The FPR Triveni Acrylic

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The only Indian pens I’ve had have been two Walitys, a medium-sized piston-filler (good) and a large eyedropper filler (dreadful), so I thought I might try something else from there as the pens are so inexpensive.  After looking through the plethora of pens available I settled on Fountain Pen Revolution and and chose their Triveni Acrylic.  According to the blurb: “The Triveni Sangam is a confluence of 3 rivers in India.  The handmade Triveni accepts 3 fill methods (converter, eyedropper, cartridge).”   That makes sense.  The pen cost me the princely sum of $45 (around £28 – £29).  It arrived this morning.  First impressions: it’s very long at 14.7cm.  The red and black acrylic is translucent and very beautiful.  The black tassie and blind cap set it off very well.  (These serve no purpose other than the aesthetic)  The fine nib is a nail.  The pen takes two and a half turns to close, which feels like a lot.  The chrome-plated metalwork is good.
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The syringe-type converter takes up a mere two-thirds of the barrel length, so the excessive length seems to be catering to modern tastes rather than serving a practical purpose.  The pen would be much better if it was 2cm shorter.  Thankfully Indian manufacturers seem to work honestly with their materials, unlike the Chinese who often bury lumps of brass pipe in their pens.  This pen, then, is the combination of the acrylic and a little thin metal, so it’s very light indeed, perhaps even at the lower end of acceptably light even for me, and that’s saying something.  The section is black plastic at the top.  That’s where I’d grip it and it feels comfortable.  Further down it’s metal.  Aesthetically, that seems like a mistake and I’ve known metal sections to corrode severely when in contact with ink.  The nib seems well enough made but it is noticeably scratchy.  I think that’s a function of the shape of the tip which is quite angular.  A spell on the micro-mesh may well cure that.  However, as I said above, the nib is an absolute nail.  I’m inclined to feel that with a nib like that, this is the pen for the person who wants no more from a fountain pen than he gets from a ballpoint.
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Another thing about this part of the pen: though this is a normal-sized nib, similar to a Swan No 2 in size, the excessive length of the barrel makes it appear very small and out of proportion with the rest of the pen.  If the pen is to be so very large, a bigger nib would look better.  The feed appears to work well but I haven’t used the pen enough to be sure.

I’ve been critical of those things about the pen that I don’t like, but overall this is a well-made pen.  All the parts fit together perfectly with a much finer tolerance than I’ve seen on much more expensive pens.  For instance, if the Sheaffer Intrigue of less than fond memory had fitted together as well as this pen, it wouldn’t have turned out nearly the bow-wow that it, sadly, is.  With some nib work it will probably be more pleasant to write with and I believe that FPR supply a flexible nib, which might be the way to go.  I can’t see this pen becoming one of my users, but I bet there are plenty of modern pen buyers out there who would find it impressive for the small amount of money it costs.  Finally, almost anything could be forgiven because of that delightful acrylic.  It looks good in blue or orange as well.

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About goodwriterspens
I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

6 Responses to The FPR Triveni Acrylic

  1. RA says:

    Hi Deb,

    Great review of this pen.

    One of the things that immediately struck me is the vibrancy of its colour. WOW I would love to have a fountain pen of that colour (I probably will).

    It would be a very large pen for my small hands though.

    Also from Fountain Pen Revolution I have been looking at their Dilli pens:

    http://www.amazon.com/Dilli-Fountain-Pen–Red–Flex/dp/B00DMSWFSM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1392666007&sr=8-4&keywords=fountain+pen+revolution+dilli

    Kind regards,

    Rui

  2. Andy Barnett says:

    Thanks for the honest review. I’ve been considering an Indian pen from FPR just to see what they were like. I always assumed that the length of the pen shown on their website was due to the photo being ‘stretched’. I may order one so that I have at least one Indian fountain pen in my collection.

    • Hi Andy,
      The Triveni struck me as a pretty decent pen, particularly for the money. You know that phrase, “you get what you pay for.” I’m not sure that that’s at all true particularly with regard to many modern pens. For many of them you get a lot less than what you pay for but for some of these Indian pens you get quite a bit more.

  3. Brian says:

    I have a Trivet, and I like it very much. I wish I had know about them when your black and red version was available, as I love those colours. I’m glad I have mine, and I’ll likely order another one from Kevin. Service was very good, delivery was fast. He is really very reliable and caring about his customers.

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