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Mega Group Buy – Ranga Pens – June 2017

Hi Fellow FP Addicts

Welcome to Mega Group-Buy of Ranga Pens. This is an effort for Ranga Handmade Pens with Bock Nibs. For those who missed out on earlier group buys this is the right opportunity to buy various models from the past Groupbuy with the Bock nibs.

 

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MODELS:

Different Models are available for this Group-Buy. The option of various models are as follows:

  1. Giant Bamboo ( Previous Group-Buy Link:  http://www.fountainp…group-buy-2016/ )
  2. Bamboo ( Previous Group-Buy Link:  http://www.fountainp…group-buy-2016/ )
  3. Model 8 ( Previous Group-Buy Link: http://www.fountainp…remium-ebonite/ )
  4. Designer ( Previous Group-Buy Link: http://www.fountainp…ique-group-buy/ )
  5. Zeal ( Previous Group-Buy Link:   http://www.fountainp…-international/ )

 

NIBS:

For the first time, MP Kandan is providing us the Bock Nibs in CC Mechanism for this Group-Buy. So for this group buy only Bock nibs will be available and the option for the nibs are as follows:

  1. #6 Steel Nib – Gold Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5
  2. #6 Steel Nib – Chrome Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5
  3. #6 Steel Nib – Dual Tone Finish: EF, F, M, B
  4. #6 Gold 18K Nib – F, B (@ extra US$ 185)
  5. Without Nib But Pen threaded to take Bock Nib (@ less US$ 14)

 

MATERIAL & COLORS:

Like the previous Group-Buys, both ebonite and acrylic are available in this group-buy. The various finishes available are as follows:

 

  • Regular Ebonite: RE Series (Polished or Matte Finish)
    1. Solid Black
    2. Brown Ripple
    3. Olive Ripple
    4. Green Ripple
    5. Mottled Brown
    6. Mottled Olive Brown

 

  • Special Ebonite: SE Series (Has Black Specks) (Polished or Matte Finish)
    1. Solid Forest Green
    2. Forest Green – Black Ripple
    3. Forest Green – Honey Ripple
    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
    11. Solid Cherry Red (Not Available)
    12. Rose Red – Black Ripple
    13. Rose Red – Mauve Ripple
    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
    21. Solid Bluish Green (Only for Giant Bamboo)
    22. Solid Crimson Red (Only for Giant Bamboo)
    23. Solid Olive Green

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  • Premium Ebonite: PE Series (Polished or Matte Finish)
    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 (Not Available)
    10. Solid Orange

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  • Clear Acrylic Demonstrator:
    1. Brushed Clear Acrylic – Complete
    2. Brushed Clear Acrylic with Polished finial
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PRICE:

I have convinced MP Kandan not to increase the prices and he has agreed to the same. Thus the cost of the pen is at par with the earlier Group-Buys. And payment is accepted only via Paypal.

The price is as follows:

  1. Giant Bamboo
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $90
    • Premium Ebonite: US $110
    • Acrylic Demonstrator: US $100
  2. Bamboo
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $80
    • Premium Ebonite: US $90
    • Acrylic Demonstrator: US $85
  3. Model 8
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $63
    • Premium Ebonite: US $77
  4. Designer
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $85
    • Premium Ebonite : US $95
    • Acrylic Demonstrator : US $90
  5. Zeal (Flat End or rounded End)
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $61
    • Premium Ebonite : US $73

 


SHIPPING:

Shipping period will be 5 to 6 weeks after payment via Registered Shipping.
For Shipping within India kindly PM me

 

 

 

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

 

LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/KthJCJju1hfkcsDq1

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Word for Wednesday: 22 Feb 2017

Today I am using  Guider Onyx which looks extremely similar to Nakaya Piccolo is fitted with #5 Steel Medium Nib from Wality and it is filled with Iroshizuku Momiji ink. The nib is ground to medium cursive italic.

 

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The Word for this Wednesday is Exacerbate and it means to make more violent,bitter or to worsen or intensify.

In Sentence: Sahil chose to exacerbate the argument by spilling Rakshit’s Diamine inks on the floor.

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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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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Oliver F-27 (Ver 2) Offer with Ranga Model 5

There is an additional offer with Group-Buy for Model 5 (link). Oliver F-27 is now available as an add-on in this group-buy at a special price of USD 19. The pen can only be clubbed Ranga Model 5 and can be purchased in any nos.

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Oliver F27 

 

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Oliver F-27 (Ver. 2)

 

There are 20 colors and are as follows:

  1. Yellow-Pink-Red Swirl
  2. Pink-Dark Blue Swirl
  3. Blue-Black Swirl
  4. Red Cracked Ice
  5. Green-Pink-Black Swirl
  6. Red-Dark Blue Swirl
  7. Orange-Dark Blue Swirl
  8. Chocolate Cracked Ice
  9. Purple-Dark Blue Swirl
  10. Bright Green-Dark Green Swirl
  11. Sea Blue-Red Swirl
  12. Chocolate-Dark Blue Swirl
  13. Yellow-Chocolate Cracked Ice
  14. Yellow-Chocolate Swirl
  15. Green-Black Swirl
  16. White-Red Swirl
  17. Rose-Black Swirl
  18. Yellow-Bright Green Swirl
  19. Orange-Black Cracked Ice
  20. Yellow-Blue-Saffron Orange Swirl

 

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Oliver F27 – Colors

 

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 replies

Linkhttps://goo.gl/forms/lVI5Bv7HaFbkJ3bZ2

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Ranga Pens – New Regular Ebonite Colors

 

Ranga Pen Company (Ranga Handmade Pens) founded by MS Pandurangan in 1970 in Thiruvallur has been producing quality fountain pens, rollerball pens, and ball pens.  They use ebonite, acrylic, and also used to make pens from cellulose nitrate in past.

There were recently a lot of group buys on Fountain Pen Network where new ebonite rods were introduced which I took an opportunity to photograph.

 

Colors are as follows:

  1. Solid Forest Green
  2. Forest Green – Black Ripple
  3. Forest Green – Honey Ripple
  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
  11. Solid Cherry Red
  12. Rose Red – Black Ripple
  13. Rose Red – Mauve Ripple
  14. Rose Red – Blue Ripple
  15. Rose Red – Forest Green Ripple
  16. Rose Red – Bottle Green Ripple
  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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New Regular Ebonite Rods – Top View

 

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New Regular Ebonite Rods – Lateral View

 

 

Following are the youtube video links:

 

 

 

These rods will be part of the regular production of Ranga Pens Now.

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Word for Wednesday – 17 Aug 2016

The pen in rotation is ASA Patriot which I reviewed here : LINK and it is currently inked with Krishna Neelkurinhi Ink.

 

The word for today is : GAINSAY which means to deny or disagree and also oppose or speak against(someone)

In sentence : It is impossible to gainsay your wife’s contribution for turning a house into a home.

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Word for Wednesday : 22 June 2016

Another Wednesday and another word for the day.

Today I am using my beautiful Gama Airborne which is inked with Rohrer & Kilngner Verdura. The nib is Ambitious and it is a wet writer eyedropper pen. This pen is an homage to Eversharp Skyline.

The word of the day is : Phlegmatic

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Pen Review – Ratnam Tarpoda

Ratnam Tarpoda (Big Size) was one amongst  my mass-order purchase through my dear friend Pradeep who was travelling to Rajahmundry last year. I have bought lot of pens from different manufacturers and I have varied experiences across the three brands of Rajahmundry.

For those who don’t know, Rajahmundry is one of the major city of Andhra Pradesh in India. And city consists of few of the oldest fountain pen manufacturers in India like Ratnam, Ratnamson, and Guider.

Ratnam Pen Works ( KV Brahmam & Brothers) is the first “Swadeshi” Fountain Pen Company of India and was established in 1932. It was started by Kosuri Venkat Ratnam and is currently being run by one of his two sons, Siva Ratnam. They also manufacture handmade gold nibs including conical shape gold nib. Most of their pens are made of ebonite, however they also make silver metal pens and also gold plated silver pens. I have yet to see acrylic pen from them.

