My first ASA pen and definitely will not be the last. This pen was purchased from asapens.in. After seeing pictures of it on various blogs and FPN, I simply had to own one. It took almost four weeks to reach me, which was what I had expected, but every day I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
It arrived heavily bubblewrapped, which is always good, via India Speedpost. I had ordered it as an eyedropper, and hence it came with a plastic pippette, and an extra feed. It also came with instructions on how to take care of an eyedropper pen.
Now getting to the exciting stuff. The pen came in a leather pouch. The feel of it was not smooth, but brushed, and it provides depth to what is an incredible pen. The threads are near the nib and not at the barrel, but isn’t uncomfortable to hold at all. The clip is a chrome ball clip, but honestly, I think I should have gotten it clipless.
The nib I got was the stock ASA nib in Fine, which writes closer to the German fine than the Japanese fine. It writes smooth, but not as smooth as my TWSBI. I think if it had been ordered with a JoWo nib, which TWSBI uses, it would have been a much better experience.
One thing I have experienced is that this pen leaks into the cap, and since it is a demonstrator, you can see it all, which can be frustrating to deal with. It also leaks from the barrel, but it can be fixed with some more silicone grease.
Even though this pen has some faults (like every other pen), I still consider it to be the most beautiful pen in my collection and I like to use with some stunning inks, as it complements the appearance.
Despite some issues, the ASA Trans Nauka is a wonderful pen, and if you aren’t a fan of demonstrators, I still highly recommend the regular ebonite Nauka, and I would suggest you to get the German Schmidt or JoWo nib. It’s ASA’s flagship, and rightfully so. I cannot wait to get more pens from ASA.