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  1. Dear All After the successful group buy of RANGA BAMBOO MODEL & RANGA MODEL 4C & Model 3 This is a group buy effort for the Ranga Model 5 (also famous by VARUNA GAJENDRA) which will be available only till 25th December. Kindly register at the earliest. Minimum requirement is 10 nos. Details of the pen in Four options are as below: Ranga Model 5 (Eyedropper Version) The dimension is 7 inches length. the dia is 17mm or 18.75mm dia Finish - Polished or Matte (Bakul)Option - flat end or Round endNib Option :Ambitious 35 mm Fine Nib, upgrade to Ambitious 40 mm Gold Tone Nib at extra US $ 3, or Bock (With Conklin imprinted) M or B at extra US $ 8.Default settings: Ambitious Gold Color monotone F nibShipping: Included and is through Registered Post. Takes 2 - 4 weeks for delivery. Price includes shippingPayment: Via Paypal to paypal account mpkandan@gmail.com Ranga Model 5 (Cartridge/Converter Version with German Nib Units) Finish - Polished or Matte (Bakul)Nib Option : JoWo Nibs ​​/ Schmidt NibsConverter : Schmidt K5 ConverterJoWo Nibs options : Gold Color Mono tone F, M or B nibDual Tone F, M, B, 1.5 Calligraphy NibChrome Mono Tone F, M, B NibSchmidt Nib options: Gold Color monotone F, M, or BChrome (Silver) Finish Monotone F,M & B.Default settings: Schmidt Gold Colored monotone F nibShipping: Included and is through Registered Post. Takes 2 - 4 weeks for delivery.Includes worldwide shippingPayment: Via Paypal to paypal account mpkandan@gmail.com Color Available : Regular Ebonite (as per images below)​Mottled BrownMottled GreenBlack PolishedBlack MatteClear acrylic / Matte Acrylic (Matte from internal side)Brown RippleGreen RippleOlive RippleYellow Ripple (Not Available)Pink or Burgundy RippleBlue Ripple (Not Available)Olive with pink ripple and black specs Premium Colors Available : Premium Ebonite (as per image below)​Solid BlueYellow/Black SwirlsBlue/Pink SwirlsSolid Green Blue/White SwirlsRed/Black SwirlsYellow/Green SwirlsSolid PinkBlue/Green/Orange SwirlsSolid Orange Please note that the Group Buy (Discounted) International prices are as below: Eyedropper Normal ebonite - 37 USD (Regular Price is US $ 50 to US $ 60) Eyedropper Premium Ebonite - 55 USD (Regular Price is US $ 70) German nib Normal ebonite - 65 USD (Regular Price is US $ 85 to US $ 93) German nib Premium ebonite - 85 USD (Regular Price is US $ 108) These are the great offers as compared to previous group buys. I have negotiated with Mr. Kandan for more discounts. Secondly these pens are all handmade. FOR SHIPPING WITHIN INDIA, PLEASE PM ME
  2. Hey Everyone! Just wanted to share with all of you some info about this less known Brand of fountain pens. DeNobil is a Brand based in Eastern Europe - Moldova, Republic of. It is led by a few enthusiasts and craftsmen who are very passionate about serious quality writing instruments. Everything is done by hand from the beginning til the end, this is what makes it rare as the pens are made in very limited numbers. The material used is pure Ebonite which gives a pleasant natural feel when you hold the pen in hand. The nibs are German - Peter Bock, considered one of the best in the world. I personally use them for long time and to be honest, I can't be more than happy. The design of these pens is classic and simple, with a luxury look. In my opinion, a fountain pen isn't just a pen, it represents your personal style and the status in society. For more info and details about this brand, check out the website. www.denobil.com Have a beautiful day guys and take care!
  3. Oruc Gazi Kutluer

    Ebonite With Inkwindow

    German Ebonite with clear AA-Resin inkwindow. Custom casted sterling silver cap finial with 15-16th Century Ottoman Art Ornaments. I have 9 pieces more from this finial. Silver clip is handmade and custom designed. Alumilite lava grip section with silver band. ınk system is international converter or eyedropper/syringe. It has a pen pillow from the same material of section. Jowo #6 Ruhtenium M nib. Full black when capped, colorful when opened. That is why we coined “Pandora’s Box” name to this pen. Here is the story of this pen. Dimensions: Length: 150mm Capped, 140mm uncapped Dia: 13mm barrel threads, 14,8mm thickest point of barrel, 15.5mm Cap
  4. mehandiratta

    Pen Review - Deccan Advocate

    DECCAN ADVOCATE The review is simultaneously at my blog here. Deccan Pens have been into existence since 1928 when they opened first outlet in Hyderabad at Abids and has been one of the oldest fountain pen manufacturing company in India. The firm was started by Sabih Akhter Siddiqui who used to sell fountain pens door to door with the help of DURO agency which used to produce fountain pens in 1920’s. Today Deccan Pens has 32 year old manufacturing unit and they only make fountain pens. The review is simultaneously at my blog here. They have now 3 stores at Secunderabad, Ameerpet, and oldest one at Abids. Deccan Pens have been covered and reviewed lot by HARI, SHRUJYA, & JAISIRI. And this particular review is about one of the largest selling pen from Deccan stable which is “DECCAN ADVOCATE". There have been lot of iterations of Deccan Advocate over many years. Deccan Advocate – In the Wild I must thank Rakshit who lives in Hyderabad and he helped me in getting this pen. He also is a fountain pen connoisseur and you can check his blog here. I got this pen almost 7-8 months back and have been using this only for past 2 months. So the review is about my experience with the pen for past 2 months. DESIGN & BUILT : 05/05 Deccan Pens are notable for impeccable built quality and this Deccan Advocate again stamps their authority of quality built pens. Advocate currently comes in two variants : Round End and Flat End. The model that I am reviewing is the Round end one in green ripple colour and I was told that it is difficult to get hold of the round end advocate and I was lucky enough to get this one. Deccan Advocate – In Broad Day Light The pen is made of high quality ebonite and is available in black, matte black , mottled brown, rippled brown and green ripple and also olive brown ripple. My pen is extremely well made though it was religiously inspected by Rakshit before he bought this one. The ebonite has no perforations its solid without any specks and perforations. The quality of rod is really great. Deccan Advocate The pen is a simple and elegant cigar shaped pen with slight tapering towards the bottom end. There are no bands or trims used on this pen. Only metal part or thing you will see on the pen is clip apart from the nib. The pen is very well executed and polished though you might see some marks just below the threads which is due to cap being capped and uncapped regularly and has not received thorough cleaning and polish from my side. The grip section is made of same ebonite material and is in concave shape. The length of grip section is 22 mm and this I beleive is quite good as it helps in good grip on the pen. Deccan Advocate – Capped Deccan Advocate – Uncapped Deccan Advocate – Round Ends The pen cap opens in 6 turns which I am not happy with but its still acceptable as most of the Indian pens take almost around 5 to 6 turns to open. The cap has chrome finish clip which gives you a look of look of something between matt and polished finish but it is not polished with some sorts of coating. Deccan Advocate – Cap Clip Deccan Advocate – Cap Clip Side View The cap clip narrows down to bottom and is quite sturdy and can easily fit in to shirt pocket firmly. Deccan Advocate – Inner View of Cap The thickness of ebonite is thinnest near the bottom of the cap or what we call as cap lip which you can see in above picture. As the cap tapers at the bottom but it is still sturdy. Below are the few images showing the comparison of pen with other pens: Deccan Advoate vs Lamy Safari vs Jinhao X750 – Capped Deccan Advoate vs Lamy Safari vs Jinhao X750 – Uncapped Deccan Advoate vs Lamy Safari vs Jinhao X750 – Capped (Lateral Side View) Overall, its a beautiful, cigar shaped elegant pen which has impeccable built quality. Its a quality finish from Hyderabad. Yeah I must tell you that there is no branding of any kind on pen anywhere be it clip or nib or even barrel. BALANCE & SIZE : 3.5/05 The pen is around 140 mm including the nib when uncapped and I don’t see any reason to post the cap at back and also I prefer to write with cap unposted. The pen is very much balanced when writing unposted but becomes bottom heavy when cap is posted at back, moreover it becomes uncomfortable at 184 mm when cap is posted at back, thus it is unbalanced. The pen length is 155 mm when it is capped. Below are the images showing the comparison when writing posted and unposted : Deccan Advocate – Writing Unposted Deccan Advocate – Writing Posted What I find most comfortable about the pen is the grip section which is at 9 mm and is in conical shape. It provides perfect grip. The length of grip section is also substantial at 22 mm. The pen weighs around 30 gm with cap and around 20 gm without cap (with ink filled). Deccan Advocate – Weight of pen with cap Deccan Advocate – Weight of pen without cap Few specifications are as follows: Length capped: 155 mmLength uncapped and posted : 184 mmLength uncapped and unposted : 140mmLength of grip section : 22 mmBarrel Dia Avg – 14 mmCap Dia – 16 mmSection Dia (Avg) : 9 mmWeight with cap : 30.4 gmWeight without cap : 20.53 gm NIB & INK FILLING MECHANISM : 04/05 Nib currently being used on this pen is 35 mm (#6) Gold Finish Steel Nib and this is a stock nib and there was no other option of the nib on this pen. The nib is famous ambitious fine nib which is friction fit and it writes very well and is paired with good wet ebonite feed. Ink flow is quite good. Deccan Advocate – Nib Unit Top View Deccan Advocate – Nib Unit Side View Deccan Advocate – Nib Unit Underside View The nib is set just a bit inside more, thus what you see is less of 35 mm nib because the grip section is bit flared up as visible from image below. Deccan Advocate – Nib set inside deep The filling mechanism is via eyedropper and it holds approx 3 ml of ink. It has not burped on me even once. Deccan Advocate – Eyedropper Fill Mechanism Below are the images of my handwritten review which shows you the writing sample: Deccan Advocate – Handwritten Review – Page 01 Deccan Advocate – Handwritten Review – Page 02 Deccan Advocate – Handwritten Review – Page 03 CONCLUSION : 12.5/15 I recommend everyone to have at least one Deccan Pen and buying ADVOCATE is the best pen to get hold of at reasonable price of otherwise expensive Deccan Pens. Well yeah i did not like the combination of chrome clip with gold finish nib. I bought this pen for Rs. 1000 (approx 16 usd) which does not include shipping as it was bought by my friend who paid for Shipping. What I Like: Classic Cigar Design Well Finished Very Good Quality Ebonite Lot of Ink CapacityWhat I don’t Like: Eyedropper only Only one nib option Combination of Silver chrome clip with Gold color nib Deccan Advocate – Close Up Comments and feedback are welcome. Regards Vaibhav Mehandiratta
  5. mehandiratta

    Asa Spear Review

  6. Hi All I have reviewed a custom made pen from ASA Pens on my blog. Below is an excerpt of the same _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ One fine day we, a group of fountain pen enthusiasts Vaibhav, Tervinder, Rakshit, Sulagno, Pradeep, Prithwijit, Kapil and myself were engaged in discussions to design a pen. The design was going through numerous iterations and me and a fellow fountain pen lover Sulagno liked one of the design prototypes very much. We approached ASA pens with the design and asked for help to make the design a reality. ASA pens took up the task and also procured the last pieces of a vintage acrylic material to be used to create the pen. Thus the ASA royal was born. The pen is based on the evergreen and classy cigar shaped design. The barrel and section are flush with each other and follow a straight line which is only disturbed by the treads for the cap and a flare at the end of section to aid the grip. Apart from the exquisite design of gold coloured clip the pen has a very minimalistic design. It follows the philosophy "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" and this worked very well in the pen's design. The construction of the pen is top class and there are no imperfections in the pen. As a result the pen is sheer beauty to look at. The quality of the finish of the pen is awesome too. It’s polished very well and speaks well for the workmanship carried out on the pen. This is large a pen. It is 16cm 6.23") when capped, 14.5cm(5.71") uncapped and 18.8cm(7.4’’) when posted. For my relatively smaller sized hands (17cm from top of index finger to the base of hand) I prefer to use it unposted. The section has a diameter of 12mm and its is very comfortable to hold The weight distribution of the pen also spot on and it’s easy to use the pen for long writing sessions at a stretch. I chose for the pen to be fitted with a gold coloured Medium grind No. 6 Schmidt Steel Nib unit. The nib is a very smooth writer and writes line width of around 0.5mm. The nib though not a flex one has a bit of give under pressure and gives line width of 1mm. The nib lays down a wet medium line. Writing Sample: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Head over to my blog for a detailed review and more pictures. Link This is my first review for a pen so do let me know the feedback.
  7. rpsyed

    Romillo Sil #9

    New pen arrived today =] http://i.imgur.com/WPlVzh6.jpg Just got my Romillo Sil #9 in terracotta ebonite! http://i.imgur.com/A4lfSns.jpg It's a slip cap pen similar to the vintage Waterman 12 or other pens in the Waterman 1X series. Really elegant pen, I think. The roll-stopper on the cap is a customization I asked for. You can also order the pen plain or with a clip. http://i.imgur.com/FCr8Nhm.jpg I had asked for the cabochon on my Essential #9 and thought it was a really good touch, so I asked for it again. It's a solid gold emblem embedded into the barrel and has the Romillo logo in deep relief. http://i.imgur.com/crb9RAu.jpg Romillo Sil #9 compared to a Scriptorium Aeterna. The Romillo is ebonite, Scriptorium is celluloid. http://i.imgur.com/2EEbtbW.jpg?1 The pen's certificate. Each Romillo pen comes with this document, which states the pen's number -- my Eo is 379, my Essential is 422, and my Sil is 444. At the bottom is a writing sample with the nib. I ordered a Medium-Fine. http://i.imgur.com/yCQtZER.jpg?1 Instructions for the Sil #9 eyedropper. Alvaro found that the converter can't keep up with the #9 nib and huge ebonite feed so all #9 nib pens are eyedropper-fillers. The #7 nib pens come in both eyedropper and cartridge/converter filling systems. http://i.imgur.com/R291ntx.jpg Huge, gorgeous ebonite feed! Provides a really reliable, wet flow. http://i.imgur.com/ayYKFzp.jpg Sil #9, Essential #9, and Eo #9. http://i.imgur.com/Sg20YqM.jpg Romillo Sil with a Platinum 3776 Century. http://i.imgur.com/iTLI8L6.jpg http://i.imgur.com/GpD9BWZ.jpg Romillo #9 nib and Platinum 3776 Century nib. I actually swapped the Platinum nib with my Nakaya so the Platinum has a Nakaya nib in it right now but they are the same size, shape etc. http://i.imgur.com/P7ebS9v.jpg Romillo #9 nib and JoWo #6 nib in a Scriptorium Aeterna. http://i.imgur.com/sv1uilm.jpg The Romillo nib design, with the wings reaching towards the tip is one of the most attractive I've ever seen. http://i.imgur.com/cFUvarp.jpg Isn't is a lovely shape? Now to decide what to ink it up with ...
  8. Hi all - it is time for another workshop. This time I am going to go over the process of carving a holder with basic tools. All supplies will be provided. You just need to show up with some enthusiasm and walk home with a holder crafted with your own hands. I am going to demonstrate the complete process with the participants following along at each step under my guidance. We will only be using basic tools like knives, files and pliers so no special skills are required. I am looking forward to seeing some FPN'ers there. Oh - and the details are at: wonderpens.ca - Salman
  9. Dear FPN'ers, We are happy to announce our latest model of Ranga Pens called "ZEAL" . It is Ebonite & Clear Acrylic Demonstrator pen. It has German JOWO Screw in nib units and German Schmidt K5 converters. This is one of our High End Model Pens. The barrel and Cap dia are 16mm app. iT COMES IN TWO DESIGNS 1. Flat Top & Barrel End 2. Round Top and Rounded Barrel End. The ink level in the converter is clearly visible in the barrel. The nibs available are Fine, Medium and Broad Points (Gold Coloured Medium Point, Gold Coloured Broad Point nibs,Two Tone Fine Point, Two Tone Medium Point, Two Tone Broad Point, White Polished Fine Point, White Polished Broad Point nibs). The available Ebonite colours for "ZEAL" is (1. Blue Ripple 2. Pink Ripple 3. Red Ripple 4. Yellow Ripple 5. Brown Ripple 6. Green Ripple 7. Olive Ripple 8. Solid Black 9. Parrot (Bright) Green Ripple 10. Light Brown Ripple 11.Olive with Pink Ripple 12. Green-Yellow-Black Ripple 13. Mottled Brown 14. Mottled Green 15. Mottled Olive Brown 16. Solid Orange17. Solid Blue 18 Solid Pink 19. Blue/Pink 20. Blue/Green/Orange 21. Blue/Pink/Pale Yellow) "ZEAL" is available in Polished or Bakul Finish. Clip or Clipless version is available for this Model. http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03648-1_zps776e03a6.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03673-1_zpsee76eb91.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03672-1_zps0f202b77.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03658-1_zps88623756.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03651-1_zps444b755d.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03662-1_zps784c5e71.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03660-1_zps8f18972e.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03664-1_zps619f1972.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03668-1_zps6a180920.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03665-1_zps97af310f.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03667-1_zps8a644ef8.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/German%20Jowo%20Nib%20Pens/DSC03655-1_zps24792bd4.jpg Thanks, Kandan.M.P Ranga Pen Company
  10. I had gone dormant from the forum for a variety of reasons. Back in action now, and no reason why I should not keep going steadily from now. Here is a brief, one-page, hand-written review of my brand new Gama eyedropper fountain pen in red and black acrylic. Excuse the low quality photos of the pen and the scan, all taken with a low end tab camera. A copy of this is up on my fountain pen blog: https://fpensnme.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/a-one-page-review-of-an-acrylic-gama/; and a travelogue on my visit to Gem and Co this morning: https://viewwide.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/a-tradition-of-fountain-pens-in-chennai/
  11. Hello there fellow fountain pen friends. I'm newer to the fountain pen scene and already quite addicted. I recently became very intrigued with handmade journals after seeing some of the ones people from these forums have made. So after binge watching journal and bookbinding videos I went on a quest to buy supplies (which was harder than I thought it would be as most the local craft places didn't have what I was looking for) and so far I have been able to collect the basics I need to make my first journal other than the chipboard. (Technically the waxed thread I have is too thick and I think it's really for leather but I'll make do) I wasn't able to afford any chipboard yet though so I was wondering what Ideas or things people have had success with that I can use in place of chipboard for the cover? So far I've heard of using cereal boxes which is what I think I might try first. Also when I go to buy chipboard which thickness is good to go with? I was thinking of buying some off of eBay when I can afford some since I figure that might be the cheapest place? I would like something pretty sturdy. Also if you don't mind is there a specific thread I should buy so I can make my own waxed thread? Buying already waxed thread seems a little expensive. But I'm not sure what thread to buy to make my own, there are so many different types of thread lol. I really appreciate any info. I'm usually handy with my hands but my experience is limited to automotive work, engines, and carpentry, I've never really done much on the crafty side of things.
  12. ASA – Galactic Jumbo Demonstrator ASA – Galactic was my first demonstrator. I never liked the demonstrators but i decided to go ahead with the purchase and amazingly I was the first one to buy this. Following is my review of the pen. Design & Build: My first demonstrator is a jumbo sized pen which has a fogged finish. The pen looks like what it is named “Galactic” The real beauty comes out when you ink up this pen. Aaaaah so beautiful. I have suddenly started liking the demonstrators. The pen is beautifully engraved with company logo on the barrel and also my name is engraved on the cap (Special thanks to Mr. Subramaniam). Made out of acrylic the barrel is in fog finish with crystal clear bottom and screw in crystal top at the cap. Filled with ink. Uncapped Pen with my Name engraved on Cap The grip section is again made of acrylic resin and i love the way the it shows ink spread out unevenly. It has a big nib which complements the pen perfectly. Clear Crystal Top and Bottom Built wise i believe it needs certain care as this is a acrylic pen. For further details and handwritten samples and review please click ASA GALACTIC
  13. The Ranga Pen Model 4C Spurred by the excellent reviews that FPN member Vaibhav Mehandiratta has provided of various handmade Ranga pens, Empty of Clouds took the decision to acquire at least one Indian ebonite pen, and it turned out to be a model 4C. Here is a far poorer quality review by a man with no talent for either words or photography. Please forgive. The 4C is a big pen by the standards of early to mid 20th century pens, and is a classic cigar shape. Measurements (approx.) Capped length – 15 cm Nib tip to barrel end – 13.5 cm Maximum diameter – 16 mm Most of the pens EoC has owned up until this point have been vintage, so to give a comparison an Esterbrook J is around 12.6 cm long (capped), 11.2 cm uncapped and 12 mm at the widest barrel point. The Esterbrook is unusable by EoC when uncapped. The Ranga 4C however is not! Here is an ugly picture of an ageing hand holding the Ranga. For those interested in numbers, EoC’s hand measures 21.5 cm from tip of 2nd finger to fold of wrist – so, quite a big hand really, and yet the pen is quite comfortably supported. Build Quality As many know the Ranga pens are handmade from ebonite turned on a lathe. The premium orange ebonite used for this pen, while finished well, still retains several inconsistencies in the material. Most notably these show up as dark flecks or a kind of very faint patterning. Whether this is tool artefact or a property of the material itself is hard to determine. This may be of concern to those whose experience thus far has been restricted to flawless expanses of resin or acrylic. Despite this issue on the finish the pen feels super smooth in the hand. It is light but by no means insubstantial. The threading throughout is tight and smooth. The cap takes just over 2.5 turns to remove, while the section requires just shy of 10 turns! There is a step between the barrel and the threads for the cap, but it is small enough to have not presented EoC any issues with use or comfort. The Nib Not really much to say here. This pen came fitted – by request – with a 1.5 mm Jowo #6 stub, which simply screws into the section. This is the same standard nib unit used by many of the custom pen makers (Franklin Christoph and Scriptorium spring to mind), so those who have pens from those sources can swap their nibs around with the Ranga should they so wish. The nib is very smooth, and far crisper than expected for a stub. It has thus far proven to be a joy to use. Here is EoC’s very first outing with the nib. Paper is Rhodia, Ink is Diamine Delamere Green. Fill ‘er Up! As with many Ranga models that employ the Jowo nib units, this pen comes fitted with a Schmidt converter. Fairly standard, well known to many, and so far reliable. For those going for the real Indian pen experience, the converter can be left out and the pen can be used as an eyedropper. EoC has not tried this yet, but when he spoke into the open end of the barrel there was an echo! So expect it to take a goodly amount of your favourite writing fluids. Speaking of eyedroppers, the section threads came pre-greased and those 10 turns mentioned earlier should give reassurance that leaks are probably unlikely to occur around the section threads. Value for Money and Communication As with many things in life value has a very personal aspect to it. This pen is not in the cheaper range for Ranga pens, or indeed any other Indian maker’s pens. However, it is a significantly better price than some of the established Western makers. EDIT: There was an ordering problem that has since been resolved. Concluding thoughts. This is a big pen, and a good one too. So far it has proven to be exceptionally comfortable to use. Although EoC is very partial to pointed dip pens, he has found the 1.5 mm stub on the Ranga 4C to be a joy to use in an everyday setting. The imperfections in the material, considering the way it is made, add a certain degree of character perhaps, but it is not the glossy perfect finish that others may have alluded to. The only downside was the final cost, coming in at US $100. It is early days for EoC and the Big Orange Pen, but it's looking very promising right now! The above represents an honest review. EoC has tried to fairly represent what was liked and what could have been better.
  14. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kArqVhs6dsE/VaMcEMD5S8I/AAAAAAAACWc/YZ6ODk7tkpM/s1600/IMG_9263_R.jpg Greetings, FPN fellows!Today I wanted to share with you two books that I made for Esther, a member of this community.They were one of the last custom orders that I made from the first 2000 sheets that I bought of Tomoe River (and I wanted to thank the community, since it was a pretty big success and I run out of paper really quickly - but I will order some again on November ). Esther asked me to make two journals for her. They were both a present from her boyfriend for her birthday. The first one was a springback journal, a sturdy and durable binding. It was approximately 21 x 15 cm (A5 or half letter size) and it had 200 pages (400 counting both sides; normally would be 400 pages or 800 counting both sides, but I didn't have enough paper left) of that white Tomoe River paper that all of us love. I used a gorgeous purple leather. I really love the shades that the color acquires once I work on it. It goes from deep, royal purple to a subtle, pale violet. It has some sort of soul and character. That's one of the things that I love from working with leather. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E5SM-gHUkEw/VaMcSXC7BfI/AAAAAAAACXQ/bE2GRmJL5kg/s1600/IMG_9269_R.jpg She chose paste paper that I handmade for her endpapers. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4_GIxf7C0lc/VaMcSBZHmMI/AAAAAAAACXM/UA6DUeVOhpw/s1600/IMG_9267_R.jpg The headbands were also sewn by me. I tried to make the best combination possible to match the rest of the journal, so all makes a whole. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y0p5jph1zjU/VaMcSKUFluI/AAAAAAAACXE/zikcNeeQY3U/s1600/IMG_9271_R.jpg She wanted to have her name "Esther Steele" blind tooled on the cover of the book. As you can see, the stamp goes deep, and adds texture to the cover. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QiHg_yU98jo/VaMcNNxsipI/AAAAAAAACWo/XQb51zt9g3Q/s1600/IMG_9265_R.jpg Finally, she asked me to make a box for it. I used purple cloth for the outsides and white velvet for the inside. In this way, the journal will feel more like a present, but also will be protected so it can last a lifetime. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fDtihXAI5V8/VaMcN9aI-QI/AAAAAAAACW0/ajH1Me3l95w/s1600/IMG_9259_R.jpg http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eh8FcXj-JgI/VaMcN95CPJI/AAAAAAAACW4/q_W0nqJY4WM/s1600/IMG_9262_R.jpg For the second journal, she chose a Ethiopian style. It also was approximately 21 x 15 cm and had 200 pages (400 counting both sides) of cream Tomoe River paper. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--xvg7FXW5tI/VaMe-8GMuKI/AAAAAAAACX0/Vj3Om6tN-TI/s1600/IMG_9252_R.jpg She wanted a combination of brown leather with Bomoart paper, and hold together by a brown elastic band. The Bomoart paper that she chose is one of my favorites. It has some vintage, nostalgic feel to it. I think it goes wonderful with the brown orangish leather. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6YvDiHTlNww/VaMfAVvWXiI/AAAAAAAACYE/eoD5HgZ8U_8/s1600/IMG_9255_R.jpg Here you can see the nerves on the spine of the journal. It feels great to stroke the leather and feel the bumps. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MXyGhRm23cg/VaMforiOy6I/AAAAAAAACYI/IvttgX_DSt0/s1600/IMG_9257_R.jpg Since the cover was already quite full, I advised her to go for a simple endpaper. This is a Canson cardboard. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QqTSDBXITOY/VaMfAWbQvkI/AAAAAAAACYA/zOA-szT_h9A/s1600/IMG_9253_R.jpg She also wanted a box to keep her journal safe. This one was made with beige cloth, brown velvet for the inside and some of the same Bomoart paper for the top. Again, the combination gives a sense of unity to the box and the journal. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sabf22faSmw/VaMe726wVdI/AAAAAAAACXo/pTbiJbgyWwo/s1600/IMG_9248_R.jpg http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ePmA8PtwuME/VaMe8cIX8cI/AAAAAAAACXs/1h5ZOyBwCHc/s1600/IMG_9250_R.jpg http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-U75UFjKB9vQ/VaMe6BpYBaI/AAAAAAAACXc/unWoXH4mgFM/s1600/IMG_9247_R.jpg Well, that was a long post, but I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any comments or questions, I will be happy to answer them. Thank you for reading. Have a nice week!! Anna
  15. I'll do a full review after I've had more time to use it but I wanted to share some of Shawn Newton's most recent work. Some of the pictures were taken by me, others by Shawn. Shawn's photos are being used with his permission. http://i.imgur.com/iwZMEoY.jpg A while back I had the idea of having Shawn make me a pen like the Hemingway except with solid 14k trim. Shawn was totally up for it and when he and his jeweler started making nibs, he asked if I wanted one. It was a risk - I was the first customer to buy one of these nibs so I had no idea how it would write. I trusted that Shawn would make sure I got nice writing pen. I wasn't disappointed. http://i.imgur.com/YkkJSi3.jpg All the metal (the nib, and all the trim) are all solid 14k gold. Writing sample http://i.imgur.com/kFL1jCV.jpg This is the coolest part: It writes just like a vintage flex nib. It even has the responsiveness of vintage flex and the tines close quickly after letting up on the pressure. Shawn Newton has an amazing thing to offer with these handmade nibs. The ink used in the writing sample is Iroshizuku Ku-jaku. I have a Romillo Essential #9 with a semi-flexible Fine nib coming in a few weeks - I'm really excited to get to compare the two handmade nibs to one another. http://i.imgur.com/rKQgZKV.jpg Here's a good look at the feed, which Shawn cut by hand out of ebonite. http://i.imgur.com/jYuCmf8.jpg Handmade Newton nib compared to a Bock nib on an Eboya Kyouka, medium-size. Comparison with other pens http://i.imgur.com/RZuiRej.jpg From top: Romillo Eo #9, Edison Pearl with Karanuri urushi, Shawn Newton custom, Eboya Kyouka - medium-size. http://i.imgur.com/tDIDOfq.jpg It's a true piston-filler. Shawn makes the piston-filling mechanisms in-house. Here you can see the blind cap unscrewed.
  16. http://i.imgur.com/XsHnfDL.jpg I got a new pen today! A Romillo Essential #9. It's made of solid blue ebonite, in a really deep shade of blue. The gold roll stop is a customization I asked for. This is my second Romillo and I'm still blown away by all the documents and the whole package. Alvaro did an amazing job on the pen. The roll stopper and disc are set perfectly, the threads are perfectly cut, the nib is massive and gorgeous. I like to support the artisans that the fountain pen community has and we are very lucky to have a lot fantastic ones. Alvaro offers a great product, with great customer service, and craftsmanship that borders on artistry with his nibs. I've only written with the pen a little bit so I can't do a full review yet, but here are some initial impressions. http://i.imgur.com/03xNMJe.jpg Paperwork that came with the pen, along with a writing sample of the nib by Alvaro Romillo. http://i.imgur.com/J6WwXWf.jpg Alvaro's writing sample http://i.imgur.com/goew0bt.jpg Included was a gold and black 5-pen wrap, a bottle of Romillo Sepia ink, and a wooden box with a sliding panel opening. Inside the wooden box was the eyedropper, which is outside of the box in the photo, and a felt pen wrap with the pen inside. http://i.imgur.com/cpR5QZu.jpg Romillo Sepia ink. Romillo ink comes in Black, Blue, and Sepia I believe. It's not available commercially but is included with pen orders. http://i.imgur.com/B3OG5mQ.jpg Instructions for the Essential #9 eyedropper http://i.imgur.com/RwelHX6.jpg Comparison with some other pens that happened to be close by. From top: Nakaya Piccolo, Edison Pearl, Eboya Kyouka (medium-size), Romillo Essential #9, Lamy Safari, and Pilot Vanishing Point. Essential #9 and Eo #9 http://i.imgur.com/v0EzLj6.jpg My first Romillo, an Eo #9 in terracotta ebonite, is a bit heavier and thicker than the Eo #9. The roll stop placement is different too. Very similar in length though. Cabochon in the barrel end. http://i.imgur.com/2rhCX6g.jpg Along with the gold roll stop, I also asked for a solid gold cabochon to be added to the pen. It's a disc made of 18k gold engraved with the Romillo logo. It's a really lovely touch, I think. http://i.imgur.com/j2PbsQH.jpg Romillo #9 nib compared to an Edison/JoWo #6 nib. http://i.imgur.com/4TPp3Xy.jpg I tried to get a close up of the nib engraving. This is the best I could do (sorry!) It has to be one of the most elegant nib engravings there is. The fact that it's done by hand is just incredible. I've inked up the pen with Romillo Sepia ink and it's been lovely. Smooth, with some pleasant feedback, and perfect ink flow.
  17. This is my first pen review so forgive any mistakes on my part. This pen was bought as part of the group buy in fpn for model 5. When i decided to buy this pen I wanted a big fountain pen.But what came to my hands was an absolute giant. The dimensions given were right but I expected something as big as say a gama Brahmaputra what I got dwarfs it by miles. APPEARANCE AND CONSTRUCTION(9/10) This pen is made out of matt black Ebonite.Despite having an understated appearancee it has an imposing presence. The cap is flush with the barrel so no seam lines and no clip as nothing will fit this! The Ebonite is nice to touch and has a distinct fell unlike acrylic. The material does has some pits outside but overall finish is very good. BALANCE AND FILING SYSTEM(9/10) The pen is light enough for its size but still has a certain heft. It has a wonderful balance. Even relatively smaller hands can handle its weight with ease. The only little problem can be the thickness of the grip section which should be thinner for smaller hands. The pen is not recommended to be posted for obvious reasons (SIZE). The filling system is eyedropper. Simple and holds about 4-5ml of ink which is a lot. Due to the thick material used the balance is not disturbed when full.(weight of ink won't significantly change overall weight) NIB AND PERFORMANCE (5/10(Earlier)) (8/10(presently)) The nib is ambitious 35mm nib it wrote well out the box and no problems of skipping etc then why the low score? It would dry after a page or so then after some agitation start writing again then the same after few more pages. I tried everything on my side. Following advice from Mr Hari317 I did some adjusting after which it wrote again but only upto 5 pages then dried out again. Dejected with the experience I asked Mr Kandan what to do. He suggested to do a cc conversion. He responded very promptly but as a last resort I tried one thing. I took a Swiss knife and opened the small section hole in the back of the section. Then following Mr watch-art's advice I washed it with a cleaning solution. The pen wrote well but.....it was dripping ink like crazy. The I realised the feed was not set deep enough into the section after setting it deeper and heat setting the feed I inked it up and VOILA the problem is gone!! My pen now writes a wonderful fine wet line with ample smoothness and hasn't burped yet. The flow is also very good. CONCLUSION (9/10) This is a well built pen. Despite its muted appearance it is a conversation starter and has a imposing place on my desk. Even if the initial experience was a bit sour now it is every bit worth the money. I recommend it to everyone but if you want a completely hassle free experience go for the 3 in 1 filler version as it can offer more flexibility of use. As of me I am very much happy with this muted giant.
