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.





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/ )



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)



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




  • 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

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


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 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




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.




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.





Vaibhav Mehandiratta


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.

Oliver F27 


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


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




Vaibhav Mehandiratta



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 HAVANA BROWN ink from Daytone.


Daytone Havana 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.

I found out that the ink is more fluidic as in more watery. The ink color is to my liking. It flows smoothly but is not that saturated. It fades if exposed to the light.


Daytone Havana Brown – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100gsm


I love the color of the ink. It has no sheen even in the areas where ink pools.




Daytone Havana Brown – Color Range


Daytone Havana Brown – Writing Sample on JK Cedar – 100 gsm


Daytone Havana Brown – Writing Sample – Side View


The ink actually leaves the darker line in nibs which are wet writers especially my eyedropper ed ASA Viraat and Gama Supreme. There is very less shading.


Daytone Havana Brown – Ink swabs with cotton ear buds


Daytone Havana Brown – Ink Swab (From top to bottom – 3 swabs , 2 swabs and 1 swab)


Daytone Havana Brown – Waterproof Test


Ink is not at all waterproof or resistant. almost everything gets washed out. It also fades away if continuously exposed to sunlight for a longer duration.


Daytone Havana Brown – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm


On looking closer, it is clear that the ink is darker in Bold and Medium nibs as compared to Stub nibs and there is very less shading.


Daytone Havana Brown vs Sheaffer Skrip Brown vs Waterman Absolute Brown


It is visible from comparative above that the ink is less saturated and is more sand brown rather than the reddish brown.



The color is beautiful.  It has no feathering and has lovely flow. Lubrication is okay. There is not much shading which is visible. Ink drying times are around 110 to 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: Good
  • Nib Creep: No
  • Clogging: None
  • Odor: None


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



My other ink reviews can be checked here: link

Feedback and Comments are welcome.


Word for Wednesday : 19 October 2016

The pen in rotation today is Wality  69T and it is inked with Diamine Salamander. The is perfectly finished demonstrator pen and yes it is an eyedropper version only.




The Word for Wednesday is  Desultory which means aimless, haphazard, or lacking plan.

In a sentence : Sahil passed a desultory remark on Rakshit about his ink usage.







Vaibhav Mehandiratta



Tuesday Thoughts – 18 October 2016

After a brief hiatus of an approx one month, I am back with Tuesday Thoughts.


And today’s thought comes from the pioneer of economics and political science in India, one of the most influential teachers of India, Chanakya. There is a Diplomatic enclave in Delhi which is named after Chanakya and is calledChanakyapuri and is one of the most prime and posh destinations of India. Chanakya was the teacher, philosopher, advisor to king Chandragupta and Bindusara. He played an important role in the expansion of Mauryan Empire in India.




Today in use is a pen which is an homage to Conway Stewart Churchill and is made my Manoj of Fosfor Pens.

The pen is Fosfor Knight and is inked with Noodlers Antietam. The nib on the pen is fine Titanium nib made by Ambitious Pens India.







Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Word for Wednesday – 07 September 2016

Today I am using a German combo,  Lamy Safari Charcoal which is inked with Pelikan Edelstein Jade. The pen is a no nonsense all season performer pen and ink has good flow properties but I don’t like this kind of green color too much.

The Word for this Wednesday is HARANGUE and it means a long and intense verbal attack or a long and passionate speech.

In a sentence : She gave Kesava a Harangue about the dangers of jumping from the water tower.




Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Tuesday Thoughts – 06 September 2016

Today in rotation is one of my favourite pocket pen, Muji Compact which is inked with KWZI IG Gummiberry. Muji Compact is perfect example of minimalist design and is very few of the pens with metal grip section that I like. The pen is made of Aluminium.

And thought for today comes from my Boss, DK Goel from previous organisation. He always use to say in Hindi “Kaam na karne ke sau tareeke hai par karne ka sirf ek”.

So today’s thought is inspired by one of my professional life guru and ex Boss who is a Civil Engineer by profession and also a writer and a Professor.







The pen is in brushed finish which looks lovely. So clean and simple.



Vaibhav Mehandiratta



Word for Wednesday – 31 August 2016

In continuation to yesterday’s post and continuing the Parker Pen fever, today I am using Parker Vector with fine nib and this pen has been with me since 11 years now and it has served me really well. The pen is made in India and I have heard lot of complaints with regards to nib for these vector pens made in India. But to be honest I had none.

The Word for this Wednesday is STRIATED and it means having lines or strips or grooves.

In sentence : Pelikan Souverän Black-Red Striated version is one of my favourite pen.



Ink in use is Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire. And today i have tried cursive flourish style.






Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Tuesday Thoughts – 30 August 2016

I have recently been bitten by “Parker” bug and thus in rotation today is one of the vintage iconic pen from Parker stable , Parker 25 – Black LE with medium nib and it is inked with Rohrer and Klingner Fernambuk.

Today’s thought is inspired by American economist, William Raduchel.




