KATHMANDU, June 17: If you are fond of branded pens and are tired of exploring places to find some good ones then Fair Art is the right place for you. Located in Dharmapath, New Road, the showroom sells 600 varieties of pen of renowned Pilot brand of Japan.
Gopal Chaudhary, marketing manager of Fair Art, said that Fair Art is the first authorized dealer of Pilot pens in the whole of South Asia.
The outlet imports these pens directly from Japan and resells them to other retailers in Nepal.
Currently, the showroom has on showcase ball pen, be-green pen, gel pen, rolling ball pen, erasable ink products, mechanical pencils, highlighter, permanent markers and fountain pen, among others, in colors such as black, blue, red, orange, purple, green, brown, yellow, pink and many more.
The prices start from Rs 15 and can go as high as a whopping Rs 30,000! “The pens that cost 30 grand have nibs and cover holders made of 18 carat gold,” Gopal Chaudhary, marketing manager of Fair Art, told Republica. The showroom had imported only four such pens, of which three have been sold. “The last one has also been reserved by a client,” Chaudhary said.
Pilot pen, which was launched for the first time in Japan in 1918, have been available in Nepal since the last 15 years. And over the years, brand loyalty for these pens has been increasing.
One of its loyal customers is Sambriddhi Rijal, who was purchasing Pilot pens at the outlet on Thursday. “I don´t feel like buying any other brands of pen than Pilot,” she said.
Chaudhary, of Fair Art, said, “Even Indian and Pakistani tourists love these pens and purchase them whenever they visit Nepal as Pilot pens are not widely available in those countries.”
One of the pens in huge demand in the local market is Pilot Hi-tech pen which costs Rs 65 per piece. “These pens are preferred by government officials,” Chaudhary said.
Super GP, which costs Rs 15 per piece, is also quite famous, but among a different crowd, namely students, as they are cheap.
But if you are health-conscious person, then try Dr Grip, a bacteria-free ball pen, which, manufacturers claim, produce no side effects or irritating smells. What more? These pens that cost Rs 400 to Rs 800 each can absorb sweat coming out of hand while writing.
Another distinctive pen available at the store is Bottle to Pen (B2P), a gel rolling ball pen, which is made of 89 percent recycled content (excluding replaceable parts) and is acid free. It is available at Rs 85 per piece.
Frixion pen, meanwhile, has a simple statement: Write, Remove and Rewrite and costs Rs 200 each.
“These pens have sophisticated looks and come with thermo sensitive gel ink that disappears with friction. So whatever you write can be erased easily,” said Prajwala Karmacharya, a sales executive, but warned against using these pens during examinations, for official use, or to sign documents.