  18. Dear FPN'ers, We are introducing our RANGA MODEL 5 (VARUNA GAJENDRA) with German JOWO/SCHMIDT Screw in Nib and Converter in Premium Ebonite in 10 Beautiful colours.We also introduce these Models in Eyedropper Models too.These can be used as (3 IN 1 FILLING MECHANISM). It is 18.75MM DIA thickness with seamless Cap and Body.The length of the capped pen is 7 Inches. The Pens are really huge and Giant in Size and Performance.It is Clipless beautiful Cigar shaped Pen. THE COLOURS ARE VERY UNIQUE AND RARE. These would be treat to Fountain pen lovers and Collectors. It is also a visual stunner.The available colours are 1.SOLID BLUE 2. YELLOW/BLACK, 3. BLUE/PINK, 4. SOLID GREEN,5. WHITE/BLUE, 6.RED OR PINK/ BLACK, 7. GREEN/ YELLOW 8. SOLID PINK,9. BLUE /GREEN /ORANGE, 10. SOLID ORANGE, All the pens are avaialble in Mirror finish or Bakul finish. All the Ranga Pens are completely handmade. We don't even use Lathes to make pens.This is in practice only in Japan now. NIB Options:------------------Jowo Nibs:---------------Gold Colour - Fine , Medium , Broad PointsTwo tone Colour - Extra Fine, Fine , Medium , Broad, Calligraphy PointsWhite Colour -Fine , Medium , Broad Points Schmidt Nibs:-----------------Gold Colour -Fine , Medium , Broad PointsWhite colour- -Fine , Medium , Broad Points Converter: ----------------Schmidt K5 Converter Price- 108$ 2. EYEDROPPER MODELS: We are introducing MODEL 5 (VARUNA GAJENDRA) in Eyedropper Models also.These pens comes with 35mm Ambitious Gold coloured Fine Mdeium nib.The nibs can be upgraded to 35mm White Bock in Medium /Broad nib with 9$ extra.PRICE : 70$ Thanks all for your continuous support. 1. RANGA MODEL 5 (VARUNA GAJENDRA)- Premium ebonite with German JOWO/SCHMIDT Screw in Nib and Converter Pen pictures. http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04753-1_zpsmxs9svz4.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04804-1_zps34n2beyd.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04801-1_zpsf5on8507.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04805-1_zps65yaek67.jpg http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04755-1_zpslkp14ruy.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04785-1_zpss8bn7xja.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04786-1_zpsf7werarc.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04787-1_zpsddgsymfo.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04788-1_zpsrivietab.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04789-1_zpswenqrxun.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04791-1_zpsxdxg1iw5.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04792-1_zpsflot2weo.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04794-1_zps3odcikqr.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04795-1_zpszah73erv.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04799-1_zpsw6yvwy39.jpg2. RANGA MODEL 5 (VARUNA GAJENDRA)- PREMIUM EBONITE - EYEDROPPER MODELhttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04760-1_zpst52jz0mt.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04783-1_zpszae6e6fm.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Ebonite%20Gajendra/DSC04758-1_zpspbtamxf9.jpg Regards, Kandan.M.P Ranga Pen Company
  19. Dear FPN'ers, We are introducing our RANGA Acrylic Model 4CS Pens in 20 Beautiful colours. These are Eyedropper Pens. These pens are completely handmade and Visual mesmerizers. Please see our handmade Pen making Video Which is very unique in the world and needs Extensive skills https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08pUuLREZR4&feature=youtu.be (Thanks to Hari) The length of the capped pen is 5.75 inches. The thickness is 13.5mm Dia app. Flat shape (Both ends), Rounded shapes(Both ends) are available. Nib: Wality Fine nib. Medium nib is also available. 35mm White Bock Broad or Medium nib is also available at 9$ extra Feeder: Ebonite Clip: Both Thin clip and Broad clips are available in Gold colour and White colour. Clipless Option is also available. The colours are 1. Grey/ White 2. Purple/Pink/Dark blue 3. Yellow/ Orange /Dark Green 4. Purple with Black 5. Bright Green With Thin Green Swirl 6. Orange With Black Swirl 7. White with Black 8. Pink With Black Swirl 9. Sea Blue With Red 10. Red with Black Swirl 11. Orange With Dark Blue 12. Blue with Black Swirl 13. Yellow with Dark Green/Red/Black 14. Pink With Dark Blue 15. Yellow with Dark Green 16. Purple with Dark Blue 17. Light Green with Blue Swirl 18. Orange With Blackish Green 19. Bright Green with Green Swirl 20. 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  20. ASA – Galactic Jumbo Demonstrator ASA – Galactic was my first demonstrator. I never liked the demonstrators but i decided to go ahead with the purchase and amazingly I was the first one to buy this. Following is my review of the pen. Design & Build: My first demonstrator is a jumbo sized pen which has a fogged finish. The pen looks like what it is named “Galactic” The real beauty comes out when you ink up this pen. Aaaaah so beautiful. I have suddenly started liking the demonstrators. The pen is beautifully engraved with company logo on the barrel and also my name is engraved on the cap (Special thanks to Mr. Subramaniam). Made out of acrylic the barrel is in fog finish with crystal clear bottom and screw in crystal top at the cap. Filled with ink. Uncapped Pen with my Name engraved on Cap The grip section is again made of acrylic resin and i love the way the it shows ink spread out unevenly. It has a big nib which complements the pen perfectly. Clear Crystal Top and Bottom Built wise i believe it needs certain care as this is a acrylic pen. For further details and handwritten samples and review please click ASA GALACTIC
  21. Dear All This is new group buy for the new model of ASApens named "Popsicles". Completely handmade. Popsicles is homage to classic design of Sailor King of Pens. Fitted with Schmidt #6 Nib in Chrome color. (Fine, Medium and Broad Available). Comes with Schmidt K5 Converter. This is made of premium thick acrylic and comes in following colors: Shiny Ivory Floral Rose Tangy Orange Pure White Pastel Green Sky Blue Coral Red You can pre order this pen here POPSICLES We are running a special Group Buy Offer for FPN members. The price mentioned here is the special group price of Rs.2000/- for Indian Customers and 49USD for international customers. Limited Period Offer. Normal Price is 65 USD for international shipments and 2500 for indian customers Offer expires on 31st August.
