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  1. Dear FPN'ers , Ranga Pens wishes you all Happy Valentine's Day Regards, Kandan.M.P Ranga Pen Company
  2. Dear FPN'ers, Greetings !!! This is Kandan.M.P from Ranga Pen Company, India. Hope and wish you are staying safe . Thanks for your support so far This group buy is for RANGA Handmade Pens Model 4C in beautiful Premium Acrylic resins. The pens are completely handcrafted from high quality blanks made in Taiwan. Acrylics are glossy, attractive and Visually stunning This is beautiful Cigar Shaped Pen in seamless finish. It is one of the Popular Ranga Model Pen. It caps in less than 1 turn. Capped Length - Approximately 5.75 Inches Cap Dia - 16mm, Barrel Dia - 16mm, Section Dia - 12.5mm at Thickest part and 11mm at lowest part. In order to purchase Ranga Model 4C Pen , Kindly fill the Google Form (Link Below) RANGA Model 4C - ORDER FORM ---------------------------------- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjBG1FO-PtNsnYyWjmNtMzdTKyvuufuC7Hpxc8m_sWnStlow/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0 Prices are as follows: RANGA Model 4C with Ranga Nib and German Schmidt Converter: 74USD (Its Regular Price is 89USD). Kindly avail this Offer Price for this Excellent Pen You can upgrade it with German Bock/Jowo/Schmidt Screw in Nib and German Schmidt Converter. Up-gradation charges are mentioned in Google order form Colours : Premium Acrylics: ------------------------ 29 – Turquoise Green Parfait 30. Blue Purple Parfait 31. Yellow Blue Parfait 32. Iced Mocha 33. Green Orange Parfait 34. Bengal Tiger 35. Kaleidoscope Weave 36. Classic Tigress 37. Vegas Nights 38. Tortuga 39. Cardinal Tetra Finish :Polished Finish or Matte Finish Clip Option - 1. Gold Clip 2. White Clip 3. Clipless Cap Turn: It takes less than 1 turn to cap and uncap For C/C mechanism (with Schmidt K5 Converter) #6 Nib Options Nib Option: Ranga Extra Fine Nib - Chrome Tone ,Gold Tone,Dual Tone Ranga Fine Nib- Chrome Tone ,Gold Tone,Dual Tone Ranga Medium Nib- Chrome Tone ,Gold Tone,Dual Tone Ranga Broad Nib- Chrome Tone ,Gold Tone,Dual Tone Ranga Double Broad Nib:Chrome Tone ,Gold Tone,Dual Tone Ranga Flex: Chrome Tone ,Gold Tone,Dual Tone Ranga 14K Nib # 6 Size Nibs:- Extra Fine, Fine Point, Medium Point ,Broad Point, Flex Bock Titanium #6 nibs: Fine Point, Broad Point, Double Broad Point Bock 18K Nib # 6 Size Nibs:- Extra Fine, Fine Point, Medium Point ,Broad Point, JoWo Fine Nib - Chrome Tone or Gold Tone JoWo Medium Nib - Chrome Tone or Gold Tone JoWo Broad Nib - Chrome Tone or Gold Tone JoWo 1.1 Calligraphy Nib - Chrome Tone or Gold Tone JoWo 1.5 Calligraphy Nib - Chrome Tone or Gold Tone Schmidt Fine Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome Tone Schmidt Medium Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome Tone Schmidt Broad Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome Tone No Nib - Threaded for Bock #6 No Nib - Threaded for JoWo #6 No Nib - Threaded for Schmidt #6 Price : Base price for Ranga Model 4C with Ranga Screw in nib and German Schmidt Converter is 74USD (Premium Acrylic) Customer's can upgrade it to their favourite nibs with extra charge Making Time : 2-3 weeks from payment date Shipping: Via Courier . It takes 4 to 9 days.Via Courier- Kindly note that courier rates are very high now. We are happy to share that we are collecting only 50% of the courier charges and rest is incurred by us . Customer's need to pay 15USD for USA/Canada, 10USD for Central Europe /Singapore/ Malaysia and country specific rates for other countries. Making Time: 2-3 Weeks after payment Payment Details: Paypal id: mpkandan@gmail.com If you buy More than 2 Pens and if you don't want to fill the form, You can directly send the specs to our mail id mpkandan@yahoo.co.in Regards, Kandan.M.P Ranga Pen Company
  3. Hi guys! I'd like to share with you a quick video review of the diplomat aero (Steel nib) I made recently! I think this is an amazing pen and just wanted to share my thoughts and the unboxing experience with you guys if you are interested in getting one of your own! Video review link! I'd have to say that if you're on the fence about getting one, you should just pull the trigger and get one! Let me know if you guys have an questions or comments! Links to where to get one; Diplomat catalog; http://www.diplomat-pen.com/product-category/diplomat/aero/ Get one here!; https://www.overjoyed.xyz/product/diplomat-aero-blackorange-fountain-pen-fine-45591
  4. Dear All, Happy New Year 2020!!! We are happy to welcome 2020 with 30% Offer Sales on the below stock Pens in the pictures. Please mail to mpkandan@yahoo.co.in for purchase Available Nibs : F/M/B/1.1/1.5 Without German Bock/Jowo/Schmidt nib -12USD lessBock #6 Size Titanium Nibs - 59$ MoreBock #6 Size 18K Nibs -185$ MoreBock #8 Size 18K Nibs- 230$ MoreBock #6 Black /Red Nibs -9$ More RANGA Model 8B:(Clipless Model)(Thickness-Cap Dia: 16mm, Barrel Dia : 14mm , Length - App 5.75 inches )Regular / Special Ebonite- With German Bock/Jowo Screw in Nib and German Schmidt Converter: US $52 RANGA Model 5: (Clipless Model)(Thickness- 18.75mm dia / 17mm Dia based on availability (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 7 inches )Regular / Special Ebonite- With German Bock/Jowo/Schmidt Screw in Nib and German Schmidt Converter: US $62 RANGA Bamboo (Regular Size): (Clipless Model)(Thickness- 16mm dia (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 5.75 inches )Regular / Special Ebonite- With German Bock/Jowo/Schmidt Screw in Nib and German Schmidt Converter: US $62 RANGA Giant Bamboo: (Clipless Model)(Thickness- 17mm Dia , Capped Length - App 7 inches )Regular / Special Ebonite- With German Bock/Jowo Screw in Nib and German Schmidt Converter: US $72 RANGA Thin Sugarcane: (Clipless Model) (Cap will unscrew in 1 Turn)(Thickness- 16mm dia at the Node (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 5.75 inches )Regular / Special Ebonite- With German Bock/Jowo Screw in Nib and German Schmidt Converter: US $57 RANGA REgular Sugarcane (Regular Size): (Clipless Model)(Cap will unscrew in 1 Turn)(Thickness- 17.5mm dia at the Node (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 6.5 inches )Regular / Special Ebonite- With German Bock/Jowo Screw in Nib and German Schmidt Converter: US $62 RANGA Giant Sugarcane : (Clipless Model)(Cap will unscrew in 1 Turn)(Thickness- 18.75mm dia at the Node (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 7 inches )Regular / Special Ebonite- With German Bock/Jowo Screw in Nib and German Schmidt Converter: US $72 Note: Offer Price will be applicable till 20th Jan-2020 for the below Pens in its original configuration Ranga Handmade Pens with German Bock Nibs (Pictures in the below order)-----------------------------------------------------------------------Thin SugarcaneModel 8BRegular Sugarcane BambooGiant SugarcaneModel 5 Making Time : Will be shipped Immediately upon paymentShipping: India Post Register Post .Delivery in 2-4 weeks from Shipment datePayment: Paypal id: mpkandan@gmail.com Please see the next set of pens in the next post Regards,Kandan.M.PRanga Pen Company
  5. Dear FPN'ers, Greetings!!!! Over the years We at Ranga Pens have successfully organized many group buys. FPNer's frequently ask us to offer Famous Bock Titanium nibs for their flexible nature . We at Ranga Pens offers these nibs with our popular twelve Ranga models in 50 Ebonite Colours So this is a good time to buy our Various 12 different popular Models with Bock titanium Nibs( @ Discounted Price) in this Group Buy. There are lot of Reviews for these Models in various FPN threads. The Highlights of these Group buy are 1. Various Popular Ranga Pens (12 Models) in Various beautiful 50 ebonite colours than before 2. Famous Bock Titanium Nibs which are Flexible This Group Buy is Valid till 31-May-19 In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScX_gcFot1KRN_WNgyyq0KRB7t-_01frDKubRw0xdJK1qcgug/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1 Available Colours are as follows: A. Special/ Regular Ebonite Colours (SE Series) Solid Forest Green (S1) Forest Green - Black Ripple(S2) Forest Green - Honey Ripple(S3) Forest Green - Khaki Ripple(S4) Forest Green - Mustard Yellow Ripple(S5) Forest Green - Teal Blue Ripple(S6) Teal Blue - Black Ripple(S7) Teal Blue - Khaki Ripple(S8) Mustard Yellow - Black Ripple(S9) Solid Maroon(S11) Rose Red - Black Ripple(S12) Rose Red - Mauve Ripple(S13) Rose Red - Forest Green Ripple(S15) Rose Red - Mustard Yellow Ripple(S17) Brick Red - Khaki Ripple(S18) Brick Red - Black Ripple(S19) Teal Blue - Orange Ripple(S20) Solid Olive Green (S23) Solid Golden Brown(S24) Blue/Green Ripple (S25) Solid Chocolate Brown(S26) Solid Sacramento Green /Teal (S27) Solid Grass Green (S28) Solid Military Green(S29) B. Regular Colours (RE Series) Brown Ripple (R1) Green Ripple(R2) Olive Ripple (R3) Solid Black(R4) Mottled Brown(R5) Mottled Green(R6) Mottled Olive Brown(R7) C. Premium Ebonite Colours (PE Series) Solid Blue(P1) Black Yellow Swirl (P2) Blue Pink Swirl(P3) Solid Pale Green(P4) Blue White Swirl (P5) Green Yellow Swirl (P7) Solid Pink(P8) Blue /Green /Orange Swirl(P9) Green/Pale Pink(P13) Blue/ Pink/Pale Yellow Swirl (P14) Prices are as follows: RANGA Model 3: (Thickness-Cap Dia: 16mm, Barrel Dia : 14mm , Length - App 5.75 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $118 Premium Ebonite- With German Bock/Jowo/Schmidt Screw in Nib and German Schmidt Converter : US $133 RANGA Model 3C: (Thickness-Cap Dia: 16mm, Barrel Dia : 14mm , Length - App 5.75 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $118 Premium Ebonite- US $133 RANGA Model 4: (Thickness-Cap Dia: 16mm, Barrel Dia : 16mm , Length - App 5.75 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $123 Premium Ebonite- US $138 RANGA Model 4C: (Thickness-Cap Dia: 16mm, Barrel Dia : 16mm , Length - App 5.75 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $123 Premium Ebonite- US $138 RANGA Model 5: (Clipless Model) (Thickness- 18.75mm dia / 17mm Dia based on availability (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 7 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $130 Premium Ebonite- US $145 RANGA Model 8: (Thickness-Cap Dia: 14mm, Barrel Dia : 12.5mm , Length - App 5.75 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $118 Premium Ebonite- US $133 RANGA Model 8B: (Thickness-Cap Dia: 16mm, Barrel Dia : 14mm , Length - App 5.75 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $123 Premium Ebonite- US $138 RANGA Model 9B: (Thickness-Cap Dia: 16mm, Barrel Dia : 16mm , Length - App 5.75 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $123 Premium Ebonite- US $138 RANGA Model Giant 9B: (Clipless Model) (Thickness- 18.75mm dia / 17mm Dia based on availability (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 7 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite-US $130 Premium Ebonite- US $145 RANGA Thin Bamboo: (Clipless Model) (Thickness- 14mm dia (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 5.75 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $133 Premium Ebonite- US $148 RANGA Bamboo (Regular Size): (Clipless Model) (Thickness- 16mm dia (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 5.75 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $143 Premium Ebonite-US $158 RANGA Giant Bamboo: (Clipless Model) (Thickness- 18.75mm dia / 17mm Dia based on availability (barrel and Cap), Capped Length - App 7 inches ) Regular / Special Ebonite- US $153 Premium Ebonite- US $168 Finish - Polished or Matte (Bakul) Clip Option - Clipless or Gold Clip or Silver Clip Nib Option: For C/C mechanism (with Schmidt K5 Converter) #6 Nib Options (included in price) Bock Titanium- Fine / Medium / Broad Shipping: Via Registered Post which is included in Price and takes 2 -4 Weeks. Making Time:4 Weeks after payment Payment: Paypal id- mpkandan@gmail.com In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) and Reply in the thread with "Form Submitted or just repost the choices in thread https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScX_gcFot1KRN_WNgyyq0KRB7t-_01frDKubRw0xdJK1qcgug/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1 Thanks for your support Regards, Kandan.M.P Ranga Pen Company
  6. spirit_stampede

