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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 07 Feb 2017

I know I am late with this post. Again busy due to workload. But anyways here it is, my blog entry for Tuesday Thoughts.

The thought for today comes from George Sand. She was a noted French Novelist is famous for her so-called rustic novels.

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I am using Ranga Zeal which I got from a group buy last year. The pen is inked with the only Noodler Ink I have left ” Noodler’s Antietam“.

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It is fitted with #6 Schmidt Broad Nib which is ground to Stub and now it writes exactly to my liking.

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Do you ground your own nibs?? Or have you ever tried to do so to suit your handwriting ??

 

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Group Buy – Ranga Model 5

Dear fellow FP users
After successful group buys of BAMBOO MODEL & RANGA MODEL 4C & Model 3 & Model 5 & Zeal & Model 8 & BAMBOO MODEL (ROUND 2) & DESIGNER in last two year.

 

This is a group buy effort for –  RANGA MODEL 5 (also famous as Varuna Gajendra). This is the second time for Model 5 and the first group-buy for Ranga Pens this year. The Group Buy will be available until March 5, 2017.
Model 5 comes in two variants and is clipless:

  • Flat Top ( 6.5 to 6.75 inches in length, thickness varies from 17 to 18.75 mm depending on rod)
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Model 5 – Flat End
  • Round End (7 inches in length, thickness varies from 17 to 18.75 mm depending on rod)
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Model 5 – Round End

Available Colours are as follows:

A. SpecialRegular Ebonite Colours (SE Series)

  1. Solid Forest Green
  2. Forest Green – Black Ripple (Not Available)
  3. Forest Green – Honey Ripple (Not Available)
  4. Forest Green – Khaki Ripple
  5. Forest Green – Mustard Yellow Ripple
  6. Forest Green – Teal Blue Ripple
  7. Teal Blue – Black Ripple
  8. Teal Blue – Khaki Ripple
  9. Mustard Yellow – Black Ripple
  10. Khaki – Black Ripple (Not Available)
  11. Solid Cherry Red
  12. Rose Red – Black Ripple
  13. Rose Red – Mauve Ripple (Not Available)
  14. Rose Red – Blue Ripple (Not Available)
  15. Rose Red – Forest Green Ripple
  16. Rose Red – Bottle Green Ripple (Not Available)
  17. Rose Red – Mustard Yellow Ripple
  18. Brick Red – Khaki Ripple
  19. Brick Red – Black Ripple
  20. Teal Blue – Orange Ripple

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B. Regular Colours (RE Series) 
Ref 1Link  Ref 2: Link

  1. Solid Black Matte
  2. Brown Ripple
  3. Olive Ripple
  4. Green Ripple
  5. Mottled Brown
  6. Mottled Green
  7. Mottled Olive Brown

C. Premium Ebonite Colours (PE Series)

  1. Solid Blue
  2. Black Yellow Swirl (Not Available)
  3. Blue Pink Swirl
  4. Solid Pale Green
  5. White Blue Swirl (Not Available)
  6. Pale Pink Black Swirl (Not Available)
  7. Green Yellow Swirl
  8. Solid Pink
  9. Blue Green Orange Swirl
  10. Solid Orange

 

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Model 5 – Premium Ebonite

 

C. Demonstrator (CA Series)

  1. Matte with Polished Finials
  2. Matte with Matte Finials
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Model 5 – Demonstrator

Prices are as follows:

  • RANGA Model 5 (ED Version)
    • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $39
    • PREMIUM EBONITE: US $55
    • DEMONSTRATOR: US $ 44

 

  • RANGA Model 5  (CC Mechanism)
    • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $65
    • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE without nib threaded to take JoWo/Schmidt/Bock: US $50
    • PREMIUM EBONITE: US $85
    • PREMIUM EBONITE without nib threaded to take JoWo/Schmidt/Bock: US $70
    • DEMONSTRATOR: US $ 70
    • DEMONSTRATOR without nib threaded to take JoWo/Schmidt/Bock: US $ 55

