Every fountain pen user/collector wants a Nakaya (ok maybe not everyone but most of us) but the cost of buying one is prohibitive. While I was browsing the net I came across Ranga pens, a small company located in India which makes acrylic and of course ebonite pens in really affordable prices. So as soon as I heard that they are willing to make custom pens I sent them an email. I described to Kandan (mpkandan) how exactly I wanted the pen, I payed and waited for the craftsman to make my pen.
After a week I got an email saying that the pen was finished and on it's way to me. It arrived in a nice wooden box which can be used as a pen case. The pen's fit and finish is superb reflecting the experience Kandan's father had obtained through years of pen making. The pen is of course an eyedropper and hold a huge amount of ink. I originaly ordered a medium nib and was surprised to see that they had also included a fine nib and a spare ebonite feed as well. A month ago I realised that I could fit a Jinhao nib which I had ground into a medium stub and so I did. Also I would like to say that the pen has never "burped" ink, even when the level gets low.
All in all I am really satisfied with my pen which looks like a Nakaya but of course you can't compare Nakaya's shinny urushi and gorgeous gold nib with matt ebonite and steel nib. Customer service was superb and the price really good. Again, I want to state that this is not a copied Nakaya, it is a custom Ranga pen.
Here are some photos
Edited by jotterius, 21 January 2012 - 19:24.