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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 29 May 2018

Hey All

Today’s thought is inspired by Persian Poet, Saadi Shirazi. Saadi is widely recognized as one of the greatest poets of the classical literary tradition, earning him the nickname “Master of Speech”.

The pen in use is Ranga Model 4 which is inked with one of my favourite Indian Ink, Krishna Ghat Green

Below are few more images of the pen

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Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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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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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 24 January 2017

Off lately I have been away from the scene due to certain personal commitments and workload. Hopefully going further I will be more regular with my blog postings.

Today I am using Guider Raja in Red Acrylic which is fitted with #5 Schmidt Nib and it is filled with Sheaffer Red Ink.

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Today’s thought comes from one of the greatest American sports hero George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth.

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

 

 

 

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Group Buy – Ranga Model 3 & 3C

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Dear fellow FP users and collectors

After successful group buys of BAMBOO MODEL & RANGA MODEL 4C & Model 3 & Model 5 & Zeal & Model 8 & BAMBOO MODEL (ROUND 2) & DESIGNER.

This is a group buy effort for –  RANGA MODEL 3 and RANGA MODEL 3-C. This is the second time for Model 3 and the first time for Model 3-C. The Group Buy will be available until Dec 25, 2016, i.e. until Christmas only.  And is already active on Fountain Pen Network

Model 3 is with Flat top & Bottom (as per the image at top)  whereas Model 3C is with Rounded Top and Bottom (as per the image below). Pen is approx 152 mm in length and Barrel Dia is 14 mm and Cap Dia is 16mm.

 

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Available Colours are as follows:

A. Special Ebonite Colours (SE Series)

  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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B. Regular 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

 

C. Premium Ebonite Colours (PE Series)

  1. Solid Blue
  2. Black Yellow Swirl
  3. Blue Pink Swirl
  4. Solid Pale Green
  5. White Blue Swirl
  6. Pale Pink Black Swirl
  7. Green Yellow Swirl
  8. Solid Pink
  9. Blue Green Orange Swirl
  10. Solid Orange

 

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Prices are as follows:

(For shipping within India kindly pm me and fill the order form below)

  • RANGA Model 3 & 3C (ED Version)
    • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE : US $28
    • PREMIUM EBONITE : US $40
  • RANGA Model 3 & 3C (CC Mechanism)
    • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE : US $55
    • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE without nib threaded to take JoWo/Schmidt : US $41
    • PREMIUM EBONITE : US $70
    • PREMIUM EBONITE without nib but threaded to take JoWo/Schmidt : US $56

 

  • Finish 

    – Polished or Matte (Bakul)

 

  • Clip Option

    – Clip-less or Gold Clip or Silver Clip

 

  • Nib Option : For Eyedropper

    • Wality F Gold Coloured (included in price)
    • Bock (With Conklin imprinted) M or B is available (extra @ 8 USD)
    • Ambitious Nib 35 mm – Fine Nib – Dual Tone ( extra @ 3 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)
      • Fine Nib – Gold Tone
      • Medium Nib – Gold Tone
      • Broad Nib – Gold Tone
      • Fine Nib – Chrome Tone
      • Medium Nib – Chrome Tone
      • Broad Nib – Chrome Tone
      • No Nib – Threaded for Schmidt #6
      • No Nib – Threaded for JoWo #6

 

  • Shipping 

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

 

  • Making Time

    : 3-4 Weeks after payment

 

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

 

Order Form Linkhttps://goo.gl/forms/MmEqeNToJhVMSf0q1

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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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Tuesday Thoughts – 19 July 2016

A very good quote from Mahabharata struck me last week and I thought I will reserve this one for my next Tuesday Thoughts entry to blog.

The quote is by Ashtavakra , one of the learned man as mentioned in Mahabharata.

The pen in use is Fosfor Maharaja in custom stabilised wood blank which is inked with Iroshizuku Syo Ro.

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Tuesday Thoughts – 05 July 2016

The pen in rotation today is ASA Trans-Nauka which was part of group buy on FPN. It is inked with Iroshizuku Yama Budo.

Today’s thought comes from one of the most influential teacher of India, Chanakya. There is Diplomatic enclave in Delhi which is named after Chanakya and is called Chanakyapuri and is one of the most prime and posh destination of India. Chanakya was the teacher, philosopher, advisor to king Changragupta and Bindusara. He played an important role in expansion of Mauryan Empire in India.

He is one of my most followed economist of olden days.

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Word for Wednesday : 15 June 2016

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

 

The word of the day is : LOQUACIOUS

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Pen Review – Guider Acrylic Medium

Guider Pen Company is one of the three fountain pen companies of Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh State of India. Other being Ratnam and Ratnamson. Guider Pen is owned by G. Lakshmana Rao currently.

