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Pen Review : Kaweco Student

When someone talks about German Pen Makers nobody can ignore or not talk about KaWeCo. They were the first company to get the safety fountain pens patented in 1908. You can see more about the history of Kaweco here: Link.

 

There was a time when I badly wanted Kaweco Pens and there was no source to get them in India. But now they are sold in India by a Distributor. At the moment I have almost 7 to 8 nos. of the Kaweco Sports Pen and I love them so much that you can find me carrying the Kaweco Sport at least 8 out of 10 times. And now I wanted to step up to next level and thus the Kaweco Student.

Therefore this review is related to Kaweco Student and this pen was offered to me at free of cost by Kaweco India for Review and Giveaway Purpose. Giveaway of this pen will start next week. So keep an eye on the blog.

 

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Kaweco Student – Classic Red

DESIGN: 4.5/5

The pen is really beautiful at first glance due to its classic colors. The pen comes in lovely Classic Blue, Classic Green, Classic Red and Black and White Color and there seems to be a demonstrator version for the same also. I got the red version with the fine nib for the review purpose. Actually, the colors are not that bright or blingy and these colors are soothing to eyes and are actually quite subtle.

 

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Kaweco Student – Uncapped

 

The trims on the pen are in silver finish and match the color of the nib. The grip section is made of metal in is in slick chrome finish just like the Lamy Studio but to my surprise, this was quite better and I actually felt comfortable to write with. The reason could be due to the concave shape of grip section.

 

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Kaweco Student – Uncapped

 

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Kaweco Student – Capped

 

Above are the images showing the pic of the pen when capped and uncapped. The pen is standard regular size pen. The barrel is thickest at the center and tapers slowly towards the bottom to a flat end where edges are rounded. Below is the comparative picture of the pen with cap and without a cap in hand.

 

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Kaweco Student – Comparative of Pen when Capped and Uncapped

 

The cap of the pen has medallion at the top which says ‘KaWeCo’ in retro style. What I like most about the cap was the clip which was built in quite sturdy and stiff and has a retro, classical look to it. The cap top is slightly peaked at the center.

 

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Kaweco Student – Clip Curved Shape

 

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Kaweco Student – Retro Style Clip

 

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Kaweco Student – Cap peaked at top

 

The cap also has a wide single center band just above the bottom of the cap and has “Kaweco Germany” engraved on it. There is also laser printing of the pen model name just behind the clip side which reads “Kaweco Student” in a first line and “Germany” in the second line.

 

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Kaweco Student – Model name imprinting

 

The top end of the pen is slightly peaked in a conical shape as mentioned earlier but the bottom end is flat with round edges. The bottom end also has a small depression in the center.

 

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Kaweco Student – Top and Bottom Ends

 

Overall it’s a well-designed pen and especially the play of colors those retro looking classic solid colors. I have deducted half in rating only for the slick metal section which generally I don’t like but here I can live with it whereas with Lamy studio it’s a strict no-no.


 

 

BUILT & CONSTRUCTION: 5/5

Unlike Kaweco Sports the material used here is 1000 times better be it resin or metal section or even the plating on the clip or medallion. The trims are also top notch and have clear engraving on the pen.

 

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Kaweco Student – Resin Body Thickness

 

The resin material used is also thicker and thus making it quite sturdier. The pen material, color, and even the finish were top notch. And to top it off the pen comes in an amazing tin box which adds to the wow factor.


 

 

 

 

BALANCE: 3.5/5

The pen is front heavy due to metal section but when you post the cap the weight is distributed evenly in the center, thus negating the heaviness of metal section. Though I did not find any trouble writing with pen posted or not.  The cap posts securely at back.

 

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Kaweco Student – Writing without cap posted at back

 

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Kaweco Student – Writing with cap posted at back

 

Though the shape of section results in the firm grip but at the same time I found the section too thin and this might trouble people with big large hands but certainly not me.

The pen is actually lighter compared to my large sized ASA TransNauka capped but uncapped it is just a tad heavier.

 

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Kaweco Student – Weight without cap

 

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Kaweco Student – Weight including cap

 

Few specification of the pen are as follows:

  • Length of pen (closed) – 130  mm
  • Length of pen (open and unposted) – 115 mm (including nib)
  • Length of pen (open and posted) – 160 mm
  • Length of Cap – 56 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Cap – 14 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Barrel – 12.75 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Barrel  – 12 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Grip Section – 10.5 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Grip Section – 8.75 mm
  • Weight of Pen with Cap – 26.64 gms (inked)
  • Weight of Pen without Cap – 17.33 gms (inked)

 

Below are the pictures of the pen  in comparison with others:

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Deccan Advocate vs Italix Parsons vs TWSBI Classic vs Kaweco Student – Capped

 

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Deccan Advocate vs Italix Parsons vs TWSBI Classic vs Kaweco Student – Uncapped

 

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Deccan Advocate vs Italix Parsons vs TWSBI Classic vs Kaweco Student – Cap Posted

 

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Deccan Advocate vs Italix Parsons vs TWSBI Classic vs Kaweco Student – Grip Section Comparison

 

As visible from above images the pen is smaller than the standard sized TWSBI Classic but at the same time, it can take one full-size converter.


 

 

 

NIB: 2/5

The nib is a fine steel nib which is supplied by bock and is the same size as what is supplied on the Kaweco Sports. The nib was fine and had no scratchiness associated with it. However, it has flow issues. I checked and it was not the baby bottom issue which is the most common feature of Kaweco B or BB nibs but certainly not F nib.But this pen has consistent flow issues and I hated that.

 

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Kaweco Student – Steel Nib Chrome Finish

 

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Kaweco Student – Plastic feed

 

The pen had finned plastic feed and had no obstruction in ink channel. Later I found out that the issue was related to the converter.

Advice: Do Buy from the source which gives you replacement warranty. So that you can change if you want the replacement.


 

 

 

INK FILLING MECHANISM: 4/5

The ink can be used via cartridge or converter mechanism. It can take full size converter long cartridge or otherwise you cacn use one small cartridge and keep extra inside the barrel.

 

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Kaweco Student – Pen: taken apart

 

Now the problem I faced with the pen related to ink flow can be attributed to the fact that ink remained stuck to the side walls of the converter and did not come down easily and thus keeping a consistent supply to nib unit.

 

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Kaweco Student – Ink Supply not consistent

 

I was not happy with ink flow issues early but that got sorted when I used the converter.

 

Below are the images of handwritten review of the pen sample writing:

 

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Kaweco Student – Handwritten Review Page 1
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Kaweco Student – Handwritten Review Page 2

 

 

 

CONCLUSION: 19/25

The pen retails around 4500 in India and you can easily get 25 to 30 % discount on these prices.

Classic Retro looking pen recommended to people with small hands and those who want full sized Kaweco Pen.

What I Like:

  1. Beautiful Design
  2. Lovely Classic Colors
  3. Quality Finish- Exterior
  4. Handy
  5. Easy of use
  6. Well Priced (after discount)

What I don’t Like:

  1. Ink flow Issues
  2. Section too thin.
  3. Nib engraving too light

 


 

HOW TO BUY:

The pen was sent over to me for review purpose and giveaway. There will be soon giveaway of this pen. Do follow my blog for an update on that,

The pen can be bought directly from Kaweco India website: LINK 1. or can be bought from online retailer PenWorld : LINK 2 or best option to buy is from Ravi at Pens Point

 

 

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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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Pen Review – ASA TransNauka

The pen I am about to review has sold in huge nos. and probably one of the best-selling pen of ASA. There was a time when I was after Mr. Subramaniam to make a demonstrator pen with screw in nib units from JoWo/Schmidt but somehow he was not able to procure the good material which could  withstand the threading to be done for those units and then we gave up.

Then one fine day he informed me that he had procured a new material and will be launching an already successful Nauka in the demonstrator version (which was named TransNauka) and I was too excited for the pen and I told Mr. Subramaniam it would sell in huge nos. and therefore I convinced him that we should do a group buy for the same on FPN  (TransNauka Group Buy) and believe me,  it was immensely successful.

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ASA TranNauka – In love with Rains

 

The group buy was so successful that he had to stop taking orders on his website for a fortnight even after the Group Buy was closed because of his limited production capability.

I have already reviewed a few pens from ASA as below:

  1. ASA Rainbow : LINK
  2. ASA Viraat : LINK (Absolutely love this fat pen)
  3. ASA Spear : LINK
  4. ASA Porus : LINK
  5. ASA Patriot : LINK
  6. ASA I-Can : LINK
  7. ASA Galactic : LINK

 

It’s been three months since I have got this TransNauka and further below is my effort to do a detailed review of the pen.


 

DESIGN : 4.5/05

There is an old age saying:

“Beauty lies in the eye of beholder”

And to my eyes, this pen is the just pure aesthetic pleasure. It’s a beauty. TransNauka inspires awe when it is inked and I believe it one-ups the already existing Nauka.

It’s simple, classic, sublime and is on the lines of Bauhaus Design movement which is a unification of art, craft, and technology. The design of Nauka was inspired by famous MORA STYLOS OLDWIN CLASSIC and in fact one of the fellow fountain pen connoisseur Prithwijit was the force behind the development of Nauka.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Uncapped

 

The pen without cap looks like it’s just one piece as the grip section merges with the barrel in such a form that there is no step down which is generally prevalent in many pens. The pen gradually tapers towards the bottom to an almost pointed end. Similarly, the pen tapers towards the grip section till it meets the threads at the top which holds the cap.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Comparative pic when pen uncapped and capped

 

The pen comes only in the brushed matte finish and personally prefer the brushed version better than the polished version as the polished version tends to develop micro abrasions and smudges and also looses shine over the period of time.

The cap of the pen unlike the bottom of the barrel is not torpedoed shape at the top rather it is like a hemispherical dome. The pen I bought comes with chrome finish ball-end clip and it also comes sans the clip. The cap is almost 3/4th the size of pen making it a very large pen.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Cap and Barrel

 

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ASA TransNauka – Cap is 3/4th of Pen when uncapped

 

I found the pen very minimalist with no branding. One thing I believe can be improved is to reduce the gap between the cap finial and nib unit when the pen is closed.

The pen is beautiful and is bang for the buck at the price and yeah this beauty is handmade.

 


 

BUILT & CONSTRUCTION : 04/05

One look at the pen and you won’t actually believe that this pen completely hand-turned. It’s almost perfectly shaped and finished from the exterior.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Lovely Finish

 

One thing I found that as much as the exterior is well finished and shaped, the interior of the barrel was not paid much attention. There are certain undulations in interior (1 or 2 places) of the barrel which result in the formation of O-rings like shape inside the barrel with ink.

I received two pens, matte brushed finish and the clear polished one. The clear polished one was all over the places with regards to finish and thus it was not launched  officially.

This brushed finish is superb barring one area with regards to barrel interior area. The brushed finish is also better because of the fact that it hides the lathe marks and also is not smudge-prone.

The quality of material used is quite good but is brittle in nature and thus one has to be careful with regards to handling (against falls). The acrylic used is the hard non-modified PMMA and apt thickness of the material are used in pen and is quite better compared to ones used in TWSBI.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Cap View showing material thickness and finish

 

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ASA TransNauka – Material thickness in Barrel and Grip Section

 

The pen is quality finished one which needs to be handled carefully and if proper care is taken it will last you ages. I love my TranNauka but I care for every pen that I own. If you are the one who keeps throwing his/her pen here and there then I suggest you go for the ebonite version.


 

 

BALANCE & SIZE : 04/05

The cap of the pen doesn’t post securely and that’s because of the design. But.. But… But… the pen is so big even uncapped @ 135 mm that there is no need for posting.

The pen is little heavy towards the nib and I believe this could have been countered by providing solid crystal end at bottom of barrel. Nevertheless, this was no issue for me, it’s a minute difference and some of you won’t even notice.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Writing with it – Unposted and Posted

 

Initially, I had trouble adapting to the grip of the pen because of gradual slope of grip section from barrel to top of nib unit but now that I am using the pen since 3 months I have gotten used to it. The grip might also be fat for some because of the design and might not be so good for people with small hands. Now for me, it was okay because I prefer big pens.

 

The pen is big yet light in weight but one thing I noticed is that when uncapped it is lighter than Ranga Bamboo Demonstrator but almost 4 gms heavier when capped and both are equal in length when uncapped but when capped the TransNauka is larger of the two.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Weight – Capped and Uncapped

 

Few specification of the pen are as follows:

  • Length of pen (closed) – 160  mm
  • Length of pen (open and unposted) – 135 mm (including nib)
  • Length of pen (open and posted) – 176 mm
  • Length of Cap – 78 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Cap – 21 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Barrel – 14 mm
  • Dia of Barrel ( Near Barrel Bottom) – 8 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Grip Section – 13.5 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Grip Section – 11 mm
  • Weight of Pen with Cap – 27.9 gms (inked)
  • Weight of Pen without Cap – 17.13 gms (inked)

 

 

Below are the pictures of the pen  in comparison with others :

 

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ASA TransNauka vs Pilot Custom 823 vs ASA Patriot vs Lamy Safari – Capped

 

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ASA TransNauka vs Pilot Custom 823 vs ASA Patriot vs Lamy Safari – Uncapped

 

As clear from above pics its a bit fat compared to others.


 

 

NIB : 3.5/05

The pen can be bought in a variety of #6 sized nib options from JoWo or Schmidt and in various point widths. The one I have here is JoWo Steel 1.1 Stub nib in Black Oxide finish.

 

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ASA TranNauka -Nib Shot in Rain

 

The nib is a screw in nib unit and easily replaceable. The nib that I got was a lemon and was scratchy out of the box. I had to tune it and now it performs the way I want.

 

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ASA TransNauka – JoW0 1.1 Nib in Black Oxide Finish

 

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ASA Nauka vs Pilot Custom 823 vs ASA Patriot vs Lamy Safari – Nib Comparison

 

Advice to people if you are buying the pen from ASA do avail the option of pen/nib testing this might delay the pen delivery but pen and nib will be checked for writing before dispatch and yeah there are no extra charges for that.


 

 

INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

It can take international long or shot cartridges, international converter and can be used as an ED also.

The pen looks best when eye dropper-ed and I applied silicone grease to the threads before using it as ED pen.

 

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ASA TransNauka – Using as an ED Pen

 

Ink capacity as an eye dropper is 4 ml and will vary with every pen as it is handmade one.

Below are the images of handwritten review of the pen sample writing:

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ASA TransNauka – Handwritten Review – Page 1

 

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ASA TransNauka – Handwritten Review – Page 2

 

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ASA TransNauka – Handwritten Review – Page 3

 

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ASA TransNauka – Handwritten Review – Page 4

 

 

CONCLUSION: 21/25

The pen was bought at group buy price of Rs. 2200 and it was a steal at that price. And now the prices have increased yet it is a value for money option.

Beautiful pen but I won’t recommend this to people with small hands.

What I Like:

  1. Beautiful Design
  2. Handmade
  3. Quality Finish- Exterior
  4. Good Balance and Size
  5. Good Ink Capacity
  6. Well Priced

What I don’t Like:

  1. Internal Barrel Finish
  2. Poor OTB Nib

 

 

HOW TO BUY :

The pen was bought via group buy on FPN and there will be another group buy in near future for the same.

Simultaneously who don’t like waiting for group buys can buy directly from ASA website : LINK.

And the last I checked its available on pre-order only with waiting for 4 weeks.

 

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Pen Review – Ranga Demonstrator Bamboo (Regular Size)

Ranga Handmade Pens is a brainchild of M.S. Pandurangan who himself is a master pen turner and all pens and pencils are made by him only. His son M.P. Kandan is doing great deeds by taking care of the business part of Ranga Handmade Pens. I must add that both he and his father are very humble and polite. I have organized few group buys on Fountain Pen Network for Ranga Pens and every time the dealing with him have been very professional. He has never lapsed on the dates as far as his commitment and deliverables are concerned. But yes that’s what my experience has been till date and I hope he continues to do the same.

Ranga Pens make use of ebonite and acrylic for pens and in fact they are the first and one amongst two pen makers in India to offer Premium Ebonite. They have a dedicated eBay store where they sell not just Ranga Pens but also pens from other manufacturers from India like Wality, Oliver, Fellowship etc. which are all machine turned. The pens from Ranga are also stocked by Teri of Peyton Street Pens in the USA with also some exclusive models.

The group buys on FPN have helped in acquiring lot of Ranga Pens. They have more than 10 models in their line-up

  1. Model 4C
  2. Bamboo
  3. Model 3
  4. Model 4CS
  5. Model 5
  6. Model 6
  7. Model 8
  8. Model 2c
  9. Model 2d
  10.  Zeal

And I have already reviewed one of the models which is Model 4C but this review is about one of the unique model in their line-up which is Bamboo.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Doing Rain Dance

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Braving the Rain

 

Design: 05/05

The pen design resembles the natural bamboo with forged joints acting as nodes and parts between the two nodes acting as inter-nodes. The pen in a review is the clip-less demonstrator in a brushed version with polished finials.

 

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Natural Bamboo

 

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Ranga Bamboo – In Demonstrator version

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Asymmetrical inter-nodes provides it Natural character

 

All in all, there are 5 nodes with smaller internodes at cap and to me, that provides it natural character. The finials, both top, and bottom, are polished and are in the conical dome shape.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Polished Conical Dome Shaped Finials

 

Once thing to be noticed is that the cap finial is smaller in length as compared to the barrel finial and the reason for that is to provide balance to the pen when writing so that it does not become top heavy.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Different Length of finials with Barrel one being longer

 

The internodes in the cap are smaller than what is on the barrels in length. The cap also has breather hole and this version is clip-less so it looks like one bamboo rod albeit in a different material.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Clip-less with breather hole

 

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Ranga Bamboo Cap – Inner nib look and feel when pen is capped

 

The cap closes to form a node and it actually flushes with the barrel as can be seen from the picture above. There is a minute drop between section and barrel as the cap flares at the bottom where it meets the barrel. The grip section is polished and not in matte finish.

There is no branding anywhere on this pen. Below are the images of the pen showing pen capped and uncapped.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Capped

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Uncapped

 

It is superbly crafted pen with a very unique bamboo style pen like no other. And I believe the pen is worth the price it commands. The pen is also available in different ebonite and acrylic materials which must be around 30 plus in nos. So one has a lot of options to get the pen in his particular color and finish liking. Kudos to Ranga for the superb design.


 

Built & Construction : 04/05

The pen has a matte finish which is executed very well and transition from a matte finish to polished finials is sublime though they are not perfect but it’s close.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Matte Finish barrel to Polished Finials

 

Earlier I thought that the finials could be made symmetrical in length but part of the reason to do that was to keep the pen balanced while writing without increasing the length of the cap. But then I thought otherwise, this asymmetry is what gives it natural character.

The cap opens in 4 turns and threads are very well crafted and are not at all sharp. The grip section as mentioned is also very well polished. Also, I must add that the polished end of the finials is highly polished and very neat without any lathe marks visible.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Polished Section with neat threads

 

I applied silicon grease on the nib unit which you can see from the image above as I eyedropper-ed the pen.

The finish, the grooves, the material quality are all top notch. However, one thing I want to mention is the material thickness decreases at the cap lip and must be handled very well as there is no band to protect any kind of crack.

This is a handmade pen completely and is a “WOW” product at this price point.


 

Balance & Size : 4.5/05

The cap posts but only just and that too not very securely. I think it is not required as it makes the absurdly large and uncomfortable also the pen itself is very long at 135 mm when uncapped.

The pen is very well balanced with just a little more weight in the front end of a nib unit.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Writing with Cap Unposted

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Writing with Cap Posted

 

The pen is light in weight with no metal parts used anywhere in the pen. Images below show the weight of pen with cap and without cap:

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Weight of Pen (inked) with Cap

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Weight of Pen (inked) without Cap

 

Few specification of the pen are as follows:

  • Length of pen (closed) – 145 mm
  • Length of pen (open and unposted) – 135 mm (including nib)
  • Length of Grip Section – 34 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Cap – 15 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Barrel – 15 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Barrel Section – 12.5 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Grip Section – 11 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Grip Section – 10 mm
  • Weight of Pen with Cap – 24 gms (inked)
  • Weight of Pen without Cap – 18.75 gms (inked)

 

 

Below pictures show the comparison of the pen with other pens:

 

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Pen Comparison – Capped (Top View): Pilot 78G vs Lamy Safari vs Ranga Bamboo

 

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Pen Comparison – Uncapped and Posted (Top View): Pilot 78G vs Lamy Safari vs Ranga Bamboo

 

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Pen Comparison – Capped (Lateral View) : Pilot 78G vs Lamy Safari vs Ranga Bamboo

 

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Pen Comparison – Uncapped & Posted (Lateral View): Pilot 78G vs Lamy Safari vs Ranga Bamboo

 

One thing of worthy mention here is that the grip section long and comfortable and makes this pen as a gem of a writer for long writing sessions.


 

Nib: 05/05

The pen comes with variety of #6 size nib options like JoWo EF, F, M, B, 1.1, & 1.5 and Schmidt F, M, & B for CC mechanism which is a threaded screw in one and also can be used as an eyedropper too and other nib options are Ambitious and Bock (Conklin imprinted) but these are only for eye dropper version of pens.

The nib that I took was the dual tone Bold point JoWo nib which is a screw in nib unit with plastic high finned nib and it performed flawlessly out of the box with welcome feedback. It is a juicy firm nib and writes wet.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – JoWo Nib – Bold Point

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Nib with Rain droplets

 

I sometimes wonder why I need gold nib when this nib performs so well.


 

Ink Filling Mechanism: 05/05

The ink is filled via converter and cartridge can be also used. But real fun lies in using this pen as an eyedropper and seeing the ink sloshing inside.

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Used as eyedropper

 

Ink capacity around 4ml if used as an eyedropper. The converter that comes with the pen is Schmidt K5  and has a capacity of 0.6 ml.

One thing to be noted is that before you use it as an eyedropper do apply silicone grease on threads of the barrel and also on nib unit threads.

 

Below is the handwritten sample and review of the pen:

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 01

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 02

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 03

 

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Ranga Bamboo – Handwritten Review – Page 04

 

Conclusion : 23.5/25

I pen is available in a group buy at FPN for US$85 which is a steal considering it is handmade pen and it is a unique design. The pen is more of an artifact from India and is recommended to users who want something more from a pen.

What I Like:

  1. Unique Design
  2. Handmade
  3. Quality Finish
  4. Good Balance and Size
  5. Good Ink Capacity
  6. Nib Options
  7. Material Options

What I don’t Like:

  1. Cap Material is thin at Lip
  2. Little expensive

 

HOW TO BUY:

The pen can be bought via occasional group buys organized at group buy and at the moment when I am writing this review the Group Buy is Active. LINK

The pen can also be bought from following places:

  • E-Bay: LINK
  • Amazon: LINK
  • Peyton Street Pens: LINK
  • E-Mail: mpkandan@yahoo.co.in

 

 

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Pen Review – Ratnam Tarpoda

Ratnam Tarpoda (Big Size) was one amongst  my mass-order purchase through my dear friend Pradeep who was travelling to Rajahmundry last year. I have bought lot of pens from different manufacturers and I have varied experiences across the three brands of Rajahmundry.

For those who don’t know, Rajahmundry is one of the major city of Andhra Pradesh in India. And city consists of few of the oldest fountain pen manufacturers in India like Ratnam, Ratnamson, and Guider.

Ratnam Pen Works ( KV Brahmam & Brothers) is the first “Swadeshi” Fountain Pen Company of India and was established in 1932. It was started by Kosuri Venkat Ratnam and is currently being run by one of his two sons, Siva Ratnam. They also manufacture handmade gold nibs including conical shape gold nib. Most of their pens are made of ebonite, however they also make silver metal pens and also gold plated silver pens. I have yet to see acrylic pen from them.

