I first became aware of the Ranga fountain pens from the Pen Habit YouTube channel. I have just started to know more about them through youtube after a friend triggered my interest in them a few months back. I decided to buy from Ranga Sir as apparently they made pens that are well appreciated in the fountain pen community. Luckily for me I found a group buy for their model 3 and 4. I decided to go for the same model that Mat had reviewed but with an extra-fine nib. It cost me Rs. 2300.
The pen arrived in about one month as estimated by Ranga Sir. I open the package in our lab where a few friends were present. Some people liked its look, some did not which obviously depends upon ones notion about how an expensive pen should look like (Some people may not find it expensive but we and my friends use a Rs. 10 pen for daily work.). The ebonite had a typical smell. I knew this smell from my childhood but I do not remember what was it of. It wasn't of a pen I am sure. The smell was gone after a few days.
Appearance and feel
The pen is more or less cylindrical with slight taper at the end of the barrel. The cap is not tapered. It has curved clip which works well but I do not much like its design. The ends are flat. The body overall is nicely polished. There are some machining marks but those don't matter much.
The screw-in cap fits very securely. The section is pleasantly long and the threads are smooth. The barrel also fit nicely on the section with lot of turns. The pen had come with Schmidt K5 converter. I learned that they are standard international size convertors which can be easily bought if one gets damaged. I had used eye-droppers and the plastic sac filler in Hero pens most of my school life. I did not like it when the ink leaked through the eyedroppers. Converters offer a far better filling mechanism.
Hold on the section feels much grippy and comfortable unlike plastic section of other pens. The pen is very light, at least much lighter than the Sheaffer 300 which I have. The pen becomes too long after posting so I do not post it while writing.
Photo: Appearance of Ranga #3
Photo: Appearance of Ranga #3
Photo: Size comparison - Sheaffer 300 with Ranga #3
I had ordered the pen with Bock dual tone extra fine nib. I use the pen to write work related things I learn when at home. It is not possible for me to take it in lab because generally I work at different places and write few words now and then. A large pen with screw in cap is not very practical (I have tried it using there.).
At home, it works like magic though. The nib writes effortlessly with slight feedback which I like. I have tried using medium nib with Sheaffer 300 but I like the extra fine nib more.
While on vacation I had left the pen for two weeks without using. The pen wrote without any hard-start after that.
This pen is a very good writer. I use it daily for writing down things I learn. After using ebonite, it has become my favourite pen material. I had bought a Platinum 3776 around the same time I received Ranga #3 and it lies unused. I am thinking of buying a couple of Ranga pens shortly and have received the quote for them. Fountain pens, I have learned would last a long time and I intend to use these few pens I buy for a long time to come.
Photo: Writing sample of Ranga #3 (extra-fine #6 bock nib) with Waterman Absolute Brown
Edited by tsdesai, 06 May 2018 - 16:28.