Click Fountain pen – Rakhi of the forever kind!
Okay, I will start by confessing upfront – I am an unabashed Click fan. My first fountain pen was a Click and I see no reason for writing with anything else. It is a love thing, you know! Naturally, I wanted to gift my brother a Click for Rakhi for which I did something that I have never done before – I called up Harsh Gagwani, the Managing Director of Click. And boy, am I glad that I did – I learnt so much about my favourite brand of fountain pens! Here are a few points that I feel I should share here with you, my fellow fountain pen lovers:
Click Pens was established in 1978 by first generation entrepreneur Late Gokuldas Gagwani with his sons in the city of Indore, in Madhya Pradesh, India. The entity was set up to act as an OEM for renowned local and national brands. Today, Click is run by Harsh Gagwani, who is the third generation in the family-held business, someone who was forced to join when he was still in his school as his father had fallen seriously ill.
Over the years, Click has successfully continued as an OEM supplier and now has more than a decade of experience of suppling to established brands in Europe and America. It has also established the Click brand in India, where it continues to be among the top three players in every price segment where it has a presence. The Click Aristocrat fountain pens, introduced in 2017 is among the largest selling branded fountain pens in India (in its segment) and has built up its own fan following because of its robust make, glitch-free performance and attractive pricing.
The Renaissance Range of pens, targeting a higher price segment have been accepted very well by the market and the entity is struggling to keep up with the demand despite the pandemic induced slowdown. Initial results from export markets are also very encouraging with both neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and dealers in the United States of America and Europe having voiced their appreciation.
Click is family owned and managed. Every pen manufactured by Click, therefore carries the family’s reputation, making quality control norms just that much more stringent and business practices transparent and above board. The company has a 4000 square feet factory area in which 20 people, mostly women, work to make the Click Pens – all of which are created, from design to finishing inhouse. The point to be noted here is that Click Pens are “Hand Crafted”. While mechanisation through the latest machines is definitely used for bulk production, the end product is always completed by hand and the finishing touches are given under expert supervision, by people with more than decade long experiences in the field.
Click nibs are made by specialised nibmeisters as per the standards set by the founder, Late Gokuldas Gagwani and later perfected by in house staff. All nibs are made according to strict specifications and the final tuning and polishing is done inhouse. The nibs are made from special alloys, as are the tips, which ensure the resilience and the superb write-ability for which Click pens have been appreciated for close to five decades now. They make the entire range of nibs from Fine, to Bold through Medium. It also makes Stub, Flex and Calligraphy nibs. Nib units with ebonite feeds are also made and fitted in some specific models.
My first fountain pen was a Click Aristocrat. It has been my constant companion over many gruelling examinations (and the endless days and nights leading to them). I still carry it on me all the time, though I must confess that now my family of Click pens have increased substantially. As a matter of fact, I have started being afflicted with a peculiar ailment – an almost uncontrollable desire to buy more Clicks – especially the drop-dead-gorgeous Renaissance models to add to my collection.
God willing, I will pamper myself and will hopefully be writing about it here, sharing my experiences.
Please drop a line, a few words of encouragement perhaps? Or even words of wisdom from which I can draw lessons to be a better writer and a more passionate lover of fountain pens!
Thank you for your patience.
Yours Click, Click