Guider Pen Company was started by G. Subbarao in 1946. And they manufacture the pens from various materials like ebonite, acrylic and also celluloid.

This review is about one of the acrylic pen from their stable called “Acrylic Medium“. Quite an unusual name. Right ?? I thought so. This pen came in box with cardboard sleeve with no branding.  The pen was purchased via discussion with him over whatsapp after he showed me the current stock and I selected few and ordered all in all 6 pens which was easy. However challenging part was asking names of each pen that I bought from him.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – In the Wild

 

DESIGN & BUILT: 5/5

This is an exquisite looking pen from Guider. It come in various beautiful acrylic colours and I got two pens in different colours, one being green as shown in the picture and the other one being white pearl colour. This is a medium sized pen which is beautifully finished.

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Uncapped

 

The pen is classic design with Parker style arrow clip and two centre bands. The trims used are golden colour and they beautifully complement with the green acrylic. The fit and finish of the pen is amazing with no visible lathe marks and even the two bands are equally placed.

The pen is thickest at the centre of barrel  apart from cap and tapers down to rounded bottom.

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Capped

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Uncapped

 

The cap clip has conical dome shaped crown above the clip band in the same acrylic.

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Top Crown Shaped End and Rounded Bottom

 

The cap has no breather hole like many Indian Pens. The pen opens in 2 & 1/2 turns which is unlike many ebonite pens made in India. I see the momentum going towards less threads now. Branding is only done on the clip and the nib.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Uncapped : Close-up showing the clip in vintage Parker style

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Cap Top View Showing Branding on arrow clip

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Cap Side View showing the centre-bands

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Cap Inner View

 

I really like the built quality of the pen, acrylic used is strong and it has taken one or two falls and yet nothing has happened, however I need to be more careful as it is acrylic. Beautiful product from Guider and full marks to Guider on turning this beauty.

Below are few images showing the comparison between Guider Acrylic Medium with other pens:

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Guider Acrylic Medium vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari – Capped

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari – Uncapped

 

Pen is just slightly bigger than Lamy safari by almost 7 mm .

Kudos to guider for such a beauty.


 

BALANCE : 3.5/5

The pen is around 125 mm including nib and fits perfectly in my small hands. The pen is very well balanced when writing unposted. The pen cap doesn’t post deep and thus making it a large pen when cap is posted at back at 173 mm and honestly, to me it feels a bit uncomfortable and awkward even though it is surprisingly balanced. i would have preferred more if the cap would have posted more deep.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Writing Unposted

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Writing Posted

 

The pen being acrylic doesn’t weigh much. Below are the images showing the weight of pen with or without the cap.

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Weight without the cap and with ink filled

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Weight with the cap and with ink filled

 

Few Specifications of the pens are as follows:

  • Length of Pen – Capped  = 146 mm
  • Length of Pen – Uncapped including nib = 125 mm
  • Length of Grip Section = 18 mm
  • Length of Barrel = 91 mm
  • Length of Pen – Cap Posted = 173 mm
  • Dia. of Barrel @ centre = 13 mm (avg)
  • Dia. of Cap = 14 mm (avg)
  • Dia. of Grip Section = 10 mm (avg)
  • Weight of Pen including Cap and Ink filled = 23.53 g
  • Weight of Pen without Cap and Ink filled = 14.47 g

 

 

NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 3/5

Nib is #5 Gold Colour Steel Nib which writes fine and was a big, bigg, biggg disappointment. I will actually give only one mark for the nib for actually being there. The feed is ebonite.

I actually grinded the nib to oblique italic to suit my handwriting and now it writes like a dream with amazing ink flow via ebonite feed. I am actually really fortunate that nib grind turned out to be blessing in disguise for the shitty nib provided along with this pen. I have been writing with this pen for past one month and it has not burped on me even though i have been careful of topping up the ink when ink level goes really low.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Nib Unit Top View

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Nib Unit Side View

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Nib Unit Underside View

 

The pen holds approx around 2 ml , an advantage being of an eyedropper fill mechanism.

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Eyedropper Ink Filling Mechanism

 

I wish the nib could have been better.

Below is the handwritten review showing the writing sample also:

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CONCLUSION: 11.5/15

I recommend this beautiful pen to people who can tune or change the nibs on their own, not that the nib is difficult to change, it actually is an easy job provided you have a standalone spare nib and also to people who don’t mind using the Pen with euedropper fill mechanism.

I bought this pen for Rs. 1000  (approx 15 usd) including shipping  which was not a bad deal.

What I Like:

  1. Classic Design
  2. Well Finished
  3. Beautiful Acrylic Material
  4. Lot of Ink Capacity

What I don’t Like:

  1. Bad Steel Nib