The review is about their big size ebonite pen , Ratnam Tarpoda.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda

 

DESIGN : 3.5/5

Here the pen is in simple, classic shaped design with rounded finials. The pen tapers down down to rounded bottom, while the cap also tapers but just slightly to finial which is shaped like parabolic dome. It bears lot of resemblance to one of my previously reviewed pen Ratnamson 302, which is a pen from different manufacturer, though in this case the cap finials tapers more towards top.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Uncapped
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Dome Shaped Top and Rounded Bottom

 

The grip section is made in black ebonite unlike the body which is made in olive ripple ebonite which is famous by name of White Tiger because of the resemblance to skin of white tiger.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Capped
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Uncapped and Unposted
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Uncapped and Posted

 

The barrel is cylindrical and tapers both ways, towards the grip section and also towards the bottom end. The grip section in black ebonite gradually tapers towards the top with flared end at the top. The grip section is short and I end up gripping threads which actually are not sharp and rather they are smooth and provide good grip.

The cap is adorned with dual bands and has a stiff ball end type clip. The trims used are gold and I believe they match with the ebonite. And it opens in 4 1/2 turns.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap with Ball end Clip and Dual Centerbands

 

The barrel is engraved with the branding which reads “RATNAM PEN, MADE IN  RJY, INDIA”. And it is filled some sort of gold paint which I believe is not neatly done as their is spillage of gold paint on barrel which eventually will wear off with time.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Branding

 

Overall it is a classic, no nonsense, elegant cigar shaped design and you cant go wrong with that.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Classic Cigar Design

 

Finishing can be improved a little. And most importantly the turns to open cap must be minimized.


 

BUILT & CONSTRUCTION : 3/5

The quality of material used is good and is sturdy. There is no discolouration of material. The built quality is just at par with like of Ranga or Deccan pens if not better, especially finishing. I think Branding on barrel can still be improved.

What i really liked was the alignment of cap with the barrel when it is closed in such a way that the ripple effect of ebonite carries to the cap from barrel.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Ripple Pattern Continuation from Barrel to Cap

 

Its a handmade pen and yes there are certain anomalies like cap finial doesn’t align in line with the tapered profile of the cap. But again what do you expect from such an inexpensive pen.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap Finial not aligned with cap
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap inner View

 

As far as the quality of band is considered they are better than what I had on Ratnamson 302. But yes they still need improvement.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap Center Bands

 

One thing I really did not like was provision for 2 breather holes in the pen, otherwise it is well built HANDMADE pen at this price point.


 

BALANCE & SIZE : 5/5

The pen is vary well balanced in both the scenarios when writing with cap posted or unposted. Yes, when cap is posted at back, the rear becomes heavy and will suit the one with large hands but it doesn’t becomes unbalanced at all. The cap posts securely and it post deep. Below are the 2 images showing the length till which the cap posts, outer limit shown by thumb.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap Posts Deep
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Thumb shows the length till which the cap posts

 

Below are the two images showing the length of pen when writing with cap posted and unposted.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Writing Unposted
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Writing Posted

 

Being ebonite it is light weigh and no metal is used here.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Weight in gms including cap
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Weight in gms excluding cap

 

Few Specifications are :

  • Length of pen (closed) – 150 mm
  • Length of pen (open and unposted) – 125 mm (including nib)
  • Length of pen (open and posted) – 165 mm (including nib)
  • Length of Grip Section – 15 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Cap – 16 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Barrel – 14 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Grip Section – 12 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Grip Section – 10 mm
  • Weight of Pen with Cap – 28.24 gms (inked)
  • Weight of Pen without Cap – 17.82 gms (inked)

 

 

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

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda vs Lamy Safari vs Pilot MR vs Jinhao X750 – Capped
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Ratnam Tarpoda vs Lamy Safari vs Pilot MR vs Jinhao X750 – Uncapped ans Posted

 

Clearly it is not that much a big pen and hence it is comfortable for most of the users.