The review is about their big size ebonite pen , Ratnam Tarpoda.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda

 

DESIGN : 3.5/5

Here the pen is in simple, classic shaped design with rounded finials. The pen tapers down down to rounded bottom, while the cap also tapers but just slightly to finial which is shaped like parabolic dome. It bears lot of resemblance to one of my previously reviewed pen Ratnamson 302, which is a pen from different manufacturer, though in this case the cap finials tapers more towards top.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Uncapped
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Dome Shaped Top and Rounded Bottom

 

The grip section is made in black ebonite unlike the body which is made in olive ripple ebonite which is famous by name of White Tiger because of the resemblance to skin of white tiger.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Capped
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Uncapped and Unposted
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Uncapped and Posted

 

The barrel is cylindrical and tapers both ways, towards the grip section and also towards the bottom end. The grip section in black ebonite gradually tapers towards the top with flared end at the top. The grip section is short and I end up gripping threads which actually are not sharp and rather they are smooth and provide good grip.

The cap is adorned with dual bands and has a stiff ball end type clip. The trims used are gold and I believe they match with the ebonite. And it opens in 4 1/2 turns.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap with Ball end Clip and Dual Centerbands

 

The barrel is engraved with the branding which reads “RATNAM PEN, MADE IN  RJY, INDIA”. And it is filled some sort of gold paint which I believe is not neatly done as their is spillage of gold paint on barrel which eventually will wear off with time.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Branding

 

Overall it is a classic, no nonsense, elegant cigar shaped design and you cant go wrong with that.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Classic Cigar Design

 

Finishing can be improved a little. And most importantly the turns to open cap must be minimized.


 

BUILT & CONSTRUCTION : 3/5

The quality of material used is good and is sturdy. There is no discolouration of material. The built quality is just at par with like of Ranga or Deccan pens if not better, especially finishing. I think Branding on barrel can still be improved.

What i really liked was the alignment of cap with the barrel when it is closed in such a way that the ripple effect of ebonite carries to the cap from barrel.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Ripple Pattern Continuation from Barrel to Cap

 

Its a handmade pen and yes there are certain anomalies like cap finial doesn’t align in line with the tapered profile of the cap. But again what do you expect from such an inexpensive pen.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap Finial not aligned with cap
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap inner View

 

As far as the quality of band is considered they are better than what I had on Ratnamson 302. But yes they still need improvement.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap Center Bands

 

One thing I really did not like was provision for 2 breather holes in the pen, otherwise it is well built HANDMADE pen at this price point.


 

BALANCE & SIZE : 5/5

The pen is vary well balanced in both the scenarios when writing with cap posted or unposted. Yes, when cap is posted at back, the rear becomes heavy and will suit the one with large hands but it doesn’t becomes unbalanced at all. The cap posts securely and it post deep. Below are the 2 images showing the length till which the cap posts, outer limit shown by thumb.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Cap Posts Deep
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Thumb shows the length till which the cap posts

 

Below are the two images showing the length of pen when writing with cap posted and unposted.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Writing Unposted
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Writing Posted

 

Being ebonite it is light weigh and no metal is used here.

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Weight in gms including cap
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Weight in gms excluding cap

 

Few Specifications are :

  • Length of pen (closed) – 150 mm
  • Length of pen (open and unposted) – 125 mm (including nib)
  • Length of pen (open and posted) – 165 mm (including nib)
  • Length of Grip Section – 15 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Cap – 16 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Barrel – 14 mm
  • Maximum Dia of Grip Section – 12 mm
  • Minimum Dia of Grip Section – 10 mm
  • Weight of Pen with Cap – 28.24 gms (inked)
  • Weight of Pen without Cap – 17.82 gms (inked)

 

 

Below are the few images showing the comparison of pen with others:

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda vs Lamy Safari vs Pilot MR vs Jinhao X750 – Capped
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Ratnam Tarpoda vs Lamy Safari vs Pilot MR vs Jinhao X750 – Uncapped ans Posted

 

Clearly it is not that much a big pen and hence it is comfortable for most of the users.


 

NIB: 2.5/5

Nib used is #5 friction fit with ebonite feed. Nib is Dual tone and is well articulated with certain engraving which reads ” GENIUS IRIDIUM GERMANY”. The nib on this was better than what the Guider puts on their pens but yes not to my liking and thus I ended up grinding the nib to medium Italic and it was nib which got grind easily unlike Wality nibs.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Nib unit View – Top
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Nib unit View – Side
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Nib unit View – Underside

 

The problem is that the nib is available only in fine and no other choices.


 

INK FILLING MECHANISM: 4/5

The ink filling mechanism is via an Eyedropper, well you can use syringe also. Ink capacity is around 3.5 ml, which is substantial.

 

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Pen taken apart
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Eyedropper Filling

 

Since its an ED pen, there is a noticeable increase in the inflow when the ink level goes below 3/4th and that is when you will have to refill otherwise it will burp. Its like it will gives you warning before it burps. This pen though has not burped on me at all and yeah i ensure when the ink level goes below I refill it.

Below are the images of my handwritten review and the writing samples:

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Ratnam Tarpoda – Handwritten Review – Page 1
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Handwritten Review – Page 2
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Handwritten Review – Page 3
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Ratnam Tarpoda – Handwritten Review – Page 4

 

CONCLUSION : 18/25

I recommend this pen to every collector. Its an handmade pen from first pen manufacturer of India.

Also will recommend to the likes who love fiddling around with their pen and know how to live around and ED pen.

I bought this pen for Rs. 1000 (approx US $16 ) which included shipping last year and I believe the price might have gone up.

What I Like:

  1. Classic Cigar Design
  2. Handmade
  3. Very Good Quality Ebonite
  4. Good Balance and Size
  5. Good Ink Capacity
  6. A piece of History
  7. Value for Money

What I don’t Like:

  1. Eyedropper only
  2. Only one nib option
  3. Branding

HOW TO BUY:

They can be easily approached via WhatsApp ( Mob No. +91 98489 18904). They will send you pics and prices and you can select whatever you like. Pay via bank transfer and they ship once the payment is received.

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Pen Review – Deccan Advocate

Deccan Pens have been into existence since 1928 when they opened first outlet in Hyderabad at Abids and has been one of the oldest fountain pen manufacturing company in India. The firm was started by Sabih Akhter Siddiqui who used to sell fountain pens door to door with the help of DURO agency which used to produce fountain pens in 1920’s. Today Deccan Pens has 32 year old manufacturing unit and they only make fountain pens.

They have now 3 stores at Secunderabad, Ameerpet, and oldest one at Abids.

Deccan Pens have been covered and reviewed lot by HARI, SHRUJYA, & JAISIRI.

And this particular review is about one of the largest selling pen from Deccan stable which is “Deccan Advocate”. There have been lot of iterations of Deccan Advocate over many years.

 

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Deccan Advocate – In the Wild

 

I must thank Rakshit who lives in Hyderabad and he helped me in getting this pen. He also is a fountain pen connoisseur and you can check his blog here. I got this pen almost 7-8 months back and have been using this only for past 2 months. So the review is about my experience with the pen for past 2 months.


 

DESIGN & BUILT: 5/5

Deccan Pens are notable for impeccable built quality and this Deccan Advocate again stamps their authority of quality built pens.

Advocate currently comes in two variants : Round End and Flat End. The model that I am reviewing is the Round end one in green ripple colour and I was told that it is difficult to get hold of the round end advocate and I was lucky enough to get this one.

 

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Deccan Advocate – In Broad Day Light

 

The pen is made of high quality ebonite and is available in black, matte black , mottled brown, rippled brown and green ripple and also olive brown ripple.

My pen is extremely well made though it was religiously inspected by Rakshit before he bought this one. The ebonite has no perforations its solid without any specks and perforations. The quality of rod is really great.

 

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Deccan Advocate

 

The pen is a simple and elegant cigar shaped pen with slight tapering towards the bottom end. There are no bands or trims used on this pen. Only metal part or thing you will see on the pen is clip apart from the nib.

The pen is very well executed and polished though you might see some marks just below the threads which is due to cap being capped and uncapped regularly and has not received thorough cleaning and polish from my side.

The grip section is made of  same ebonite material and is in concave shape. The length of grip section is 22 mm and this I beleive is quite good as it helps in good grip on the pen.

