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  1. This was a pen I was prepared to like. At $12, it's a bargain. Its small size, however, keeps it from becoming a personal favorite. But for some folks, this new Delike wood fountain pen can be a real winner. I love the wood. After my positive experience with the Moonman M1 wood and brass pen, I’ve tipped over the edge in my appreciation for wood as a pen material. The wood is dark, subtly-figured, smooth, warm and perfectly finished. In short, wonderful. I picked the darker wood (黑檀) because the section is black plastic and so fits visually with the body of the pen. At a casual glance (or in lower light) it looks like the section might be wood. The metal threads in the section add quality. The converter fits snugly, works well and come apart easily for cleaning. The use of a Delike (Dlike?) screw-in nib unit is also a plus. I like the idea of being able to swap in the bent fude/art nib that came with the Moonman M1. The cap, however, is a bit thicker-walled than I expected. The step-up from the section to the barrel is correspondingly pronounced and sharp-edged. The threads on the body are smooth and appropriately course. The cap comes off in just under 1.5 turns. A plastic insert inside the cap should help keep the nib from drying out. Visually, the cap outweighs the barrel more than I really like. But I find the rounded ends of the cap and barrel just about perfect. There’s zero branding on the pen (save the nib) so it’s attractively clean. Compared to other pens, the Delike Wood is small, just 12.5cm capped and 11.3cm uncapped. It’s also light, at 12.7 grams uncapped and 20.1g with the cap on. Left to Right: Lingmo Lorelei, Jinhao 992, Delike Wood Sadly, for me this pen is just too small to be comfortable. The pen doesn’t post well and becomes ungainly when you try. Plus, wood-on-wood doesn't sound like a good idea. That said, the pen writes well. I got it with an EF nib and smoothed it a bit on a micromesh pad for good measure. The nib and feed perform flawlessly, laying down a consistent correct amount of ink for a fine line. The combo is not wet, but it never skipped. Loaded with Noodler’s Zhivago, the pen wrote very nicely in a Spanish MiquelRius 90g extra opaque paper notebook. The size makes the pen tiring to use for longer writing sessions. It’s a small pen. And for that reason, I’ll probably look for a friend to give the pen to. Someone who will appreciate the wood. The pen is ¥76, or about $12, on Taobao. I hope that Delike will rethink this pen and make a larger version 2.0. More pictures and comments here.
  2. In Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India, there is a pen shop called "Abhay Pen Agencies". In addition to selling other brands, this shop also manufactures and sells their own brand pens. their brand name is Mohi. The Mohi pens are made in a variety of materials like Ebonite and Acrylic. These pens have been documented by amk and wdp4baaz on FPN. You may want to read those reviews also, I have provided the ready links: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/281732-mohi-harmony-fountain-pen/ https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/288813-mohi-ebonite-eyedropper/ https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/288482-visit-to-two-old-cities-and-some-new-indian-fountain-pens/ https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/287448-mohi-tanishq-new-indian-acrylic-beauty/ https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/282503-mohi-ebony-fountain-pen/ In simple terms, the word Mohi simply means attractive. I was attracted to the Mohi pens and was looking to purchase an example. Here is where Pune based FPNer WDP4BAAZ entered the picture and gave me a wonderful gift of this Mohi "Ebony" eyedropper that he had managed to purchase through a contact in Aurangabad. The pen: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0819.jpg Opened: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0820.jpg It is a simple Dropper filled pen: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0821.jpg Usually the Indian Ebonite pens are turned on a manual lathe by an artisan. In the case of Mohi, the job of turning is done by a CNC, however CNC machning is just one part, fitting, assembly and polishing are all manual steps and have to be still done by hand. CNC gives the advantage of parts interchangeability, a feature missing in fully handmade. You can see from the following pic that the barrel is 2 piece and then nicely joined from inside: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0822.jpg The branding on the clip: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0823.jpg The ink view window remains slightly exposed even when the cap is closed fully, a nice touch: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0824.jpg Some pen users in India have a tendency to grip the pen right at the bottom of the section, near to the nib. Such users also demand that the distance to paper be as small as possible, thus we see deeply inserted nibs. The Mohi nibs are typically very deep seated, even on their jumbo pens and this small Ebony is no exception. The nibs are not generic, but are rather branded Mohi in a simple way. The nib is tipped and of Fine width. http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0826.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0827.jpg The Ebony is a shade larger than the M200(This was a lovely gift from and a memento of meeting another FPN friend, Kaweko in Heidelberg) http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0829.jpg http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0831.jpg Well, how does the Mohi write? Very well indeed... The nib is very smooth for a nib this fine and the line is appropriately dry for a student who has to write a lot on poor quality thin paper notebooks. Here is a writing sample: http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0836.jpg On the back ground is the lovely covering letter in Marathi, written by WDP4BAAZ and enclosed with the pen when he sent it to me. http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/Mohi%20Ebony/IMG_0837.jpg I hope the readers found this review useful. Cheers! Hari
  3. DanceOfLight

    Omas - Which Would You Send Back ?

    A bunch of Omas that were offered at significantly (IMHO of course) reduced prices, have landed on my desk. I can afford to keep 3, so the rest would need to go back. The wish, of course is to keep all of them, but my banker vehemently disagrees. Do note that all of them were offered around the same price around 375 Euro equivalent, except for the c/c filler which is reduced further. All of them new/un-used/un-inked The question is : Which of these would you send back and why #1 Paragon - Art Deco Limited Edition - Piston fill - Gold Trim - Stub #2 Paragon - Art Deco Limited Edition - Piston fill -Gold Trim -Broad #3 Paragon - Art Deco Limited Edition - Piston fill -Gold Trim -Medium #4 Milord Dark Ebony Wood - Arte Italiana - Piston fill -Silver Trim - Stub #5 Paragon - Arte Italiana - Piston fill - HT trim - EF #6 Milord - Arte Italiana"mother of pearl maroon"/Bordeaux - C/C fill - Ruthenium Trim - Broad I've got a week to decide and I love ALL of em

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