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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 29 May 2018

Hey All

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

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

Below are few more images of the pen

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Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Group Buy – Ranga Emperor (New Model)

Hi Fellow FP Addicts

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

I have been quite inactive for some time, but more about that in a separate post. I welcome you all to the Group-Buy of Ranga Emperor. Emperor is a new model of Ranga Pens.

 

Ranga Emperor
RANGA EMPEROR

 

MODEL:

Ranga Emperor is a Handmade pen and is available in various ebonite rod colors. The pen has a dual-band around the cap and has black ebonite finials at the bottom and top. the pen is available in two versions:

  • Round End
  • Flat End

It is approx 145 mm in length and the barrel dia of the pen is 14 mm and dia of the cap is 16 mm.

The pen is available only in chrome finish clip along with chrome trims.


 

NIBS:

Only Bock Nibs along with the Schmidt Converter is available for this Group Buy

  1. #6 Steel Nib – Gold Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5
  2. #6 Steel Nib – Chrome Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5
  3. #6 Steel Nib – Dual Tone Finish: EF, F, M, B
  4. #6 Gold 18K Nib – F, B (@ extra US$ 185)
  5. Without Nib But Pen threaded to take Bock Nib (@ less US$ 14)

 

MATERIAL & COLORS:

For this Group Buy, Regular series and Special Series Ebonite are available in both Polished and Brushed Finish.

 

  • Regular Ebonite: RE Series (Polished or Matte Finish)
    • R1- Brown Ripple
    • R2 – Green  Ripple
    • R3 – Olive Ripple
    • R4 – Solid Black
    • R5 – Mottled Brown
    • R6 – Mottled Green
    • R7 – Mottled Olive Brown

 

  • Special Ebonite: SE Series (Has Black Specks) (Polished or Matte Finish)
    • S1 – Solid Forest Green
    • S2 – Forest Green – Black Ripple
    • S3 – Forest Green – Honey Ripple
    • S4 – Forest green – Khaki Ripple
    • S5 – Forest Green – Mustard Yellow Ripple
    • S6 – Forest Green – Teal Blue Ripple
    • S7 – Teal Blue – Black Ripple
    • S9 – Mustard Yellow – Black Ripple
    • S10 – Khaki – Black Ripple
    • S12 – Rose Red – Black Ripple
    • S13 – Rose Red – Mauve Ripple
    • S15 – Rose Red – Forest Green Ripple
    • S17 – Rose Red – Mustard Yellow Ripple
    • S18 – Brick Red – Khaki Ripple
    • S20 – Teal Blue – Orange Ripple
    • S23 – Solid Olive Green

 

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Ranga Emperor – Flat End – All Colors

 

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Ranga Emperor – Round End – All Colors

 

 

Some more images of the pen are as below:

 

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Ranga Emperor – Regular Colors – Close up

 

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Ranga Emperor – Flat End – Special Ebonite Colors – Close up

 


 

PRICE, PAYMENT & DELIVERY:

The Price of the pen is US $ 64 including Registered shipping. The pen is shipped within 1week once the order is confirmed. The seller has limited nos. of these pen in stock and the pen is shipped immediately after payment within 1 week.

Payment to be done via Paypal only for international customers and for domestic via bank transfer. Paypal ID is : mpkandan@gmail.com

The seller has limited nos. of these pen in stock and the pen is shipped immediately after payment within 1 week.

 

For shipping within India Kindly PM for the prices and how to make payment.

 

 

 

In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) and Reply to the thread with “Form Submitted” or just repost the choices in thread

 

LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/KyWumAFR3yGUW41Y2

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Mega Group Buy – Ranga Pens – June 2017

Hi Fellow FP Addicts

Welcome to Mega Group-Buy of Ranga Pens. This is an effort for Ranga Handmade Pens with Bock Nibs. For those who missed out on earlier group buys this is the right opportunity to buy various models from the past Groupbuy with the Bock nibs.

 

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MODELS:

Different Models are available for this Group-Buy. The option of various models are as follows:

  1. Giant Bamboo ( Previous Group-Buy Link:  http://www.fountainp…group-buy-2016/ )
  2. Bamboo ( Previous Group-Buy Link:  http://www.fountainp…group-buy-2016/ )
  3. Model 8 ( Previous Group-Buy Link: http://www.fountainp…remium-ebonite/ )
  4. Designer ( Previous Group-Buy Link: http://www.fountainp…ique-group-buy/ )
  5. Zeal ( Previous Group-Buy Link:   http://www.fountainp…-international/ )

 

NIBS:

For the first time, MP Kandan is providing us the Bock Nibs in CC Mechanism for this Group-Buy. So for this group buy only Bock nibs will be available and the option for the nibs are as follows:

  1. #6 Steel Nib – Gold Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5
  2. #6 Steel Nib – Chrome Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5
  3. #6 Steel Nib – Dual Tone Finish: EF, F, M, B
  4. #6 Gold 18K Nib – F, B (@ extra US$ 185)
  5. Without Nib But Pen threaded to take Bock Nib (@ less US$ 14)

 

MATERIAL & COLORS:

Like the previous Group-Buys, both ebonite and acrylic are available in this group-buy. The various finishes available are as follows:

 

  • Regular Ebonite: RE Series (Polished or Matte Finish)
    1. Solid Black
    2. Brown Ripple
    3. Olive Ripple
    4. Green Ripple
    5. Mottled Brown
    6. Mottled Olive Brown

 

  • Special Ebonite: SE Series (Has Black Specks) (Polished or Matte Finish)
    1. Solid Forest Green
    2. Forest Green – Black Ripple
    3. Forest Green – Honey Ripple
    4. Forest Green – Khaki Ripple
    5. Forest Green – Mustard Yellow Ripple
    6. Forest Green – Teal Blue Ripple
    7. Teal Blue – Black Ripple
    8. Teal Blue – Khaki Ripple
    9. Mustard Yellow – Black Ripple
    10. Khaki – Black Ripple
    11. Solid Cherry Red (Not Available)
    12. Rose Red – Black Ripple
    13. Rose Red – Mauve Ripple
    14. Rose Red – Blue Ripple (Not Available)
    15. Rose Red – Forest Green Ripple
    16. Rose Red – Bottle Green Ripple (Not Available)
    17. Rose Red – Mustard Yellow Ripple
    18. Brick Red – Khaki Ripple
    19. Brick Red – Black Ripple
    20. Teal Blue – Orange Ripple
    21. Solid Bluish Green (Only for Giant Bamboo)
    22. Solid Crimson Red (Only for Giant Bamboo)
    23. Solid Olive Green

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  • Premium Ebonite: PE Series (Polished or Matte Finish)
    1. Solid Blue
    2. Black Yellow Swirl (Not Available)
    3. Blue Pink Swirl
    4. Solid Pale Green
    5. White Blue Swirl (Not Available)
    6. Pale Pink Black Swirl (Not Available)
    7. Green Yellow Swirl
    8. Solid Pink
    9. Blue Green Orange Swirl (Not Available)
    10. Solid Orange

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

I have convinced MP Kandan not to increase the prices and he has agreed to the same. Thus the cost of the pen is at par with the earlier Group-Buys. And payment is accepted only via Paypal.

The price is as follows:

  1. Giant Bamboo
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $90
    • Premium Ebonite: US $110
    • Acrylic Demonstrator: US $100
  2. Bamboo
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $80
    • Premium Ebonite: US $90
    • Acrylic Demonstrator: US $85
  3. Model 8
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $63
    • Premium Ebonite: US $77
  4. Designer
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $85
    • Premium Ebonite : US $95
    • Acrylic Demonstrator : US $90
  5. Zeal (Flat End or rounded End)
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $61
    • Premium Ebonite : US $73

 


SHIPPING:

Shipping period will be 5 to 6 weeks after payment via Registered Shipping.
For Shipping within India kindly PM me

 

 

 

In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) and Reply in the thread with “Form Submitted” or just repost the choices in thread

 

LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/KthJCJju1hfkcsDq1

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Ranga Model 4 & 4C – Group Buy 2017

Over the years I have successfully organized many group buys. The main motive was to facilitate me and all other members to get these pens at a lower price. I have till date did 9 group Buys for Ranga Pens.

This time after almost 2 yrs this is an effort for Group Buy for Model 4 & 4C and this group buy sees the introduction of Demonstrator version also. I have also reviewed the pen here: link

 

 

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Ranga Model 4 – Demonstrator Version 

 

 

Model 4 is with Flat top & Bottom with slightly peaked at the center  (as per the image of a demonstrator)  whereas Model 4C is with Rounded Top and Bottom (as per the image below). The pen is approx 150 mm in length.

 

 

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Ranga Model 4C – Premium Ebonite

 

 

Available Colors are as follows:

  • Special Ebonite Colors (SE Series) – with Black Specs (Regular Ebonite)

    1. Solid Forest Green
    2. Forest Green – Black Ripple
    3. Forest Green – Honey Ripple
    4. Forest Green – Khaki Ripple
    5. Forest Green – Mustard Yellow Ripple
    6. Forest Green – Teal Blue Ripple
    7. Teal Blue – Black Ripple
    8. Teal Blue – Khaki Ripple
    9. Mustard Yellow – Black Ripple
    10. Khaki – Black Ripple
    11. Solid Cherry Red Not Available
    12. Rose Red – Black Ripple
    13. Rose Red – Mauve Ripple
    14. Rose Red – Blue Ripple Not Available
    15. Rose Red – Forest Green Ripple
    16. Rose Red – Bottle Green Ripple Not Available
    17. Rose Red – Mustard Yellow Ripple
    18. Brick Red – Khaki Ripple
    19. Brick Red – Black Ripple
    20. Teal Blue – Orange Ripple
    21. Solid Olive Green

 

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Ranga Special Ebonite – Top View

 

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Ranga Special Ebonite – Side View

 

 

  • Regular Ebonite Colours (RE Series): Ref 1 – Link  Ref 2 – Link

    1. Solid Black Matte
    2. Brown Ripple
    3. Olive Ripple
    4. Green Ripple
    5. Mottled Brown
    6. Mottled Green
    7. Mottled Olive Brown
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Ranga Model 4C – Regular Ebonite

 

 

  • Premium Ebonite Colors (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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Premium Ebonite Colors 

 

  •  Finish – Polished or Matte (Bakul)
  • Clip Option – Clip-less or Gold Clip or Silver Clip
  • Nib Option: For Eyedropper
    • Kanwrite 35 mm Fine Nib – Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • Kanwrite 35 mm Medium Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • Kanwrite 35 mm Broad Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • 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)
    • No Nib – Threaded for Bock #6 (less USD -14)
    • No Nib – Threaded for JoWo #6 (less USD -14)
    • No Nib – Threaded for Schmidt #6  (less USD -14)
    • Schmidt Broad Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone
    • Schmidt Medium Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone
    • Schmidt Fine Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone
    • JoWo 1.1 Calligraphy Nib – Dual Tone
    • JoWo Broad Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • JoWo Medium Nib – Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
    • JoWo Fine Nib – Chrome Tone or Dual Tone
  • Shipping: Via Registered Post which is included in Price and takes 2 -4 Weeks.
  • Making Time: 4-5 Weeks after payment
  • Price:
    • RANGA Model 4& 4C (ED Version)
      • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $30
      • PREMIUM EBONITE: US $45
      • DEMONSTRATOR: US $37
    • RANGA Model 4 & 4C (CC Mechanism)
      • REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $60
      • PREMIUM EBONITE: US $75
      • DEMONSTRATOR: US $67

 

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

Linkhttps://goo.gl/forms/IBYGQ9iRpf0aW2OR2

For shipping within India, kindly please me at mehandiratta@gmail.com 

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 28 Feb 2017

Today’s thought is by Ovid. He was Roman Poet who lived in the period of Augustus and his actual name was Publius Ovidius Naso. He was ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature. Ovid talks more about his own life than most other Roman poets.

 
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The pen in use is Ranga Model 3C which I got from the Group Buy. The pen is fitted with JoWo 1.1 Dual tone nib and is inked with Diamine Eclipse.

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I really love ebonite as the material for the pen and this white blue swirl is something amazing. You have to hold in the hand to actually see and feel the beauty of the material.

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 07 Feb 2017

I know I am late with this post. Again busy due to workload. But anyways here it is, my blog entry for Tuesday Thoughts.

The thought for today comes from George Sand. She was a noted French Novelist is famous for her so-called rustic novels.

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I am using Ranga Zeal which I got from a group buy last year. The pen is inked with the only Noodler Ink I have left ” Noodler’s Antietam“.

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It is fitted with #6 Schmidt Broad Nib which is ground to Stub and now it writes exactly to my liking.

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Do you ground your own nibs?? Or have you ever tried to do so to suit your handwriting ??

 

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Oliver F-27 (Ver 2) Offer with Ranga Model 5

There is an additional offer with Group-Buy for Model 5 (link). Oliver F-27 is now available as an add-on in this group-buy at a special price of USD 19. The pen can only be clubbed Ranga Model 5 and can be purchased in any nos.

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Oliver F27 

 

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Oliver F-27 (Ver. 2)

 

There are 20 colors and are as follows:

  1. Yellow-Pink-Red Swirl
  2. Pink-Dark Blue Swirl
  3. Blue-Black Swirl
  4. Red Cracked Ice
  5. Green-Pink-Black Swirl
  6. Red-Dark Blue Swirl
  7. Orange-Dark Blue Swirl
  8. Chocolate Cracked Ice
  9. Purple-Dark Blue Swirl
  10. Bright Green-Dark Green Swirl
  11. Sea Blue-Red Swirl
  12. Chocolate-Dark Blue Swirl
  13. Yellow-Chocolate Cracked Ice
  14. Yellow-Chocolate Swirl
  15. Green-Black Swirl
  16. White-Red Swirl
  17. Rose-Black Swirl
  18. Yellow-Bright Green Swirl
  19. Orange-Black Cracked Ice
  20. Yellow-Blue-Saffron Orange Swirl

 

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Oliver F27 – Colors

 

In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) and Reply in the thread with “Form Submitted or just repost the choices in replies

Linkhttps://goo.gl/forms/lVI5Bv7HaFbkJ3bZ2

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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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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Group Buy – Ranga Model 3 & 3C

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Dear fellow FP users and collectors

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

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

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

 

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Available Colours are as follows:

A. Special Ebonite Colours (SE Series)

  1. Solid Forest Green
  2. Forest Green – Black Ripple
  3. Forest Green – Honey Ripple
  4. Forest Green – Khaki Ripple
  5. Forest Green – Mustard Yellow Ripple
  6. Forest Green – Teal Blue Ripple
  7. Teal Blue – Black Ripple
  8. Teal Blue – Khaki Ripple
  9. Mustard Yellow – Black Ripple
  10. Khaki – Black Ripple
  11. Solid Cherry Red
  12. Rose Red – Black Ripple
  13. Rose Red – Mauve Ripple
  14. Rose Red – Blue Ripple
  15. Rose Red – Forest Green Ripple
  16. Rose Red – Bottle Green Ripple
  17. Rose Red – Mustard Yellow Ripple
  18. Brick Red – Khaki Ripple
  19. Brick Red – Black Ripple
  20. Teal Blue – Orange Ripple

 

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B. Regular Colours (RE Series)

Ref 1 : Link  Ref 2 : Link

  1. Solid Black Matte
  2. Brown Ripple
  3. Olive Ripple
  4. Green Ripple
  5. Mottled Brown
  6. Mottled Green
  7. Mottled Olive Brown

 

C. Premium Ebonite Colours (PE Series)

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

 

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Prices are as follows:

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

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

 

  • Finish 

    – Polished or Matte (Bakul)

 

  • Clip Option

    – Clip-less or Gold Clip or Silver Clip

 

  • Nib Option : For Eyedropper

    • Wality F Gold Coloured (included in price)
    • Bock (With Conklin imprinted) M or B is available (extra @ 8 USD)
    • Ambitious Nib 35 mm – Fine Nib – Dual Tone ( extra @ 3 USD)
    • Kanwrite Nib 35 mm Flex – Chrome Tone ( extra @ 5 USD)

 

  • Nib Option : For C/C mechanism (with Schmidt K5 Converter)

    • #6 Nib Options (included in price)
      • Fine Nib – Gold Tone
      • Medium Nib – Gold Tone
      • Broad Nib – Gold Tone
      • Fine Nib – Chrome Tone
      • Medium Nib – Chrome Tone
      • Broad Nib – Chrome Tone
      • No Nib – Threaded for Schmidt #6
      • No Nib – Threaded for JoWo #6

 

  • Shipping 

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

 

  • Making Time

    : 3-4 Weeks after payment

 

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

 

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

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Ranga Pens – New Regular Ebonite Colors

 

Ranga Pen Company (Ranga Handmade Pens) founded by MS Pandurangan in 1970 in Thiruvallur has been producing quality fountain pens, rollerball pens, and ball pens.  They use ebonite, acrylic, and also used to make pens from cellulose nitrate in past.

There were recently a lot of group buys on Fountain Pen Network where new ebonite rods were introduced which I took an opportunity to photograph.

 

Colors are as follows:

  1. Solid Forest Green
  2. Forest Green – Black Ripple
  3. Forest Green – Honey Ripple
  4. Forest Green – Khaki Ripple
  5. Forest Green – Mustard Yellow Ripple
  6. Forest Green – Teal Blue Ripple
  7. Teal Blue – Black Ripple
  8. Teal Blue – Khaki Ripple
  9. Mustard Yellow – Black Ripple
  10. Khaki – Black Ripple
  11. Solid Cherry Red
  12. Rose Red – Black Ripple
  13. Rose Red – Mauve Ripple
  14. Rose Red – Blue Ripple
  15. Rose Red – Forest Green Ripple
  16. Rose Red – Bottle Green Ripple
  17. Rose Red – Mustard Yellow Ripple
  18. Brick Red – Khaki Ripple
  19. Brick Red – Black Ripple
  20. Teal Blue – Orange Ripple

 

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New Regular Ebonite Rods – Top View

 

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New Regular Ebonite Rods – Lateral View

 

 

Following are the youtube video links:

 

 

 

These rods will be part of the regular production of Ranga Pens Now.

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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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 – 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.