 

  • Finish – Polished or Matte (Bakul)

 

  • Clip Option – Only Clipless

 

  • Nib Option: For Eyedropper
    • Ambitious Nib 35 mm – Fine Nib – Dual Tone (included in price)
    • Bock (With Conklin imprinted) M or B is available (extra @ 8 USD)
    • Kanwrite Nib 35 mm Flex – Chrome Tone ( extra @ 5 USD)

 

  • Nib Option: For C/C mechanism (with Schmidt K5 Converter) #6 Nib Options (included in price)
    • JoWo Fine Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • JoWo Medium Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • JoWo Broad Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • JoWo 1.1 Calligraphy Nib – Dual Tone
    • Schmidt Fine Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone
    • Schmidt Medium Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone
    • Schmidt Broad Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone
    • No Nib – Threaded for Schmidt #6
    • No Nib – Threaded for JoWo #6
    • No Nib – Threaded for Bock #6

 

  • Shipping: Via Registered Post which is included in Price and takes 2 -4 Weeks.

 

  • Making Time: 4-5 Weeks after payment

In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) and Reply in the thread with “Form Submitted or just repost the choices in thread

Linkhttps://goo.gl/forms/lVI5Bv7HaFbkJ3bZ2

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 08 November 2016

Vintage Sheaffer’s are still in demand today and amongst those, one the highest selling pen which I am using today is Sheaffer No-Nonsense.

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The pen comes with fine italic nib and is inked with Sulekha Crytal Violet.

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The author of todays’ quote is worldfamous playwright, Oscar Wilde.

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Pen Review – ASA TransNauka

The pen I am about to review has sold in huge nos. and probably one of the best-selling pen of ASA. There was a time when I was after Mr. Subramaniam to make a demonstrator pen with screw in nib units from JoWo/Schmidt but somehow he was not able to procure the good material which could  withstand the threading to be done for those units and then we gave up.

Then one fine day he informed me that he had procured a new material and will be launching an already successful Nauka in the demonstrator version (which was named TransNauka) and I was too excited for the pen and I told Mr. Subramaniam it would sell in huge nos. and therefore I convinced him that we should do a group buy for the same on FPN  (TransNauka Group Buy) and believe me,  it was immensely successful.

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ASA TranNauka – In love with Rains

 

The group buy was so successful that he had to stop taking orders on his website for a fortnight even after the Group Buy was closed because of his limited production capability.

I have already reviewed a few pens from ASA as below:

  1. ASA Rainbow : LINK
  2. ASA Viraat : LINK (Absolutely love this fat pen)
  3. ASA Spear : LINK
  4. ASA Porus : LINK
  5. ASA Patriot : LINK
  6. ASA I-Can : LINK
  7. ASA Galactic : LINK

 

It’s been three months since I have got this TransNauka and further below is my effort to do a detailed review of the pen.


 

DESIGN : 4.5/05

There is an old age saying:

“Beauty lies in the eye of beholder”

And to my eyes, this pen is the just pure aesthetic pleasure. It’s a beauty. TransNauka inspires awe when it is inked and I believe it one-ups the already existing Nauka.

It’s simple, classic, sublime and is on the lines of Bauhaus Design movement which is a unification of art, craft, and technology. The design of Nauka was inspired by famous MORA STYLOS OLDWIN CLASSIC and in fact one of the fellow fountain pen connoisseur Prithwijit was the force behind the development of Nauka.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Uncapped

 

The pen without cap looks like it’s just one piece as the grip section merges with the barrel in such a form that there is no step down which is generally prevalent in many pens. The pen gradually tapers towards the bottom to an almost pointed end. Similarly, the pen tapers towards the grip section till it meets the threads at the top which holds the cap.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Comparative pic when pen uncapped and capped

 

The pen comes only in the brushed matte finish and personally prefer the brushed version better than the polished version as the polished version tends to develop micro abrasions and smudges and also looses shine over the period of time.

The cap of the pen unlike the bottom of the barrel is not torpedoed shape at the top rather it is like a hemispherical dome. The pen I bought comes with chrome finish ball-end clip and it also comes sans the clip. The cap is almost 3/4th the size of pen making it a very large pen.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Cap and Barrel

 

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ASA TransNauka – Cap is 3/4th of Pen when uncapped

 

I found the pen very minimalist with no branding. One thing I believe can be improved is to reduce the gap between the cap finial and nib unit when the pen is closed.

The pen is beautiful and is bang for the buck at the price and yeah this beauty is handmade.

 


 

BUILT & CONSTRUCTION : 04/05

One look at the pen and you won’t actually believe that this pen completely hand-turned. It’s almost perfectly shaped and finished from the exterior.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Lovely Finish

 

One thing I found that as much as the exterior is well finished and shaped, the interior of the barrel was not paid much attention. There are certain undulations in interior (1 or 2 places) of the barrel which result in the formation of O-rings like shape inside the barrel with ink.

I received two pens, matte brushed finish and the clear polished one. The clear polished one was all over the places with regards to finish and thus it was not launched  officially.

This brushed finish is superb barring one area with regards to barrel interior area. The brushed finish is also better because of the fact that it hides the lathe marks and also is not smudge-prone.

The quality of material used is quite good but is brittle in nature and thus one has to be careful with regards to handling (against falls). The acrylic used is the hard non-modified PMMA and apt thickness of the material are used in pen and is quite better compared to ones used in TWSBI.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Cap View showing material thickness and finish

 

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ASA TransNauka – Material thickness in Barrel and Grip Section

 

The pen is quality finished one which needs to be handled carefully and if proper care is taken it will last you ages. I love my TranNauka but I care for every pen that I own. If you are the one who keeps throwing his/her pen here and there then I suggest you go for the ebonite version.


 

 

BALANCE & SIZE : 04/05

The cap of the pen doesn’t post securely and that’s because of the design. But.. But… But… the pen is so big even uncapped @ 135 mm that there is no need for posting.

The pen is little heavy towards the nib and I believe this could have been countered by providing solid crystal end at bottom of barrel. Nevertheless, this was no issue for me, it’s a minute difference and some of you won’t even notice.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Writing with it – Unposted and Posted

 

Initially, I had trouble adapting to the grip of the pen because of gradual slope of grip section from barrel to top of nib unit but now that I am using the pen since 3 months I have gotten used to it. The grip might also be fat for some because of the design and might not be so good for people with small hands. Now for me, it was okay because I prefer big pens.

 

The pen is big yet light in weight but one thing I noticed is that when uncapped it is lighter than Ranga Bamboo Demonstrator but almost 4 gms heavier when capped and both are equal in length when uncapped but when capped the TransNauka is larger of the two.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Weight – Capped and Uncapped

 

Few specification of the pen are as follows:

  • Length of pen (closed) – 160  mm
  • Length of pen (open and unposted) – 135 mm (including nib)
  • Length of pen (open and posted) – 176 mm
  • Length of Cap – 78 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Cap – 21 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Barrel – 14 mm
  • Dia of Barrel ( Near Barrel Bottom) – 8 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Grip Section – 13.5 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Grip Section – 11 mm
  • Weight of Pen with Cap – 27.9 gms (inked)
  • Weight of Pen without Cap – 17.13 gms (inked)

 

 

Below are the pictures of the pen  in comparison with others :

 

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ASA TransNauka vs Pilot Custom 823 vs ASA Patriot vs Lamy Safari – Capped

 

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ASA TransNauka vs Pilot Custom 823 vs ASA Patriot vs Lamy Safari – Uncapped

 

As clear from above pics its a bit fat compared to others.


 

 

NIB : 3.5/05

The pen can be bought in a variety of #6 sized nib options from JoWo or Schmidt and in various point widths. The one I have here is JoWo Steel 1.1 Stub nib in Black Oxide finish.

 

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ASA TranNauka -Nib Shot in Rain

 

The nib is a screw in nib unit and easily replaceable. The nib that I got was a lemon and was scratchy out of the box. I had to tune it and now it performs the way I want.

 

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ASA TransNauka – JoW0 1.1 Nib in Black Oxide Finish

 

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ASA Nauka vs Pilot Custom 823 vs ASA Patriot vs Lamy Safari – Nib Comparison

 

Advice to people if you are buying the pen from ASA do avail the option of pen/nib testing this might delay the pen delivery but pen and nib will be checked for writing before dispatch and yeah there are no extra charges for that.


 

 

INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

It can take international long or shot cartridges, international converter and can be used as an ED also.

The pen looks best when eye dropper-ed and I applied silicone grease to the threads before using it as ED pen.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Using as an ED Pen

 

Ink capacity as an eye dropper is 4 ml and will vary with every pen as it is handmade one.

Below are the images of handwritten review of the pen sample writing:

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ASA TransNauka – Handwritten Review – Page 1

 

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ASA TransNauka – Handwritten Review – Page 2

 

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ASA TransNauka – Handwritten Review – Page 3

 

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ASA TransNauka – Handwritten Review – Page 4

 

 

CONCLUSION: 21/25

The pen was bought at group buy price of Rs. 2200 and it was a steal at that price. And now the prices have increased yet it is a value for money option.

Beautiful pen but I won’t recommend this to people with small hands.

What I Like:

  1. Beautiful Design
  2. Handmade
  3. Quality Finish- Exterior
  4. Good Balance and Size
  5. Good Ink Capacity
  6. Well Priced

What I don’t Like:

  1. Internal Barrel Finish
  2. Poor OTB Nib

 

 

HOW TO BUY :

The pen was bought via group buy on FPN and there will be another group buy in near future for the same.

Simultaneously who don’t like waiting for group buys can buy directly from ASA website : LINK.

And the last I checked its available on pre-order only with waiting for 4 weeks.

 

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Tuesday Thoughts – 16 August 2016

The pen in rotation today is my new Pilot Custom 823 which comes with Broad Nib and it is currently inked with Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku. The pen is a real beauty and yes the clear transparent one is so perfect.

The thought for today was inspired by Napolean Hill, an American Author who wrote lot of personal success and self help books.

 

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Would love to know how is  your experience with this pen and what is your favourite colour in Pilot Custom 823??

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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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.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Doing Rain Dance

 

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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.

 

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Natural Bamboo

 

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Ranga Bamboo – In Demonstrator version

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Capped

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Writing with Cap Unposted

 

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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:

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Weight of Pen (inked) with Cap

 

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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:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – JoWo Nib – Bold Point

 

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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.

 

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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:

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 01

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 02

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 03

 

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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

 

HOW TO BUY:

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: mpkandan@yahoo.co.in

 

 

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Word for Wednesday : 15 June 2016

This Wednesday I am using my new ASA TransNauka which fitted with 1.1 Black Oxide JoWo Nib and Inked with Iroshizuku Yama-Budo.

 

The word of the day is : LOQUACIOUS

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Tuesday Thoughts – 05 April 2016

The pen in rotation today Ranga Zeal in Matte finish Red-Yellow Ripple ebonite with Matte finish Acrylic. Using the same inked with Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo.

And inspiration for today comes from one of the most iconic Architect of our times, Zaha Hadid. She was the first woman to win Pritzker Award.

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Pen Review – TWSBI Eco

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TWSBI Eco – In the Wild

This is the first non Indian pen I am going to review and i hope you all like the review and please leave the comments if you like. This pen actually took almost 4 months to come into my hand. Even though I have TWSBI 580 Al Orange but i was more excited about the ECO. This pen was bought from Frank of FONTOPLUMO. It was booked as soon as it was launched and Frank was kind enough to hold the pen for more than a month and he was even kind enough to hand over the order to a visiting friend (Kapil Apashankar) in Netherlands and i must also mention this that the pen was on hold despite me not making the payment. And in the end I bought not just Eco but lot more pens for myself which will be reviewed here slowly.

Also let me take this opportunity to thank Kapil for taking all the pain of collecting the pens and sending it across to me from Pune.

So this is review about TWSBI ECO.

 

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TWSBI ECO

 

 


 

DESIGN AND BUILT : 04/05

The pen came in a no nonsense plastic box and the pen and the accessories were well packed. I took the white color model. The pen currently comes in two colors: Black and White. However there are certain other colors being proposed by TWSBI on their blog.

It’s a well designed elegant pen and even though it looks chunky when capped. It’s a beautiful pen when inked.

 

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Twsbi Eco – Beauty Shot

 

The barrel is clear acrylic which is again of good quality and is circular instead of faceted design of TWSBI 580 or VAC. The grip section is also clear acrylic and you can see the ink flowing to the feed from barrel to section and feed. I kind of love the demonstrators. They actually take the color of the ink you put in. Looks lovely.

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TWSBI ECO – Capped

The pen is actually one piece from grip section to barrel, only knob being different.

Some people have not like the cap design but for me it’s just okay and carries the design cues from the faceted design of  580 or Vac. The cap and piston knob both have faceted design. All the trims are chrome silver finish and the centre band of the cap has TWSBI and ECO imprinted on the band.

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TWSBI ECO – Cap View

 

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TWSBI ECO – Cap Clip View

 

 

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TWSBI ECO – Cap and Piston Knob – Faceted

 

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TWSBI ECO – Cap Inner View

 

The best thing about the pen is the rubberized O ring at the joint of piston knob and barrel which really helps in secure posting of the Cap. One thing to be noticed here is that apart from the nib and cap clip there is no metal part in the pen. Also like the O ring at the bottom there is one more O ring at the front of barrel which ensures the Cap doesn’t slip of and is securely closed.

Below image shows the pen capped and uncapped for comparison. The pen is just tad smaller than TWSBI 580 when it is capped.

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I love the pen and I believe there is no good quality piston filler demonstrator in this price range.

Below are the few images showing the comparison of the pen with others.

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TWSBI ECO vs Parker Sonnet vs Pelikan M200 Cognac – Capped

 

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TWSBI ECO vs Parker Sonnet vs Pelikan M200 Cognac – Uncapped

 

The pen is similarly prized as Lamy Safari and I believe this is better bet.


 

 

BALANCE : 05/05 

The pen is very well balanced whether the cap is posted at back or not. Its a sizable pen and it is just a tad bit longer than 580 when posted.

The pen posts really well and securely but for me its amazing when writing with cap not posted at back, but thats my personal preference.

The pen is 139 mm when capped and 168 when cap is posted at back.

Below are the images showing the comparison of writing with cap posted and cap unposted.

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TWSBI ECO – Writing Unposted

 

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TWSBI ECO – Writing Posted

 

 


 

 

NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

The pen I am reviewing comes with friction fit 1.1 Stub nib and boy it writes so amazing. Loved the nib and the ink flow. 1.1 Stub gives you a crisp writing with lovely welcome feedback. I love it.

Yes the nib is friction fit and is easily removable. Nib is #5 steel nib and option of EF, F, M, B and 1.1 Stub is available on ECO.

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TWSBI ECO – Nib Unit Side View
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TWSBI ECO – Nib Unit Top View
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TWSBI ECO – Nib Unit Bottom View

 

The ink filling mechanism is via Piston which is the best considered ink filling mechanism. The pen holds almost just less than 2 ml of ink.

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TWSBI ECO – Piston Filling Mechanism

 

The piston knob is easily removable via plastic wrench that is supplied with the pen. There is also silicone grease supplied with the pen.

