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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 – 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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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.

 

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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.

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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INK REVIEW – KRISHNA MEADOW GREEN

This is the ink review after a long hiatus. I was occupied in lot of other activities and ink reviews couldn’t get my attention.

Dr. Sreekumar has been given lot of feedback for the inks from the local community and he has listened to many and therefore he has reformulated many inks like chocolate brown. His inks are now easily available in 30 ml bottles on eBay India under the brand name of KRISHNA.

These inks are sold on eBay India Page for Rs. 550 (8 USD) each for 5 Nos. 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping. Now they come in new glass bottles.

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Krishn Ink – New Glass Bottle

 

The inks that are being produced have now increased to 35 nos. and even certain names have changed.

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Krishna Inks – 35 Colors

 

The new names are as follows:

  1. Pencil
  2. Neelambal
  3. Dark Chocolate
  4. Purple
  5. Lake Blue
  6. Vivid violet
  7. Sapphire
  8. Ruby
  9. Monsoon Sky
  10. Pink Barleria
  11. Summer Rain
  12. Silent Night Sky
  13. Bronze Leaf 
  14. Wild Cherry
  15. Pumpkin
  16. Nilwanti
  17. Cool Breeze
  18. Gold Rush
  19. Orange Crush
  20. After Dark
  21. Yellow Valley
  22. Glory Vine
  23. Dark Rose
  24. Magic Blue
  25. Orchard Lily
  26. Writer’s Night
  27. Peacock
  28. Neelkurinhi
  29. Emerald
  30. Mangal
  31. Dew Leaf
  32. Njaval
  33. Meadow Green
  34. Ghat Green
  35. Officer’s Blue Black

 

I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in seeing the limited resources at his disposal.

This review is of Meadow Green which is a bright parrot green colour. The colour is nice and can be used as highlighter ink or some artistic work. I will not use it for writing though.

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Krishna Ink – Meadow Green

 

 

 

 

INK SPLASH

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Krishna Meadow Green – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100gsm

This is a lovely bright green colour ink which performs best in bold nibs.


 

 

 

 

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Meadow Green – Ink drop on Paper Towel

 

 

 

 

COLOUR MATCH

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Krishna Meadow Green – Colour Range

 

 

 

 

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Meadow Green – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Top View

 

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Krishna Meadow Green – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Side View

 

The ink has subtle shading property and as seen performs best in bold nibs.


 

 

 

 

INK SWABS & SCRIBBLE

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Krishna Meadow Green – Ink Passes on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Meadow Green – Ink Swab on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Meadow Green – Ink Scribble on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

 

 

 

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Meadow Green – Waterproof Test

The ink is not waterproof at all.


 

 

 

 

INK DRYING TIMES

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Krishna Meadow Green – Ink drying times

 

Ink drying times were large , close to 35 seconds.


 

 

 

 

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Meadow Green – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

 

 

 

COMPARISON WITH SIMILAR COLOURS

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Bronze Leaf vs Yellow Valley vs Ghat Green vs Meadow Green vs Goldrush

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

The colour reminds me of Diamine Meadow Green or Iroshizuku Chiku Rin.  It has no feathering  and has consistent flow. It is a beautiful bright colour ink which I am sure will gather attention of lot of buyers.  This 30 ml bottle just costs less than Rs. 100.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

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

 

Feedback and Comments are welcome.

The ink can be bought from the ebay store of Krishna Pens. Link is given below.

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INK REVIEW – KRISHNA BLUE MAGIC

In Indian Fountain Pen industry or Circles, Dr. Sreekumar is quite known for his hand-turned fountain pens and almost 20 types of nib tuning. However recently he has shelved in to making fountain pen inks under the brand name of KRISHNA.

These inks are sold for Rs. 100 (1.5 USD) each for 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping.