 

NIB: 2.5/5

Nib used is #5 friction fit with ebonite feed. Nib is Dual tone and is well articulated with certain engraving which reads ” GENIUS IRIDIUM GERMANY”. The nib on this was better than what the Guider puts on their pens but yes not to my liking and thus I ended up grinding the nib to medium Italic and it was nib which got grind easily unlike Wality nibs.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Nib unit View – Top
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Nib unit View – Side
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Nib unit View – Underside

 

The problem is that the nib is available only in fine and no other choices.


 

INK FILLING MECHANISM: 4/5

The ink filling mechanism is via an Eyedropper, well you can use syringe also. Ink capacity is around 3.5 ml, which is substantial.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Pen taken apart
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Eyedropper Filling

 

Since its an ED pen, there is a noticeable increase in the inflow when the ink level goes below 3/4th and that is when you will have to refill otherwise it will burp. Its like it will gives you warning before it burps. This pen though has not burped on me at all and yeah i ensure when the ink level goes below I refill it.

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

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Handwritten Review – Page 1
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Handwritten Review – Page 2
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Handwritten Review – Page 3
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Handwritten Review – Page 4

 

CONCLUSION : 18/25

I recommend this pen to every collector. Its an handmade pen from first pen manufacturer of India.

Also will recommend to the likes who love fiddling around with their pen and know how to live around and ED pen.

I bought this pen for Rs. 1000 (approx US $16 ) which included shipping last year and I believe the price might have gone up.

What I Like:

  1. Classic Cigar Design
  2. Handmade
  3. Very Good Quality Ebonite
  4. Good Balance and Size
  5. Good Ink Capacity
  6. A piece of History
  7. Value for Money

What I don’t Like:

  1. Eyedropper only
  2. Only one nib option
  3. Branding

HOW TO BUY:

They can be easily approached via WhatsApp ( Mob No. +91 98489 18904). They will send you pics and prices and you can select whatever you like. Pay via bank transfer and they ship once the payment is received.

 

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 – Deccan Advocate

Deccan Pens have been into existence since 1928 when they opened first outlet in Hyderabad at Abids and has been one of the oldest fountain pen manufacturing company in India. The firm was started by Sabih Akhter Siddiqui who used to sell fountain pens door to door with the help of DURO agency which used to produce fountain pens in 1920’s. Today Deccan Pens has 32 year old manufacturing unit and they only make fountain pens.

They have now 3 stores at Secunderabad, Ameerpet, and oldest one at Abids.

Deccan Pens have been covered and reviewed lot by HARI, SHRUJYA, & JAISIRI.

And this particular review is about one of the largest selling pen from Deccan stable which is “Deccan Advocate”. There have been lot of iterations of Deccan Advocate over many years.

 

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Deccan Advocate – In the Wild

 

I must thank Rakshit who lives in Hyderabad and he helped me in getting this pen. He also is a fountain pen connoisseur and you can check his blog here. I got this pen almost 7-8 months back and have been using this only for past 2 months. So the review is about my experience with the pen for past 2 months.


 

DESIGN & BUILT: 5/5

Deccan Pens are notable for impeccable built quality and this Deccan Advocate again stamps their authority of quality built pens.

Advocate currently comes in two variants : Round End and Flat End. The model that I am reviewing is the Round end one in green ripple colour and I was told that it is difficult to get hold of the round end advocate and I was lucky enough to get this one.

 

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Deccan Advocate – In Broad Day Light

 

The pen is made of high quality ebonite and is available in black, matte black , mottled brown, rippled brown and green ripple and also olive brown ripple.

My pen is extremely well made though it was religiously inspected by Rakshit before he bought this one. The ebonite has no perforations its solid without any specks and perforations. The quality of rod is really great.

 

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Deccan Advocate

 

The pen is a simple and elegant cigar shaped pen with slight tapering towards the bottom end. There are no bands or trims used on this pen. Only metal part or thing you will see on the pen is clip apart from the nib.