  22. There is a wise catch-phrase coined by the seminal 90s British sitcom Spaced. "Skip to the end." And so I will: This is the single best pen I have ever owned, ever held, ever used. It is so good that it has made me believe - maybe just a little bit - in the old, oft-told myth of The One Pen. There. Good. I uttered the sacrilegious words. Now that they are free and I am free too we can backtrack a bit (as I take a deep breath) and I can attempt to explain how this little cylinder of rosewood, ebonite and gold caused the furnaces of hell to freeze to ice. As some of you will remember, this is not my first Hakase. The first - a rather fetching buffalo horn torpedo - confused initially, before wrapping its tentacles firmly around my heart. This pen too came as something of a shock (no, slow down - I am getting ahead of myself), but even then there were no, even fleeting, feelings of disappointment. I had long wanted a wooden pen and after being gently guided through the options by Hakase's Mr. Ryo Yamamoto, I slowly narrowed my choices to the shape (flat-top), size (large) and wood (rosewood). I paid my deposit and began my wait. The photographs I recieved from Mr. Yamamoto in answer to my questions - 1. l-r: buffalo horn torpedo, RW15C, RW10C; 2. l-r: ebony, rosewood, cocobolo http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8453562872_0895dd1ae4_c.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8374/8454014328_d5e5fd7e28_c.jpg The pen arrived with little fanfare as all Hakases do: a small wooden box wrapped in the company's steel-grey wrapping paper. Open the paper, pull the lid off the perfectly-fitting box and there was the pen. It was, and is, absolutely gorgeous. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5332/9291677875_14717ca64c_c.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9294461724_e30aaa18ab_c.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5451/9291690423_71cb73d81f_c.jpg The shape is highly unusual but deceptively simple - a large cap worked to a slightly conical summit allied to a voluptuous barrel that narrows to an abrupt end (where the signature Hakase production date is carved into the wood). This allows the cap to post comfortably and securely. The pen, though large, is light and comfortable, and is is perfectly balance whether the cap is posted or not. Only the gold roll-stopper breaks the clean, unadorned lines. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/9294417512_51ffeb0247_c.jpg Although the pen is exactly what I expected, some details still manage to surprised. Google translate being what it is, I intended to ask Mr. Yamamoto how one could possibly fill, empty, clean and care for a pen constructed entirely from wood but could not reduce the question to sufficiently simple syntax. Not that it would have been necessary, for the apparently wooden section turned out to be the most glorious, warm, sensual ebonite, polished to a lustre that would make even the old vintage gods of yore weep. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7322/9294426386_d224a96b57_c.jpg The wood itself as I wished: it smells deep and sweet and organic and is pockmarked with veins and crevices and seams. It feels as I expected the buffalo horn to feel: rough and intimate; perfectly flawed as only a once-living, experiencing thing can be. It has been masterfully worked, from the hand-carved threads that screw on and off with the faint rubbing sound of rope being fed through an old loom, to the nearly imperceptible join where the cap's hollow section and rounded top meet. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2831/9291638983_01167814e7_c.jpg The furniture is as to be expected of Hakase: solid, hand-beaten 14k gold. I understand from Mr. Yamamoto that white gold and sterling silver are now options but I cannot think of a single Hakase model that would benefit from a more monochromatic palette. As my buffalo pen had a circular nipple roll-stopper, I chose a pyramid for variety, and I am glad I did for it seems to catch the light and gleam in a more three-dimensional, more dramatic, way. Hugged lovingly within its trough, the band is neither loose nor tight and I find myself absentmindedly rotating it around the barrel as one would a wedding-ring on a fleshy finger: smooth as olive oil and hypnotically satisfying. Reassuring even. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3686/9291648137_16a2a0c5f8_c.jpg Nib, converter, feed: all Pilot. Off-the-shelf, yes, but of the highest quality nonetheless and perfectly integrated. For this pen I requested a fine nib and once again Hakase delivered. It is without a shadow of a doubt the single best nib for me and my illegibly cramped style of writing that I have ever used. Even by Japanese standards its line is fine, but it is so consistent and predictable, so smooth and forgiving of angle and pressure, that I have not been able to put it down. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7351/9291640201_2457222466_c.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/9291637557_c24549a04a_c.jpg http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2840/9299899748_67982fbe0e_c.jpg I have an obsessive methodology that governs my writing. Ever since I began work on the second first draft of Unpublished Novel #1 ™ I have changed both pen and ink every day. This was not only an excuse to amass and horde, it had at its root a practical purpose. Not all writing days are created equal, and altering the visible signature simplifies the thankless transcribing process months later. General rule: if a colour (day) begins eloquently, it will most likely remain eloquent. If not, skip ahead to the next colour (day) and fill in the blanks later. This simple regimen has remained unbroken for nearly five years, through two and a half novels and countless edits and rewrites. Until now. Since I received this pen, held it in my hands and first filled it with Iroshizuku Shin Kai, I have used no other. This is not out of necessity - I am not currently travelling (even then I carry between three and seven pens) and I have over a hundred pens and probably a good deal more inks easily to hand. No. I have, quite simply, not wished to use another pen. Size comparison - MB149, RW15C, Buffalo Horn Torpedo http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7382/9294428972_69eaea5cae_c.jpg To add insult to injury, the price is also shockingly resonable. No, you're right - calling a pen that retails for ¥162,000 (~$1,600) good value is a sure sign of insanity, but stay with me. First, because of the lack of embellishments (read: gold), this pen is several magnitudes cheaper than most of Hakase's creations. Then, when we remove immediate family from the contest and look at alternatives based upon price, all are big brand variations on a mass produced theme. And so the question becomes: would you rather pay for a fancy finish (raden on an M1000 for instance), elaborate gratuitous embellishments (MB POA 4810s, themselves 30%+ more expensive), or a unique, handmade product of singular skill and obsession where your fingers can sense the love and attention in every touch? Before we reach the foregone conclusion, allow me a brief addendum, for I bought a Hakase case with my pen and must include at least a mention in this review. Outsourced to these people, it is constructed of the most beautiful fragrant leather and is crafted as immaculately (and with the same methods, last and all) as hand-made shoes. Although I ordered it as a separate entity, it has been custom-made (without me asking) to fit this pen and this pen only. There is no strip for a clip (visible on the website here), and a little hole has been cut at exactly the height of the roll-stopper. It holds my pen, and my pen only, perfectly and it is impossible to appropriately describe how lovely it feels to have the pyramid slide into place and to see it poking out through its rabbit-hole into the light. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3767/9294445330_4ee178e111_c.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5460/9291636735_d11edc8c2c_c.jpg But forgive my brief digression, for now we've returned full-circle back to where we began. This is the single best pen I have ever owned, held or used. It is so good that it has made me believe, maybe just a little bit, in the old myth of The One Pen. Perhaps now you will understand why.
