This is a fast review of a Ranga pen that was proposed to me by Mr Kandan of Ranga and that in the intentions of Ranga will become an available model in their line up.
You will excuse me if I will not go through a very thorough review, but the purpose of this brief presentation is let you know that this new model will become available soon, and give you some of my impressions.
Please also excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken in artificial light and with a hand held camera (so focus and depth of field will not alway be great)...
Here is the Ranga 8B
What's different from the Ranga 8?
Well, I will tell you in a minute.
Just a few words on how I got this pen.
In one of the last group buys Ranga offered the model 8, and I ordered two of those.
I am a fan of Ranga and ebonite pens in general.
I like the lightweight material, the warmth of it in the hand, and the fact that it is somewhat "natural" and not plastic.
I like Ranga pens because I greatly appreciate the uniqueness of these hand made pens. They sometimes have small imperfections but that is, like often in nature, what makes them unique. And in general they are greatly satisfying pens, that do not cost a fortune and work extremely well.
So I have now about 10 ranga models.
In the latter group buy I went for two premium ebonite model 8s.
One of the two, when I received it, had a problem, the section got stuck inside the cap and would not come out.
By trying to pull it out I managed to break the section...
I was quite mad at myself, but Mr Kandan offered to fix it!
So off it went to India.
The pen was repaired well enough but then on it's way to me it got lost in the mail... (!)
The Ranga pens always take a long time to reach me so I waited many months thinking it would show up.
About four months after shipment I gave up waiting, I explained my worries to Mr. Kandan and asked him to make another pen, because I really did not want to give the pen up...
Mr. Kandan was very understanding, he proposed to send me a new pen he made, without nib or converter (but threaded for Jowo, of which I have spares) at a very advantageous price (to partially compensate my loss, thank you Mr. Kandan!!)
I had to choose a different premium ebonite colour because the yellow-green I had originally chosen had run out. Oh, well I was tempted to try one of the solid colours in any case, so I went for a solid blue.
The pen is clipless, despite the clip being useful, the model 8 looks really fantastic without the clip!
When I got the pen I was really positively surpriced! What I had in my hand was a model 8 alright but...larger!
Now, that's an idea!
I just love the shape of the model 8, the concave (hourglass) section, the smooth threads, the seamless transition section to barrel, the tapering shape of the barrel. The only thing was the model 8 is a little too small (width). The Ranga model 3 is my right size.
So now the model 8B is a model 8 large! (B=big, I suppose)
Check it here in comparison with the standard 8
What I do really like is that it is bigger, but not hugely bigger, so it is still extremely comfortable.
The slightly larger section is just perfect. The section is quite long, like in the original model 8 and that makes it very comfortable to hold. The threads are very smooth and even if I do touch them with my thumb I cannot feel them at all. The barrel rests in my hand with great comfort, the lenght of the pen is quite fine and there is absolutely non need to post (great, since I never do, with any pen).
See here the difference in the internal diameter of the cap.
Quality of manufacture is like other Rangas, very good, if not better in this case. The threads are very accurate and there is not the slightest impediment in opening the cap.
This pen deserves a special nib in my opinion, so on arrival I put on my Jowo Fine Flex, which had also just arrived in time for Christmas!
I still need to try the nib, so I will not go into details here but the shiny gold and the deep blue really do go well together!
The Jowo is a 14k nib with longer tines
I am biased, the model 8 is the best shape in Ranga's offer, and this slightly grown up version is just perfect.
I have seen Ranga making a custom model 8 with rounded ends, which might also be very interesting to try.
We just have to wait for the official product to become available, and as always I am sure Ranga will leave space for some customizations.
Thanks for reading.
Thank you Ranga for making this pen.