Word for Wednesday – 27 July 2016

Today  I am using HERO 5028 with 1.9 nib. The pen comes with 3 nib options – 1.1, 1.5, & 1.9. And today it is inked with Daytone Crimson.

The word of the day is : WELTER





Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Tuesday Thoughts – 26 July 2016

Today’s quote is inspired by one of the most influential Martial Artist ever, the legend, BRUCE LEE.

The pen in rotation is Jinhao 165 which is self grounded to Medium Stub and it is inked with Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst.









Vaibhav Mehandiratta



Pen Review – Ranga Demonstrator Bamboo (Regular Size)

Ranga Handmade Pens is a brainchild of M.S. Pandurangan who himself is a master pen turner and all pens and pencils are made by him only. His son M.P. Kandan is doing great deeds by taking care of the business part of Ranga Handmade Pens. I must add that both he and his father are very humble and polite. I have organized few group buys on Fountain Pen Network for Ranga Pens and every time the dealing with him have been very professional. He has never lapsed on the dates as far as his commitment and deliverables are concerned. But yes that’s what my experience has been till date and I hope he continues to do the same.

Ranga Pens make use of ebonite and acrylic for pens and in fact they are the first and one amongst two pen makers in India to offer Premium Ebonite. They have a dedicated eBay store where they sell not just Ranga Pens but also pens from other manufacturers from India like Wality, Oliver, Fellowship etc. which are all machine turned. The pens from Ranga are also stocked by Teri of Peyton Street Pens in the USA with also some exclusive models.

The group buys on FPN have helped in acquiring lot of Ranga Pens. They have more than 10 models in their line-up

  1. Model 4C
  2. Bamboo
  3. Model 3
  4. Model 4CS
  5. Model 5
  6. Model 6
  7. Model 8
  8. Model 2c
  9. Model 2d
  10.  Zeal

And I have already reviewed one of the models which is Model 4C but this review is about one of the unique model in their line-up which is Bamboo.


Ranga Bamboo – Doing Rain Dance


Ranga Bamboo – Braving the Rain


Design: 05/05

The pen design resembles the natural bamboo with forged joints acting as nodes and parts between the two nodes acting as inter-nodes. The pen in a review is the clip-less demonstrator in a brushed version with polished finials.


Natural Bamboo


Ranga Bamboo – In Demonstrator version


Ranga Bamboo – Asymmetrical inter-nodes provides it Natural character


All in all, there are 5 nodes with smaller internodes at cap and to me, that provides it natural character. The finials, both top, and bottom, are polished and are in the conical dome shape.


Ranga Bamboo – Polished Conical Dome Shaped Finials


Once thing to be noticed is that the cap finial is smaller in length as compared to the barrel finial and the reason for that is to provide balance to the pen when writing so that it does not become top heavy.


Ranga Bamboo – Different Length of finials with Barrel one being longer


The internodes in the cap are smaller than what is on the barrels in length. The cap also has breather hole and this version is clip-less so it looks like one bamboo rod albeit in a different material.


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Ranga Bamboo – Clip-less with breather hole


Ranga Bamboo Cap – Inner nib look and feel when pen is capped


The cap closes to form a node and it actually flushes with the barrel as can be seen from the picture above. There is a minute drop between section and barrel as the cap flares at the bottom where it meets the barrel. The grip section is polished and not in matte finish.

There is no branding anywhere on this pen. Below are the images of the pen showing pen capped and uncapped.


Ranga Bamboo – Capped


Ranga Bamboo – Uncapped


It is superbly crafted pen with a very unique bamboo style pen like no other. And I believe the pen is worth the price it commands. The pen is also available in different ebonite and acrylic materials which must be around 30 plus in nos. So one has a lot of options to get the pen in his particular color and finish liking. Kudos to Ranga for the superb design.


Built & Construction : 04/05

The pen has a matte finish which is executed very well and transition from a matte finish to polished finials is sublime though they are not perfect but it’s close.


Ranga Bamboo – Matte Finish barrel to Polished Finials


Earlier I thought that the finials could be made symmetrical in length but part of the reason to do that was to keep the pen balanced while writing without increasing the length of the cap. But then I thought otherwise, this asymmetry is what gives it natural character.

The cap opens in 4 turns and threads are very well crafted and are not at all sharp. The grip section as mentioned is also very well polished. Also, I must add that the polished end of the finials is highly polished and very neat without any lathe marks visible.


Ranga Bamboo – Polished Section with neat threads


I applied silicon grease on the nib unit which you can see from the image above as I eyedropper-ed the pen.

The finish, the grooves, the material quality are all top notch. However, one thing I want to mention is the material thickness decreases at the cap lip and must be handled very well as there is no band to protect any kind of crack.

This is a handmade pen completely and is a “WOW” product at this price point.


Balance & Size : 4.5/05

The cap posts but only just and that too not very securely. I think it is not required as it makes the absurdly large and uncomfortable also the pen itself is very long at 135 mm when uncapped.

The pen is very well balanced with just a little more weight in the front end of a nib unit.


