When I was looking for reviews of Akkerman's Ink on line, I came across some photos on the London (Ontario) Pen Club's blog that showed a bottle of the ink with a large fountain pen next to it.
A post in the talkback identified it as a Ratnam 302. A little bit of poking around at FPN and I found out that it's one in a series of large, ebonite eyedropper FPs made in India. Out of curiosity, I emailed the factory and learned a little more about the pen, the company, and their history. Gandhi even comes into play. I was intrigued and, in one of those late-night impulse buys (which I maintain are far better than sending a message to an old girlfriend or posting on your boss' facebook page after a few drinks), ordered one from the FPN classifieds.
A couple of weeks went by and there have been a lot of new things demanding my attention. I half forgot about the Ratnam. Then it showed up in yesterday's mail. When I ripped open the manila envelope and slid it out of its box, I'd like to say that I discovered a nice little pen. But the pen that greeted me is far from small. In fact, it's easily the largest pen in my budding collection.
Because it's an interesting-looking, relatively inexpensive pen ($35 shipped), I'd like to do a review of it here. Since I have other things to do--and other pens that I want to play with--I'm not going to do it all at once. I'll try to get some photos of it up in the next day or so. Over the next couple of weeks, as we get to know each other better, I'll post a more detailed review. In the meantime, if you have one yourself, feel free to jump in with your comments.