The pen is very well executed and polished though you might see some marks just below the threads which is due to cap being capped and uncapped regularly and has not received thorough cleaning and polish from my side.

The grip section is made of  same ebonite material and is in concave shape. The length of grip section is 22 mm and this I beleive is quite good as it helps in good grip on the pen.

 

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Deccan Advocate – Capped

 

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Deccan Advocate – Uncapped

 

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Deccan Advocate – Round Ends

The pen cap opens in 6 turns which I am not happy with but its still acceptable as most of the Indian pens take almost around 5 to 6 turns to open.

The cap has chrome finish clip which gives you a look of look of something between matt and polished finish but it is not polished with some sorts of coating.

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Deccan Advocate – Cap Clip

 

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Deccan Advocate – Cap Clip Side View

 

The cap clip narrows down to bottom and is quite sturdy and can easily fit in to shirt pocket firmly.

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Deccan Advocate – Inner View of Cap

 

The thickness of ebonite is thinnest near the bottom of the cap or what we call as cap lip which you can see in above picture. As the cap tapers at the bottom but it is still sturdy.

 

Below are the few images showing the comparison of pen with other pens:

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Deccan Advoate vs Lamy Safari vs Jinhao X750 – Capped

 

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Deccan Advoate vs Lamy Safari vs Jinhao X750 – Uncapped

 

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Deccan Advoate vs Lamy Safari vs Jinhao X750 – Capped (Lateral Side View)

 

Overall, its a beautiful, cigar shaped elegant pen which has impeccable built quality. Its a quality finish from Hyderabad. Yeah I must tell you that there is no branding of any kind on pen anywhere be it clip or nib or even barrel.


 

 

BALANCE & SIZE : 3.5/5

The pen is around 140 mm including the nib when uncapped and I don’t see any reason to post the cap at back and also I prefer to write with cap unposted. The pen is very much balanced when writing unposted but becomes bottom heavy when cap is posted at back, moreover it becomes uncomfortable at 184 mm when cap is posted at back, thus it is unbalanced. The pen length is 155 mm when it is capped.

 

Below are the images showing the comparison when writing posted and unposted :

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Deccan Advocate – Writing Unposted

 

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Deccan Advocate – Writing Posted

 

What I find most comfortable about the pen is the grip section which is at 9 mm and is in conical shape. It provides perfect grip. The length of grip section is also substantial at 22 mm.

 

The pen weighs around 30 gm with cap and around 20 gm without cap (with ink filled).

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Deccan Advocate – Weight of pen with cap

 

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Deccan Advocate – Weight of pen without cap

 

Few specifications are as follows:

  • Length capped: 155 mm
  • Length uncapped and posted : 184 mm
  • Length uncapped and unposted : 140mm
  • Length of grip section : 22 mm
  • Barrel Dia Avg – 14 mm
  • Cap Dia – 16 mm
  • Section Dia (Avg) : 9 mm
  • Weight with cap : 30.4 gm
  • Weight without cap : 20.53 gm

 

NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 4/5

Nib currently being used on this pen is 35 mm (#6) Gold Finish Steel Nib and this is a stock nib and there was no other option of the nib on this pen. The nib is famous ambitious fine nib which is friction fit and it writes very well and is paired with good wet ebonite feed. Ink flow is quite good.

 

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Deccan Advocate – Nib Unit Top View

 

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Deccan Advocate – Nib Unit Side View

 

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Deccan Advocate – Nib Unit Underside View

 

The nib is set just a bit inside more, thus what you see is less of 35 mm nib because the grip section is bit flared up as visible from image below.

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Deccan Advocate – Nib set inside deep

 

The filling mechanism is via eyedropper and it holds approx 3 ml of ink. It has not burped on me even once.

