A Short Review of Gama Forever Fountain Pen
In Chapter 15 of Charles Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby, Fanny Squeers, the ill-tempered daughter of the violent headmaster of Dotheboys Halls writes a letter in which she gives a hilariously exaggerated account to Nicholas’s uncle of her father’s beating by his ‘nevew’. Fanny writes, “Sir, My pa requests me to write to you, the doctors considering it doubtful whether he will ever recuvver the use of his legs which prevents his holding a pen.”
Today when I received my Gama Forever fountain pen from ASAPENS, I remembered that letter and the Victorian novelist made me smile with his comic wit and verve as I was opening the package. But I can assure you that you won’t need the “use of your legs” to write with this fabulous fountain pen.
Mr L. Subramaniam, the proprietor of the online shop ASA PENS, is a very conscientious and kind gentleman who wrote to me twice to confirm my order and the subsequent shipping of the pen. Gama pens are manufactured by Chennai based Gem & Co and ASA PENS makes them available to you online. Indeed fountain pen enthusiasts can browse their site for a wide array of Indian-made fountain pens.
The pen came in a beautiful blue velvet pouch with the name Gama written on it. The Gama Forever is a strong, sturdy and large pen of medium weight that will hold a lot of ink. The material is a beautiful green and black mottled ebonite. When capped the pen is almost 15 cm long. It appears to have very good balance. It won’t tire your hand over a long session of writing. The brand name Gama is engraved on the side of the barrel. The engraving is beautiful and very well done.
The two tone steel nib marked ‘Iridium Point Germany’ is fine which is to my liking. It writes smoothly and the ink flows well. This will be an almost zero-maintenance fountain pen for me and it is destined to be a work horse. The Cap carries a springy classic ball-end clip held by a top crown and a gold-plated dual band.
The Black top & bottom buttons give the pen an excellent dual tone look. If you are looking for a no-nonsense long session writer that won’t fatigue your hand, then this Gamma Forever would be a very decent choice for you.
One word of caution though. This pen has a rather wet nib with a heavy flow that writes a very dark, nice line. While such a line looks great, it may take a little longer to dry. For such wet writers we need good quality paper. On ordinary paper, since the pen’s flow is high, it may blob or leak. If you plan to use ordinary paper, Chinese pens like Hero or Wing Sung perform better. Here’s a sample of my writing with the Gama Forever fountain pen: