Thursday 29 February 2024

Stationery Review 8: Camlin Syah Black Fountain Pen Ink (INR 30 or US 36 cents) 60ml Bottle

Hi Friends, 

Camlin Syah Black is the other fountain pen ink I bought in India for Rupees 30 only, around 36 cents in US Dollars or around ZAR 7. This is much cheaper than the Karkos Inks we bought from Ali Express. I will be going to use it in the coming months. This is the first ink that you can use if you want to initiate yourself into the fountain pens and the ink it uses. 

Camlin Syah Black has shades of grey and black and is not the darkest black ink out there in the market. It is lighter in black and more towards the darker grey colour of the ink. Only in wetter layers, it does become a black version of itself. I will be using this ink more than any other ink as it's perfect for a daily writer. The ink is also made from a non-toxic formulation so it won't have any effect on your kids other than their hands and sometimes lips being coloured. 

As I also told in my videos as a kid, I had this bad habit of taking the tip of the pen onto my mouth and it leaves a darker coloured ink on my face, hand and tongue. This bad habit took a lot of effort to go away because as a younger kid, I used to take pencil backside in my mouth to chew so maybe that started this bad habit. 

Stationery Review 8: Camlin Syah Black Fountain Pen Ink (INR 30 or US 36 cents) 60ml Bottle
Camlin is an Indian Stationery Manufacturing company that was started in Mumbai in 1931. They started making inks around 1932 and since then they have been the choice of office and school. They have more than 2000 products in three categories under two brands Camlin and Camel. I totally love these basic fountain pen inks from Camlin that are available in three colours - Royal Blue, Syah Black and Scarlet Red.

The packaging is simple and the ink bottle is made from plastic material. Despite being new there was a leak as I brought them from India to South Africa in the luggage. I kept the inks inside the zip lock packets hence there was no leakage outside those bags onto my clothes and other materials.

This is the cheapest ink I have in my arsenal which I love also. When I was buying the same, my attitude was when I have so many expensive inks from around the world, why should I waste my money on this ink? But the price of this ink made me think that I could mix and combine these inks to create more coloured inks hence the purchase.

I also found that in my almirahs in India, there is a black ink glass bottle from Camlin which is priced at Rs. 20 only. The ink is still not dry and I didn't bring that one here. It means that using the fountain pen and having different ones has come to me since the time I was in school or was introduced to them during my childhood. My father doesn't have any fountain pens because he always used the banker's ball pens or max roller gel pens. So, I have no inheritance of fountain pens but I will definitely leave behind the series of great fountain pens for my grandchildren. 

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Kokuyo Japan has bought more than 51% share in Camlin so now most of the items are co-branded. They have brought in a lot of new products in international markets as well. I am sure Kokuyo Camlin will find its way into South Africa as well just like Deli Stationery. 

Let me know what are your thoughts on buying local inks from your respective country or Indian Inks that are really good as well as great value products? 

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