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Deccan Advocate – Eyedropper Fill Mechanism

 

 

Below are the images of my handwritten review which shows you the writing sample:

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Deccan Advocate – Handwritten Review – Page 01

 

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Deccan Advocate – Handwritten Review – Page 02
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Deccan Advocate – Handwritten Review – Page 03

 

 

CONCLUSION: 12.5/15

I recommend everyone to have at least one Deccan Pen and buying ADVOCATE is the best pen to get hold of at reasonable price of otherwise expensive Deccan Pens.  Well yeah i did not like the combination of chrome clip with gold finish nib.

I bought this pen for Rs. 1000 (approx 16 usd) which does not include shipping as it was bought by my friend who paid for Shipping.

What I Like:

  1. Classic Cigar Design
  2. Well Finished
  3. Very Good Quality Ebonite
  4. Lot of Ink Capacity

What I don’t Like:

  1. Eyedropper only
  2. Only one nib option
  3. Combination of Silver chrome clip with Gold color nib

 

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Deccan Advocate – Close Up

 

Comments and feedback are welcome.

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Pen Review – Ranga Model 4C

Ranga Pens is amongst the one quality pen manufacturer in India. Infact they are the only manufacturer in India who have the premium colors and quality ebonite pens apart from regular ebonite and acrylic pens.

They have an active Ebay store where they sell not just fountain pens but also ball pens and Roller Ball pens and also raw materials like ebonite rods and acrylic blanks. The link to ebay shop is as below:

RANGAHANDMADE

Also Peyton Pen Street is also authorized seller of Ranga Hand Made pens. Here is the link to the webpage: PEYTON

Mr. M.P. Kandan of Ranga Pens can also be reached at Fountain Pen Network, where he is quite active. Here is the link to reach him on FPN : MPKANDAN – RANGA

I have recently organized 3 group buys for three different model of thiers. Model 4C, Model 3 and Bamboo Model. And i have bought all three models through group buy. I will be reviewing all the models one by one.

They have following Models in their lineup:

  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 few more.

I will be reviewing Model 4C in this post.

Model 4C - In the Wild
Model 4C – In the Wild

This happens to be actually my second pen from the house of Ranga Pens and first one being Bamboo Model. Which i will be reviewing next.


DESIGN & BUILT: 05/05

The build quality of this pen is impeccable. Its very well polished and there is no marks at all i see on the pen. Believe me its an handmade pen and when you hold the pen in your hand you wont be able to judge whether it’s handmade or not.  Such and excellent finish Mr. Kandan has given on this pen.

Model 4C - beauty Shot
Model 4C – beauty Shot

The quality of this premium ebonite is really really good. There are hardly any imperfections that you might otherwise find in regular color ebonites. The pen is quite sturdy and being ebonite it is more durable. The pen actually comes in approximately 24 color options out of which 10 are premium ebonite colors. The pen in review is premium orange ebonite which actually is muted earthy orange color.

Model 4C - Uncapped
Model 4C – Uncapped

It really feel amazing in your hand. And its certainly a looker. People look at this pen and actually take it from my hands just to feel it of not write with it. Such is the charming factor of this premium color ebonite. And yes i have noticed that these premium ebonites are far superior over the regular ebonites.

Model 4C is actually a regular sized pen with bit of girth. It’s a cigar shaped pen which tapers down to the bottom and has rounded top and bottom. The cap is flushed with the barrel and you would hardly notice the joint. No imperfection. Superior attention paid to the product.

Model 4C - Rounded Top and Bottom
Model 4C – Rounded Top and Bottom
Model 4C - Capped Cap is flushed with the barrel
Model 4C – Capped
Cap is flushed with the barrel
Model 4C - Uncapped Barrel Tapers down to bottom
Model 4C – Uncapped
Barrel Tapers down to bottom

Cap Clip is strong and sturdy and pen can easily stick to the shirt pocket. I have one qualms which is very minor and that is gold trim which is clip will turn to chrome soon. But i have an option to replace the cap  clip easily. Also i found that clip was not in alignment and was off centred when pen arrived , but again that was easily taken care off by unscrewing the cap finial and straightening the clip.

