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Ranga Model 4 & 4C – Group Buy 2017

Over the years I have successfully organized many group buys. The main motive was to facilitate me and all other members to get these pens at a lower price. I have till date did 9 group Buys for Ranga Pens.

This time after almost 2 yrs this is an effort for Group Buy for Model 4 & 4C and this group buy sees the introduction of Demonstrator version also. I have also reviewed the pen here: link

 

 

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Ranga Model 4 – Demonstrator Version 

 

 

Model 4 is with Flat top & Bottom with slightly peaked at the center  (as per the image of a demonstrator)  whereas Model 4C is with Rounded Top and Bottom (as per the image below). The pen is approx 150 mm in length.

 

 

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Ranga Model 4C – Premium Ebonite

 

 

Available Colors are as follows:

  • Special Ebonite Colors (SE Series) – with Black Specs (Regular Ebonite)

    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 Olive Green

 

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Ranga Special Ebonite – Top View

 

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Ranga Special Ebonite – Side View

 

 

  • Regular Ebonite Colours (RE Series): Ref 1 – Link  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
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Ranga Model 4C – Regular Ebonite

 

 

  • Premium Ebonite Colors (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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Premium Ebonite Colors 

 

  •  Finish – Polished or Matte (Bakul)
  • Clip Option – Clip-less or Gold Clip or Silver Clip
  • Nib Option: For Eyedropper
    • Kanwrite 35 mm Fine Nib – Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • Kanwrite 35 mm Medium Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • Kanwrite 35 mm Broad Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • 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)
    • No Nib – Threaded for Bock #6 (less USD -14)
    • No Nib – Threaded for JoWo #6 (less USD -14)
    • No Nib – Threaded for Schmidt #6  (less USD -14)
    • Schmidt Broad Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone
    • Schmidt Medium Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone
    • Schmidt Fine Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone
    • JoWo 1.1 Calligraphy Nib – Dual Tone
    • JoWo Broad Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • JoWo Medium Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • JoWo Fine Nib – Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
  • Shipping: Via Registered Post which is included in Price and takes 2 -4 Weeks.
  • Making Time: 4-5 Weeks after payment
  • Price:
    • RANGA Model 4& 4C (ED Version)
      • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $30
      • PREMIUM EBONITE: US $45
      • DEMONSTRATOR: US $37
    • RANGA Model 4 & 4C (CC Mechanism)
      • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $60
      • PREMIUM EBONITE: US $75
      • DEMONSTRATOR: US $67

 

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

Linkhttps://goo.gl/forms/IBYGQ9iRpf0aW2OR2

For shipping within India, kindly please me at mehandiratta@gmail.com 

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 28 Feb 2017

Today’s thought is by Ovid. He was Roman Poet who lived in the period of Augustus and his actual name was Publius Ovidius Naso. He was ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature. Ovid talks more about his own life than most other Roman poets.

 
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The pen in use is Ranga Model 3C which I got from the Group Buy. The pen is fitted with JoWo 1.1 Dual tone nib and is inked with Diamine Eclipse.

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I really love ebonite as the material for the pen and this white blue swirl is something amazing. You have to hold in the hand to actually see and feel the beauty of the material.

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 21 Feb 2017

Today in use is one of my all time favorite ebonite pen which is made in India, Krishna Solo 2. It is fitted with MB Upturned Grind nib from Dr. Sreekumar of Krishna Pens. The pen is filled with Private Reserve Shoreline Gold Ink.

 

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Today’s thought is related to life-related experiences and comes from Will Rogers. Will Rogers a known stage actor and performer was also popularly known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son”.

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 15 Feb 2017

Today’s weekly thought comes from my one of the favorite novelist, Ayn Rand. She was born and educated in Russia and moved to America later. Her two famous novels are The Fountainhead and Atlus Shrugged.

 

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The pen in use today is Platinum Plaisir Nova Orange and I love this orange color. Lamy also came with the limited edition of AL-Star in this color by the name of Copper Orange.

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The nib on this is 0.5 steel nib and it writes like a western medium. The ink in use is Platinum Black that came along with the pen.

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What are your thoughts about Ayn Rand? And yeah how is the pen… I love the color. I think I love everything orange.

 

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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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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What Inks I bought in 2016 ?

Back in 2016, I created a wishlist of desired pens and inks that I planned to purchase. I did purchase lot of pens and inks apart from the wishlist. In this blog post, I will share the list of my ink purchases last year and let’s see how close I stuck to my wishlist. I hope my wife doesn’t see this post.

 

First in the list are from Japanese manufacturer “Sailor“. I purchased following Sailor Inks and here I stuck to my wishlist as far as desired inks were concerned:

  1. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – DoYo
  2. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Miruai
  3. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Nio-Sumire
  4. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Souten

 

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Sailor Inks

 

 

Second in the list are the inks from german ink manufacturer “Montblanc” and these inks were not part of my wishlist. Inks I purchased were:

  1. Montblanc Golden Yellow
  2. MontBlanc Meisterstuck Blue Hour – Twilight Blue
  3. Montblanc William Shakespeare – Velvet Red

 

 

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Montblanc Inks

 

 

 

Third in the list are the inks from Liverpool based ink manufacturer “Diamine” and the ink which was in my wishlist was not purchased rather I purchased the following inks

  1. Diamine Wagner
  2. Diamine Cornflower
  3. Diamine Pansy
  4. Diamine Bougainvillea
  5. Diamine Eau De Nil
  6. Diamine Majestic Blue
  7. Diamine Syrah
  8. Diamine Twilight
  9. Diamine Sunshine Yellow

 

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Diamine Inks

 

 

Fourth in the list are the inks from an American Boutique ink manufacturer “Private Reserve” and again these inks were not part of my wishlist. Following are the list of the inks that I purchased:

  1. Private Reserve Blue Suede
  2. Private Reserve Sherwood Green
  3. Private Reserve Shoreline Gold

 

 

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Private Reserve Inks

 

 

 

Fifth in the list is another German manufacturer “Graf von Faber-Castell“. I wanted this ink for a long time, however, I delayed buying this ink fro a long time and this was also not part of my wishlist of 2016.

  1. GvFC Hazelnut Brown

 

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Graf von Faber-Castell Inks

 

 

Sixth in the list is Indian manufacturer “Sulekha”  which is quite elusive. One of fellow fountain pen user who was visiting Kolkata helped me in getting these inks and again these were not part of my wishlist. Inks are as follows:

  1. Sulekha Master Brown
  2. Sulekha Crystal Violet
  3. Sulekha Scarlet Red
  4. Sulekha Royal Blue
  5. Sulekha Executive Black
  6. Sulekha Turquoise Blue
  7. Sulekha Shocking Pink

 

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Sulekha Inks

 

Seventh in the list is another ink manufacturer from India. Krishna Inks are made by Dr. Sreekumar and he is a one man show. These again were not part of my wishlist and I got following inks:

  1. Krishna Pomegranate
  2. Krishna Yellow Valley
  3. Krishna Rainforest
  4. Krishna Ochre
  5. Krishna Kot Massi
  6. Krishna Dark Chocolate
  7. Krishna Goldrush

 

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Krishna Inks

 

Eighth in the list is a third German manufacturer “Kaweco“. I love both the inks that I purchased and are as follows:

  1. Kaweco Midnight Blue
  2. Kaweco Caramel Brown

Again these inks were not part of my wishlist.

 

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Kaweco Inks

 

 

Ninth on the list one of my favorite these days “KWZ Inks“. These are handmade in Poland by husband and wife duo, Konrad and Agnieszka. They have almost 61 colors which include 21 Iron Gall inks. I purchased 12 inks last year few directly from Konrad and few from Fontoplumo. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:

  1. KWZ IG Green #3
  2. KWZ IG Red #3
  3. KWZ IG Turquoise
  4. KWZ IG Green Gold
  5. KWZ IG Violet #3
  6. KWZ IG Blue #5
  7. KWZ IG Aztec Gold
  8. KWZ Monarch (Fontoplumo exclusive)
  9. KWZ Azure #5
  10. KWZ Cappucino
  11. KWZ Grey Plum
  12. KWZ El-Dorado

I have got few purchases planned from KWZ this year also.

 

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KWZ Inks

 

 

Tenth and last on the list is another Indian manufacturer “Bril“. These are one of the most trusted ink manufacturers in India and have now started taking orders online. I exhausted my Bril inks and thus needed a new complete set. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:

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

 

 

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Bril Inks

 

 

Inks that were part of my wishlist but did not make way to my cupboard are as follows with reasons listed:

  1. Edelstein Aquamarine (was not convinced to buy because of the reviews)
  2. Pen & Message – Cigar (difficult to get and too expensive)
  3. Pen & Message – Vintage Denim (difficult to get and also had better choices)
  4. Sankodo Canal Brown (difficult to get and too expensive)
  5. Iroshizuku FuyuGaki (delayed for next year)
  6. Diamine 1864 Blue Black (delayed for next year)

 

What were your purchases and what was your most expensive purchase aaaaand which ink you liked the most?

 

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

 

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INK REVIEW -DAYTONE OLIVE BROWN

I received few Ink bottles from one of my friend in Indore which are Daytone Fountain Pen Inks. Daytone Inks are manufactured by Daylight industries and they are into ink manufacturing since 1956. More information can be found about the company here: Daytone Webpage

Apart from Inks, they manufacture a lot of other stationary items. But this review is about one of the fountain pens inks that they manufacture.

The inks that they manufacture ( 15 Nos. – increased from 8 Nos.) are as follows:

  1. Blue Black
  2. Emerald Green
  3. Brilliant Red
  4. Crimson
  5. Turquoise Blue
  6. Deep Black
  7. Royal Blue
  8. Bright Violet
  9. Havana Brown
  10.  Mauve
  11. Dark Grey
  12. Dark Brown
  13. Olive Brown
  14. Rose Red
  15. Yellow Ochre

Also, I would like to add that I got these inks from my friend Daman who was kind enough to lend me the additional 7 colors for review.

This review is about OLIVE BROWN ink from Daytone.

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Daytone Olive Brown – Ink Bottle

Daytone Havana Brown comes in 60 ml plastic bottles and is priced at Rs. 20 Each (Indian Rupees). I hate their ink bottles it is most of the times next to impossible to insert the pen and fill ink in the pen.

The properties of the ink are similar to Havana Brown though the color is different. The color is exactly like Greenish Brown Olives. To me, it is quite an unusual color it writes brown when wet and dries towards the green olive color. I love the color of the ink but it ain’t that saturated and also I found out that the ink is more fluidic as in more watery.


INK SPLASH

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Daytone Olive Brown – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm

The color is exactly like green olives which are like a greenish brown color and it is more towards brown where there is ink pooling.


INK DROPS IN WATER

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Daytone Olive Brown – Ink Drops in Water
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Daytone Olive Brown – Color of Water after dropping and stirring ink

COLOR MATCH

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Daytone Olive Brown – Color Range

INK SWABS

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Daytone Olive Brown – Ink swabs with cotton ear buds
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Daytone Olive Brown – Ink Swab (From top to bottom – 3 swabs, 2 swabs, and 1 swab)

WRITING SAMPLES

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Daytone Olive Brown – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

The ink Performs best in Bold and wet medium nibs and looks faded in stub and fine nibs. I believe wetter stub nibs will suit this ink better. Ink also subtle shading.


BLOW UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Daytone Olive Brown – Blow Up writing Sample – 1
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Daytone Olive Brown – Blow Up writing Sample – 2

WATERPROOF TEST

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Daytone Olive Brown – Waterproof Test (Drip Test on Left and Rub Test on Right)

Ink is not at all waterproof or resistant almost everything gets washed out but yes there are still some lines visible. It also fades away if continuously exposed to sunlight for a longer duration.


COMPARISON WITH SIMILAR COLORS

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Daytone Olive Brown vs Daytone Havana Brown vs Sheaffer Skrip Brown vs Waterman Absolute Brown

From above samples, it is evident that the green is more towards the green side like green bottled olives which have certain brown tinge.


CONCLUSION

The color is beautiful.  It has no feathering (barring the closeup with medium nib) and has lovely flow. Lubrication is okay. There is not much shading which is visible. Ink drying times are around 12 seconds.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering: No
  • Sheen: No
  • Shading:  Little
  • Lubrication: Moderate
  • Flow: Very Good
  • Water Resistance: Bad
  • Drying Times: Very Good
  • Nib Creep: No
  • Clogging: None
  • Odor: None

The ink can be bought from Amazon and Snapdeal. One of the links is given below.

LINK 1: AMAZON

My other ink reviews can be checked here: link

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 03 January 2017

A Very Happy New Year to you all. Today I am using one of the most beautiful pens ever made “Lamy 2000” and it comes with BB nib. It is filled with GvFC Hazelnut Brown.

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The quote of today is inspired by Henry David Thoreau who was an American philosopher, poet, and historian. Thoreau was an ardent and outspoken abolitionist, serving as a conductor on the underground railroad to help escaped slaves make their way to Canada.  He wrote strongly-worded attacks on the Fugitive Slave Law (“Slavery in Massachusetts”).

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The pen writes sublimely and in my opinion, is one of the greatest pens of all time. Simple yet powerful design.

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Once again happy new year to all.

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Word for Wednesday: 28 December 2016

Today I am using  Jinhao 886 (review) which is fitted with #5 Medium Nib and it is filled with KWZ IG #3 ink.

 

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The Word for this Wednesday is Irrefutable and it means undeniable, impossible to disagree or deny.

In Sentence: The fact Kesava started to feel better after buying MB Lavender Ink it is irrefutable proof that shopping helps.

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Kaweco India – Christmas Offer

I believe I am late but there is a current offer on Kaweco Products bought directly from Kaweco India.

 

There is a flat 20% off on the offering currently.

Promo code is: KAWECOPEN

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 06 December 2016

Today’s Tuesday Thought is written with a pocket pen made in US of A, Franklin-Christoph Model 45 XLV in Coco Pearl Finish. The thought is inspired by Mark Twain.

Mark Twain was a pen name of famous American writer, Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He was also called “The father of American Literature“.

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The pen comes with the SIG Medium Steel nib and boy it is amazing. Will detail out this in an upcoming review of the pen. And the ink in use is Kaweco Caramel Brown.

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Has anyone of you tried this nib and how has been your experience ??

 

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta