I saw Mehandiratta's post on the pen (https://mehandiratta...g/lotus-shikar/). Seemed really nice in the pics so went ahead and got one for myself. The pen is available in glossy blue, red and cumberland pattern, and matt black. I got the last one. Lotus says that ebonites come from Nikko.
I have to say, this pen is a serious contender in the market. It completely changed my ideas about Indian pens. I have a Ranga and it's nice but far from perfect. There are noticeable flaws: the shape is a bit irregular, the end part of cap is a bit off-centre, the colour and pattern of ebonite is also irregular (cap is greener than the barrel). Compared to this, Shikar is a much more refined product. I mean..you guys have to check this out...the quality is top-notch, especially the matt finish. I also like how the cap posts deeply and it feels nice when you post it.
The only thing is that this pen is huge. As you can see in the pics, Pilot 742 looks tiny next to it. I actually love the girthy grip, but for those of you who prefer smaller, slimmer pens this might not be for you.
Ah, and another thing. The nib unit (Jowo) doesn't screw in fully on mine like in Mehandiratta's pics. On their website as well, it looks like on some pens it doesn't screw in all the way. No functional issues but still I would have preferred that clean look.
Apart from that it's flawless.