Model 4C - Cap and Clip
Model 4C – Cap and Clip
Model 4C - Cap Finial View from top
Model 4C – Cap Finial View from top
Model 4C - Cap inner view
Model 4C – Cap inner view

The grip section of the pen gradually tapers slightly towards the top and is also made of the same material. Complete pen is made of ebonite.

I am really really happy with the top notch quality and finish on the pen.

Below are few images showing the comparison of the pen with other pens:

Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier - Uncapped
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier – Capped
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier - Uncapped and Posted
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier – Uncapped and Posted
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier - Uncapped and Posted - Side View
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier – Uncapped and Posted – Side View

Overall I am extremely happy with quality, built and finish of the pen. This is probably amongst the best pens from India.

Full marks to Ranga.


BALANCE AND SIZE: 4/5

The pen measures 150 mm when capped and 135 mm when uncapped including the nib. The dia of the cap is 15 mm and barrel tapers down from center to the bottom to 9mm from 15 mm.

The average grip section dia is 10 mm and length is 30 mm.

As far as balance is concerned it is very well balanced and you would love writing with this pen uncapped for longer periods. However I beleive the posting cap makes it extremely large at 180mm  (yes cap posts securely) and for me it becomes slightly uncomfortable.

Model 4C - Writing Unposted
Model 4C – Writing Unposted
Model 4C - Writing Posted
Model 4C – Writing Posted

I love writing with this pen uncapped and unposted for longer periods.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

My pen came with Dual Tone JoWo 1.5 Calligraphy stub and it writes amazing. has amazing line variation and is not at all scratchy. The pen has various nib options like JoWo (EF, F, M, B & 1.5) , Schmidt (F, M, & B) , Bock (F, M, & B – with Conklin imprinted) and Ambitious (F-M).

I am really happy with my JoWo 1.5 Stub. It writes superb.

MODEL 4C - JoWo Nib Unit Top View
MODEL 4C – JoWo Nib Unit Top View
MODEL 4C - JoWo Nib Unit Side View
MODEL 4C – JoWo Nib Unit Side View
MODEL 4C - JoWo Nib Unit Bottom View
MODEL 4C – JoWo Nib Unit Bottom View

Ink filling mechanism is via Cartridge converter and the material being ebonite can be easily used as eyedropper.I prefer the flexibility of the pen to be used as eyedropper which lot of pens don’t give.

Model 4C - Converter mechanism filling
Model 4C – Converter mechanism filling

Below are few images showing handwritten review and sample:

Model 4C - Page 1
Model 4C – Page 1
Model 4C - Page 2
Model 4C – Page 2
Model 4C - Page 3
Model 4C – Page 3

CONCLUSION:

I love the size shape and finish of the Model 4C. Its a regular sized pen with girth and i Like that and premium ebonite is like cherry on top.

The price of 4200 seemed expensive in beginning but beleive me it was worth it.

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Pen Review – ASA Viraat

ASA Viraat - Standing Tall
ASA Viraat – Standing Tall

The review is about my second oversized pen ASA Viraat that i bought along with the Gama Supreme which I will be reviewing later.

This happens to be custom job that he did for me and supposedly upcoming model in growing list of ASA Pens.

My other review of ASA pens are as follows:

  1. ASA Spear
  2. ASA Galactic
  3. ASA I-Can
  4. ASA Porus
  5. ASA Patriot
ASA Viraat
ASA Viraat

DESIGN & BUILT: 4.5 / 5

This pen comes in two ebonite colors like black, light brown rippled, dark brown rippled. The pen in review is light brown rippled often called as White Tiger Ebonite.

ASA Viraat - Top View
ASA Viraat – Top View
ASA Viraat - Uncapped
ASA Viraat – Uncapped

Built wise its a amazing, thick and the quality of the ebonite used is top notch. No qualms about it.

Also there are two option of finishes available for this pen, Polished and Matte. Matte being new finish on the colored ebonite from ASA Pens. I am using the Polished version which can be seen in the image below.