    Kaweco Dia 803/07 Mini Review

    Kaweco Dia 803/07 Mini Review [Transcript from handwritten review below] I bought this pen on German ebay about a month ago. I always wanted to have a vintage Kaweco but after getting a piston-filler V11 I wasn’t very impressed (the nib was problematic but even if it has been fine, it wouldn’t have been what I was looking for). I stumbled upon this Dia not knowing much about it, but it wasn’t that big of a risk so I told myself ‘Why not?’ The pen came in its original box with a sale receipt dating back to 1958 (!) The pen turned out to be much smaller than I expected but I have small hands and do like smaller/thinner pens in general. Posted, it is perfectly usable. The 803 is a piston-filler and luckily mine didn’t need repairing: It operates quite smoothly for a pen of this age (that hasn’t been restored from what I gathered on the listing description). This is the first pen I have that has a blind cap, which I think is pretty cool. The barrel and cap are made of a plastic-like material that I guess is celluloid. It feels really nice to the touch and I think is a tad heavier than normal plastic. The cap has quite a lot in common with the modern Dia II. The clip on mine is very, very stiff, almost to the point of being unusable but I think it’s only a problem with my specific pen. The nib is very small compared to modern pens I have but not very out of proportion considering the size of this pen. Mine is a 14K nib that says Warranted above the little Kaweco stamp. As it came to me unrestored, the nib is quite scratchy (I think due to a slight bend and misalignment that I need to inspect as soon as I get a loupe and some proper tools). However, it lays down a very charismatic line known to pens from the 50s and 60s that I’ve seen and admired from reading reviews. Part of that charisma is due to the softness and the oblique cut. My only complaint is the section is too short for comfortable writing. That said, there is no large step down between the barrel and section so I can rest my fingers on the threads just fine. Overall, I am very happy with the Dia 803/07 though the nib definitely needs some work. It is a small but fantastic pen that I feel is somewhat underappreciated and often overlooked when it comes to vintage pens. [This is my first review on the forum. Sorry about the image quality ]
  7. Dear fellow FP users Ranga Handmade Pens wishes you Fantastic New Year 2019 We are introducing Model 9B and Giant Model 9B in beautiful Ebonites. Few more Solid colour Ebonites are available this time. The specialty of this Group Buy is 1. Lot of Ebonite colours (Beautiful 39 colours) and unlimited Nib Choices (Bock/Jowo/Schmidt/Indian nib) . 1.Model 9B torpedo shape pen in classic style. Capped Length:App 150mm .,Cap Dia -16mm, Barrel Dia -16mm. Section is hour glass section. All our pens are completely handmade. 2.Giant Model 9B is bigger version of Model 9B. Capped Length : App 175mm . Cap Dia -17mm or 18.75mm dia based on availability, Barrel dia-17mm or 18.75mm dia based on availability. Section is hour glass section. All our pens are completely handmade. This Group Buy is Valid till 20-Feb-19 In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) and Reply in the thread with "Form Submitted or just repost the choices in thread https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrijq9CJl3qf7ivO6MLBzHZ1U6HQru9YRgs7b2ZlYASy4saQ/viewform Available Colours are as follows: A. SpecialRegular Ebonite Colours (SE Series) Solid Forest Green (S1)Forest Green - Black Ripple(S2)Forest Green - Honey Ripple(S3)Forest Green - Khaki Ripple(S4)Forest Green - Mustard Yellow Ripple(S5)Forest Green - Teal Blue Ripple(S6)Teal Blue - Black Ripple(S7)Teal Blue - Khaki Ripple(S8)Mustard Yellow - Black Ripple(S9)Rose Red - Black Ripple(S12)Rose Red - Mauve Ripple(S13)Rose Red - Forest Green Ripple(S15)Rose Red - Mustard Yellow Ripple(S17)Brick Red - Khaki Ripple(S18)Brick Red - Black Ripple(S19)Teal Blue - Orange Ripple(S20)Solid Crimson Red( S22)Solid Olive Green (S23)Solid Golden Brown (S24)Green/ Blue Ripple (S25)Solid Chocolate Brown (S26)Solid Sacramento Green (S27) B. Regular Colours (RE Series) Brown Ripple (R1)Green Ripple(R2) Olive Ripple (R3)Solid Black(R4)Mottled Brown(R5)Mottled Green(R6)C. Premium Ebonite Colours (PE Series) Solid Blue(P1)Black Yellow Swirl (P2)Blue Pink Swirl(P3)Solid Pale Green(P4)Blue White Swirl (P5)Green Yellow Swirl (P7)Solid Pink(P8)Blue Green Orange Swirl(P9)Green/Pale Pink(P13)Blue/ Pink/Pale Yellow Swirl (P14)Prices are as follows: RANGA Model 9B (ED Version)REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $35 (Regular Price : 45$)PREMIUM EBONITE: US $49 (Regular Price : 60$)RANGA Model 9B (CC Mechanism)REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $66 (Regular Price : 83$)PREMIUM EBONITE: US $79 (Regular Price : 98$)RANGA Giant Model 9B (ED Version)REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $42 (Regular Price : 55$)PREMIUM EBONITE: US $58 (Regular Price : 72$)RANGA Giant Model 9B (CC Mechanism) REGULAR or SPECIAL EBONITE: US $70 (Regular Price :93$) PREMIUM EBONITE: US $88 (Regular Price : 110$) 5.Finish - Polished or Matte (Bakul) 6.Clip Option - 1.Model 9B: Clip-less or Gold Clip or Silver Clip 2. Model Giant 9B : Only Clipless 7. Nib Option: For Eyedropper Kanwrite 35 mm Fine Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual ToneKanwrite 35 mm Medium Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual ToneKanwrite 35 mm Broad Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome Tone or Dual ToneKanwrite Nib 35 mm Flex - Chrome Tone 8. Nib Option: For C/C mechanism (with Schmidt K5 Converter) #6 Nib Options (included in price)Bock Medium Nib- Chrome Tone Bock 18K Broad Nib (185$ Extra)JoWo Extra Fine Nib -Gold Tone or Chrome ToneJoWo Fine Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome Tone JoWo Medium Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome ToneJoWo Broad Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome ToneJoWo 1.1 Calligraphy Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome ToneJoWo 1.5 Calligraphy Nib - Dual ToneSchmidt Broad Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome ToneSchmidt Medium Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome Tone Schmidt Fine Nib - Gold Tone or Chrome ToneNo Nib - Threaded for Bock #6 (less USD -12)No Nib - Threaded for JoWo #6 (less USD -12)No Nib - Threaded for Schmidt #6 (less USD -12)9.Making Time:4-5 Weeks after payment10.Shipping: Via Registered Post which is included in Price and takes 2 -4 Weeks for transit alone.11.Payment: Paypal id- mpkandan@gmail.com In order to participate in the group buy just fill the Google Form (Link Below) and Reply in the thread with "Form Submitted or just repost the choices in thread https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrijq9CJl3qf7ivO6MLBzHZ1U6HQru9YRgs7b2ZlYASy4saQ/viewform Regards, Kandan.M.P Ranga Pen Company Attached Images
  8. EdwardSouthgate

