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Pen Review – Ratnamson 302

Ratnamson 302
Ratnamson 302

First of all, I must thank Pradeep for getting me these pens from Rajahmundry. I actually got lot of pens from Ratnam, Ratnamson, and Guider who all are stationed at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh state of India.

So this, as in Ratnamson 302, is the first in line to be reviewed and this pen is one of the fast selling models of Ratnamson.

Ratnamson 302 - Uncapped
Ratnamson 302 – Uncapped

Ratnamson is a brand name of Ratnam Ball pen works. There is other brand by the name of Ratnam which is owned by Ratnam Pen Works. As far as I know Ratnam Pen works is an original parent company which got split into two and thus Ratnamson came into existence. And both the companies produce some good quality pens. which i will be reviewing it here one by one.

Ratnamson 302
Ratnamson 302 – Rose Pink Rippled and Blue Rippled Model

DESIGN & BUILT : 3.5/05

Like I said earlier this pen is one of the fast selling model of Ratnamson’s and it is a very well designed and executed pen. Made of Ebonite this pen come in various regular ebonite colors like Rose Pink Ripple, Blue Ripple (Both shown in pic above), Black, Brown Ripple, Green Ripple and Dark Brown Ripple. Also mottled pattern is available but i believe that is on request.

Ratnamson 302 - Beauty Shot
Ratnamson 302 – Beauty Shot

The pen is cigar shaped design which tapers slightly just a bit towards the end to circular rounded bottom. The cap finial is also rounded similar to the barrel end.

Ratnamson 302 - Capped
Ratnamson 302 – Capped

The grip section is made of black color ebonite and their is a slight tapering towards the top of section from middle of barrel. The length of grip section is not that long. Actually it is short. But thats not a problem. Circular thread patterns do provide for grip and threads are not at all sharp.

Ratnamson 302 - Uncapped
Ratnamson 302 – Uncapped

The picture below shows the rounded bottom and top of the pen.

Ratnamson 302 - Rounded Top and Bottom
Ratnamson 302 – Rounded Top and Bottom

The cap clip though is quite sturdy but I can see there is bit of uniformity in insertion of clip inside the cap, which is because of the reason these are all hand made.

Ratnamson 302 - Cap
Ratnamson 302 – Cap
Ratnamson 302 - Cap Top
Ratnamson 302 – Cap Top

You can see from the image above the difference of clip insert inside the cap. Nevertheless these are minor things and can be resolved easily.

The cap has slim center band which seems to be a okay kind of job because i have seen many manufacturers not able to take care of bands properly. I love the pens with centre band. Though I am not happy with the centre band on the cap but the pen shape and finish is far above what i expected.

Ratnamson 302 - Cap Side View
Ratnamson 302 – Cap Side View
Ratnamson 302 - Cap View
Ratnamson 302 – Cap Clip View
Ratnamson 302 - Cap Centre Band Closeup
Ratnamson 302 – Cap Centre Band Closeup
Ratnamson 302 - Cap Internal view with Centreband
Ratnamson 302 – Cap Internal view with Centre band

Like most of the Indian pens this also comes with breather hole which helps in tackling the vacuum created while opening the pen and thus preventing ink leakage.

Below are the few images showing the pen comparison.

Gama Kuyil vs Ratnamson 302 vs Pilot 78G vs Jinhao 886 - Capped
Gama Kuyil vs Ratnamson 302 vs Pilot 78G vs Jinhao 886 – Capped
Gama Kuyil vs Ratnamson 302 vs Pilot 78G vs Jinhao 886 - Uncapped and Posted
Gama Kuyil vs Ratnamson 302 vs Pilot 78G vs Jinhao 886 – Uncapped and Posted
Gama Kuyil vs Ratnamson 302 vs Pilot 78G vs Jinhao 886 - Side View
Gama Kuyil vs Ratnamson 302 vs Pilot 78G vs Jinhao 886 – Side View

The pen built quality barring just two areas with regards to centre band and clip insertion inside cap, is amazing.

The material used is amazing. Handmade and overall well executed classic designed pen. Lastly one thing i wanted to mention is that cap threads are not that smooth as it should be and offer certain resistance while opening.


BALANCE : 05/05

One good thing with the ebonite pens is that they are extremely well balanced weather cap is posted or not.

The length of the pen is 145 mm when capped and 125 mm when uncapped including the nib.

And when cap is posted it is approx 165 mm long. The cap is thickest near centre band at 14mm dia and the average barrel thickness is 13 mm and grip section thickness is 9 to 10 mm.