  23. Well me and the girl friend just finished up for the night on our handmade hardback journal. It utilizes coptic binding so that no matter what page you are writing on it lays flat, which has always bugged me about most journals and books I have purchased in the past. I have had a blast making this and look forward to making many more! *thanks to the tutorial in the DYI section!* So with out further adieu, The book block with 12 signatures and caramel colored flyleafs coming out to 192 pages http://i.imgur.com/RWYsEShh.jpg Here is the cover getting worked on http://i.imgur.com/Ffwjarwh.jpg The front cover http://i.imgur.com/fCTy6LGh.jpg The back cover http://i.imgur.com/fkjtBXFh.jpg Finally, the book open with matching bookmark ribbon http://i.imgur.com/2QmpE15h.jpg Still have to finish the spine up with black leather and black leather corners, then attach the book block to the cover and all done. For one night I think its looking pretty good!
  24. Dear All, We are introducing these Handmade Beautiful THIN and THICK Colour Acrylic Dip Pens in 26 colours. The designs are very unique and very rare to find. No two designs are same. Each pen will be unique. The colour pattern will differ from pen to pen. 1. THIN ACRYLIC DIP PENS (Price: 19$): Length: 6.5 inches Thickness: App 11mm Nib: Fine Feeder: Ebonite Colours Available: 1. Yellow With thin Red Swirl2. Saffron Orange with black3. Yellow with Multi Colour Rings4. Red with Dark Blue5. Blue with Pink Swirl6. Green with Green Swirl7. Sea Blue with Dark blue Swirl8. Red/Yellow/White9. Light Green with green Swirl10. Sea Blue with Red11. Yellow With Green Swirl12. Red with Pink swirl13. Purple with Dark Blue14. Dark Blue with Pink Swirl15. Bright Green with Green Swirl16. Sea Blue with Pink Swirl17. Orange with Black Swirl18. Light Green with Blue Swirl19. White with Black20. Purple with Blue and Green Swirl21. Yellow with Dark Green22. Red with White specs23. Pink/Purple/Dark blue24. Yellow with Chocolate Swirl25. Green/Pink/Black26. Blue/Whitehttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Acrylic%20Thin%20Dip%20Pens/DSC04637-1_zpsbegwp2d2.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Acrylic%20Thin%20Dip%20Pens/DSC04617-1_zpsw5cxuzdw.jpg http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Acrylic%20Thin%20Dip%20Pens/DSC04633-1_zpsmsqdpr8d.jpg2. THICK ACRYLIC DIP PENS (Price: 29$) Length: 6.5 inches Thickness: App 13mm Nib: 2 Toned Medium nib . (Gold coloured fine nib is also available) Feeder: Ebonite Colours Available: ------------------------ 1. Orange /Red/ Dark Green2. White/Black3. Red with black Swirl4. Purple with Dark Blue5. Blue with black Swirl6. Red with Dark Blue7. Bright Green with Dark Green8. Green/Pink/Black9. Orange with Dark blue10. Yellow with Green/red Swirl11. Bright Green with Green Swirl12. Purple/White13. Orange/Dark Green14. Sea Blue/Red15. Pink with Black Swirl16. Black/ Grey17. Light gren with Blue Swirl18. Orange with black Swirl19. Pink/Purple/Dark Blue20. Yellow with Dark Green http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Acrylic%20Thick%20Dip%20Pen/DSC04666-1_zps1r6t4wyk.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Acrylic%20Thick%20Dip%20Pen/DSC04648-1_zpszcnrhhbr.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/CRod%20Acrylic%20Thick%20Dip%20Pen/DSC04654-1_zpsqj5muz18.jpg Payment & Shipping:-------------------------------Payment can be done to our paypal id mpkandan@gmail.comInternational Free shipping through Registered post (2-4 weeks for delivery) Thanks for looking and support. Regards,Kandan.M.PRanga Pen Company
  25. Dear All, We are introducing Our Model 4C and Model 3 (Duofold Model) in 10 Beautiful colours in Premium Ebonite with German Jowo/Schmidt Screw in Nib unit and Schmidt K5 converter. Colours Available: ----------------------- 1. SOLID ORANGE, 2. SOLID GREEN, 3. SOLID PINK,4. SOLID BLUE, 5. BLUE/PINK, 6. WHITE/BLUE,7. BLUE /GREEN /ORANGE, 8.YELLOW/BLACK, 9. RED OR PINK/ BLACK, 10. GREEN/ YELLOW NIB Options: ------------------ Jowo Nibs: --------------- Gold Colour - Fine , Medium , Broad Points Two tone Colour - Extra Fine, Fine , Medium , Broad, Calligraphy Points White Colour -Fine , Medium , Broad Points Schmidt Nibs: ----------------- Gold Colour -Fine , Medium , Broad Points Converter: Schmidt K5 We also introduce these Premium ebonite Model 4C pens in Eyedropper Models . All these Pens are available in Polished or Matt finish. Clipless or Clip version is available(Gold coloured Clip and White Clip) Paypal id: mpkandan@gmail.com Sharing it for FPN'ers. Comments are welcome. 1. Model 4C with German Jowo/ Schmidt Screw in Nibs: (Capped Length app 6 inches, Cap and Barrel dia :16mm) Price- 93$ http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04278-1_zps44xqeopj.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04280-1_zpsbiyyuikg.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04420-1_zpseu7awcmt.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04414-1_zpsfh6kfiky.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04419-1_zpsf6warzra.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04422-1_zpsxy4uwxiy.jpg 2. Model 4C Eyedropper: Price -55$ http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04288-1_zpscb7uprqg.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04287-1_zpskpw2kbjz.jpg 3. Model 3 (Duofold Model) with German Jowo/Schmidt Screw in Nib unit and Schmidt K5 Converter: (Capped Length : app 6 Inches, Cap Dia -16mm, Barrel Dia 14mm)- Price-88$ http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04372-1_zps76muwnbs.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04370-1_zpsjqoipfqw.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04373-1_zpsdkeyevg1.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04431-1_zpslp1zx1lt.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04424-1_zpszqhvv9nz.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04441-1_zpsttkzsa2u.jpg 4. Model 3 (Duofold ) Eyedropper: Price -50$ http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04378-1_zpspt1f9etj.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04379-1_zpsf1j1lmas.jpghttp://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/mpkandan/C%20Rod%20Pens%203C-4C-Duofold/DSC04374-1_zpskwsdylnh.jpg Regards, Kandan.M.P Ranga Pen Company

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