 

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Deccan Advocate – Capped

 

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Deccan Advocate – Uncapped

 

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Deccan Advocate – Round Ends

The pen cap opens in 6 turns which I am not happy with but its still acceptable as most of the Indian pens take almost around 5 to 6 turns to open.

The cap has chrome finish clip which gives you a look of look of something between matt and polished finish but it is not polished with some sorts of coating.

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Deccan Advocate – Cap Clip

 

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Deccan Advocate – Cap Clip Side View

 

The cap clip narrows down to bottom and is quite sturdy and can easily fit in to shirt pocket firmly.

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Deccan Advocate – Inner View of Cap

 

The thickness of ebonite is thinnest near the bottom of the cap or what we call as cap lip which you can see in above picture. As the cap tapers at the bottom but it is still sturdy.

 

Below are the few images showing the comparison of pen with other pens:

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Deccan Advoate vs Lamy Safari vs Jinhao X750 – Capped

 

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Deccan Advoate vs Lamy Safari vs Jinhao X750 – Uncapped

 

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Deccan Advoate vs Lamy Safari vs Jinhao X750 – Capped (Lateral Side View)

 

Overall, its a beautiful, cigar shaped elegant pen which has impeccable built quality. Its a quality finish from Hyderabad. Yeah I must tell you that there is no branding of any kind on pen anywhere be it clip or nib or even barrel.


 

 

BALANCE & SIZE : 3.5/5

The pen is around 140 mm including the nib when uncapped and I don’t see any reason to post the cap at back and also I prefer to write with cap unposted. The pen is very much balanced when writing unposted but becomes bottom heavy when cap is posted at back, moreover it becomes uncomfortable at 184 mm when cap is posted at back, thus it is unbalanced. The pen length is 155 mm when it is capped.

 

Below are the images showing the comparison when writing posted and unposted :

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Deccan Advocate – Writing Unposted

 

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Deccan Advocate – Writing Posted

 

What I find most comfortable about the pen is the grip section which is at 9 mm and is in conical shape. It provides perfect grip. The length of grip section is also substantial at 22 mm.

 

The pen weighs around 30 gm with cap and around 20 gm without cap (with ink filled).

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Deccan Advocate – Weight of pen with cap

 

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Deccan Advocate – Weight of pen without cap

 

Few specifications are as follows:

  • Length capped: 155 mm
  • Length uncapped and posted : 184 mm
  • Length uncapped and unposted : 140mm
  • Length of grip section : 22 mm
  • Barrel Dia Avg – 14 mm
  • Cap Dia – 16 mm
  • Section Dia (Avg) : 9 mm
  • Weight with cap : 30.4 gm
  • Weight without cap : 20.53 gm

 

NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 4/5

Nib currently being used on this pen is 35 mm (#6) Gold Finish Steel Nib and this is a stock nib and there was no other option of the nib on this pen. The nib is famous ambitious fine nib which is friction fit and it writes very well and is paired with good wet ebonite feed. Ink flow is quite good.

 

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Deccan Advocate – Nib Unit Top View

 

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Deccan Advocate – Nib Unit Side View

 

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Deccan Advocate – Nib Unit Underside View

 

The nib is set just a bit inside more, thus what you see is less of 35 mm nib because the grip section is bit flared up as visible from image below.

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Deccan Advocate – Nib set inside deep

 

The filling mechanism is via eyedropper and it holds approx 3 ml of ink. It has not burped on me even once.

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Deccan Advocate – Eyedropper Fill Mechanism

 

 

Below are the images of my handwritten review which shows you the writing sample:

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Deccan Advocate – Handwritten Review – Page 01

 

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Deccan Advocate – Handwritten Review – Page 02
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Deccan Advocate – Handwritten Review – Page 03

 

 

CONCLUSION: 12.5/15

I recommend everyone to have at least one Deccan Pen and buying ADVOCATE is the best pen to get hold of at reasonable price of otherwise expensive Deccan Pens.  Well yeah i did not like the combination of chrome clip with gold finish nib.

I bought this pen for Rs. 1000 (approx 16 usd) which does not include shipping as it was bought by my friend who paid for Shipping.

What I Like:

  1. Classic Cigar Design
  2. Well Finished
  3. Very Good Quality Ebonite
  4. Lot of Ink Capacity

What I don’t Like:

  1. Eyedropper only
  2. Only one nib option
  3. Combination of Silver chrome clip with Gold color nib

 

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Deccan Advocate – Close Up

 

Comments and feedback are welcome.

 

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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Guider Acrylic Medium – Handwritten Review -Page 1

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Handwritten Review -Page 2

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Handwritten Review -Page 3

 

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Guider Acrylic Medium – Handwritten Review -Page 4

 

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

 


 

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Pen Review : Pilot Custom 74 (Music Nib)

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Pilot Custom 74 – Music Nib

 

This happens to be my latest addition or you may call addiction to Pilot Pens. After buying and using PILOT CAPLESS I realised that I need more Pilot Pens and lot of fellow fountain pen users and friends recommended me to buy Custom 74 and here I must thank Dhruv for connecting me with Bunkidou Shop. Dealing with Bunkidou was an amazing experience and his service was excellent. I actually bought two PILOT pens from him, CUSTOM 74 and CUSTOM HERITAGE 92. And the EMS service was so amazing that the pens reached to India from Japan within 5 days. I will be doing reviews of both, however this review is about PILOT CUSTOM 74 WITH MUSIC NIB.


 

 

DESIGN & BUILT: 4/5

The pen is regular sized classic cigar shape pen. The pen comes in various colours like Black, Burgundy, Dark Green and Dark Blue with gold trims. There are demonstrator versions also available with chrome trims also, but the music nib is only available in Black colour in Japan.

 

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Pilot Custom 74 – Beauty Shot

 

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Pilot Custom 74 – Uncapped and Capped – Classical Cigar Shape Pen

 

The classical cigar shaped pen is thickest at the cap centre-band and cap tapers down to rounded finial at top. The finial is visually separated by gold colour band. The clip is stiff and sturdy and has a ball end.

 

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Pilot Custom – Cap View – The clip is stiff and sturdy and has ball shaped end
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Pilot Custom 74 – Cap View

 

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Pilot Custom 74 – Cap Inner View

 

The cap has dual centre band, with slim one at top and broad one below where branding is done and reads “PILOT  – MADE IN JAPAN *CUSTOM 74*” . The clip also displays the the brand name PILOT engraved.

 

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Pilot Custom 74 – Centreband
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Pilot Custom 74 – Close up showing clip & centreband branding and beautiful nib

 

The pen is extremely well detailed out. There is a gold colour band at the bottom of barrel separating it from the bottom finial and also there is gold colour band at the bottom of grip section (as you can see from above image) separating it from barrel.

 

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Pilot Custom 74 – Rounded Finials separated via gold trim bands

 

The material used is plastic resin which is of same quality as Pilot 78G, thus nothing premium in that regards.The material is very well polished and finished. The quality control is superb and amazing and that is where Pilot excels.

The pen uncaps in 1 – 3/4 turns and the grip section is slight concave albeit just a little bit.

Below are the few images showing the comparative with other pens:

 

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Pilot Custom 74 vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari
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Pilot Custom 74 vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari – Capped
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Pilot Custom 74 vs Jinhao X-750 vs Lamy Safari – Uncapped and Posted

 

I actually wanted to buy demo version but music nib was not available available in any other colour, so I had to settle for this. But this black colour has grown over me because of its classical, understated and professional look.


 

BALANCE : 5/5

The pen is made of resin and is light weight and superbly well balanced whether you write with cap posted at the back or not. yes the cap posts securely at the back. The pen is of regular length comparable to that of Lamy Safari as shown in comparison above. The pen is slim and the grip is perfect.

 

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Pilot Custom 74 – Writing Unposted
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Pilot Custom 74 – Writing Posted

 

Few specifications are as follows:

  • Length (Capped) : 141 mm
  • Length (Uncapped) : 125 mm
  • Length (Posted) : 158 mm
  • Dia (Section) : 9.7 mm
  • Dia (Barrel) : 11.5 mm
  • Dia (Cap) : 14.5 mm
  • Weight (Capped) : 20 g
  • Weight (Uncapped) : 12 g

Pen is very ergonomic. I absolutely love this pen because of the grip and balance.