Ratnamson 302 - Writing Unposted
Ratnamson 302 – Writing Unposted
Ratnamson 302 - Writing Posted
Ratnamson 302 – Writing Posted

The pen is very well balanced with cap posted or not posted, though it becomes very long id the cap is posted.

I personally prefer writing without posting cap.


NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 2.5/05

Well this is one area where i was not that much happy. It gives you resistance on good quality paper (which in a way is good for handwriting) but writes scratchy on not so good quality paper and picks up paper fiber even.

The nib is gold color monotone iridium tipped nib and it writes fine. I actually will end up changing the nib.

Ratnamson 302 - Nib Top View
Ratnamson 302 – Nib Unit Top View
Ratnamson 302 - Nib Unit Side View
Ratnamson 302 – Nib Unit Side View
Ratnamson 302 - Nib Unit Bottom View
Ratnamson 302 – Nib Unit Bottom View
Ratnamson 302 - Nib Unit Angled View
Ratnamson 302 – Nib Unit Angled View

The feed is made of ebonite and the pen writes actually bit wet. I had to do certain smoothing on the nib. And still I am not happy.

Ratnamson 302 - Ebonite Feed
Ratnamson 302 – Ebonite Feed

The ink filling mechanism is through eyedropper and it holds good amount of ink. Good thing about the pen is that it never burped on me while writing for a complete week.

Ratnamson 302 -Ink Filling Through Eyedropper
Ratnamson 302 -Ink Filling Through Eyedropper

Below are the few images of my handwritten review which shows sample and ink dry test for your reference.

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CONCLUSION: 

I will buy this pen for its design and change its nib.

This pen is not that expensive and retails around for 12 to 15 USD. And thats why i will buy this pen for its classic design and long history behind brand name.

Ratnamson 302 - Saying Goodbye
Ratnamson 302 – Saying Goodbye
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INK REVIEW – BRIL LAUREL ROSE

As mentioned in my previous reviews for the inks, Bril inks are one of the most used and admired inks in India. Bril has been in existence since 1964 and are based out of Bangalore in India.The review is about the BRIL LAUREL ROSE  which is my second ink review from Bril.

Bril Inks can be purchased from their Webpage as they have launched the webshop recently with nationwide shipping. Bril inks come in following colors:

  1. Royal Blue
  2. Green
  3. Red
  4. Laurel Rose
  5. Turquoise Blue
  6. Violet
  7. Black

My earlier Ink reviews are listed as below:

BRIL ROYAL BLUE
CAMLIN SCARLET RED
CHELPARK BLACK

Also I would like to add that i got the inks as a gift from one of my friend and fountain pen enthusiast, Rakshit Pai.

Bril Laurel Rose
Bril Laurel Rose

Bril Laurel Rose is a wonderful color ink which comes in 60 ml glass bottle and is priced at Rs. 18 (USD 0.28).

INK SPLASH

Bril Laurel Rose - Ink Splash on BILT Matrix Paper
Bril Laurel Rose – Ink Splash on BILT Matrix Paper – Angled View
Bril Laurel Rose - Ink Splash on BILT Matrix Paper - Top View
Bril Laurel Rose – Ink Splash on BILT Matrix Paper – Top View

Angled view shows the the sheen ink gives apart from the variation in shades.

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

Bril Laurel Rose - Ink Drop
Bril Laurel Rose – Ink Drop

COLOR MATCH

Bril Laurel Rose  - Color Match
Bril Laurel Rose – Color Match

WRITING SAMPLES

Bril Laurel Rose - Writing samples with three different pens on BILT Matrix paper
Bril Laurel Rose – Writing samples with three different pens on BILT Matrix paper
Bril Laurel Rose - Writing samples with three different pens on Century  copy paper
Bril Laurel Rose – Writing samples with three different pens on Century copy paper
Bril Laurel Rose - Writing samples with three different pens on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook
Bril Laurel Rose – Writing samples with three different pens on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook

INK SWABS

Bril Laurel Rose - Ink Swab on BILT Matrix paper ( From top to bottom - 1 to 3 swabs)
Bril Laurel Rose – Ink Swab on BILT Matrix paper ( From top to bottom – 1 to 3 swabs)
Bril Laurel Rose - Ink Swab on Century copy paper ( From top to bottom - 1 to 3 swabs)
Bril Laurel Rose – Ink Swab on Century copy paper ( From top to bottom – 1 to 3 swabs)
Bril Laurel Rose - Ink Swab on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook ( From top to bottom - 1 to 3 swabs)
Bril Laurel Rose – Ink Swab on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook ( From top to bottom – 1 to 3 swabs)

PEN SCRIBBLE

Bril Laurel Rose - Pen Scribble on BILT Matrix Paper
Bril Laurel Rose – Pen Scribble on BILT Matrix Paper

WATERPROOF TEST

Bril Laurel Rose - Waterproof Test
Bril Laurel Rose – Waterproof Test

I felt that ink has decent water resistance. As ink did not fade away too much even after running the paper under tap water for complete one minute. Rather paper started to give away but not the Ink.

Bril Laurel Rose - Waterproof Test
Bril Laurel Rose – Waterproof Test

INK DRYING TIMES

Ink drying times were tested on the Bilt Matrix paper and pen used was Jinhao X-450.

Bril Laurel Rose -Ink Drying times.
Bril Laurel Rose -Ink Drying times.

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

Bril Laurel Rose - Zoomed in Writing Sample
Bril Laurel Rose – Zoomed in Writing Sample

You can see from the above zoomed in writing sample that there is certain bit of shading in the Ink.


CONCLUSION:

I like the pinkish color of Bril Inks.

I have used this ink in lot of pens and have realised that this ink stains the converter but gets washed out after using ammonia flush.

Still i recommend not use this ink in demonstrators.

Must buy at the price.

INK REVIEW – CHELPARK BLACK

Chelpark is one of the oldest brand of Ink in India. And the company is staring the closure at the moment and it is difficult to get stock of the inks easily now.

My earlier Ink reviews are listed as below:

BRIL ROYAL BLUE

CAMLIN SCARLET RED

Chelpark is currently manufactured by PG Stationary in Bangalore and as per local availability following inks can be found in market:

  1. Black
  2. Blue Black
  3. Washable Blue
  4. Turquoise Blue
  5. Crimson Violet (Old stock available only)
  6. Ruby Red
  7. Emerald Green (Not available anymore)
  8. Sapphire Blue (Not available anymore)

The Chelpark Black Ink which i will be reviewing today comes at price of Rs. 20 for 60 ml glass bottle.

However this bottle was gifted to me by my friend Prithwijit.

Chelpark Black Ink Bottle
Chelpark Black Ink Bottle

Its a dye based ink and comes with so called Cleen-X technology which prevents clogging. Chelpark inks used to be most widely used ink in the India but lately the production is on and off and the supply is not regular. Even their are speculation that company is getting closed.

This ink is actually not black at all rather the faded black and is very diluted. One can easily say it is more of a grey rather than black.


INK SPLASH

Chelpark Black – Ink Splash on Bilt Matrix – 70 gsm
Chelpark Black – Ink Splash on Bilt Matrix – 70 gsm

I am pretty much disappointed with the color of this ink. It is no where near black rather it is grey. If one is intending to use the ink as grey one might be pleased. But i am not.


Drop on Paper Napkin

Chelpark Black – Ink drop on paper napkin
Chelpark Black – Ink drop on paper napkin

Color Match

Chelpark Black  - Color Match
Chelpark Black – Color Match

Writing Samples

On Century Copy Paper

Chelpark Black  - Writing Sample on Century Copy Paper
Chelpark Black – Writing Sample on Century Copy Paper
Chelpark Black  - Writing Sample on Century Copy Paper
Chelpark Black – Writing Sample on Century Copy Paper
Chelpark Black  - Writing Sample on Century Copy Paper
Chelpark Black – Writing Sample on Century Copy Paper

On BILT Matrix Paper

Chelpark Black  - Writing Sample on Bilt Matrix Paper
Chelpark Black – Writing Sample on Bilt Matrix Paper
Chelpark Black  - Writing Sample on Bilt Matrix Paper
Chelpark Black – Writing Sample on Bilt Matrix Paper
Chelpark Black  - Writing Sample on Bilt Matrix Paper
Chelpark Black – Writing Sample on Bilt Matrix Paper

On Camlin Kokuyo School Notepad

Chelpark Black  - Writing Sample on Camlin Kokuyo Noteboo
Chelpark Black – Writing Sample on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook
Chelpark Black  - Writing Sample on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook
Chelpark Black – Writing Sample on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook
Chelpark Black  - Writing Sample on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook
Chelpark Black – Writing Sample on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook

The handwritten samples clearly shows the darkness of color. It is a light grey ink and perform substantially okay with wet medium nib like Jinhao X750.

Also we can see a bit of shading on a very lighter side.