The pen is with conical shaped steel nib and it writes wet. I am really thankful to Ravi of Pens Point for arranging this one for me.






Have you been bitten by Parker bug or not ?



Vaibhav Mehandiratta


BILT Matrix – Subject Notebook

BILT (Ballarpur Industries Limited) is largest manufacturer of writing and printing paper. And the part of Avantha Group.

The company has 6 manufacturing units in India and one in Malaysia. The company accounts for over 50% of the coated wood-free paper market, an impressive 85% of the bond paper market and nearly 45% of the hi-bright Maplitho market, besides being India’s largest exporter of coated paper.

I have used lot of BILT made notebooks in my career for taking notes when I was not too much into fountain pens. And they have performed for me when i used roller-balls or ball-pens.

But this time I have used it with fountain pens and lets found out how it fared? And also will be showing you built and finish of the same.

The notebook comes in various variants e.g. Natural Series, Rainforest Series, Subject notebook Series and few more. They also have good quality ledger paper.


For this review I have selected BILT Matrix – 1 Subject Notebook.

BILT Matrix – 1 Subject Notebook – Front Cover

The notebook comes in various sizes A6, A5, B5,  and A4 and comes in option of either lined or squared graph version or unruled one.






The notebook is nice plain black notebook with good quality PVC cover  with a half cut flap over PVC cover which gives the detail of product.


BILT Matrix – First Page – Index Page


The first page is made of laminated paper  and is address label page and which can be used down to write important contacts also. Whereas the last page is similarly a laminated one but more of an advertorial.


BILT Matrix – 1 – Last Page


The note book is utilitarian one instead of the flashy ones with some artwork or some fancy colours. There is also a pen holder cut on back cover which you can see in above pic and it looks somewhat like in below pic when pen is is in place.


BILT Matrix – Pen holder Cut out


The notebook is Wiro-Bound which seems quite good as compared to normal spiral bound ones. Also I forgot to mention that PVC cover has rounded edges. And the sheets are perforated and can be pulled out but not that smoothly.


BILT Matrix Subject Notebook – WiroBound


BILT Matrix Subject Notebook – Perforated Sheets


Overall I quite love the built and no-nonsense utilitarian design of the notebook.





I have used the notebook a lot with lot of pens escape fountain pen earlier. But there is a world of difference if you use the same with fountain pens and different inks.

As I have mentioned earlier and I believe most of us all know that the quality of paper as far as using with fountain pen is concerned is dependent on lot of parameters like ink resistance, shading, sheen, feathering, bleed-through, paper colour, smoothness or texture and few others. Few properties are also dependent with ink properties like shading and sheen.

The notebook in Review come with Bright white paper – 70gsm with light blue guidelines and the note book in review comes with square grid pattern.


BILT Matrix Subject Notebook – Square Grid Pattern Paper


BILT Matrix Subject Notebook – Bright White Paper with Turquoise Blue Guidelines


BILT Matrix Subject Notebook – 5 mm Square Grid Pattern


Each sheet’s  front side is smooth and the rear one is just a bit rough. All pens performed really well, whether be it Italic nib or fine point nib. And i actually wrote on the smoother front side of sheet and the results were quite good. There was almost no feathering except with Diamine Monaco Red which was minuscule.


BILT Matrix Subject Notebook – Writing on it – Front side


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BILT Matrix Subject Notebook – Writing on it – Rear side


BILT Matrix Subject Notebook – Writing on it – Close up 1 – Different angles


BILT Matrix Notebook – Writing on it closeup 2


BILT Matrix Subject Notebook – Writing on it –Closeup Rear Side


As visible from images above the paper performs good in most of the parameters very well including sheening and shading but there is see through on the rear side. Though I must point out out that the bleed-through was restricted only to few places where i might have used the pen twice. Sheen was only visible with Diamine Majestic Blue. Also the J. Herbin Lie de The ink performed very well and showed tremendous amount of shading.


Performance summary is as follows:

  • Ink Resistance : High
  • Paper Colour: Bright white
  • Paper Texture : Smooth / Rough Both
  • Feathering : Miniscule
  • Bleed-through : In some places
  • Shading : Medium
  • Sheen : Medium





The A5 sized notebook was priced at Rs. 95 which is US $ 1.5 at todays exchange rate. And makes this notebook as an amazing value for money if you intend to use only one side of the paper.





The notebook is no nonsense utilitarian like I said earlier. I think people at BILT can use better quality paper to prevent See-through on rear side.

I think there are some better options out there. I love the package as whole especially the light turquoise blue guidelines. And I will be using only one side of paper so its good for me.

My Saraswati Notebook performed better but the notebook quality was cheaper and the paper was not leaning towards grey.

This can be bought at AMAZON or FLIPKART.





Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Word for Wednesday – 24 August 2016

So the word of the day is MENDACIOUS which means false, untruthful or fraudulent.

The pen in rotation is Kaweco Ice Sport with fine nib and it is inked with Kaweco Blue.





Vaibhav Mehandiratta