simple nib with SHEAFFER written on it and has a feed which looks a lot bulky. I don’t know whether you can see that here in the image.

Nib

Finial, Clip, Pocket Looks

Top of the pen is clear and you can use it as a circular mirror :/ with 1 cm diameter. Nothing much going on with it.

The clip tapers down and also has a Sheaffer white dot as (almost) every Sheaffer pen has it. You can easily guess the brand even if it is pocketed. The clip is spring loaded and pretty useful.

Pocket Looks

Finial

Posting

This particular pen is not for you if you are a poster of a pen. Posting makes it too top heavy and makes writing almost impossible if you ask me.

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The Cap

A good heavy cap which is screw fit (which I prefer against friction fit) works perfectly with the metal threads.

Filling Mechanism

This is a cartridge converter pen. The box includes a cartridge converter and a blue Sheaffer cartridge.

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Cost

This pen costs you around ₹3800 in India and I saw it on Amazon US for $35. That’s almost 38% cheaper if you buy it from Uncle Sam. Many variants available even more than the image below.

Variants Available

Review
General Info

Locking Mechanism: Screw fit

Filling Mechanism: Cartridge Converter

My Ratings

Nib: 7/10

Looks: 7/10

Pocket Looks: 6/10

Writing Experience: 7/10

Wetness: 5/10

Scratchiness: 7/10

Cost: 7/10

Overall Rating: 6.5/10


Pelikan P40 Pura

Pelikan P40 Pura (Black / Chrome)



Intro

I am using this pen for more than a month now. I borrowed this black/ chrome variant of the fountain pen from a friend of mine and will return after I complete this review.

The Packaging

This pen comes in an attractive box with a cardboard sleeve. The box also includes a fake leather pouch which is kind of good if you want to carry a pen or two.

Packaging

 

The Nib

As all Pelikan pens, this pen is also a pleasant writer. I like metal pens, heavier the better. As you can see in the images, this is a all metal pen. Pleasant to hold and has a medium folded nib.

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Medium Folded Nib


Finial & pocket looks

Top of the pen or finial has a Pelikan logo emblemed on it which looks classy in pocket.

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The finial
Pocket look 1
Pocket look 2

 

Clip

The clip of the pen is very good. Nice and springy.

Posting

This pen can be securely posted (snap). Posting makes it a bit top heavy though. I’m not a poster of a pen, but if you prefer posted writing, this is a good pen to have.

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Posted length 15.5cm


General Aesthetics

Aesthetically, the pen is amazing. I am always amazed when the chrome line (shown in above image) lines up with the nib. You don’t have to put any extra efforts to do that. The threads of the pen are designed to do so. But it is what is expected from a premium pen of this range.

Filling mechanism

The pen does not come with a cartridge converter which is a pity for such an expensive pen. You can buy one for USD 6-7.

Cartridge converter type


 

Cost

A cartridge converter pen which is bit of a set back for a ₹9000 pen. It’s a bit (lot) on costlier side in Indian currency. You would get a good piston filler at this cost if you want. I found it for $97 on amazon.com which when converted to Indian currency comes to ₹6500 (approx.). Almost 28% cheaper. I wouldn’t buy this pen for ₹9000 but if I’m getting it for $97, I might give it a thought.

2 more colors available:

Testing
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Writing experience and Dimensions


General Info

Locking Mechanism: Snap Cap

Filling Mechanism: Cartridge Converter

My Ratings

Nib: 6/10

Looks: 6/10

Pocket Looks: 7/10

Writing Experience: 7/10

Wetness: 4/10

Scratchyness: 5/10

Cost: 3/10

Overall Rating: 4.5/10

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