Jump to content

The Fountain Pen Network uses (functional) cookies. Read the FPN Privacy Policy for more info.  To remove this message, please click here to accept the use of cookies


Registration on the Fountain Pen Network

Dearest Visitor of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,

Due to the enormous influx of spammers, it is no longer possible to handle valditions in the traditional way. For registrations we therefore kindly and respectfully request you to send an email with your request to our especially created email address. This email address is register at fountainpennetwork dot com. Please include your desired user name, and after validation we will send you a return email containing the validation key, normally wiithin a week.

Thank you very much in advance!
The FPN Admin Team






Photo

Ranga Model 8 In Blue, Orange, And Green Ebonite

ranga ebonite india bowling pen review bobje

  • Please log in to reply
37 replies to this topic

#21 gudasrinivas

gudasrinivas

    Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 79 posts
  • Location:Bangalore
  • Flag:

Posted 14 July 2016 - 07:53

A Beautiful pen and a very eloquent review. Thanks very much for sharing Bobje.

 

Regards

Srinivas


Regards

Srinivas


Sponsored Content

#22 Bobje

Bobje

    We're all bozos on this bus.

  • FPN Super Moderators

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,950 posts
  • Location:North Carolina
  • Flag:

Posted 15 July 2016 - 11:47

Srinivas, Vaibhav, Mr Kandan, Steve, thank you so much for your kind reaction. You all make such valuable contributions to this community, and I enjoy reading your posts.

Reviews and articles on Fountain Pen Network

 

CHINA, JAPAN, AND INDIA

Hua Hong Blue Belter Penbbs 456 | Stationery | ASA Nauka in Dartmoor and Ebonite | ASA Azaadi | ASA Bheeshma | ASA Halwa | Ranga Model 8 and 8b | Ranga Emperor

ITALY AND THE UK

FILCAO Roxi | FILCAO Atlantica | Italix Churchman's Prescriptor

USA, INK, AND EXPERIMENTS

Bexley Prometheus | Route 54 Motor Oil | Black Swan in Icelandic Minty Bathwater | Robert Oster Aqua | Diamine Emerald Green | Mr. Pen Radiant Blue | Three Oysters Giwa | Flex Nib Modifications | Rollstoppers


#23 BMG

BMG

    Medium Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 714 posts
  • Location:West of the east, sun of the moon

Posted 15 July 2016 - 15:40

That is a lovely pen, and your choice of the ring an interesting and elegant one. :)


Écrire c’est tenter de savoir ce qu’on écrirait si on écrivait. – M. Duras

#24 Jamerelbe

Jamerelbe

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,763 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 16 July 2016 - 00:53

I'd be interested to know if the Ranga Bamboo pen that's on offer as a group buy uses the same ebonite stock: the red, orange and blue pen in the photo looks a lot more muted, whereas this just looks spectacular!

#25 Bobje

Bobje

    We're all bozos on this bus.

  • FPN Super Moderators

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,950 posts
  • Location:North Carolina
  • Flag:

Posted 16 July 2016 - 14:22

Jamerelbe, I enjoy reading your posts and experiences with pens from India. This particular blue, orange, and green ebonite varies considerably across rods, particularly in pattern. You can see the differences between mine and RobertJWarren's, for example, in this thread. My photographs were shot in daylight, where the colors are particularly vibrant. In most indoor lighting, these colors are more muted.


Reviews and articles on Fountain Pen Network

 

CHINA, JAPAN, AND INDIA

Hua Hong Blue Belter Penbbs 456 | Stationery | ASA Nauka in Dartmoor and Ebonite | ASA Azaadi | ASA Bheeshma | ASA Halwa | Ranga Model 8 and 8b | Ranga Emperor

ITALY AND THE UK

FILCAO Roxi | FILCAO Atlantica | Italix Churchman's Prescriptor

USA, INK, AND EXPERIMENTS

Bexley Prometheus | Route 54 Motor Oil | Black Swan in Icelandic Minty Bathwater | Robert Oster Aqua | Diamine Emerald Green | Mr. Pen Radiant Blue | Three Oysters Giwa | Flex Nib Modifications | Rollstoppers


#26 Jamerelbe

Jamerelbe

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,763 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 16 July 2016 - 14:51

Jamerelbe, I enjoy reading your posts and experiences with pens from India. This particular blue, orange, and green ebonite varies considerably across rods, particularly in pattern. You can see the differences between mine and RobertJWarren's, for example, in this thread. My photographs were shot in daylight, where the colors are particularly vibrant. In most indoor lighting, these colors are more muted.

 

Thanks @Bobje, likewise - reading your review of the Ranga model 8, I'm a bit sorry I didn't jump on board the group buy.  I'm very tempted by the Bamboo group buy (though I'm not sure I can stretch to the price right now!), am really impressed with the look of this particular ebonite variety.  Maybe I'll wait for a smaller pen?  I have a bit of time to make up my mind, either way - but very much appreciate you answering my question.  

 

Something else I'm interested to get your thoughts on: I just received a demonstrator ASA Nauka - decided to go for an eyedropper pen, and swap the nib out if necessary.  It took me quite a bit of 'fiddling' to get it to write, but it's up and going now.  If you had your time over, would you go eyedropper again... or would you consider purchasing a JoWo or Schmidt nib unit that could also take a cartridge?  Cheers!



#27 Maurizio

Maurizio

    Scribbler

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,260 posts
  • Location:NJ
  • Flag:

Posted 16 July 2016 - 15:54

Bobje - nice review. Your handwriting is enviable and very handsome. Have you used the Fred Eager book or some other resource, or, were you lucky enough to get some good intruction as a schoolboy, or maybe a combo of both?

I want to buy a Ranga pen either a # 4 or #5 and have looked at them on their Amazon portal but can't figure out how to specify I want a medium nib, the color, or a clip. Mr. Kandan or Ranga Pens if you're reviewing this please PM me.

The prizes of life are never to be had without trouble - Horace

Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much - Pascal

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream - C.S. Lewis

 Favorite shop:https://www.fountainpenhospital.com


#28 Bobje

Bobje

    We're all bozos on this bus.

  • FPN Super Moderators

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,950 posts
  • Location:North Carolina
  • Flag:

Posted 16 July 2016 - 23:53

Jamerelbe, between the 2, the eyedropper is more fun.
Maurizio, good call! Fred Eager's book.

Reviews and articles on Fountain Pen Network

 

CHINA, JAPAN, AND INDIA

Hua Hong Blue Belter Penbbs 456 | Stationery | ASA Nauka in Dartmoor and Ebonite | ASA Azaadi | ASA Bheeshma | ASA Halwa | Ranga Model 8 and 8b | Ranga Emperor

ITALY AND THE UK

FILCAO Roxi | FILCAO Atlantica | Italix Churchman's Prescriptor

USA, INK, AND EXPERIMENTS

Bexley Prometheus | Route 54 Motor Oil | Black Swan in Icelandic Minty Bathwater | Robert Oster Aqua | Diamine Emerald Green | Mr. Pen Radiant Blue | Three Oysters Giwa | Flex Nib Modifications | Rollstoppers


#29 Maurizio

Maurizio

    Scribbler

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,260 posts
  • Location:NJ
  • Flag:

Posted 17 July 2016 - 00:41

Your excellent writing has inspired me to pull that book down from my shelf and try to reapply myself to its lessons. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your review and handwriting.

The prizes of life are never to be had without trouble - Horace

Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much - Pascal

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream - C.S. Lewis

 Favorite shop:https://www.fountainpenhospital.com


#30 dms525

dms525

    Antique

  • FPN Supporter - Platinum

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,354 posts
  • Location:San Joaquin Valley of California
  • Flag:

Posted 17 July 2016 - 05:38

I'm late to the party but do want to add my admiration for the pen, the review and the the handwriting. I do enjoy the personal touches more that an (generally futile) attempt at complete objectivity.

 

One question, Bobje: This very attractive ebonite appears to have a matte finish. Does it have a matte finish in fact, or is the appearance an artifact?

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

David



#31 ian1964

ian1964

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 705 posts
  • Location:Brisbane
  • Flag:

Posted 17 July 2016 - 07:34

I just love your review, thank you. Me, my two are waiting for me to arrive home next month, having been delivered some time ago. Now I am really excited...thanks again!



#32 Bobje

Bobje

    We're all bozos on this bus.

  • FPN Super Moderators

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,950 posts
  • Location:North Carolina
  • Flag:

Posted 17 July 2016 - 22:02

David, Ian, thank you. The finish is not really matte, but I wouldn't call it the glossiest finish either.


Reviews and articles on Fountain Pen Network

 

CHINA, JAPAN, AND INDIA

Hua Hong Blue Belter Penbbs 456 | Stationery | ASA Nauka in Dartmoor and Ebonite | ASA Azaadi | ASA Bheeshma | ASA Halwa | Ranga Model 8 and 8b | Ranga Emperor

ITALY AND THE UK

FILCAO Roxi | FILCAO Atlantica | Italix Churchman's Prescriptor

USA, INK, AND EXPERIMENTS

Bexley Prometheus | Route 54 Motor Oil | Black Swan in Icelandic Minty Bathwater | Robert Oster Aqua | Diamine Emerald Green | Mr. Pen Radiant Blue | Three Oysters Giwa | Flex Nib Modifications | Rollstoppers


#33 mehandiratta

mehandiratta

    Museum Piece

  • FPN Super Moderators

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,695 posts
  • Location:Gurgaon, Delhi NCR
  • Flag:

Posted 18 July 2016 - 02:33

David, Ian, thank you. The finish is not really matte, but I wouldn't call it the glossiest finish either.


It is polished to a state to which it remains after a long use ...
Highly glossiest finish looses shine after usage and comes to the state in what actually the pen is currently...


vaibhav mehandiratta                               

architect & fountain pen connoisseur 

 

blog | instagram | twitter

 

 


#34 Bobje

Bobje

    We're all bozos on this bus.

  • FPN Super Moderators

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,950 posts
  • Location:North Carolina
  • Flag:

Posted 18 July 2016 - 22:58

Vaibhav, that's a fascinating design point -- sustainable gloss finish over time. 


Reviews and articles on Fountain Pen Network

 

CHINA, JAPAN, AND INDIA

Hua Hong Blue Belter Penbbs 456 | Stationery | ASA Nauka in Dartmoor and Ebonite | ASA Azaadi | ASA Bheeshma | ASA Halwa | Ranga Model 8 and 8b | Ranga Emperor

ITALY AND THE UK

FILCAO Roxi | FILCAO Atlantica | Italix Churchman's Prescriptor

USA, INK, AND EXPERIMENTS

Bexley Prometheus | Route 54 Motor Oil | Black Swan in Icelandic Minty Bathwater | Robert Oster Aqua | Diamine Emerald Green | Mr. Pen Radiant Blue | Three Oysters Giwa | Flex Nib Modifications | Rollstoppers


#35 mehandiratta

mehandiratta

    Museum Piece

  • FPN Super Moderators

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,695 posts
  • Location:Gurgaon, Delhi NCR
  • Flag:

Posted 19 July 2016 - 09:24

Vaibhav, that's a fascinating design point -- sustainable gloss finish over time. 

 

Totally....


vaibhav mehandiratta                               

architect & fountain pen connoisseur 

 

blog | instagram | twitter

 

 


#36 majorworks

majorworks

    Paperback Writer

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 866 posts
  • Location:Ramsey, NJ
  • Flag:

Posted 19 July 2016 - 17:34

I'm also late to the party, but as a fan of Indian ebonite pens, I thoroughly enjoyed the review! The pen looks to be a classic, and I like the swirly multicolored vibe. The size of the pen is appealing; most of my ebonite EDs are on the larger size and trying some with less girth is on the wish list here. The dolphin ring I'm not sure about, but without a clip I suppose a roll stopper of some kind is a good idea.

 

You've got a very nice hand as well. Thanks again!


Happiness is an Indian ED!

#37 escribo

escribo

    Collectors Item

  • FPN Supporter - Platinum

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,022 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 20 March 2017 - 13:36

Waaay late to the party..

 

I've been looking at Ranga HR pens this morning, and when I arrived here to do a search on Ranga, your review popped out as the first review the search results. And I couldn't be happier that it did, as your words really spoke to me. The bowling, Big Lebowski, and John Goodman references sprinkled throughout had me chuckling and nodding my head, "Yep I can fully relate."

 

By the way, I myself intensely dislike what I call clown car wheels with the rubber bands stretched onto them. I'm old school; I want serious meats on 15 inch rims, 16 at most.

 

Your handwriting is something to aspire to as well.

 

Excellent job, sir!


I may not have been much help, but I DID bump your thread up to the top.


#38 Olga-F

Olga-F

    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 32 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 09 October 2017 - 16:24

Bobje, Your pen and handwriting is very beautiful. Thank You for sharing.

Let me also show You my Ranga model 8 pens which I ordered in the last group buy. These are my first ebonite pens and I like the ebonite very much. It feels warm in hand, and seems to be anti-scratchy.

 

These photos are made in day light. The colours of all pens in reality is more pale. 

 

The colours are: Bamboo - pale green; Model 8 - one is orange + black section and the other is Rose Red – Mauve Ripple (colour N 13 from the top post). I would say that the rose red-mauve pen is in fact a beautiful combination of red and dark blue.

 

The pens write excellent, it is a pleasure to use them.

Attached Images

  • DSCF3234(1).JPG
  • DSCF3235(1).JPG
  • DSCF3238(1).JPG






Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: ranga, ebonite, india, bowling, pen review, bobje



Sponsored Content




|