The inks that are being produced are currently limited to 28 nos. :

  1. GOLD RUSH
  2. MEADOW GREEN
  3. BLUE MAGIC
  4. AFTER DARK
  5. SAPPHIRE BLUE
  6. LAKE BLUE
  7. BRONZE LEAF
  8. ORANGE CRUSH
  9. AUTUMN
  10. SINDHOOR
  11. GLORY VINE
  12. DARK ROSE
  13. NJAVAL
  14. WILD CHERRY
  15. PURPLE
  16. PEACOCK
  17. YELLOW VALLEY
  18. MELLOW BLUE
  19. VIVID VIOLET
  20. ORCHARD LILY
  21. DARK CHOCOLATE
  22. COOL BREEZE
  23. SILENT NIGHT SKY
  24. FORGET ME NOT
  25. SKY BLUE
  26. GHAT GREEN
  27. PUMPKIN
  28. GIRL PINK  / BARBIE PINK (discontinued)

 

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Krishna Inks – Color Chart 1

 

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Krishna Inks – Color Chart 2

 

I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in. I will be reviewing all one by one.

This review is about BLUE MAGIC ink from KRISHNA. This is vibrant blue ink colour which I like.

Ink needs improvement because it feathers even on good quality JK Cedar 100 gsm paper.

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Krishna Blue Magic

 

Krishna Ink comes in plastic bottles in 30 ml quantity and  procurement for better quality plastic bottles or probably glass bottles is already under way. Currently this is available in India only.


 

 

 

INK SPLASH

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

There is no sheen even if the ink pools on the paper rather I see more of feathering.


 

 

 

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink drop on Paper Towel

 

 

 

COLOUR MATCH

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Krishna Blue Magic – Colour Range

 

 

 

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Blue Magic – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm
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Krishna Blue Magic – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Angled view

 

The ink has very slight shading and generally the ink flows very well.


 

 

 

INK SWABS

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Passes on JK Cedar – 100 gsm
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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Swab on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

 

 

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Blue Magic – Waterproof Test

 

Ink is not at all water resistant.


 

 

 

INK DRYING TIMES

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Drying Times

 

 

 

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Blue Magic – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

I like the colour, only if it would have resistance to feathering. Sailor Souten and Iroshizuku KonPeki are way better inks when it comes to sheen, feathering and shading however they are very expensive.

However I have also heard from Dr. Sreekumar that this ink is being reformulated.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : Yes
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : Very Low
  • Lubrication : Low
  • Flow : Medium
  • Water Resistance : Bad
  • Drying Times : Medium
  • Nib Creep : None
  • Clogging : None
  • Odor : None

Ink can be bought from : LINK (Ebay India Store)

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INK REVIEW : KRISHNA DARK ROSE

In Indian Fountain Pen industry or Circles, Dr. Sreekumar is quite known for his hand-turned fountain pens and almost 20 types of nib tuning. However recently he has shelved in to making fountain pen inks under the brand name of KRISHNA.

These inks are sold for Rs. 100 (1.5 USD) each for 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping.

The inks that are being produced are currently limited to 28 nos. :

  1. GOLD RUSH
  2. MEADOW GREEN
  3. BLUE MAGIC
  4. AFTER DARK
  5. SAPPHIRE BLUE
  6. LAKE BLUE
  7. BRONZE LEAF
  8. ORANGE CRUSH
  9. AUTUMN
  10. SINDHOOR
  11. GLORY VINE
  12. DARK ROSE
  13. NJAVAL
  14. WILD CHERRY
  15. PURPLE
  16. PEACOCK
  17. YELLOW VALLEY
  18. MELLOW BLUE
  19. VIVID VIOLET
  20. ORCHARD LILY
  21. DARK CHOCOLATE
  22. COOL BREEZE
  23. SILENT NIGHT SKY
  24. FORGET ME NOT
  25. SKY BLUE
  26. GHAT GREEN
  27. PUMPKIN
  28. GIRL PINK Renamed as BARBIE PINK

 

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Krishna Inks – Color Chart 1

 

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Krishna Inks – Color Chart 2

 

I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in. I will be reviewing all one by one.

This review is about DARK ROSE ink from KRISHNA. And this is absolutely one of the top in my favourite ink category of Krishna Inks.

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Krishna Ink comes in plastic bottles in 30 ml quantity and  procurement for better quality plastic bottles or probably glass bottles is already under way. Currently this is available in India only.


 

INK SPLASH

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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

There is no sheen on the ink even if there is any ink pooling.


