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.


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.



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.


Vaibhav Mehandiratta


What Inks I bought in 2016 ?

Back in 2016, I created a wishlist of desired pens and inks that I planned to purchase. I did purchase lot of pens and inks apart from the wishlist. In this blog post, I will share the list of my ink purchases last year and let’s see how close I stuck to my wishlist. I hope my wife doesn’t see this post.


First in the list are from Japanese manufacturer “Sailor“. I purchased following Sailor Inks and here I stuck to my wishlist as far as desired inks were concerned:

  1. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – DoYo
  2. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Miruai
  3. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Nio-Sumire
  4. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Souten


Sailor Inks



Second in the list are the inks from german ink manufacturer “Montblanc” and these inks were not part of my wishlist. Inks I purchased were:

  1. Montblanc Golden Yellow
  2. MontBlanc Meisterstuck Blue Hour – Twilight Blue
  3. Montblanc William Shakespeare – Velvet Red



Montblanc Inks




Third in the list are the inks from Liverpool based ink manufacturer “Diamine” and the ink which was in my wishlist was not purchased rather I purchased the following inks

  1. Diamine Wagner
  2. Diamine Cornflower
  3. Diamine Pansy
  4. Diamine Bougainvillea
  5. Diamine Eau De Nil
  6. Diamine Majestic Blue
  7. Diamine Syrah
  8. Diamine Twilight
  9. Diamine Sunshine Yellow


Diamine Inks



Fourth in the list are the inks from an American Boutique ink manufacturer “Private Reserve” and again these inks were not part of my wishlist. Following are the list of the inks that I purchased:

  1. Private Reserve Blue Suede
  2. Private Reserve Sherwood Green
  3. Private Reserve Shoreline Gold



Private Reserve Inks




Fifth in the list is another German manufacturer “Graf von Faber-Castell“. I wanted this ink for a long time, however, I delayed buying this ink fro a long time and this was also not part of my wishlist of 2016.

  1. GvFC Hazelnut Brown


Graf von Faber-Castell Inks



Sixth in the list is Indian manufacturer “Sulekha”  which is quite elusive. One of fellow fountain pen user who was visiting Kolkata helped me in getting these inks and again these were not part of my wishlist. Inks are as follows:

  1. Sulekha Master Brown
  2. Sulekha Crystal Violet
  3. Sulekha Scarlet Red
  4. Sulekha Royal Blue
  5. Sulekha Executive Black
  6. Sulekha Turquoise Blue
  7. Sulekha Shocking Pink


Sulekha Inks


Seventh in the list is another ink manufacturer from India. Krishna Inks are made by Dr. Sreekumar and he is a one man show. These again were not part of my wishlist and I got following inks:

  1. Krishna Pomegranate
  2. Krishna Yellow Valley
  3. Krishna Rainforest
  4. Krishna Ochre
  5. Krishna Kot Massi
  6. Krishna Dark Chocolate
  7. Krishna Goldrush


Krishna Inks


Eighth in the list is a third German manufacturer “Kaweco“. I love both the inks that I purchased and are as follows:

  1. Kaweco Midnight Blue
  2. Kaweco Caramel Brown

Again these inks were not part of my wishlist.


Kaweco Inks



Ninth on the list one of my favorite these days “KWZ Inks“. These are handmade in Poland by husband and wife duo, Konrad and Agnieszka. They have almost 61 colors which include 21 Iron Gall inks. I purchased 12 inks last year few directly from Konrad and few from Fontoplumo. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:

  1. KWZ IG Green #3
  2. KWZ IG Red #3
  3. KWZ IG Turquoise
  4. KWZ IG Green Gold
  5. KWZ IG Violet #3
  6. KWZ IG Blue #5
  7. KWZ IG Aztec Gold
  8. KWZ Monarch (Fontoplumo exclusive)
  9. KWZ Azure #5
  10. KWZ Cappucino
  11. KWZ Grey Plum
  12. KWZ El-Dorado

I have got few purchases planned from KWZ this year also.


KWZ Inks



Tenth and last on the list is another Indian manufacturer “Bril“. These are one of the most trusted ink manufacturers in India and have now started taking orders online. I exhausted my Bril inks and thus needed a new complete set. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:

  1. Bril Turquoise Blue
  2. Bril Black
  3. Bril Laurel Rose
  4. Bril Red
  5. Bril Royal Blue
  6. Bril Green
  7. Bril Violet



Bril Inks



Inks that were part of my wishlist but did not make way to my cupboard are as follows with reasons listed:

  1. Edelstein Aquamarine (was not convinced to buy because of the reviews)
  2. Pen & Message – Cigar (difficult to get and too expensive)
  3. Pen & Message – Vintage Denim (difficult to get and also had better choices)
  4. Sankodo Canal Brown (difficult to get and too expensive)
  5. Iroshizuku FuyuGaki (delayed for next year)
  6. Diamine 1864 Blue Black (delayed for next year)


What were your purchases and what was your most expensive purchase aaaaand which ink you liked the most?


Vaibhav Mehandiratta



TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 06 December 2016

Today’s Tuesday Thought is written with a pocket pen made in US of A, Franklin-Christoph Model 45 XLV in Coco Pearl Finish. The thought is inspired by Mark Twain.

Mark Twain was a pen name of famous American writer, Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He was also called “The father of American Literature“.



The pen comes with the SIG Medium Steel nib and boy it is amazing. Will detail out this in an upcoming review of the pen. And the ink in use is Kaweco Caramel Brown.




Has anyone of you tried this nib and how has been your experience ??




Vaibhav Mehandiratta


Word for Wednesday : 23 November 2016

Today I am using  Jinhao 159 which is fitted with Ambitious Flex nib and it is filled with KWZI Monarch.




The Word for this Wednesday is VISAGE and it means the face, usually with reference to shape, features, expression.



In Sentence: Hema’s visage suggested that she belonged to an affluent family.


Below is the close-up image of the  Ambitious Flex Nib.




Vaibhav Mehandiratta


TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 22 November 2016

I don’t know why but there is something amazing about eyedropper pens.Coming back to my love for eyedropper pens, today I am using Deccan Advocate Flat Top version which is inked with Waterman Harmonious Green.




And for today’s Tuesday Thoughts the inspiration comes from the legend and one of the greatest sportsman of all time, Mohammed Ali who was born as Cassius Clay.



And the nib is Ambitious #6 Fine Steel nib.



I have already reviewed the round top version of Deccan Advocate earlier here : LINK




Vaibhav Mehandiratta



Word for Wednesday : 09 N0vember 2016

Today I am using a German pen,  Faber Castell Loom which is inked with Sailor Kobe #51 Kano-Cho MidnightFaber-Castell is one of my favorite company which has been making stationery products since ages and is the world’s largest manufacturer of pens, pencils, and other stationary products.

The Word for this Wednesday is PROPENSITY and it means means natural inclination or tendency.



In a sentence : Rakshit has a somewhat increased propensity towards making impulsive ink purchases.





Vaibhav Mehandiratta