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Group Buy – Lotus Vikrant & Lotus Lekhak

Dear All

Lotus Pens have been around in the market for now 1 year and I approached them for a Group Buy, almost half a year back. Initially, they refused me as they were still optimizing the production of the pens and managing few issues related to supply and logistics. Now that is sorted and they offered me to do a group buy and the official launch of 2 new models. Also, they are celebrating the 1-year anniversary.

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Lotus Lekhak and Lotus Vikrant

Today I have been given this opportunity to launch the two new models via this forum and also do a group buy for the same. The group-buy prices are almost 25% less than selling price.

Two Models are :

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Both the pen comes with dual tone JoWo #6 size steel nibs in EF, F, M, B and 1.1 Stub nibs. and have gold finish trims.

The pen size compared with Lamy Safari is below:

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MATERIAL & COLORS:

Both Ebonite and Acrylics are available for this group-buy. Ebonite is imported from Nikko Ebonite, Japan and Acrylics are imported from the UK. While ebonite is sturdier and warmer than the Acrylics. The acrylics are better looking.

  • Ebonite:
    1. Burnt Orange Black Ripple
    2. Crimson Red Black Ripple
    3. Solid Teal Blue
    4. Solid Crimson Red
    5. Solid Burnt Orange
    6. Solid Black

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  • Acrylics:
    1. Orange Crush
    2. Lemon yellow Monoswirl
    3. Crushed Honey (Tortoise Shell)
    4. Red Monoswirl
    5. Blue Monoswirl
    6. Turquoise Brown Lava Lamp (Aluminite)

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PRICE:

The cost of the pen is 25% off. And payment is accepted only via Paypal. Paypal id is arunsinghi1952@gmail.com.

The price including shipping is as follows :

  • Acrylic: US $105 / Rs. 5300
  • Ebonite & Tortoise Shell Acrylic: US $113 / Rs. 5500
  • Lava Alumilite: US $121 / Rs. 6000

SHIPPING:

Shipping period will be 4 to 5 weeks after payment via Registered Shipping.

For Shipping within India shipping method will be EMS or Local courier

In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) and Reply to the thread/post with “Form Submitted” or just repost the choices in thread
LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/yBogjLoHScgycy952

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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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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 15 May 2018

Following in on my last blog post, here is my next Tuesday Thought post and I hope to continue this now with even more content in near future.

This week’s thought inspiration comes from Sir Winston Churchill. And the reason for this quote was to inspire myself and someone close to me who is just feeling a little low these days. I hope this inspires him/her and many other.

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The pen in use this week is Lamy Nexx which is fitted with Medium Nib and is inked with KWZ Monarch ink which is exclusive to Fontoplumo.

The paper in use was notebook from Anokhi which I have reviewed here LINK

Below are the few more pictures of the pen and I will review this pen in detail a little later. For now, enjoy the post and few more pics below

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Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 08 May 2018

Its been long time, that I have made a blog entry. I have been really busy at my work front. So things have taken a backseat. Also, you can say I have lately been lazy too. But I hope this blog entry changes that.

 

Today’s post is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, whose photo is on every Indian Currency Note/tender.

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Pilot Prera – CM Nib

 

For today’s post, I am using Pilot Prera Demonstrator with Orange Accents. It comes fitted with CM Nib and the ink that I am using is Sailor RikyuCha.

 

Below are the few more images of the pen:

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Pilot Prera – Uncapped

 

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Pilot Prera – Closeup

 

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Hope you’ll like the post.

 

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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New Arrival – Lotus Shikhar

Indian Fountain Pen market has lately seen a lot of new entrants and among them, Lotus is one of them. They initially made a lot of prototypes before actually taking a plunge in the market.

 

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Lotus Shikhar

 

 

Lotus Pens is based out of Mumbai and they make custom pens and handpainted pens also. They caught my eye with the simple looking elegant pen, Shikhar (seems to be inspired by Sailor KOP). And I approached them for buying one of the Shikhar’s as it comes in various ebonite options. Ebonite they use is Japanese Nikko ebonite.

So today I am showing the glimpse of the new pen that arrived a few days back.

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comes in a faux Leather cover box which is protected by the cardboard sleeve

 

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the pen comes with a velvet sleeve

 

Shout out to Tarun Durga for letting me write with his Lotus Shikhar which actually spurred me to get this beauty.

 

Below are the few more images of the pen and my pen comes with black JoWo Broad nib to match with the black coloured clip.

 

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Shikhar in navy blue coloured Nikko ebonite

 

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The review will be coming soon after I have had enough to say and write about this pen.

 

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

 

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Mega Group Buy 2 – Ranga Pens – Feb 2018

Hello All

Welcome to Mega Group-Buy 2 of Ranga Pens. This is an effort for Ranga Handmade Pens with Bock Nibs.

Group Buy is valid until 28th Feb only.