ASA Viraat - Polished version. Look at the shine
ASA Viraat – Polished version. Look at the shine

The thickness of material is amazing. Its built like tank. Throw it here and there and forget. No damage will happen to this tank like built pen. The pen is fat and average thickness of pen is 15 mm, with maximum thickness at 16 mm around center of barrel and then barrel tapers down to bottom to 14 mm.

ASA Viraat - Capped Pen View
ASA Viraat – Capped Pen View

Compared to Gama Supreme it is smaller by 4 mm in length. The pen is around 160 mm in length which is quite big.

The cap is @17mm dia at bottom and @16mm at cap finial. The clip is quite stiff and sturdy. Also there is a band at the edge of bottom of cap called lip band. All the trims are in silver chrome finish.

I personally dont like the lip band but that doesn’t discount from the fact that it is well executed pen. Some people may like this some may not.

ASA Viraat - Cap with silver trims
ASA Viraat – Cap with silver trims
ASA Viraat - Inner Cap View
ASA Viraat – Inner Cap View

The grip section length is small though. The pen is flat top and bottom design with certain amount of tapering towards at either ends.Overall its a simple design for a pen but in big proportions. Quality is top notch.

ASA Viraat - Flat Top and Bottom
ASA Viraat – Flat Top and Bottom
ASA Viraat - View of Grip Section and Cap Bottom
ASA Viraat – View of Grip Section and Cap Bottom

Below are the few images showing its comparison with other pens.

ASA Viraat vs Gama Popular vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier
ASA Viraat vs Gama Popular vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier
ASA Viraat vs Gama Popular vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier - Side View
ASA Viraat vs Gama Popular vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier – Side View
ASA Viraat vs Gama Popular - Barrel Thickness
ASA Viraat vs Gama Popular – Barrel Thickness

Few vitals are that the cap opens in 4 turns and the grip section is 13 mm thick.


BALANCE:  4.5/5

The pen of these size are generally heavy but being ebonite its light weight. But because of its size there is just a little amount of welcome heft which make you feel that you are actually holding a big pen.

The cap posts securely at back but i don’t think that is required.

As mentioned earlier the grip section is small though and might be hassle for some. who hold the pen a bit higher.

ASA Viraat - Writing without cap posted.
ASA Viraat – Writing without cap posted.
ASA Viraat - Writing without cap posted.
ASA Viraat – Writing without cap posted.

As you can see the pen is quite big, thus no requirement of posting the cap at back. Also you can see the grip section being small in length and my grip touching the threads which actually are not sharp and provide slip resistance. Actually this thick section takes some time getting used to.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

Now the pen is fitted with Broad Bock nib. Oh man l love this nib. Lovely. Lays down perfect wet line that broad nib is supposed to do.

ASA Viraat - Nib Unit Top View
ASA Viraat – Nib Unit Top View
ASA Viraat - Nib Unit Side View
ASA Viraat – Nib Unit Side View
ASA Viraat - Nib Unit Bottom View
ASA Viraat – Nib Unit Bottom View
ASA Viraat - Nib Unit Angled View
ASA Viraat – Nib Unit Angled View

Pen is an eyedropper filler. And hold approx 5 ml of the ink. Feed is made of ebonite. And following nib options are available.

  1. Bock Fine Nib
  2. Bock Medium Nib
  3. Bock Broad Nib
  4. Ambitious 35 mm Medium Nib
  5. Ambitious 40 mm Medium-Broad Nib
ASA Viraat - Pen taken apart
ASA Viraat – Pen taken apart
ASA Viraat - Ebonite Feed
ASA Viraat – Ebonite Feed
ASA Viraat - Ink Barrel
ASA Viraat – Ink Barrel

Below is the handwritten review showing the writing sample and ink drying tests.

ASA Viraat - Page 1
ASA Viraat – Page 1
ASA Viraat - Page 2
ASA Viraat – Page 2
ASA Viraat - Page 3
ASA Viraat – Page 3
ASA Viraat - Page 4
ASA Viraat – Page 4

Conclusion:

This pen is for the serious buyers who actually are on lookout for oversized beauties. And this is one of them.