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



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.





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.




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.



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



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


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


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



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


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



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


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


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


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.


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.


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



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




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.

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.


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.


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


Daytone Olive Brown – Color Range


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


My other ink reviews can be checked here: link


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.




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.







Vaibhav Mehandiratta