Where to Buy Fountain Pens
That question troubles every fountain pen lover in India and abroad. In this age of the electronic devices, writing in longhand is perceived to be an ancient habit. Even when we have to scribble a word or two, there is the ubiquitous ball point pen at hand. Fountain pens are considered an aberration, used only by eccentrics. It is a piece of antique craft that is cumbersome and difficult to use and maintain. Fountain pens have disappeared from many stationery shops in the city where I live: Kolkata. You can only find some plastic pens made for school children and cartridges filled with ink. No real fountain pens, no fountain pen ink, no ink pot, no rubber dropper to help you fill your eyedropper pens with ink. Hence the question that torments anyone with a love for fountain pens is where to buy them.
It is precisely this that compelled me to search for fountain pen retailers online. There are sites on the internet that sells fountain pens but most of them are managed abroad and to import a fountain pen, you need to pay hefty shipping charges. During one such search, I came upon Mr Subramaniam’s fountain pen store ASA PENS. I bought a set of three Wality pens and got acquainted with its gentleman proprietor.
Mr Subramaniam, the owner of ASA PENS, resides in Chennai, India. He is a perfect gentleman and his own story, recorded in his website, will tell you that he acquired a fascination for fountain pens long ago as a child. His passion for fountain pens is evident by the scrupulously careful manner in which he conducts his online business. He will get in touch with you over an email and if necessary, over telephone, as soon as your order is placed and payment made. His service is prompt and he will always be eager to know your opinion about the pen you bought. His enthusiasm for these writing instruments would soon infect you. Indeed, it is always a pleasure to buy fountain pens from Mr Subramaniam’s fountain pen shop ASA PENS.
Over the last few years, I have bought several Gama and Wality pens from his online shop for myself or as gifts for my friends. I intend to buy more in the future. The stock at ASA PENS is limited to fountain pens made mostly in India. But I like it that way and I have no doubt that as you survey the site and review the pens, you’ll enjoy its Indian flavour. Mr Subramaniam has also started producing his own brand of fountain pens named ASA. At the time of writing this post, I find 16 different versions of ASA pens as well as Fellowship, Gama, Doctor, Wality, Oliver and Camlin Kokuyo fountain pens among the other Indian brands and Jinhao as a foreign (Chiense) brand available in Mr Subramaniam’s e-shop. ASA PENS ships the products to anywhere in the world. It also offers free shipping if you spend a certain amount to buy pens.
So, next time you confront the question where to buy fountain pens, think no further. Visit ASA PENS. You won’t be disappointed.