    Ka-Bu-Co- 16B / Osmia 226

    In the mail and thought I'd share some pictures . Ka-Bu- Co according to the seller is the German Office Supply Company Kaut - Bullinger & Co and this pen is made by Osmia . It is the same as an Osmia 226 so is their large pen . The clip is a very nice but uncorrect replacement so I will be on the lookout for a correct one . #6 Broad flexible nib . Here are a few of the sellers pictures . Eddie PS: Forum wont let me post the other two pictures for some reason . I tried resizing by 50 % but it still won't accept them .
  9. Anyone have one of these ?? New one to me . I just bought it from Wasupen on ebay this morning . Any info will be much appreciated . All pictures are from the seller as is the writing sample . Thanks Eddie
  10. EdwardSouthgate

    Osmia 52Sm

    Would like to hear any info I can get on this Osmia I just won on Ebay. Size in paticular is of interest . It has a Supra marked 14K nib so should be plenty flexi .
  11. Dear all, I bought this pen from an ebay retailer in Germany and all they knew about it was that the pen was made in Germany in the 1950s and I was wondering if anyone has seen this pen before or the unique anchor marking on the underside of the clip. It might be one of those many forgotten, mass-produced pens from that time period, but any help is appreciated. It's a piston filler and the nib is a semi-flex that is has "Edelchrom qualitat B" stamped on it. It's actually a pretty well made pen and is very comfortable to write with. There's a nice ink window. The nib was pretty scratchy, but I smoothed it a bit on an emery board. It is NOS, so the nib was a bit out of alignment, but it's a nice writer on cheap paper, which I use a lot since I'm a grad student. The only markings on it are the "Ideal" engraved on the body of the pen and the anchor(?) logo on the underside of the clip which is visible in the last photo. Anyway, let me know if you know who the maker is or any more information! Thanks!
  12. sundragon

    Pen Identification

    Hello All, I was looking on eBay and saw this Pelikanesque pen that is inexpensive and could be a good buy. Does anyone know who makes it? https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-PISTON-FILLER-FOUNTAIN-PEN-ORANGE-BLACK-M-NIB-MADE-IN-GERMANY-/142502157724
  13. Trying to learn the origins of this pen. "Germany" is inscribed on the top edge of the clip where it bends to join the cap. I wondered if it was a Waldmann? Any information gratefully appreciated.
  14. Dear Fellow FP Addicts We welcome you all to the Group-Buy of Ranga Majestic Model. Majestic is a new model of Ranga Pens. To Participate in this Group Buy. Please fill out the form in the below link and Reply to the thread with “Form Submitted” or just repost the choices in thread https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgJyR0Qbttf8qfucTPTFaJydJDVFSaM1yqyFIBPqNYY-br6Q/viewform?c=0&w=1 MODEL: Ranga Majestic is a Handmade Giant Size pen and is available in various beautiful ebonite rod colors. The pen has a band around the cap and has black ebonite finials at the bottom and top. the pen is available in two versions: Round End Flat End It is approx 175 mm in length and the barrel dia of the pen is 17 mm and dia of the cap is 18.75mm. We have very limited number of pens. Pens would be shipped in 1 week from payment. So No waiting time . Enjoy the benefit of Group buy price with no waiting time The pen is available only in Gold colour finish clip along with gold colour trims. It would be EDC and Treasure for Giant Size Pen lovers .Though it is Giant , It is absolutely comfortable pen for long writing sessions. NIBS: Only Bock Nibs along with the Schmidt Converter is available for this Group Buy 1. #6 Steel Nib – Gold Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5 2. #6 Steel Nib – Chrome Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5 3. .#6 Steel Nib – Dual Tone Finish: EF, F, M, B 4. #6 Steel Nib – Black Finish: EF, F, M, B,1.1,1.5 5. #6 Gold 18K Nib – B (@ extra US$ 185) 6. Without Nib But Pen threaded to take Bock Nib (@ less US$ 14) MATERIAL & COLORS:For this Group Buy, Regular series and Special Series Ebonite are available in both Polished and Brushed Finish. Regular Ebonite: RE Series (Polished or Matte Finish) R1- Brown Ripple R2 – Green Ripple R3 – Olive Ripple R4 – Solid Black R5 – Mottled Brown R6 – Mottled Green Special Ebonite: SE Series (Has Black Specks) (Polished or Matte Finish) S1 – Solid Forest Green S2 – Forest Green – Black Ripple S6 – Forest Green – Teal Blue Ripple S12 – Rose Red – Black Ripple S16- Rose Red Bottle Green Ripple S17 – Rose Red – Mustard Yellow Ripple S18 – Brick Red – Khaki Ripple S20 – Teal Blue – Orange Ripple S21- Solid Bluish Green S22-Solid Red S23 – Solid Olive Green S24- Solid Golden Brown S25- Green Blue Ripple PRICE, PAYMENT & DELIVERY: The Price of the pen is US $ 77 including Registered shipping. The pen will be shipped within 1week once the order is confirmed. We have limited nos. of these pen in stock Payment to be done via Paypal only for international customers Paypal ID is: mpkandan@gmail.com We have limited nos. of these pens in stock and the pen will be shipped immediately after payment within 1 week. For shipping within India Kindly PM for the prices and how to make payment. To Participate in this Group Buy. Please fill out the form in the below link and Reply to the thread with “Form Submitted” or just repost the choices in thread https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgJyR0Qbttf8qfucTPTFaJydJDVFSaM1yqyFIBPqNYY-br6Q/viewform?c=0&w=1 Regards, Kandan.M.P Ranga Pen Company
  15. Dear All, Today is Holi fesival in India. It is festival of colours. So Ranga Pens have decided to introduce more vibrant ebonite colours for this Holi festival to FPN Community Please reach us at mpkandan@yahoo.co.in for queries. We have limited quantities. This is not grop buy offer. All old colours that were in demand are available now. We have 14 colours in Premium Ebonite now for our Handmade pens 1. Solid Blue 2. Black / Yellow Swirl 3. Blue/Pink Swirl 4. Solid Pale Green 5. Blue/White Swirl 6. Black/Red Swirl 7. Green/Yellow Swirl 8. Solid Pink 9. Blue/ Green/ Orange Swirl 10 Solid Orange 11 Blue/White/Green/Orange Swirl 12 Black / Orange Swirl 13 Green/Pale Pink Swirl 14 Blue/Pink/Pale yellow The Pens are mutely polished .The mottled pattern are gloriously inconsistent from pen to pen. It varies drastically but beautifully. We also provide many Nib choices and many models for the above ebonites. Nib Choices for C/C: -------------------- German BOCK Screw in Nib -------------------- 1. #6 Steel Nib – Gold Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5 2. #6 Steel Nib – Chrome Monotone Finish: EF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5 3. #6 Steel Nib – Dual Tone Finish: EF, F, M, B 4. #6 Steel Nib – Black: EF, F, M, B ,1.1,1.5 (@ more US$7) 5. #6 Gold 18K Nib – M,B (@ extra US$ 185) 6. Without Nib But Pen threaded to take Bock Nib (@ less US$ 14) German Jowo Screw in Nib ------------------- 1. #6 Steel Nib – Gold Monotone Finish: F, B 2. #6 Steel Nib – Chrome Monotone Finish: F, M, B 3. #6 Steel Nib – Dual Tone Finish: EF, F, M, B,1.1,1.5 4. #6 Steel Nib – Black: EF, F, M, B ,1.1,1.5 5. Without Nib But Pen threaded to take Bock Nib (@ less US$ 14) German Schmidt Screw in Nib ------------------- 1. #6 Steel Nib – Gold Monotone Finish: F,M,B 2. #6 Steel Nib – Chrome Monotone Finish: F, M, B Nib Choices for Eyedropper (#6 Nibs): --------------------------------------- 1. #6 Steel Nib – Gold Monotone Finish: F, M, B 2. #6 Steel Nib – Chrome Monotone Finish: F, M, B 3. #6 Steel Nib – Dual Tone Finish: F, M, B Models for Reference: --------------------------------- Model 3 (Eyedropper : 50USD , C/C: 88 USD) Model 3C(Eyedropper : 50USD , C/C: 88 USD) Model 4 (Eyedropper : 55USD , C/C: 93 USD) Model 4C (Eyedropper : 55USD , C/C: 93 USD) Model 5 (Eyedropper : 70USD , C/C: 108 USD) Model 8 (Eyedropper : 50USD , C/C: 88 USD) Designer (Eyedropper : 70USD , C/C: 108 USD) Bamboo (Eyedropper : 70USD , C/C: 108 USD) Thin Bamboo (Eyedropper : 60USD , C/C: 98 USD) Giant Bamboo (Eyedropper :85 USD , C/C: 125 USD) Zeal (Eyedropper : 55USD , C/C: 93 USD) Model 8B (Eyedropper : 55USD , C/C: 93 USD)- It is bigger version of Model 8 Clip Option: White Clip or Gold Coloured Clip or Clipless. Bamboo , Thin Bamboo , Giant Bamboo, Model 5 are available only in Clipless Finish : Polished Or Matte finish Making Time: 10-12Days Shipment: Worldwide free shipping with India Post Register Post (2-4 weeks delivery) Payment: Payment to paypal id mpkandan@gmail.com Regards, Kandan.M.P Ranga Pen Company