Below are the images of my handwritten review and the writing sample:

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TWSBI ECO – Handwritten Review – Page 1
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TWSBI ECO – Handwritten Review – Page 2
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TWSBI ECO – Handwritten Review – Page 3

 

CONCLUSION: 

I am totally in love with this pen and the my iroshizuku ink looks stunning with this pen. The pen actually takes any color you want with the ink you put in the pen.

Buy it – thats my advice.

Beautiful quality product at surprisingly low price (25 Euros) with TWSBI lifetime warranty.

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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.

Pen Review : Click Tulip Piston Filler Fountain Pen

Unique Pens recently came out with new fountain pen which is a quite subtle design. I quickly grabbed the pen as soon as Mr. Subramanian of ASA Pens shared the image of the same with me. Below is my review of the pen which i have been using for past 2 weeks.

Click Piston Filler
Click Piston Filler

Design & Built:

I purely bought this pen for its looks and after my first demonstrator which was Galactic, i wanted to explore the territory of demonstrator pens.

This pen is a small sized sleek piston filler pen. It comes in 5 translucent colors, Clear, Blue, Red, Green, & Brown. Out of all those Clear looks the best because it shows you the actual color of the ink sloshing inside the pen. It also comes in solid colors by the name of Tulip.

The pen is made of ABS plastic which is quite okay. it is an elegantly designed little pen which will be suitable for people with small and regular size hands. The pen is prone to smudges  if you have oily hands.

Click Majestic - Uncapped
Click Majestic – Uncapped

The cap has metal gold plated crown shaped cap which is quite firmly placed on top of cap.

Top of Cap
Top of Cap

There is center band with 2 grooves also running around again in golden color. There is also inner lining of plastic inside the cap, probably to keep ink from drying out.

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Click Majestic – Cap with Gold plated clip

The pen opens in 2-3 turns and top of grip section also has gold plated metal ring which ads to the beauty of pen. The only let down i see the gold paint over the engraving done at the barrel which doesn’t appeal to me.

Barrel and Piston Filling Mechanism
Barrel and Piston Filling Mechanism

Also in above image you might see one more gold plated band which separates the barrel section from the piston filling mechanism. I must tell you that i love the piston filling mechanism better than eyedropper.

This pen can be easily cleaned as it can be easily dismantled into individual parts.

The build quality of pen is just okay as the ABS plastic used looks flimsy even though it might take lot of falls and has certain bit of flexibility also. It gives you a feel that if you try to manhandle the pen it will come apart. So i did not messed around with the pen.

Uncapped Pen Close up of cap opening and Nib
Uncapped Pen Close up of cap opening and Nib

The bottom of pen and top of cap are flat and are pretty neat and clean.

Flat Ends
Flat Ends

Overall the design is good and build quality is acceptable for price range of Rs. 150 (US $ 3). I must add that the build quality is far better than Hero Demonstrator B001 pen I have. Also it can be compared to plastic used in Jinhao 599 pens.

Size & Balance:

The pen is i would say for only small and regular sized hands. As the cap posting is not good so the you will not be able to attain the long length which can be used by bigger hands.

Though the pen is light weight, i still believe that there is certain lack of heft in the pen. Section grip is smooth acrylic which is of correct size and might trouble some with sweaty hands.

Click Majestic - While Writing
Click Majestic – While Writing

Only drawback it has is that the cap can’t be posted as it comes out easily when you try to post the cap. Thus recommended for small or regular sized hands.

Overall its nicely balanced pen.

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Below are few images showing comparison in sizes with other pens.

ASA Spear vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Click Majestic
ASA Spear vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Click Majestic

As you can see the in the image above and below it is a tad smaller than Pilot Metropolitan aka MR.

Uncapped - ASA Spear vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Click Majestic
Uncapped – ASA Spear vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Click Majestic
ASA Spear vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Click Majestic
ASA Spear vs Pilot Metropolitan vs Click Majestic – Cap Comparison

Nib & Ink Filling Mechanism:

The pen comes with dual tone fine nib which writes pretty well and actually it never skipped during my course of writing with this pen for past 2 weeks. The nib writes western fine and the feeder is made of ebonite. The dual tone nib really complements the gold metal trims of the pen and the nib also has got some variations, it is not flex but yes it has got certain variations if you even write with just a bit of pressure applied.