 

 

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Drop on Paper Towel

 

 

 

COLOUR MATCH

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Krishna Dark Rose – Colour Range

 

 

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Dark Rose – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Dark Rose – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Angled View

 

The ink has slight shading and that too on stub nibs and has no sheen.


 

 

INK SWABS

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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Passes on JK Cedar – 100 gsm
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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Swab on JK Cedar

 

 

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Dark Rose – Waterproof Test

 

The ink is bit resistant to water and even after the rubbing with water vigorously there were still line visible.


 

 

INK DRYING TIMES

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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Drying Times

 

Ink drying times are just below 25 seconds. Which is good, compared to Bronze Leaf ink.


 

 

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Dark Rose – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

 

CONCLUSION:

I like the colour, however I would have loved it more if it has more shading properties.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : No
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : Low
  • Lubrication : Medium
  • Flow : High
  • Water Resistance : Good
  • Drying Times : Medium
  • Nib Creep : None
  • Clogging : None
  • Odor : None

Ink can be bought from : LINK (Ebay India Store)

 

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INK REVIEW – KRISHNA BRONZE LEAF

In Indian Fountain Pen industry or Circles, Dr. Sreekumar is quite known for his hand-turned fountain pens and almost 20 types of nib tuning. However recently he has shelved in to making fountain pen inks under the brand name of KRISHNA.

I am really happy to see someone in India has taken initiative to standup and make good quality and non standard color Inks.

These inks are sold for Rs. 100 (1.5 USD) each for 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping.

The inks that are being produced are currently limited to 28 nos. :

  1. GOLD RUSH
  2. MEADOW GREEN
  3. BLUE MAGIC
  4. AFTER DARK
  5. SAPPHIRE BLUE
  6. LAKE BLUE
  7. BRONZE LEAF
  8. ORANGE CRUSH
  9. AUTUMN
  10. SINDHOOR
  11. GLORY VINE
  12. DARK ROSE
  13. NJAVAL
  14. WILD CHERRY
  15. PURPLE
  16. PEACOCK
  17. YELLOW VALLEY
  18. MELLOW BLUE
  19. VIVID VIOLET
  20. ORCHARD LILY
  21. DARK CHOCOLATE
  22. COOL BREEZE
  23. SILENT NIGHT SKY
  24. FORGET ME NOT
  25. SKY BLUE
  26. GHAT GREEN
  27. PUMPKIN
  28. GIRL PINK Renamed as BARBIE PINK

 

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Krishna Inks – Color Chart 1

 

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Krishna Inks – Color Chart 2

 

 

I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in. I will be reviewing all one by one.

This review is about BRONZE LEAF ink from KRISHNA. And this is absolutely one of the top in my favourite ink category of Krishna Inks.

 

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Krishna Ink – Bottle

 

Krishna Ink comes in plastic bottles in 30 ml quantity and I  have been told that the procurement for better quality plastic bottles or probably glass bottles is already under way. And I believe thats the right direction to move forward.


 

INK SPLASH

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Krishna Bronze Leaf – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

There is no sheen on the ink even if there is any ink pooling.


 

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Bronze Leaf – Ink Drop on Paper Towel

 

COLOR MATCH

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Krishna Bronze Leaf – Color Range

 

 

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Ink Bronze Leaf – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm
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Krishna Ink Bronze Leaf – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Angled View

There is a good amount of shading with this ink which I absolutely love about this ink.


 

 

INK SWABS

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Krishna Bronze Leaf – Ink Swab on JK Cedar

 

 

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Bronze Leaf – Waterproof Test

Please ignore the certain black shades of lower part of drip test as there was certain ink spill. Kindly refer upper drip part.

As you can see from images from above, ink is not at all waterproof.


 

 

INK DRYING TIMES

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Krishna Bronze Leaf – Ink Drying Times

Ink drying times are just above 30 sec.


 

 

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Bronze Leaf – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

 

CONCLUSION:

I absolutely love this ink. And actually this is the only brown coloured ink produced in India. And I recommend all buyers to use this ink.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : No
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : Yes
  • Lubrication : Good
  • Flow : Good
  • Water Resistance : Bad
  • Drying Times : High
  • Nib Creep : No
  • Clogging : No
  • Odor : None

Ink can be bought from : LINK (Ebay India Store)