Ranga Bamboo – Writing with Cap Unposted


Ranga Bamboo – Writing with Cap Posted


The pen is light in weight with no metal parts used anywhere in the pen. Images below show the weight of pen with cap and without cap:


Ranga Bamboo – Weight of Pen (inked) with Cap


Ranga Bamboo – Weight of Pen (inked) without Cap


Few specification of the pen are as follows:

  • Length of pen (closed) – 145 mm
  • Length of pen (open and unposted) – 135 mm (including nib)
  • Length of Grip Section – 34 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Cap – 15 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Barrel – 15 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Barrel Section – 12.5 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Grip Section – 11 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Grip Section – 10 mm
  • Weight of Pen with Cap – 24 gms (inked)
  • Weight of Pen without Cap – 18.75 gms (inked)



Below pictures show the comparison of the pen with other pens:


Pen Comparison – Capped (Top View): Pilot 78G vs Lamy Safari vs Ranga Bamboo


Pen Comparison – Uncapped and Posted (Top View): Pilot 78G vs Lamy Safari vs Ranga Bamboo


Pen Comparison – Capped (Lateral View) : Pilot 78G vs Lamy Safari vs Ranga Bamboo


Pen Comparison – Uncapped & Posted (Lateral View): Pilot 78G vs Lamy Safari vs Ranga Bamboo


One thing of worthy mention here is that the grip section long and comfortable and makes this pen as a gem of a writer for long writing sessions.


Nib: 05/05

The pen comes with variety of #6 size nib options like JoWo EF, F, M, B, 1.1, & 1.5 and Schmidt F, M, & B for CC mechanism which is a threaded screw in one and also can be used as an eyedropper too and other nib options are Ambitious and Bock (Conklin imprinted) but these are only for eye dropper version of pens.

The nib that I took was the dual tone Bold point JoWo nib which is a screw in nib unit with plastic high finned nib and it performed flawlessly out of the box with welcome feedback. It is a juicy firm nib and writes wet.


Ranga Bamboo – JoWo Nib – Bold Point


Ranga Bamboo – Nib with Rain droplets


I sometimes wonder why I need gold nib when this nib performs so well.


Ink Filling Mechanism: 05/05

The ink is filled via converter and cartridge can be also used. But real fun lies in using this pen as an eyedropper and seeing the ink sloshing inside.


Ranga Bamboo – Used as eyedropper


Ink capacity around 4ml if used as an eyedropper. The converter that comes with the pen is Schmidt K5  and has a capacity of 0.6 ml.

One thing to be noted is that before you use it as an eyedropper do apply silicone grease on threads of the barrel and also on nib unit threads.


Below is the handwritten sample and review of the pen:


Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 01


Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 02


Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 03


Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 04


Conclusion : 23.5/25

I pen is available in a group buy at FPN for US$85 which is a steal considering it is handmade pen and it is a unique design. The pen is more of an artifact from India and is recommended to users who want something more from a pen.

What I Like:

  1. Unique Design
  2. Handmade
  3. Quality Finish
  4. Good Balance and Size
  5. Good Ink Capacity
  6. Nib Options
  7. Material Options

What I don’t Like:

  1. Cap Material is thin at Lip
  2. Little expensive



The pen can be bought via occasional group buys organized at group buy and at the moment when I am writing this review the Group Buy is Active. LINK

The pen can also be bought from following places:

  • E-Bay: LINK
  • Amazon: LINK
  • Peyton Street Pens: LINK
  • E-Mail:




Word for Wednesday – 20 July 2016

Its again ASA Swan fitted with Ambitious #5 flex nib today again in rotation and is inked with Diamine Sunshine Yellow.


The word of the day is : HOODWINK







Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Tuesday Thoughts – 19 July 2016

A very good quote from Mahabharata struck me last week and I thought I will reserve this one for my next Tuesday Thoughts entry to blog.

The quote is by Ashtavakra , one of the learned man as mentioned in Mahabharata.

The pen in use is Fosfor Maharaja in custom stabilised wood blank which is inked with Iroshizuku Syo Ro.









Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Word for Wednesday -13 July 2016

Its ONYX, a lovely ebonite pen from Guider Pens in use today which is inked with home-brew mix of Camlin Scarlet Red and Camlin Royal Blue.

The nib on this has been replaced with Wality #8 nib which is self grind to Medium Cursive Italic.


The word of the day is : Intransigence 







Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Kaweco India – Raksha Bandhan Sale 2016

For those who don’t know, Kaweco is now available in India also. The pens can be bought directly from Kaweco India website : Link

There is flat 25% sale which is going on main website right now.


Promo Code is KAWECOPEN

The pens are also available at major stationary stores across India also.


Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Tuesday Thoughts – 12 July 2016

I have been meaning to travel off lately and thus today’s thought is inspired from travel. The thought is kinda a reminder to me get a travel plan in place and the target is to travel to Cherrapunji and nearby areas and also get to see living root bridges.

The thought of day is related to Travel theme as mentioned above but I have not been able to find about the author of the same.

The thought for today was penned down via Kaweco Sports Skyline inked with Diamine Monaco Red. It is a beautiful mint coloured special edition pen and is now also available in India : here





These pen are amazing value for money.  And are especially suited for rough usage.








Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Word for Wednesday : 06 July 2016

In rotation today is  Pilot 78G – B Stub Nib inked with Lamy Turquoise Ink. This ink is my all time favourite Turquoise ink and it was also my first turquoise ink.

Pilot Stubs are more like Cursive Italics and have amazing line variation.

The word of the day is : Attenuate




Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Tuesday Thoughts – 05 July 2016

The pen in rotation today is ASA Trans-Nauka which was part of group buy on FPN. It is inked with Iroshizuku Yama Budo.

Today’s thought comes from one of the most influential teacher of India, Chanakya. There is Diplomatic enclave in Delhi which is named after Chanakya and is called Chanakyapuri and is one of the most prime and posh destination of India. Chanakya was the teacher, philosopher, advisor to king Changragupta and Bindusara. He played an important role in expansion of Mauryan Empire in India.

He is one of my most followed economist of olden days.










Vaibhav Mehandiratta