  16. This morning's mail brought the first thing that I have ever bought through Massdrop. The package I got includes three colors: Atlantic (blue), Dublin (green) and Australia (red). So far I've just been trying out the Atlantic in my TWSBI Vac 700. It's a dull color; I can hardly decide if it's gray-blue or more of blue-gray. I knew when I ordered these that they were dull colors, and I'm fine with that. My taste has gravitated toward subdued colors recently. Label reads: Made in Germany by Rohrer & Klingner Leipzig-Co. Shake well before use! To prevent dry residues drain the writing instrument after use and rinse several times with water. Hmm, not sure I've ever got a bottle of fountain pen ink before with such explicit warnings. It does make me wonder why more ink makers haven't gotten into cellulose-reactive dyes, since Noodler's Ink has demonstrated how well they can work. When it comes to waterproof ink, Noodler's is the king and all the rest are the peasants. Anyhow, this Super5 ink is indeed waterproof (as indicated by a quick dunk), and it feels smooth on the page. Maybe I should give credit to the TWSBI or the Rhodia pad, but the ink is behaving Just Fine so far.
  17. Bought this German USUS mechanical 4 colour pencil. Its a twist action pencil and is in pretty good working condition. The balance of the pencil is nice and the build is sturdy. Apart from these very general reflections the internet is not throwing up sufficient information about USUS. Desperately want to know its lead diameter (1.1 mm?) and where can I buy colour leads? Also how to clean broken leads from the holders which are quite narrow. Thanks in advance...
  18. The Lamy Safari is 17 grams and 37 years of design excellence that’s been the beginner’s fountain pen of choice for almost all those years. Its design is one of the most strikingly simple yet modern in the pen world, yet it has proven to be as timeless as any of the classics. The Al-Star is its big brother. Made from aluminum instead of ABS plastic, the Al-Star weighs more and feels more solid in the hand, but is nearly identical to the Safari in every other way. They share the same nib, design, and internal functions. The Al-Star is a way to own the classic yet modern design in a sturdier and slightly heavier body, and it appeals to people who like the feeling of metal in their hand while writing. Each year, a unique color is released as a limited edition for both the Safari and the Al-Star. This year, the Al-Star came in Pacific Blue. The Pacific Blue Al-Star Along with a Regular Blue Safari and a Dark Lilac Safari Appearance and Design The Pacific Blue color of this year’s Al-Star is striking and vibrant, yet light enough to not be overly flashy. The silver coloring of the nib and clip match well with the blue, creating a look of warm ocean waters. One factor of the design to be aware of, if you don’t already know, is that both Lamy Safaris and Al-Stars have a triangle grip, so they can be uncomfortable for some people to hold. For most, though, the grip is perfectly comfortable. As someone who enjoys having slightly unique pens, this limited edition is a truly gorgeous one, and in my opinion Lamy really nailed it with their color choice this year. The Al-Star Alone Construction and Quality This is a solid pen. In preparation for writing this review I used this pen daily for a little over a month, and in the course of use I dropped it countless times on varying surfaces, none of them particularly soft. The pen has yet to get a scratch. (These were all with the cap on however; you may fare far worse if the pen is dropped nib first.) Safaris have a bit of a reputation for being indestructible, and the Al-Star is a Safari but stronger. If you get this pen, you won’t have to worry about breaking it. Additionally, the overall quality of the finish is excellent. Lamy’s quality control is famously excellent (every pen is tested with a bit of blue ink before being shipped) and their care is on display in their pens. The Al-Star Deconstructed Weight and Dimensions If you’ve ever seen a Safari, it’s that but slightly heavier. As someone with large hands, it fits nicely posted in my hand while writing. I asked a friend with much smaller hands to test the pen as well, and she had no issues, although she did prefer the pen unposted. The pen posts easily, and I haven’t had any issues with scratching on the back of the pen from the cap, as I occasionally do on other pens. Nib and Performance So here’s the thing. It’s a steel nail. A very boring steel nail. But is boring so bad? The nib comes smooth straight from the box, and is incredibly reliable and consistent. In short, there’s nothing exciting going on but it’s a real work horse, and it’ll be smooth and ready to go from the get go. The nib sizes on these pens do tend to run broad, so if you aren’t used to Lamy nib sizes (or German sizes in general), I’d get one size smaller than you would usually buy. A Writing Sample with the Al-Star Filling System and Maintenance The Al-Star is a Cartridge/Convertor pen. It fits proprietary Lamy cartridges or a Lamy convertor, which can be purchased for give or take five dollars from wherever you buy the pen. The accompanying ink for this Limited Edition, Lamy Pacific Blue, can be purchased in either cartridge or bottle form, and matches the color of the body of the pen nicely. Cost and Value An Al-Star will set you back just under $40. Is it worth it? That’s up to you. For the same cost, you could have a gold-nibbed Platinum PTL-5000a or most of a TWSBI Diamond 580, both definitively better, or at least more interesting, pens to write with. The Al-Stars price forces it to compete with pens outside the Safaris league when it’s essentially a Safari with fancy skin. For me, the pen was worth it for the color. As a big fan of limited edition Lamy’s, I loved the Pacific Blue. But if you aren’t that into the color, there are other, better options for the price.
  19. There are no reviews of Otto Hutt fountain pens on FPN, and I found only one online (of a Design 06 model). Otto Hutt, we are told on various online pen store web pages, has been "delighting European hands since 1920." Well, they seem to have found a US distributor now, and so they are here, trying to delight American hands in 2017. I'd never heard of this manufacturer, but some searches on FPN did unearth brief, passing mentions of Otto Hutt in the context of Faber-Castell and Graf von Faber-Castell several years ago. Otto Hutt appears to be a small, family-owned company in Pforzheim, Germany, a center of jewelry making, so they could be considered the German S.T. Dupont. Like S.T. Dupont, Otto Hutt pens are all metal. They have 7 models, called Design 01 through Design 07 (no one in the family business went to marketing school, I guess), in increasing order of price. The Design 01 is a slim model, reminding me of the Montblanc slim line, Porsche Design slim line, and the Aurora Hastil. However, unlike those pens, whose selling point is their ultra-modern design, the Design 01 is advertised as having a "purist", "function-over-form", "Bauhaus" design. I think it just means that it has minimalist design which, if executed with high quality of materials, fit, and finish, should be enough of a statement to be successful on its own terms. On the other hand, the Design 04 looks a lot like a Graf von Faber-Castell Classic, except that all GvFC pens except for the Tamitio have gold nibs, whereas both the Design 01 and Design 04 are sold here in the US with steel nibs by default (one online store advertises upgrades to gold nibs). The advertising copy for Otto Hutt pens says that they are entirely manufactured in Germany, so I guess these steel nibs come from one of the usual suspects: JoWo, Schmidt, or Bock. However, these nibs then get the fancy treatment that even Faber-Castell doesn't give to its steel nibs, namely rhodium/palladium/platinum plating, and (in the case of the Design 04) gold plating as well (to get a two-tone appearance). With regard to barrel finishes, Otto Hutt has taken after S.T. Dupont (its jeweler DNA is showing) rather than Faber-Castell, in that the barrels are heavily lacquered with multiple layers of lacquer. My experience (call it prejudice if you wish) is that lacquered-metal-bodied pens look and feel cheap unless both the following hold: (a) barrel has high-quality lacquer, and (b )the fit and finish are absolutely impeccable. If either of the above does not hold, then that pen is competing against, and will lose out to, the Pilot Metropolitan (a $15 pen). Of course, S.T. Dupont more than satisfies both the above requirements, as we well know. Now, Otto Hutt pens have a list price about 40% lower than comparable S.T. Dupont pens (albeit, without the gold nibs that all Duponts except the Defi have, but the Defi isn't priced any lower than any gold-nibbed Dupont anyway). So, do they offer good value? The Design 01 has a nicely lacquered brass barrel. It's easy to see that the lacquer is of high quality. However, I have had slim Waterman pens (the Preface comes to mind) with barrels with similar quality of lacquer. What the Design 01 has to distinguish it is the sterling silver cap (snap-on type) and tassie (or whatever the piece at the end of the barrel is called). Fit and finish is of very high quality, comparable to a Graf von Faber-Castell (or an S.T. Dupont). According to one online store, the steel nib (Fine, in my case) is platinum-plated. It does feel a little different from "regular" steel nibs, and unlike its rivals from Germany and France, it writes a "true" and somewhat dry line. The filling system is pretty boring: just the usual cartridge/converter. The box for the pen includes the converter (shame on you, Waterman, for not doing so on some pens that cost about as much) and a polishing cloth (for the sterling silver bits). The Design 04 in "The Code" finish, which I have, overdoes the lacquer work, in my opinion. The barrel is coated in a black lacquer. Then the lacquer is cut away by laser in the random bar-code pattern you see (I wonder if it is different for each barrel, but it is not advertised as such anywhere). Then, the parts of the barrel exposed by the laser etching are plated in palladium. Finally, the entire barrel is coated with a few more layers of clear lacquer. Whew! This is a lot to go through in order to distinguish oneself from S.T. Dupont and their exquisite but more conventional-looking lacquerwork. As for the steel nib (Medium in my case) on the Design 04, it is also platinum-plated, but parts of it are also gold-plated to give the two-tone appearance. The cap (screw-on type) and grip section are also palladium-plated in my case, though it appears that other, more conventional finishes of the Design 04, with solid lacquered barrels, justify their price by platinum-plating the cap and grip section. Once more, the nib is excellent, but feels different from "regular" steel nibs (and is also "true" and somewhat dry). The filling system here is also cartridge/converter, and the box (identical to that of the Design 01) includes the converter and a polishing cloth (must be to keep the palladium plated parts shiny, since nothing on this pen is sterling silver). I've kept comparing the Otto Hutt pens against S.T. Dupont and Graf von Faber-Castell above. I think Otto Hutt can distinguish themselves from both these prestige marques in the case of the Design 04 at least: the barrel design is modern, like GvFC or Porsche Design, but lacquered like a Dupont, while the cap is similar to the GvFC cap that I like more than the cap on any Dupont model. The steel nib helps keep costs down (maybe), but gets a bit of "bling" by being platinum- and gold-plated. At $400 list, it's not much of a bargain versus a GvFC (which can usually be had with a gold nib), but is very good value relative to an S.T. Dupont. If you want a GvFC with Dupont-style (and Dupont-quality) lacquerwork, the Otto Hutt Design 04 may be for you (but you won't get a gold nib unless you pay quite a bit more for an upgrade). Fortunately, there are sellers offering the pen at a much more reasonable price online -- I bought it right here from the FPN Classifieds, brand new, at more than a 50% discount from list. The value proposition of the Design 01 is more dubious: it lists for $250, but the lacquerwork, though good, is not as superb as that on the Design 04, and the selling points are perhaps the sterling silver cap and barrel end-piece, and the platinum-plating on the steel nib. Neither S.T. Dupont nor Graf von Faber-Castell has a pen as slim as the Design 01, so the closest competition is Porsche Design's slim line (P3125), which does, however, come with a gold nib (but costs $400 or so). I have the latter, and I have to say that it is a better pen than the Design 01 with regard to both looks and construction. However, if you can get the Design 01 new for, say, $150 or lower (as I did), then it is tolerable value for money (though not a bargain). In summary, I'd give the Design 04 an overall score of 8 out of 10, and the Design 01 either a 6 or a 7 out of 10. The nibs on both, however, would rate a 9, at least when compared against other steel nibs, because they really are distinctive, both in construction and in the way they feel when used.
  20. I recently picked up my first fountain pen. Actually, it is my second, but my first was nearly 4 years ago, and I never used it to its full potential. I'm trying to adapt to a Faber Castell WRITink with a B nib. The papers I am writing with however, seem to have a decent amount of feathering. I currently live in Aachen Germany, and as germans usually have a german equivalent of everything non german, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for good quality paper of all price ranges (all I care about is quality) the price I will decide on. I know 32lb hp premium choice paper is a constant recommendation, what would be the german equivalent of this? I know many german companies are hesitant to sell online or ship oversees, but are available through domestic distributors, any advice would be great. I'm running blind!
  21. visvamitra

    Blu Mare - Rohrer & Klingner

    Rohrer & Klingner operates since 1892. At the moment it's the fifth generation of the family that manages the company. I guess that after 122 years they know what they are doing. R&K inks offer amazing quality for amazing price. In my country a bnottle of R&K ink costs 5-6 $. I know it's a bit more expensive in America, yet I believe the price is still reasonable. I find it interesting that Rohrer & Klingner seems to focus mainly on the content and not on the bottles. Inks come in industrial looking bottle taht is quite handy but there's just nothing fancy about it. It's surprising. http://www.rohrer-klingner.de/fileadmin/_migrated/pics/schreibtinte_top_03.jpg Anyway they offer eighteen colors, some stunning, some boring but all have good qualities and are easy to clean. http://imageshack.com/a/img742/3085/WHCjxM.jpg Alt-bordeaux Alt-Goldgrun Blu Mare Blue Permanent Cassia Fernambuc Helianthus Leipziger-Schwarz Magenta Morinda Royal Blue Salix Scabiosa Sepia Smaragdgrun Solferino Verdigris Verdura It's time to re-review this inks. Blu Mare is bright, cheerful colour that pops right off the page. It shades even in finer nibs going from a cerulean blue to a light shade bright blue-green. It shifts between a greener or bluer turquoise depending on the paper and nib you tend to use. The ink feels fairly lubricated and can be described as wet. The dry time is medium length, reaching 15 seconds when the ink is used in wet nib on paper like Rhodia. It lacks water resistance but cleans nicely from the pen. Some feathering may be experienced on crappy paper (Moleskine and alikes). Drops of ink on kitchen towel Software ID Color range Tomoe River, Caran d'Ache Varius, broad nib Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Skyline Sport, double broad Maruman, Kaweco Skyline Sport, broad
  22. visvamitra

    Cassia - Rohrer & Klingner

    Rohrer & Klingner operates since 1892. At the moment it's the fifth generation of the family that manages the company. I guess that after 122 years they know what they are doing. R&K inks offer amazing quality for amazing price. In my country a bnottle of R&K ink costs 5-6 $. I know it's a bit more expensive in America, yet I believe the price is still reasonable. I find it interesting that Rohrer & Klingner seems to focus mainly on the content and not on the bottles. Inks come in industrial looking bottle taht is quite handy but there's just nothing fancy about it. It's surprising. http://www.rohrer-klingner.de/fileadmin/_migrated/pics/schreibtinte_top_03.jpg Anyway they offer eighteen colors, some stunning, some boring but all have good qualities and are easy to clean. http://imageshack.com/a/img742/3085/WHCjxM.jpg Alt-bordeaux Alt-Goldgrun Blu Mare Blue Permanent Cassia Fernambuc Helianthus Leipziger-Schwarz Magenta Morinda Royal Blue Salix Scabiosa Sepia Smaragdgrun Solferino Verdigris Verdura It's time to re-review this inks. Cassia is rather bright and quite delightful purple ink. Recently I'm in purple faze and I use purple inks extensively. While Cassia isn't as rich as Lamy's Dark Lilac I still think it looks stunning, especially in broader nibs. The dry time is medium length, reaching 20 seconds when the ink is used in wet nib on paper like Rhodia. It lacks water resistance but cleans nicely from the pen. The shading is quite nice but not massive. On the other hand in Kaweco double broad nib it's significant. It flows nicely, towards the wet side. Some feathering may be experienced on crappy paper (Moleskine and alikes). Drops of ink on kitchen towel Software ID Color range Tomoe River, Kaweco Skyline Sport, double broad Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Skyline Sport, double broad Maruman, Kaweco Skyline Sport, double broad Water resistance
  23. Pictures at bottom..... Just wondering if anyone can identify or give any information.....I've misplaced my loupe and have had a bad eye infection, so am not great at looking closely. I don't think it's of any value, and can't even remember where or when I got it; eBay, I think, for not much, but it's such a lovely smooth writer, never any trouble starting even when not used for a while.mi got it because it has an ink window, which I love. Any information gratefully received. Alex.
  24. I preset you a German exercise book for kids to facilitate their handwriting. I thought this might be useful for some folks. http://www.hjmedia.de/K2/Schulausgangsschrift.pdf
  25. truthpil