Dual Tone Fine Nib
Dual Tone Fine Nib
Nib & Feed - Side View
Nib & Feed – Side View
View of Feed - Regular designed feed
View of Feed – Regular designed feed

The ink filling mechanism is the Piston Filler this is my second piston filler pen and actually i love this most as compared to other mechanism of ink filling. The best part about the pen is that it can be easily dismantled for cleaning.

The pen comes in only one nib option and certainly nib can be changed aftermarket if someone desires. The stock nib writes medium wet and easily dries up in Delhi Summer weather within 8-10 sec and yeah a lot depends on ink also.

Below is my Handwritten review showing the writing sample

Page 1 - Handwritten Review
Page 1 – Handwritten Review
Page 2 - Handwritten Review
Page 2 – Handwritten Review

Yes there was certain burp which happened for first time(See Page 2) in past 2 weeks but but hasn’t happened since then.

Page 3 - Handwritten Review
Page 3 – Handwritten Review

Conclusion:

Well made Indian pen for Rs. 150 ( US $ 2.5) which writes quite well. Surely recommended to people who want to try out fountain pen or grab value for money fountain pen which writes quite well. It is a brilliant pen for its price. Cant beat the beauty of this pen at this price range.

Note: Similar iterations of the pen have been floating around in circles by Oliver Pens Chennai & by name of Romus Demonstrator

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Pen Review – ASA Galactic Jumbo Demonstrator

ASA - Galactic Jumbo Demonstrator
ASA – Galactic Jumbo Demonstrator

ASA – Galactic was my first demonstrator. I never liked the demonstrators but i decided to go ahead with the purchase and amazingly I was the first one to buy this. Following is my review of the pen.

Design & Build:

My first demonstrator is a jumbo sized pen which has a fogged finish. The pen looks like what it is named “Galactic”

The real beauty comes out when you ink up this pen. Aaaaah so beautiful. I have suddenly started liking the demonstrators. The pen is beautifully engraved with company logo on the barrel and also my name is engraved on the cap (Special thanks to Mr. Subramaniam). Made out of acrylic the barrel is in fog finish with crystal clear bottom and screw in crystal top at the cap.

Filled with ink.
Filled with ink.
Uncapped Pen with Stock Nib
Uncapped Pen with my Name engraved on Cap

The grip section is again made of acrylic resin and i love the way the it shows ink spread out unevenly. It has a big nib which complements the pen perfectly.

Clear Crystal Top and Bottom
Clear Crystal Top and Bottom

Built wise i believe it needs certain care as this is a acrylic pen.

Balance:

The pen is light weight for the jumbo sized pen. And it feels really handy without the cap posted at the back. Also if the cap is posted it makes the pen massively large. I like the writing with  the pens without the cap being posted  and i believe the it is perfectly balanced.

Jumbo Sized Pen - Perfectly Balanced
Jumbo Sized Pen – Perfectly Balanced

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Nib & Ink Filling Mechanism :

The nib is a stock F nib which writes more towards the medium size and from what i heard is made in Taiwan {Edit : The Nib is Indian ambitious nib}. Believe me this nib writes very well. If not better than Bock nibs this is at par with them.

Beautifully carved made in Taiwan "F" Nib
Beautifully carved made in Taiwan “F” Nib
Feed is made of ebonite
Feed is made of ebonite

The ink filling mechanism is an eyedropper which is the only way to do justice to the pen. Since it is a jumbo pen it hold quantum of ink, hence its a long runner.

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Bottom-line :

The pen is a must buy for the ones who love demonstrators and also for the ones who have never used the demonstrators.

No complaints, no issues with this pen.

Also Please see the below my hand written review:

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