Ink Swabs

Chelpark Black Ink Swabs - on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook from 1 swab (top) to 3 swab (bottom)
Chelpark Black Ink Swabs – on Camlin Kokuyo Notebook from 1 swab (top) to 3 swab (bottom)
Chelpark Black Ink Swabs - on BILT Matrix Paper from 1 swab (top) to 3 swab (bottom)
Chelpark Black Ink Swabs – on BILT Matrix Paper from 1 swab (top) to 3 swab (bottom)
Chelpark Black Ink Swabs - on Century Copy Paper from 1 swab (top) to 3 swab (bottom)
Chelpark Black Ink Swabs – on Century Copy Paper from 1 swab (top) to 3 swab (bottom)

Waterproof Test

Chelpart Back - Waterproof Test
Chelpart Back – Waterproof Test

It is clear that ink is not completely washed out.


Blow up Writing Sample

Chelpark Black  -Zoomed in  Writing Sample on Century Copy Paper
Chelpark Black -Zoomed in Writing Sample on Century Copy Paper
Chelpark Black  -Zoomed in  Writing Sample on Century Copy Paper
Chelpark Black -Zoomed in Writing Sample on BILT Matrix

Conclusion:

The ink is not what you expect from a black ink.

Its vary faded and not light in color more towards grey. I beleive Camlin Black is far better than Chelpark Black,

I beleive this ink can be avoided totally.

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Pen Review : Wality 71 JT

Wality 71 JT - Close up
Wality 71 JT – Close up

Wality or Airmail are one of the most sought after Indian fountain pen manufacturers. Both brands are manufactured by AIRMAIL PEN COMPANY based out of Mumbai, India. And they have a good lineup of fountain pen and most of them are Eyedroppers and few of them are Piston fillers. My previous review of the two other Wality Pens I have reviewed are as follows:

Wality 52 PD

Wality 69 A

Wality 70 AM

Wality Pens are generally not easily available in northern part of India, I actually can to an extent of saying that they are not even available in that part. Reason could be poor marketing or poor sales. Surprisingly Wality pens are manufactured in Mumbai and even in Mumbai you will find them only certain parts not everywhere.

This particular pen i.e. WALITY 71 JT was bought from ASA Pens. Amazing, passionate pen man Mr. Subramaniam behind the store. He actually has enabled lot of people in around the world. Best part is even if i have certain issues with pens he offers to replace or service them which is his forte. Though this only happened once with ASA Spear.

Wality 71 JT gave me lot of troubles which will be covered in detail review below and how it became one of the best writers i have today. And surely it is #inexpensive.

Wality 71 JT
Wality 71 JT

DESIGN & BUILT : 4.5 / 5

Oooooh that look ….. Beauty.

This pen is gorgeous. One gorgeous demonstrator pen. Lovely. What not. One look at it and I am sure you will love to grab this pen.

Wality 71 JT - Beauty Shot
Wality 71 JT – Beauty Shot

Wality 71 JT (Jumbo Transparent) is a reasonably large pen when capped. The barrel is transparent and is amazingly polished inside and out. Its crystal clear, and rest of the pen i.e. cap and section are made of solid swirl acrylic and it comes in various colors like Blue Swirl, Green Swirl, Purple Swirl and many more.

Wality 71 JT - Uncapped
Wality 71 JT – Uncapped

The trims are chrome silver finish. Cap top is like a conical dome as you can see from the picture above and the silver colored clip is trademark Wality sturdy stiff clip.

There is a big silver center band in the cap with circular ring pattern all over and engraving at the bottom “Mfg. by Airmail Pen Co.” The thing that i don’t like is that the silver center band easily rotates in this model and is not fixed and that is the reason why I have deducted half point out of built.

Wality 71 JT - Cap
Wality 71 JT – Cap

The cap has a breather hole which like many of the Indian pens it has which can be clear from image above and below.

Wality 71 JT - Breather Hole.
Wality 71 JT – Breather Hole.

There is a inner lining of the same acrylic material also provided which is slightly visible from the image below. The cap opens in 3 turns.

Wality 71 JT - Cap Inner View
Wality 71 JT – Cap Inner View

The grip section of the pen is small in size and people who hold the pen a bit higher might encounter the the threads but the good thing is that these threads are not the sharp threads and in actual they provide more grip to otherwise slippery hands.

Wality 71 JT - Small Length Section
Wality 71 JT – Small Length Section

The pen (without the cap) is thickest at the center of the barrel and it tapers down towards both the ends. Also the bottom of the pen which is solid crystal also has the same conical domed shape similar to cap top.

Wality 71 JT - Thickest at Centre
Wality 71 JT – Thickest at Centre

The quality of the acrylic used in this pen is far better than the other wality pens like Wality 52 PD, Wality 69 A etc which all give you a certain pungent odor, which is not the case here. Built quality is top notch only issue being  the loose center band which keeps rotating and thats the reason for deduction half of the point.

Below are the few images showing comparison of Wality 71 JT with other pens.

Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G - Capped
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G – Capped
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G - Capped Side view
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G – Capped Side view
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G - Cap Posted
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G – Cap Posted
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G - Cap Posted Side View
Wality 71 JT vs ASA I-Can vs Jinhao 159 vs Pilot 78G – Cap Posted Side View

Overall its an amazing beautiful looking pen which had one issue in looks department , that this pen came with Gold Color Monotone fine Wality nib which was replaced to Ambitious Chrome nib.

Wality 71 JT - At Top
Wality 71 JT – At Top

BALANCE: 4.5 / 5

The pen is Large Pen.

The pen is 152 mm when capped and 135 mm when uncapped including the nib. The pen as a whole is thickest at the lip of the cap which is 14 mm and the barrel is thickest at center which is 12mm.

The pen is very well balanced when writing uncapped and unposted. The length is perfect and feels really good and balanced and lightweight in your hands.

Wality 71 JT - Writing Unposted
Wality 71 JT – Writing Unposted

However when you post the cap at the back the pen really becomes long and uncomfortable even though the cap postes quite securely at back.

Wality 71 JT - Writing Posted
Wality 71 JT – Writing Posted

Thus i beleive there is no requirement of posting.


NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 3 / 5

This is what i was not at all happy with. The whole charm of the pen died in a moment when i inked it and started writing with it. First of all the nib was scratchy and then second thing was that it burped. it was a leaky pen.

Nib it came with was stock gold colored monotone fine nib which first of all did not go well with chrome trims.

I did lot of tinkering with the pen. Pushing the nib deep and heat setting the nib and changing the nib to dual tone wality nib even putting iron balls inside the barrel to prevent burping, but it did not work there was always a air gap in section which was leading to burping and none of the Wality feeds was proper match to it.

Then in last attempt I changed the nib to monotone chrome finish Ambitious #6 Nib and voila … it did wonders to my pen. I was extremely happy.

Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib replacement
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib replacement

The nib set deep inside the section and is a big #6 size nib which looks small as it is set deep inside section.

Now it writes medium and wet, just the way i like…Smooth. Love it. I bet you will also love it.

Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib - Top View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib – Top View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib - Side View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib – Side View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib - Bottom View
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib – Bottom View
Wality 71 JT - Nib porn
Wality 71 JT – Nib porn

The feed is made of ebonite and this resulted in proper setting of nib by heat setting. Images below shows clearly the ebonite feed heat set with ambitious nib and also the ebonite feed bottom view ink channel.

Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib - Section View after Heat Setting.
Wality 71JT with Ambitious Nib – Section View after Heat Setting.
Wality 71 JT - bottom Feed view - Ink Channel
Wality 71 JT – bottom Feed view – Ink Channel

Ink Filling mechanism is through eyedropper and it takes approx 3.5 to 4 ml and being demonstrator love the ink sloshing in the pen barrel.

Wality 71JT  - Taken Apart
Wality 71JT – Taken Apart
Wality 71 JT - Ink Fill
Wality 71 JT – Ink Fill
Wality 71 JT - Threaded Section Barrel View
Wality 71 JT – Threaded Section Barrel Top View

So all in all I am quite happy now with Ambitious Nib and love it. I keep picking this pen again and again as my edc pen.

I have finished two barrels of ink completely without any burping now.

Below are the images of my handwritten review.

Wality 71 JT - Handwritten  Review Page 1
Wality 71 JT – Handwritten Review Page 1
Wality 71 JT - Handwritten  Review Page 2
Wality 71 JT – Handwritten Review Page 2
Wality 71 JT - Handwritten  Review Page 3
Wality 71 JT – Handwritten Review Page 3

The pen offers a little variation but writes amazing in every stroke. And spreads nice even patch of ink.


CONCLUSION:

I keeping coming back to this pen because of its looks.

Buy the pen and change the nib and you have a winner in your hand.

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Pelikan Hub 2015 : New Delhi & Mumbai

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Pelikan has this year selected two cities in India as Pelikan Hub. 

New Delhi being a new entrant and also Mumbai being the other.

Pelikan Hub is meet where all are welcomed and it happens all around the world on the same date, making it one of a kind of a event.

And an amazing initiative by none other than my favorite pen manufacturer PELIKAN.

I am glad that pelikan has chosen me hubmaster for New Delhi this time.

All the interested people are welcome to the event. And pelikan sponsors certain gifts to all the participants.

For that each interested person has to register by clicking on the link : PELIKAN HUB

So that Pelikan as an organization can make necessary arrangements for the gifts. All pen lovers are welcomed and invited.

Request all in India to goto link and register for either of the cities before 30th July.

Date : 25th September

Venue : To be Decided