    Schneider Bk406 Review

    Schneider BK406 Review Introduction & First Impressions I was looking for a cheap EF pen to dedicate to Baystate Blue and wanted something blue to match the ink. I had been leaning toward getting a blue-capped Pilot Kakuno (F) for this purpose, but when I came across this Schneider pen for less than half the price here in China (under US$5), I thought it was worth a try. I couldn’t find any reviews online for this model and the closest equivalent for sale in the West seems to be Schneider’s Zippy which is still quite different. Schneider makes several inexpensive pens for sale in China that have the same feed and general design as the BK406, but this is one of the few pens in the family that comes with an EF nib, something I felt essential for minimizing BSB’s infamous feathering issue on cheap paper. I was quite underwhelmed when it arrived. It came in a cheap plastic sleeve (see photo below) and had no instructions. Everything about the packaging screamed “disposable ballpoint.” I was still grateful that upon unscrewing the barrel I found a complimentary blue international standard ink cartridge (which I discovered after some testing to be quite waterproof) and a strange empty cartridge inserted into the nipple, perhaps to show the new owner that the pen was cleverly designed to have one cartridge in use and a spare behind it inside the barrel. This is quite clever and explains the length of the pen. Appearance & Design True to its German origin, this pen is as utilitarian as it gets. Everything from the ribs on the cap for ease of removal to the matted section with grip indentations says that this pen is designed for quick and easy use in the trenches of the office or classroom. There are no bells or whistles whatsoever. Even the nib is so plain that all it has on it is an encircled “EF.” If the appearance hadn’t convinced you, the two places where the cap tells you it was made in Germany leave no room for doubt. Like disposable pens, its cap is unfortunately marred by the brand logo and “Schneider Made in Germany” along the side where it can’t be missed. There is a rounded grip section with subtle indentations like is often found on student pens. This section’s matte finish and smooth corners make it quite comfortable to hold and allow for more variation in grip than on something with sharper angles like a Lamy Safari. The flat grooves are even less prominent than on a Pilot Plumix. I was very thankful for this feature because the nib and feed are not aligned with these grips like they usually are on other pens. Since the nib and feed are very tightly in place and appear immovable, I have to disregard the grooves in order to hold the pen the way I usually do. Thankfully, the unobtrusive nature of the grips makes this easy. At first I thought the odd alignment was a quality control issue, but my other Schneider pens have the same alignment, so I suspect it may be some ingenious German design feature. The pen writes perfectly if you hold it according to the grooves, but the alignment just looks odd. Construction & Quality Despite the impression given by the packaging, the BK406 is not a flimsy pen. The plastic barrel and cap have a slightly soft surface (just a little harder than on those disposable Bic ballpoints they have at a bank teller), but the material is thick and looks like it could easily take a beating in a purse or book bag. It feels soft but solid in the hand, certainly more so than similarly priced pens like the Platinum Preppy. Holes at the end prevent the roomy barrel from being used as an eyedropper. The pen has a molded plastic feed which is quite thin and fragile at the tip but seems adequately protected by the rolled steel nib that partly wraps around it. The nib is thick and looks like it could take some tumbles without any repercussions. I used the pen as my daily carry for over a week and it met the floor a few times and survived unscathed. I’m sure you can treat this pen like any cheap ballpoint and expect it to hold up admirably. As for manufacturing, the only flaw I found is the slight misalignment of feed and nib which doesn’t affect writing. The only visible external seam is on the grip section which isn’t really an issue with a pen this cheap and would be covered by one’s hand anyway when in use. Weight & Dimensions Measuring about 14.5cm capped, its length is just between that of a Pilot 78G and a Plumix. This makes it just a little too long to fit neatly in my T-shirt pockets, but a decent fit for the pockets on my dress shirts. It’s too long to fit in the pen pockets of some backpacks and messenger bags. In one bag I tried it stuck so high out of the pen pocket that the clip couldn’t grip the pocket. It measures 13cm uncapped, and 16cm posted, which for my smallish hands means this one is not a poster. Weighing in at 11.6 grams capped/posted and 7.2 grams uncapped, the pen is light and allows for prolonged writing sessions without any fatigue. Writing with it feels like a dream compared to the cramps I was getting from my chunky clunky Jinhao X750. Nib & Performance The BK406 is only available with an extra fine nib, but Schneider makes several similar pens in this price range in fine (e.g., BK400, BK402, Zippi). Some may scoff at using a rolled steel nib, but I find the BK406’s nib to be surprisingly smoother than the dubiously labeled “iridium point” nibs on many of my Chinese pens. It glides across the paper and only gives a little feedback if pressure is applied on rough paper. As can be expected for this price, it’s a true nail with no flexibility whatsoever. The nib and feed work well together to provide perfect flow which I would describe as moderate. I never once experienced skipping or hard starts, although I’ve only tested it with the juicy Baystate Blue and nothing drier. The line is a typical German extra-fine, which becomes somewhere between a Japanese fine and medium when using such a wet ink like BSB. BK406 with Baystate Blue vs. Pilot 78G (F) with Luxury Blue: Filling System & Maintenance The BK406 comes with a single blue Schneider international sized cartridge, but a converter can be purchased separately for nearly the same price as the pen. The converter is great and holds a lot of ink. This pen and converter combination creates a perfect workhorse for extensive writing. Although the pen functions well, it’s regrettable that the nib and feed cannot be removed for cleaning. This inability limits the pen to being used with low-maintenance inks that can be easily washed out or dedicating the pen to just one high-maintenance ink. Cost & Value As far as I know these pens are not available in the States, but here in China they are a little more expensive (32RMB=$4.87) than Chinese pens like the Duke 209 or Hero 359 (both 25RMB=$3.81). The Chinese pens may be better deals because they are often mostly metal and have a removable nib and feed. Nevertheless, I find the nib on the BK406 and other Schneider pens in the same price range to be sturdier and more reliable. For me it’s worth it to pay a little more for an all plastic pen that writes reliably and is more comfortable to use than the cheaper alternatives. Conclusion I’m completely satisfied with this pen and believe I got what I paid for. Although plastic, the BK406 feels sturdier than a lot of lower end Japanese pens that cost much more than it. It isn’t stylish or pretty by any means, but it feels great to write with and suits my needs—an ideal bright blue pen for Baystate Blue (it’s also available in black or white). That being said, I’d never give it to someone as a gift because it lacks eye appeal. If you want an inexpensive and extremely practical pen, this is a great choice.





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