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MODELS:

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

  1. Model 3 ( Previous Group-Buy Link: http://www.fountainp…-2016/?hl=ranga)
  2. Model 4 ( Previous Group-Buy Link: http://www.fountainp…-2017/?hl=ranga)
  3. Model 5 ( Previous Group-Buy Link: http://www.fountainp…-2017/?hl=ranga)
  4. Model 3C ( Previous Group-Buy Link:http://www.fountainp…-2016/?hl=ranga)
  5. Model 4C ( Previous Group-Buy Link: http://www.fountainp…-2017/?hl=ranga

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NIBS:

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:

Only Ebonite will be available for 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 (Available for Model 3, 4, 3C, 4C Alone)
  • Special Ebonite: SE Series (Has Black Specks) (Polished or Matte Finish)
    1. Solid Forest Green (Available for Model 3, 4, 3C, 4C Alone)
    2. Forest Green – Black Ripple
    3. Forest Green – Honey Ripple (Available for Model 3, 4, 3C, 4C Alone)
    4. Forest Green – Khaki Ripple
    5. Forest Green – Mustard Yellow Ripple
    6. Forest Green – Teal Blue Ripple
    7. Teal Blue – Black Ripple (Available for Model 5 Alone)
    8. Teal Blue – Khaki Ripple
    9. Mustard Yellow – Black Ripple
    10. Khaki – Black Ripple (Available for Model 3, 4, 3C, 4C Alone)
    11. Solid Cherry Red (Not Available)
    12. Rose Red – Black Ripple
    13. Rose Red – Mauve Ripple (Available for Model 3, 4, 3C, 4C Alone)
    14. Rose Red – Blue Ripple (Not Available)
    15. Rose Red – Forest Green Ripple
    16. Rose Red – Bottle Green Ripple (Available for Model 5 Alone)
    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 (Available for Model 5 Alone)
    22. Solid Crimson Red (Available for Model 5 Alone)
    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 (Available for Model 5 Alone)
    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

PRICE:

The cost of the pen is at par with the earlier Group-Buys. And payment is accepted only via Paypal. Paypal id is mpkandan@gmail.com

The price is as follows:

  1. Model 3
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $55
    • Premium Ebonite: US $70
    • Acrylic Demonstrator: US $62
  2. Model 4
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $60
    • Premium Ebonite: US $75
    • Acrylic Demonstrator: US $67
  3. Model 5
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $65
    • Premium Ebonite: US $85
    • Acrylic Demonstrator: :US $70
  4. Model 3C
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $55
    • Premium Ebonite: US $70
    • Acrylic Demonstrator : US $62
  5. Model 4C
    • Regular / Special Ebonite: US $60
    • Premium Ebonite: US $75
    • Acrylic Demonstrator : US $67

SHIPPING:

Shipping period will be 4 to 5 weeks after payment via Registered Shipping.

For Shipping to India kindly PM me

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

LINK: Mega Group Buy Order Link

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 12 December 2017

For today’s post, I am using a pen from my favorite manufacturer, Pelikan.

 

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Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise

Pen in use is Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise with IB (Italic Broad) Nib and is inked with Pelikan Ink of the year 2017 Smoky Quartz.

 

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Todays thought is inspired by the worlds’ richest man, Bill Gates.

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Hope you’ll like today’s’ post.

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 28 November 2017

The thought of the day is inspired by one of the legends in low cost, affordable architecture in India. Apart from low-cost architecture, he was the pioneer exposed brick facade, brick jaalis, and maximization of light and ventilation. He was British born Indian Architect, Laurie Baker.

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The pen in use today is a special pen with the special nib. It is Kanwrite Desire with Architect Nib. The ink used is Lamy Turquoise.

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The nib on this is fabulous. Got hold of this from Mr. Awasthi of Kanwrite at this years’ Pelikan Hub.

 

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Back from HIATUS

Hellooooow

And I am Back….. from a much-needed break or you can say Hiatus from this fountain pen hobby.

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I have been running this blog for past now close to now 3 years and with total post numbering to 132. There has been a lot of love and appreciation given to me and it really has aspired me to become better and more responsible person. Thank you to all of the followers and supporters and especially the admin members of Fountain Pen Network.

Now, I have been away from this hobby for almost good 5 months and part of that is due to some personal reasons.

First, I have joined a new organization which apart from just Architectural Designing and Coordination takes up more of my time in imparting training and developing new courseware and doing a lot of research work. With the new job, I have climbed up a career ladder and thus more responsibilities (thanks to Almighty God).

Secondly, my new job involves a lot of traveling to a different Country where I can’t carry most of my pens and inks and also that Country has a restricted internet policy. I couldn’t access Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram….. the apps or websites I use most often.

And lastly, there was a demise of someone close to us in the Family. It was tough.

But now I am back with more determination and vigor and will take this moment to apologize to all of you who have been following my blog and who have asked me something and I have not been able to answer them in time. Also, I would like to apologize to pen fraternity in India who have sent me some ink samples and pen for review which I have not been able to do so. Thank you for showing your trust in me and my target is to catalog those pens and inks in forthcoming months.

So, yeah I have a lot of news for you. I have recently purchased a lot of stuff from my travels abroad and will share those here also. There will be few upcoming Giveaways that I will organize on my Blog and also on FPN.

Do follow my Instagram page small updates are also available there.

Thank you again for all of the love and appreciation. I can’t wait myself for the upcoming posts.

Do let me know if you have certain suggestions and recommendations that you want to see on this blog.

 

Regards

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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TUESDAY THOUGHTS – 04 July 2017

The thought of this Tuesday is by Turcois Ominek. She is an Amercian author and she can be followed on Twitter here: link.

The thought comes from one of her book, Masquerade: A collection of thoughts affected by love. 

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The pen in use today is Ranga Model 4C which I have reviewed in the past here.

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But this time I am using the Solid Green premium ebonite version without the clip and the pen comes with the Bock Medium #6 nib. It is currently inked with the KWZ Hunter Green.

Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Mega Group Buy – Ranga Pens – June 2017

Hi Fellow FP Addicts

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

 

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MODELS:

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

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

 

NIBS:

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

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

 

MATERIAL & COLORS:

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

The price is as follows:

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

 


SHIPPING:

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

 

 

 

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

 

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