 

NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 4.5/5 

Now comes the best part for which the pen was bought irrespective of the colour and by the way this colour has really grown on me. It looks so decent and professional. Well the pen comes in various nib widths, EF, F, SF, SFM, M, SM, FM, B, BB, MS, & C but the I am here using Music (MS) nib which has 3 tines. The friction fit nib is #5, 14 K Gold nib and writes amazingly soft and wet. I would say it writes fairly wet on higher medium side. The nib offers amazing and precise line variation . Its actually a kind of very wet stub and thus it helps in shading a lot. Even this black ink shades a little bit. It suits my script writing very well.

 

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Pilot Custom – 14k #5 Gold nib – Beautiful Nib

 

Writing cursive with the nib gives you a feedback but by no means it is scratchy. Feed is made of plastic. When first I inked this pen it used to get dry but after flushing the pen its a loveliest wet stubby pen I have. Ink just dries at 25 sec mark.

 

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Pilot Custom – Nib Unit View – Top
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Pilot Custom 74 – Nib Unit View – Side
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Pilot Custom – Nib Unit View – Bottom

 

The pen actually came only with black ink cartridge so had to purchase the converter separately. It actually takes all the Pilot proprietary converters , CON 20, CON 50, CON 70 and also Pilot cartridges. I like CON 50 because its easy to fill and clean and also I like its small ink capacity because I like changing inks.

 

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Pilot Custom – Ink filling via Pilot cartridge or converter

 

The pen can not be used as eyedropper because of metal tenon underneath the grip section which accepts the cartridge or converter.

 

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Pilot Custom – Metal tenon

 

I have enjoyed writing every single letter with this pen. Below are the images of my handwritten review containing ink drying times and writing samples:

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Pilot Custom 74 – Handwritten Review – Page 1
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Pilot Custom 74 – Handwritten Review – Page 2
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Pilot Custom 74 – Handwritten Review – Page 3
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Pilot Custom 74 – Handwritten Review – Page 4

 


 

CONCLUSION: 13.5/15

The pen is no nonsense , classic looking pen. And at 82 USD shipped via EMS from Japanto India in 5 days, its terrific value for money. Cant beat that. Lot of retailer are selling it at 160 USD. So buying via Rakuten really helped. I recommend this to all the fountain pen users who like using stub nibs. Must buy.

What I Like:

  1. Classic Design
  2. Superb Finish & very well detailed
  3. Ergonomic Size & Wonderful Balance
  4. Beautiful 14K wet Nib
  5. Better than many higher priced pens
  6. Complete Value for money

What I don’t Like:

  1. Material quality is same as Pilot 78G
  2. Proprietary Converter and Cartridges.

 

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Pen Review – Blackstone Axiom

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This pen was available for review on FPN for review and was made available by Just Write Company and I happened to be at right place at right time and also I was lucky enough to be selected amongst many to review this pen. I thank Kevin for sending me across the pen and later on the inks too for review.

I have extensively used this pen and this actually is detailed review of the pen.


 

DESIGN & BUILT: 3.5/5

The pen arrived in very well packaged PU leather zip case along with the spare JoWo nib as the pen was available for review with two nib options.

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Blackstone Axiom – PU Leather Case

 

The pen is available in 2 options with 3 different trims. Two finishes were PU Leather and Carbon Fibre , both in black colour. And the trim options were Gold, Silver and Black Titanium. And I opted for the PU leather finish with black titanium trim.

Well it is actually a kit pen and is known as CHURCHILL FOUNTAIN PEN KIT.

 

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Blackstone Axiom – In the wild

 

The pen arrived and the first impression was “Wow.. its a hefty pen” and in actual it weighs around 30 g when uncapped. I think the Jinhao 159 almost weighs in the same category.

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Blackstone Axiom – Beauty shot

 

The pen is made of brass except the ABS plastic grip section. The finials are brass also with black paint finish. The cap and barrel are finished with very nice warm textured PU leather finish. It feels very good in hand unlike the cold metal in your hand. I can almost compare it with feel of ebonite in my hand.

The pen is cylindrical with rounded edges and bullet shaped bottom finial which is painted and I think this finish will wear off after some wear and tear. The grip section has hourglass design, which I really like.

 

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Blackstone Axiom – Capped
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Blackstone Axiom – Uncapped

 

The pen is well detailed out with nice addition of trims with double centre band and triple band at bottom of barrel. There is also one band at cap top along the clip. All are nice and sturdy. There is small O ring at the junction of cap and barrel also.

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Blackstone Axiom – Barrel PU Leather Finish

 

Overall the pen is very well finished and executed in detail and is very well built and I must say the quality control was stringent as the pen I received had perfectly aligned rings at regular spacing.

The cap has cylindrical finial in painted finish and the centre portion of the cap has PU Leather finish and the cap lip is again painted finish with double bands. As far as cap clip is concerned I really like the design and the clip is stiff and sturdy but not springy.

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Blackstone Axiom – Cap Birds Eye View
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Blackstone Axiom – Cap Top View
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Blackstone Axiom – Cap Side View
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Blackstone Axiom – Cap Inside view

 

As far as the branding goes the name “Axiom” is not mentioned anywhere, only brand name “Blackstone” is mentioned below  dual centre band on cap.

 

Below are the few images showing comparison of pen with other pens:

 

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Capped – Blackstone Axiom, Parsons Italix, TWSBI Eco, Ranga Model 3 (from bottom to top)
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Uncapped – Blackstone Axiom, Parsons Italix, TWSBI Eco, Ranga Model 3 (from bottom to top)
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Angled View – Blackstone Axiom, Parsons Italix, TWSBI Eco, Ranga Model 3 (from right to left)

 

I must say its a very well built pen. Though the pen is hefty some may not like it (e.g. my wife) but I do like it. This pen looks classy. Few things i don’t like are triple bands at bottom, I think dual bands would have served the purpose well.


 

BALANCE : 3/5

As I mentioned earlier the pen is a hefty one and the bottom finial is also heavy which actually balances the brass barrel. Thus this pen is a bottom heavy pen.

Pen is well balanced when writing cap unposted but cap posting makes it unbearable (yes the cap posts securely). Below are the pics showing comparison of pen length while writing posted or unposted:

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Blackstone Axiom – Writing with cap unposted
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Blackstone Axiom – Writing with cap posted

 

When cap is not posted most of the weight is in centre but when cap is posted at back more than 2/3 rd weight goes to the back, thus making it uncomfortable.

Some specifications are as below:

  • Length uncapped : 125 mm (including nib)
  • Length capped : 140 mm
  • Dia of Barrel : 13.5 mm
  • Dia of Section : 9.5 to 11 mm
  • Weight of pen (capped) : 49.11 g
  • Weight of pen (uncapped) : 29.4 g
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Blackstone Axiom – Weight with cap
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Blackstone Axiom – Weight without cap

 

NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM: 5/5

The pen comes with option of #6 JoWo Ruthenium nib in EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5. I took up M and 1.1 and this particular review was written with 1.1 calligraphy nib. It wrote amazing and very well. Even though JoWo nibs have never disappointed me still I have had bad experience with JoWo #5 Chrome finish 1.1 nib but this one was amazing even the ruthenium finish was matching with black titanium trims.

 

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Blackstone Axiom – Nib Unit Top View
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Blackstone Axiom – Nib Unit Side view
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Blackstone Axiom – Nib Unit Bottom view

 

Ink Filling is via converter or cartridge. The pen comes with good quality converter which is not Schmidt made. The pen can’t be converted to eyedropper as it is a metal pen.

 

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Blackstone Axiom – Taken Apart – Ink filling via converter

 

Below are few images showing writing sample and my handwritten review:

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Handwritten Review – Page 1
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Handwritten Review – Page 1
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Handwritten Review – Page 3

 

CONCLUSION:

It is extremely well built hefty kit pen with excellent #6 JoWo Ruthenium nibs. Priced around 70 USD puts it in mid range segment.

I recommend this to people who want hefty and classy looking pen.

 

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

 

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Pen Review – Fosfor Islander

Islander - In the Wild
Islander – In the Wild

Well this particular pen, ISLANDER from Fosfor Pens was love at first site when I actually saw it in person at Delhi Pen Meet. I had seen lot of Islanders in the Wood online but never saw one in polycast resin. And Rishminder was the guy at pen meet who had the pen made out of polycast resin in tri colors of Indian Flag and i must complement Manoj Deshmukh of the wonderfully executed job.

And trust me friends, it was love at first sight. I ordered the pen that very day and waited patiently for 3 weeks while going through the process of selecting colors, clips and bands. It was an amazing experience dealing with him and thus it lead me to ordering few more pens from him.

This review is about Fosfor Islander. (Islander being named because it was first commissioned by a person who lived on an island)


DESIGN & BUILT: 05/05

Where shall i start ? Actually i was speechless when I first saw the pen. It’s such a beauty. It arrived in very nice cardboard package which actually is a nice case for this big pen. The pen box is the only area where the branding is done. and you won’t find the branding anywhere else.

Islander - Glamor Shot
Islander – Glamor Shot

The pen is made of polycast acrylic resin which Manoj Deshmukh of Fosfor pen casts himself and thus you have the flexibility of having the pen in any color mix you want. And I actually wanted something brownish orange with white as a base and Manoj has produced a beauty.

Islander - Close Up
Islander – Close Up

And as far as finish is concerned, I can find not even a single fault. It’s supremely well finished not even a single lathe mark. I can even go to an extent of saying that the pen is the best finished pen of India. The quality of the resin is superb though I beleive that being acrylic it is brittle. So care is needed in that regards. Its an eye-candy for sure.

As far as design is concerned it’s a beautifully designed and executed pen. It’s a straight cylindrical pen with barrel tapering at bottom. The cap top and barrel bottom have soft rounded edges. Below are the few images which might help in design understanding.

Islander - Capped
Islander – Capped
Islander - Uncapped
Islander – Uncapped
Islander - Uncapped
Islander – Uncapped

The cap top and barrel bottom have sublime protrusion i.e. they are raised. Clip is springy and stiff and like the fact the bottom is raised for easy clipping. The band above the clip is above has intricate design and is made of pure Silver.

Islander - Cap top View
Islander – Cap top View
Islander - Cap Side View - Silver Band
Islander – Cap Side View – Intricate Silver Band

Below are the few images of the pen showing comparison with other pens:

Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson's Essential vs Pilot 78G - Capped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Capped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson's Essential vs Pilot 78G - Uncapped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Uncapped
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson's Essential vs Pilot 78G - Uncapped - Side View
Fosfor Islander vs Ranga Model 4C vs Italix Parson’s Essential vs Pilot 78G – Uncapped – Side View

I love this pen and soooo beautiful. And this has taken place in my top 5 pens with steel nibs.


BALANCE: 04/05

It’s a perfectly balanced pen when writing uncapped and unposted. But for me it becomes quite large and uncomfortable when cap is posted at back. Yes the cap posts quite securely.

The pen length is 149 mm when capped and 133 when uncapped.

Below are the images of the pen showing comparative of writing with cap posted and unposted.

Islander - Writing Unposted
Islander – Writing Unposted
Islander - Writing Posted
Islander – Writing Posted

Since its a long pen I don’t think there is no need of posting cap.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

There were lot of nib options like JoWo, Schmidt and Ambitious and I opted for Schmidt silver monotone #6 Medium nib which is tried and tested.

Islander - Nib angled view
Islander – Nib unit angled view
Islander - Nib unit top view
Islander – Nib unit top view
Islander - Nib unit side view
Islander – Nib unit side view
Islander - Nib unit bottom view
Islander – Nib unit bottom view

The ink filling mechanism is via converter and cartridge mechanism. It can also be used as eyedropper.

Islander - Cartridge Filling Mechanism
Islander – Cartridge Filling Mechanism
Islander - Can be used as eyedropper
Islander – Can be used as eyedropper showing inner side of cap at top and barrel bottom

This pen writes beautifully and writes wet and is perfect for shading inks. Below are the few images which shows the handwritten review along with test of wetness and line variation.

Islander Review - Page 1
Islander Review – Page 1
Islander Review - Page 2
Islander Review – Page 2
Islander Review - Page 3
Islander Review – Page 3

CONCLUSION:

This pen is available starting from 70 USD. And is available in different materials like wood, ebonite, acrylic resin.

It is my top favorite pen. No.1 in my top favorite followed closely by Ranga Model 4C. Just to tell you all that this is completely handmade pen. Kudos to Mr. Deshmukh. Thank you.

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Pen Review – Ranga Model 4C

Ranga Pens is amongst the one quality pen manufacturer in India. Infact they are the only manufacturer in India who have the premium colors and quality ebonite pens apart from regular ebonite and acrylic pens.

They have an active Ebay store where they sell not just fountain pens but also ball pens and Roller Ball pens and also raw materials like ebonite rods and acrylic blanks. The link to ebay shop is as below:

RANGAHANDMADE

Also Peyton Pen Street is also authorized seller of Ranga Hand Made pens. Here is the link to the webpage: PEYTON

Mr. M.P. Kandan of Ranga Pens can also be reached at Fountain Pen Network, where he is quite active. Here is the link to reach him on FPN : MPKANDAN – RANGA

I have recently organized 3 group buys for three different model of thiers. Model 4C, Model 3 and Bamboo Model. And i have bought all three models through group buy. I will be reviewing all the models one by one.

They have following Models in their lineup:

  1. Model 4C
  2. Bamboo
  3. Model 3
  4. Model 4CS
  5. Model 5
  6. Model 6
  7. Model 8
  8. Model 2c
  9. Model 2d
  10.  Zeal

And few more.

I will be reviewing Model 4C in this post.

Model 4C - In the Wild
Model 4C – In the Wild

This happens to be actually my second pen from the house of Ranga Pens and first one being Bamboo Model. Which i will be reviewing next.


DESIGN & BUILT: 05/05

The build quality of this pen is impeccable. Its very well polished and there is no marks at all i see on the pen. Believe me its an handmade pen and when you hold the pen in your hand you wont be able to judge whether it’s handmade or not.  Such and excellent finish Mr. Kandan has given on this pen.

Model 4C - beauty Shot
Model 4C – beauty Shot

The quality of this premium ebonite is really really good. There are hardly any imperfections that you might otherwise find in regular color ebonites. The pen is quite sturdy and being ebonite it is more durable. The pen actually comes in approximately 24 color options out of which 10 are premium ebonite colors. The pen in review is premium orange ebonite which actually is muted earthy orange color.

Model 4C - Uncapped
Model 4C – Uncapped

It really feel amazing in your hand. And its certainly a looker. People look at this pen and actually take it from my hands just to feel it of not write with it. Such is the charming factor of this premium color ebonite. And yes i have noticed that these premium ebonites are far superior over the regular ebonites.

Model 4C is actually a regular sized pen with bit of girth. It’s a cigar shaped pen which tapers down to the bottom and has rounded top and bottom. The cap is flushed with the barrel and you would hardly notice the joint. No imperfection. Superior attention paid to the product.

Model 4C - Rounded Top and Bottom
Model 4C – Rounded Top and Bottom
Model 4C - Capped Cap is flushed with the barrel
Model 4C – Capped
Cap is flushed with the barrel
Model 4C - Uncapped Barrel Tapers down to bottom
Model 4C – Uncapped
Barrel Tapers down to bottom

Cap Clip is strong and sturdy and pen can easily stick to the shirt pocket. I have one qualms which is very minor and that is gold trim which is clip will turn to chrome soon. But i have an option to replace the cap  clip easily. Also i found that clip was not in alignment and was off centred when pen arrived , but again that was easily taken care off by unscrewing the cap finial and straightening the clip.

Model 4C - Cap and Clip
Model 4C – Cap and Clip
Model 4C - Cap Finial View from top
Model 4C – Cap Finial View from top
Model 4C - Cap inner view
Model 4C – Cap inner view

The grip section of the pen gradually tapers slightly towards the top and is also made of the same material. Complete pen is made of ebonite.

I am really really happy with the top notch quality and finish on the pen.

Below are few images showing the comparison of the pen with other pens:

Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier - Uncapped
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier – Capped
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier - Uncapped and Posted
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier – Uncapped and Posted
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier - Uncapped and Posted - Side View
Ranga Model 4C vs Jinhao 159 vs Oliver F27 vs Parker Frontier – Uncapped and Posted – Side View

Overall I am extremely happy with quality, built and finish of the pen. This is probably amongst the best pens from India.

Full marks to Ranga.


BALANCE AND SIZE: 4/5

The pen measures 150 mm when capped and 135 mm when uncapped including the nib. The dia of the cap is 15 mm and barrel tapers down from center to the bottom to 9mm from 15 mm.

The average grip section dia is 10 mm and length is 30 mm.

As far as balance is concerned it is very well balanced and you would love writing with this pen uncapped for longer periods. However I beleive the posting cap makes it extremely large at 180mm  (yes cap posts securely) and for me it becomes slightly uncomfortable.

Model 4C - Writing Unposted
Model 4C – Writing Unposted
Model 4C - Writing Posted
Model 4C – Writing Posted

I love writing with this pen uncapped and unposted for longer periods.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 05/05

My pen came with Dual Tone JoWo 1.5 Calligraphy stub and it writes amazing. has amazing line variation and is not at all scratchy. The pen has various nib options like JoWo (EF, F, M, B & 1.5) , Schmidt (F, M, & B) , Bock (F, M, & B – with Conklin imprinted) and Ambitious (F-M).

I am really happy with my JoWo 1.5 Stub. It writes superb.

MODEL 4C - JoWo Nib Unit Top View
MODEL 4C – JoWo Nib Unit Top View
MODEL 4C - JoWo Nib Unit Side View
MODEL 4C – JoWo Nib Unit Side View
MODEL 4C - JoWo Nib Unit Bottom View
MODEL 4C – JoWo Nib Unit Bottom View

Ink filling mechanism is via Cartridge converter and the material being ebonite can be easily used as eyedropper.I prefer the flexibility of the pen to be used as eyedropper which lot of pens don’t give.

Model 4C - Converter mechanism filling
Model 4C – Converter mechanism filling

Below are few images showing handwritten review and sample:

Model 4C - Page 1
Model 4C – Page 1
Model 4C - Page 2
Model 4C – Page 2
Model 4C - Page 3
Model 4C – Page 3

CONCLUSION:

I love the size shape and finish of the Model 4C. Its a regular sized pen with girth and i Like that and premium ebonite is like cherry on top.

The price of 4200 seemed expensive in beginning but beleive me it was worth it.

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Pen Review – ASA Rainbow (ED)

ASA Rainbow
ASA Rainbow

 

The review is about a pen which was launched on Whatsapp Group of 20 members at that time and I believe was first of its kind launch for a pen. Approximately 50 odd pens were made and beleive me on this all got sold out within half an hour. So beautiful were they to look at first site. They were RAINBOW.

ASA Rainbow - Posing
ASA Rainbow – Posing

This happens to be an ED model and the updated model with C/C mechanism is soon to be launched at  ASA Pens on 23rd September.

My other review of ASA pens are as follows:

  1. ASA Spear
  2. ASA Galactic
  3. ASA I-Can
  4. ASA Porus
  5. ASA Patriot
  6. ASA Viraat

Rainbow is first multicolored acrylic pen from the house of ASA Pens.


DESIGN & BUILT: 4 / 5

It’s a simple classic cigar shaped pen with rounded bottom and top. Actually nothing is much happening on the design front. it though is a small pocket sized pen. It is actually the material which is doing all the talk.

ASA Rainbow - Swirled Acrylic Material
ASA Rainbow – Swirled Acrylic Material

The pen will to begin with eventually will come in following colors when launched.

  • Cherry Red (in pic above)
  • Midnight Blue (Blue and Dark Blue swirls)
  • Black Pearl (White and Black swirls)
  • Fiery Orange (Orange and Black swirls)

The color yellow with green swirls might be added later which is being reviewed.

ASA Rainbow ED
ASA Rainbow – Cherry Red and Yellow Swirl

To begin with what i really like about this pen is its size and girth. It is small pen but not that slim. Lovely part is the grip section which is the thinnest portion in whole pen. It’s so wonderful to grip and write with this pen.

ASA Rainbow - Pocket Sized Pen
ASA Rainbow – Capped
ASA Rainbow - Uncapped
ASA Rainbow – Uncapped
ASA Rainbow - Rounded Top and Bottom
ASA Rainbow – Rounded Top and Bottom

The pen has silver trims. Actually the pen has only clip as a trim and a nib. No other metal parts were used. its a minimalistic design pen. The clip is sturdy and stiff and not springy at all. fits shirt pockets easily.

The pen cap has no breather hole unlike many other Made in India pens. The cap finial is threaded and can be taken out easily also.

ASA Rainbow - Cap View
ASA Rainbow – Cap View
ASA Rainbow - Cap inner View
ASA Rainbow – Cap inner View
ASA Rainbow - Tear Drop Clip
ASA Rainbow – Clip

Built is amazing and is well finished and polished pen. however i have to add one thing this pen is acrylic and requires maintenance and care to ensure no scratches just by throwing pen on desk or anywhere else.

Below are the few images of the pen showing comparison with other pens.

Gama Kuyil vs Pilot 78G vs ASA Rainbow
Gama Kuyil vs Pilot 78G vs ASA Rainbow
Gama Kuyil vs Pilot 78G vs ASA Rainbow - uncapped and posted
Gama Kuyil vs Pilot 78G vs ASA Rainbow – uncapped and posted

BALANCE:  5/5

I love the fact that the small pens don’t have to be necessarily slim and this really goes down well with me. And i love ASA Rainbow also because of its girth too.

Its very well balanced pen and feels amazing in your hand whether you write with cap posted or not at the back.

ASA Rainbow - Writing Unposted
ASA Rainbow – Writing Unposted
ASA Rainbow - Writing Posted
ASA Rainbow – Writing Posted

The cap posts very securely and also posting does not add to that much heft. This one is aptly balanced pen.


NIB AND INK FILLING MECHANISM: 3.5/5

Our first feedback for this beautiful pen was to make it C/C mechanism pen because ink filled in barrel changes the color of the barrel and darkens it and thus it will be soon launched with C/C mechanism on 23rd September.

The nib on the pen in question is Fine-Medium Ambitious 35 mm nib (#6) and is chrome finish. I love the ambitious nibs of size 35 mm and 40 mm. This nib writes with welcome feedback and writes wet. I love the way it writes. The nib has got certain springiness to it.

ASA Rainbow - Nib Unit top View
ASA Rainbow – Nib Unit top view
ASA Rainbow - Nib Unit side view
ASA Rainbow – Nib Unit side view
ASA Rainbow - Nib Unit bottom view
ASA Rainbow – Nib Unit bottom view
ASA Rainbow - Nib Unit angled view
ASA Rainbow – Nib Unit angled view

Though the upcoming pen with C/C filling mechanism will come in following nib options:

  • Schmidt monotone F Nib
  • Schmidt monotone M nib
  • Schmidt monotone B nib

This pen has an eye dropper fill mechanism and hold good 3 ml of ink. The feed is made of ebonite and fitted very tight and securely. The removal of nib will require knockout block as the nib is friction fit.

ASA Rainbow - Eye dropper fill
ASA Rainbow – Eye dropper fill

I recommend people to buyers is to chose pen with option of fountain pen testing at checkout which takes time but you get the pen which writes good out of the box and this facility is being given by ASA pens free of charge.

Below are the few images showing hand written review and also certain specification,

ASA Rainbow - Page 1
ASA Rainbow – Page 1
ASA Rainbow - Page 2
ASA Rainbow – Page 2
ASA Rainbow - Page 3
ASA Rainbow – Page 3

Conclusion : 

This is a beauty and I am sure it will outsell any other model ASA pens has launched because this pen has it all going for it when its launched in C/C mechanism. However i would not recommend using this pen as ED as the barrel gets discolored because of the ink not that the ink burps.

Go ahead save some money to buy this one. I recommend it.

ASA Rainbow
ASA Rainbow